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Quarta-Feira, 17 de Dezembro de 2008 - 14:36:27 WET

Hello everyone,

just wanted to let you know about this project I'm doing for LX 2.0,  
in partnership with KURATOR. I'm attaching the document with the info  
about the commissions and the residencies for the winners. Could you  
pass this to people you think may be interested? Also, since this is  
a VIRAL CALL, I would like to ask if you could forward this to anyone  
you think relevant in the field so we get an infection going :)

Many thanks,


KURATOR and LX 2.0: Commissions and Residencies 2009


Artist commissions for 'Anti-Bodies: Beyond The Body-Ideal', the  
South West

Cultural Olympiad, UK

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 31 JANUARY 2009, sent by email to  
info  kurator.org


in conjunction with the launch of 'Anti-Bodies: Beyond The Body-Ideal'


KURATOR and LX 2.0 are looking for a new work to infect the Olympics.

We will commission two online projects that respond to the idea of  
the 'virus' for 'Anti-Bodies: Beyond The Body-Ideal', a series of  
projects that reflect on the ideal 'body-machine' of the Olympic  
athlete. By virus we mean to draw attention to any agent that is able  
to reproduce itself and spread over communications networks and  
infect the host body. For instance, a computer virus describes the  
self-reproducing activities of a program that can simply spread and  
affect other programs, and thereby reflects the structural properties  
of the computer and the network it operates through. Moreover, the  
cultural form of a virus embodies the principles of negation in  
keeping with the anti-bodies theme.

The commission fee is UK£1000. In addition, the artists will be  
offered a short residency (up to 10 days) to develop the work with  
the Art & Social Technologies Research group at the University of  
Plymouth in UK (http://www.art-social.net). Accommodation and travel  
will be covered (up to UK£500 /per commission).

There are a number of precedents for artists dealing with the virus  
as metaphor in the broadest sense. An example is the 'biennale.py'  
virus that contaminated the Venice Biennale's web site (produced by  
0100101110101101.org with epidemiC, for the Slovenian pavilion of  
2000). For the programmer Jaromil, the source code of a virus is  
potential lyrical poetry. Related to this, the elegance of his Unix  
shell 'forkbomb' (2002) encapsulates this aesthetic approach in  
presenting only thirteen characters to dramatic effect. Once entered  
into the command line of a Unix shell and run, the program exhausts  
the system's resources, causing the computer to crash. It was also  
included in the exhibition 'I Love You: Computer, Viren, Hacker,  
Kultur' (held at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main,  
in 2002), referring to the 'I Love You' virus (of 2000) that spread  
through the communities of the Internet. The destructive potential of  
a virus operates in the spirit of auto-destruction and Dadaist  
tactics to negate the destructive tendencies of the social world.

Anti-Bodies is co-ordinated by Relational, supported by Arts Council  
England and has been granted the London 2012 Inspire mark as part of  
the Cultural Olympiad.

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