[ARENA] Kurator and LX 2.0 INFECTED commission - vir.us.exe by carlos katastrofsky

Luis Silva silva.luis netcabo.pt
Quarta-Feira, 3 de Junho de 2009 - 19:37:01 WEST

KURATOR and LX 2.0 are pleased to announce the first of two
commissions selected from an open call to infect the 2012 Olympics, as
part of the Anti-Bodies contemporary art programme.

vir.us.exe, carlos katastrofsky

vir.us.exe is a windows program, communicated and spread by e-mail
announcements, mailing lists and other networked (viral) press
katastrofsky explains that a virus lives upon the reproduction of
itself with the aim to survive as long as possible. However, the most
dangerous parts of such an infection are not always the harmful cells
a virus is based upon; it is the psychological concept of fear acting
invisibly in the background. The project thus strips down the
mechanisms of a viral infection and transfers its core principles into
the digital realm. By avoiding everything a virus should do, only the
virus itself will be left. This way it will become a meta-virus
spreading not because it is an actual virus but because it is
perceived as such.

vir.us.exe is commissioned by KURATOR and LX 2.0, as part of the
Anti-Bodies programme co-ordinated by Relational with support from
Arts Council England, granted the London 2012 Inspire mark as part of
the Cultural Olympiad.


LX 2.0 / Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporanea



carlos katastrofsky is a Vienna-based artist working primarily in the
field of new media art. His work examines the politics of
Internet-based art production, distribution and consumption, and how
dominant practices of the artistic modus vivendi - curating, dealing,
showing, and reviewing- function in the virtual realm, where the
immaterial has replaced the object. His works explore characteristic
features of the Internet such as software, interfaces, language, and
discussion forums - to question the current development of the Web. He
is co-founder of CONT3XT.NET (2006) – a collaborative platform for the
dicussion and presentation of issues related to Media Art.

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