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

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From: Luis Silva <silva.luis  netcabo.pt>
Subject: [ARENA] Kurator and LX 2.0 INFECTED commission - vir.us.exe by carlos katastrofsky
To: "arte ‹ teoria ‹ prática" <arena  lists.virose.pt>
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 11:37 AM

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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