UM.Wire: Whitney Museum & Centre Pompidou
hello & grüezi wohl!
we know y'all are all about the w'leaks at the moment, and so be it - free mr. manning, way to go ++ snd some €$ 2 th leakers // http://www.wikileaks.ch/support.html !
but we also got some of our stuff to share - it's all new content and it is even hosted on an u.s. of a server and we censored it a bit so it would not get taken down & stuff, you know what i mean....we just wanna share before we take off for another production trip to africa (i.e. more as always to come)
so, without further ado - here it comes, 2 new chunks of UBERMORGEN.COM work..
one on display at your disposal at the Centre Pompidou (scroll way down for more)
one commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art:
let's share a few notes from the curator Christiane Paul (thank u mrs. paul!):
CLICKISTAN by the artist team UBERMORGEN.COM (lizvlx and Hans Bernhard) is a work of game art and an homage to the net art of the mid-90s: it invents its own territory—ruled by the click—and celebrates the pixel in imaginative variations. UBERMORGEN.COM are the new masters of Minimalist pixel painting. Transparent pixels are blown out of proportion in order to create graphic shapes and abstractions, while copied-and-pasted scripts are resampled and recombined in order to—in UBERMORGEN.COM’s words—use as many pre-existing pixels and produce as few originals as possible. This latter strategy is a nod to early net art, in which recycling and reproduction of existing information were the artistic method of choice. Likewise, in the spirit of early net art—such as the Form Art Competition organized by Russian net art pioneer Alexei Shulgin in 1997—CLICKISTAN plays with the formal elements of the Web, enticing its players to click away on canvases of radio buttons and flying scroll bars. Players also encounter elements of net culture, such as a reference to the famous 2000-2002 Internet meme “All your base are belong to us,” a broken-English phrase originating from the opening scene of the video game Zero Wing, poorly translated from Japanese. CLICKISTAN’s visual style and playful typography—such as the mixing of upper and lower case—allude to the “dirt style” design of net art before the dot com gold rush—the degraded aesthetic of the hobbyist, amateur, and geek. The work’s title references both early net art’s exploration of the Web territory—in its resistance to traditional notions of ownership, authority, and the nation state—and the arrival of the click as the main paradigm of interaction, overruling previously established norms of dragging and dropping.
CLICKISTAN is also indebted to early computer games, particularly the coin-operated arcade games of the late 1970s and early 1980s, such as Space Invaders (1978), Pac-Man (1980), and Donkey Kong (1981), whose pixellated characters were created with great economy of means. The new musical form inspired by early computer games—known as 8-bit or chiptune music and consisting of sound textures synthesized by the computer or video game console’s sound chip—is referenced in CLICKISTAN’s soundtrack supplied by the 8-bit music website micromusic.net.
As with other game art projects, CLICKISTAN does not simply create an environment for play that follows established conventions, but instead engages, questions, and undermines them.UBERMORGEN.COM takes a decisively “userunfriendly” approach to many gaming routines: players’ actions do not yield the expected results; some choices are impossible to make, some actions redundant, but, as in “real life,” they all lead to the next level or sometimes even have the same consequences; scores do not necessarily relate to the performed actions in any rational way. Players become aware of their expectations and are challenged to ask who or what created them in the first place.
UBERMORGEN.COM’s mode of operation has always been playfully subversive, and many of their projects have addressed the intersections of Internet culture, money, and branding. Their Ekmrz Trilogy (2005-2009) took critical approaches to Google and Amazon. Their Generatorseries included tools such as the Injunction Generator (2001), which allowed users to automatically generate a standard court order—in .pdf or .rtf format—claiming that a website of their choice was operating on an illegal basis. CLICKISTAN’s use of visuals, text, and language reflects the overall tone of Ubermorgen’s work, referencing their website’s home pages (from 2000-2005) as well as the generators. CLICKISTAN is a territory that lies somewhere at the core of Ubermorgen’s work: a game that plays with art and commerce, celebrates the early days of net art and computer games, has an anarchic sense of humor, and only delivers the expected when it is time to pay.
and here comes the other half of the letter of interest to you!
(btw the 132th replier/retweeter to this email will win a trip to the nigerian ministery of finance!)... ;;
Centre Georges Pompidou "RE:MADE"
Black n White
"Notre intention est de travailler exclusivement avec le pixel comme idée et comme matériel brut. Le pixel est notre peinture, notre bois ou notre pierre, le langage html notre pinceau ou notre tournevis et le navigateur à la fois la toile et le musée. Nous puisons dans les objets artistiques conceptuels bien connus de Judd, Lewitt, Graham, Haacke, IRWIN, etc. pour en extraire des remakes numériques qui nous servent de règles visuelles."
L'exposition "RE:MADE" présente neuf installations – vidéo, multimédia, net art – autour des notions de relecture et de réinterprétation. Neuf réponses distinctes et autonomes laissant apparaitre une géographie des médias et leur capillarité profonde avec notre quotidien. Les oeuvres choisies déplacent, détournent et réinterprètent un matériaux visuel et numérique pré-existant pour mettre en réflexion notre culture visuelle contemporaine et nos représentations. Le Centre Pompidou et Le Palais de Tokyo, avant de migrer ensuite pour Madrid en avril 2011 et Berlin en juillet 2011. Les artistes exposés sont : Christophe Bruno (France), Tony Cokes (USA), Ryoji Ikeda (Japon), Jodi (Pays-bas), Joan Leandre (Espagne), UBERMORGEN.COM (Suisse/Autriche/USA), Manuel Saiz (Espagne), Alexander Schellow (Allemagne) et Antoine Schmitt (France).
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