Pixel Tattoos & Ballettikka Internettikka
29 May 2009, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria / Aksioma, Slovenia
Project N.1 – intervention
The Condition of the Working Class in England?
(Die Lage der arbeitenden Klasse in England?)
A project by Igor Štromajer
“Working Men! To you I dedicate a work, a faithful picture of your condition, of your sufferings and struggles, of your hopes and prospects. I wanted to see you in your own homes, to observe you in your everyday life, to chat with you on your condition and grievances, to witness your struggles against the social and political power of your oppressors. Having, at the same time, ample opportunity to watch the middle-classes, your opponents, I soon came to the conclusion that you are perfectly right in expecting no support whatever from them. Their interest is diametrically opposed to yours. Their doings give them the lie. Have they ever paid any serious attention to your grievances? Not they indeed, those are things they do not like to speak of — they have left it to a foreigner to inform the civilised world of the degrading situation you have to live in. Go on then, as you have done hitherto. Much remains to be undergone; be firm, be undaunted — your success is certain, and no step you will have to take in your onward march will be lost to our common cause, the cause of Humanity!”
Barmen (Rhenan Prussia, 15 March 1845)
# Kunsthaus Graz BIX facade photos (29 May 2009; Photo: !gor Š.)
BIX1 is a matrix of 930 fluorescent lamps integrated into the eastern Plexiglas facade of the Kunsthaus. Through the possibility to individually adjust the lamps’ brightness at an infinite variability with 20 frames/second images, films and animations can be displayed. BIX is an experimental laboratory. As the content producer the Kunsthaus has the chance to develop methods for a dynamic communication between building and surroundings, between content and outside perception.
Kunsthaus Graz BIX facade video (29 May 2009; Camera: Janez Janša)
Project N.2 – presentation
A project by Igor Štromajer + Brane Zorman
Ballettikka Internettikka is a 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.
Pixel Tattoos transforms Kunsthaus Graz into a rhythmically pulsating tapestry of perceptual phenomena, piercing the urban space. Pixel Tattoos displays the interaction between the biomorphic architecture of the Kunsthaus and digital animations by four Slovenian media artists – Marko Batista, Igor Štromajer, Neven Korda and Luka Prinčič invited to the project by intermedia artist Janez Janša – who have been asked to face the unusual technical parameters offered by this peculiar medium. The “minimalistic” and “limited” structure of the Kunsthaus façade creates a challenging surface for artistic expression, imparting an unconventional visual-spatial experience: a ghostly screen of dynamic light and reflection, an outer membrane where a particular “process of writing” and “exploration of the surface tension qualities” transpires. The result is a dialogue between the two elements, a “conversation” happening neither inside the building nor outside but exactly on its skin.
29 May 2009, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
Location: Media Kunst Labor
Ballettikka Internettikka 2001-2009
by Igor Štromajer and Brane Zorman
Pecha Kucha Presentation
Marko Batista, Janez Janša, Neven Korda, Luka Prinčič / Nova deViator
Marko Batista, Neven Korda, Luka Prinčič / Nova deViator, Igor Štromajer
Pixel Tattoos event is produced and curated by Aksioma in collaboration with Kunsthaus Graz, 2009