(Construction Site Guerrilla Internet Ballet)
By Igor Stromajer & Brane Zorman
Live Internet Broadcast from Seoul, Korea
22 July 2008 at 6 AM Korean Time (GMT/UTC+9)
– created, operated & realized by Igor Štromajer & Brane Zorman
– soundtrack composed by MC Brane vs. BeitThroN vs. Thronus Sound System
– theoretical adviser: Bojana Kunst, Ljubljana
– curator: Nathalie Boseul Shin, TMCA Seoul
– special thanks to
Sabina Yeowoon Lee, curatorial assistant
Eun Ji Kim, narrator
Jung-eun Lee, assistant
[Brane Zorman & Igor Štromajer]
Ballettikka Internettikka is a world-famous series of tactical art projects which began in 2001 with the exploration of internet ballet. It explores wireless internet ballet performances combined with guerrilla tactics and mobile live internet broadcasting strategies. After invading The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (2002), La Scala in Milan (2004), The National Theatre in Belgrade (2005), Volksbühne in Berlin (2006), City Hall and Lippo Centre in Hong Kong (2007) and other institutions and their concepts, Stromajer and Zorman performed a new internet ballet – Ballettikka Internettikka Intermenttikka – as a part of the Digital Playground 2008, secretly broadcasting live from the target construction site in Seoul, performing a robotic mortal ballet right after the sunrise. The artists grouted the sad and lonely commercial Silverlit R/C toy-robot with cement and intered it into reinforced ferroconcrete foundations of the selected rising building (target construction site: Dongdaemun / Great East Gate / Tongdaemun Market / shopping district), to stay there for ever.
The interment robot was equipped with powerful QSTARZ BT-Q818 eXtreme GPS transmitter which was broadcasting the signal until the transmitter will run out of batteries. The signal was edited live by the computer software and was available for public mourning and monitoring (archives).
Robots often cry – why shuldn’t you?
From 22 July to 24 August the Ballettikka Internettikka Intermenttikka project (including the selected history of Ballettikka Internettikka since 2001) is exhibited in TMCA (Total Museum of Contemporary Art) in Seoul, as a part of the Digital Playground 2008 – “Hack the City” exhibition curated by Nathalie Boseul Shin.
Ballettikka Internettikka Intermenttikka produced by
– Intima Virtual Base – Institute for Contemporary Arts
In collaboration with
– BeitThroN vs. Thronus Sound System
– Cona – Institute for Processing Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
– TMCA (Total Museum of Contemporary Art), Seoul
Supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.
+ informacija v slovenščini (PDF)
“We shall fight them on the beaches. We shall fight them on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”