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KURATOR and LX 2.0: Commissions and Residencies 2009
INFECTED: VIRAL CALL for VIRAL WORK
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 31 JANUARY 2009, sent by email to
Artist commissions for 'Anti-Bodies: Beyond The Body-Ideal', the
South West Cultural Olympiad, UK
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTED PROPOSALS: 19 FEBRUARY 2009, 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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