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Uma diferente perspectiva sobre o trabalho do colectivo JODI...


18 OCT - 09 NOV 2008

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JODI (www.jodi.org), the Belgian-Dutch duo pioneer of Net Art,  
explores the relations between the world we build through the  
Internet and the one based on our past mental and physical maps.  
Services such as GoogleMaps have changed radically our worldview by  
making the Globe accessible as a commercial multi-user surface.  
Mapping these online geometrical constructs to reality and vice  
versa, overlaying their figures as jogging paths, The 'Parc Royal' of  
Brussels (Warande Park) becomes an INFO Park revealing symbols and  
mysteries of the capitale of Belgium and Europe, amplifying or  
deconstructing them through an intricate web of data and associations.

For centuries, geometry has been overloaded with symbols, starting  
from pure mathematical objects to esoteric and mystic signs, hiding  
in complex figures meanings to be revealed to the gurus, the persons  
in the know or the psychedelic explorers. Geometrical shapes and  
lines were drawn on the territories, the cities, the architectures  
and the monuments or the crop fields. The Royal Parc of Brussels is a  
well known example with its triangle + circle = Masonic compass. JODI  
is connecting this long tradition of tracing geometry on the ground  
with the new geometries one can draw on the surface of the Earth as  
proposed by online tools such as Google Maps and Google Earth. Of  
course, the duo of artists draws in a pure JODI style: hectic and  
free traces resulting from extreme coding and hacking. As they always  
did since their first web pages in 1995, JODI uses the codes of  
Internet (e.g. html) and the codes inside the computers (binary) as  
their artistic material. They paved the way for Net Art and renewed  
Computer Arts as much as Nam June Paik opened new fields for video  
art. But the work of JODI plays also with the processes of coding/ 
decoding, of deciphering cryptic data in a chaotic surface. Messages  
are hidden, only visible to the ones who will dare to dig into the  
code (see [url]wwwwwwwww.jodi.org[/url]). In the exhibition GEOGOO  
(Info Park), many things can be constructed into meanings, it just  
depends on you and your capacity to disconnect and reconnect: the  
radial glimpses of the sunshines in the video, the 3 DJ turntables  
laid on a perfect triangle at the visitor's disposal (backmasking!),  
the jogging walks through Brussels roundabouts. And if you can not  
reconfigure, just contemplate, it is beautifully rewarding.

550.8446, 4.3637 Brussels park.
The largest urban public park in the center of Brussels is surrounded  
by the Royal Palace of Brussels, Fortis bank, Palais des Beaux-arts,  
the Belgian parliament and the U.S.A. embassy. In the summer, free  
parties are organized every weekend in the heart of this park.The  
place is served by Park metro station on line 1A/1B of the Brussels  
metro.Its main paths and fountain are laid out in the form of Masonic  
symbols (in particular the compass).

More on http://www.imal.org/GEOGOO
JODI's site : http://geogoo.net

About JODI
Jodi's work (www.jodi.org), the pioneer belgian/dutch duo of Net Art  
(Joan Heemskerke/NL - Dirk Paesmans/BE), has been included in many  
international exhibitions and festivals: Documenta X in 1997,   
Rotterdam (DEAF98), ZKM (net_condition, 2000), Tokyo (2001, 2002),  
Madrid (Arco/De-game, 2001), Berlin (Transmediale: 1997, 2000, 2002,  
2006), New York (1997, 2003, Guggenheim/2004, 2005, 2007), Chicago  
(ISEA97), Plug-In (Basle, 2002), Paris (Centre Pompidou/2003, 2004,  
2006), SFMOMA (San Francisco, 2004), Montevideo (Amsterdam, 2006), or  
more recently at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) in the 'Deep Screen  
- Art in Digital Culture Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions  
2008'. In 1999, they received a Webby Award in the Arts category,  
proclaiming in their compulsory five-word acceptance speech, "Ugly  
corporate sons of bitches!"
More on : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodi

A 32 pages color booklet designed by the artists is published as an  
exhibition guide and freely available for the visitors or on requests.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday : 14:00 - 19:00
Thursday: 14:00 - 20:30
Saturday, Sunday: 13:00 - 19:00
Closed on Monday.

iMAL Center for Digital Cultures and Technology
30 Quai des Charbonnages/Koolmijnenkaai 30
1080 Bruxelles/Brussel 1080
(metro Comte de Flandres/Graaf van Vlaanderen)

About iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technology
iMAL (interactive Media Art Laboratory) is a non-profit association  
created in Brussels in 1999. In October 2007, iMAL opened a new  
venue, a Center for Digital Cultures and Technology for the meeting  
of artistic, scientific and industrial innovations, a place dedicated  
to the contemporary artistic and cultural practices emerging from the  
fusion of computer, network and media. iMAL is: (1) a laboratory and  
a research,experimentation & production workplace for artists in  
residence (2) an education center which organises workshops targeted  
to creative people (artists, designers, developers,â?¦) under the  
direction of leading international artists (3) an art&culture center  
producing exhibitions (e.g. "Infiltrations Digitales"/2004, "Art 
+Game"/2006, "Holy Fire, art of the digital age"/2008), concerts,  
performances, conferences in order to create critical,  
interdisciplinary encounters between the public, artists, technology,  
and society.

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