For Action’s Sake

“For Action’s Sake”
at the Santa Fe Complex; Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Manipulated Image #11: First Year Anniversary Celebration

15 video artists from 10 countries | Online performances from Hamburg and Sweden | Performances by 12 local artists

Friday, March 12, 2010; 6:30pm – 11pm
Tickets: $10 (includes food and reception)
Read more:
+ Download the PDF catalogue of the event (1 MB)

Alysse Stepanian: “For Action’s Sake”

Arthur Danto distinguishes two different political responses to “the danger of art.” One system controls and censors art, and the other excludes it “from the class of dangerous acts.” He adds, “In the one system, the artist, however conformist, is incipiently a rebel. In the other system, every rebel, however dangerous, is incipiently a conformist. In the one system, the political prison is the standing risk. In the other a Presidential Ceremony with a Citation for Excellence is the standing promise.”*
The first year anniversary show of Manipulated Image, For Action’s Sake, considers the confluence of art and politics. Direct and indirect references are made to the role of mass media in the present, and its relationship to Machiavellian and Fascistic politics. A play on words, the title references “art for art’s sake,” the failure of Modernism to fulfill its promise of bringing social change, and the persecution of avant-garde artists by the Nazis and Stalin, as they bore the stigma of the “degenerate” and “unofficial.” For Action’s Sake contrasts autotelic individuals with those driven by external influences such as power and comfort, who in the end are left unfulfilled and alienated.
* The Politics of Imagination, The Lindley Lecture, University of Kansas, October 29, 1988, pgs. 13-14

SF.HH.SF by Igor Štromajer (Intimate Internet Performance)
Webcams Live from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
9:50 PM UTC-7, Friday, 12 March 2010

Via Hamburg, Germany
5:50 AM UTC+1, Saturday, 13 March 2010
Back to Santa Fe Complex, New Mexico, USA
9:50 PM UTC-7, Friday, 12 March 2010

Projection of the “SF.NM.SF” – live internet performance by I. Štromajer
Location: Santa Fe Complex, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; 12 March 2010
Event: Manipulated Image #11, “For Action’s Sake”
Pics from the event: Alysse Stepanian

Igor Stromajer (Intima Virtual Base – is an intimate mobile communicator. His oeuvre comprises nearly 100 projects presented at more than 100 exhibitions in 50 countries on all the continents. The two most widely known are Ballettikka Internettikka and Oppera Internettikka (1997–2010). He has received several awards for his work (in Moscow, Hamburg, Dresden, Belfort, Madrid and Maribor), and his projects form part of the permanent collections of the prestigious art institutions, among them Le Centre national d’art et de Culture Georges Pompidou – Musée national d’art moderne in Paris, France; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain; the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, Slovenia; the Computerfinearts Gallery – net and media art collection in New York, USA; the Maribor Art Gallery, Slovenia). His multimedia projects research tactical emotional states, intimate political guerrilla, and traumatic low-tech strategies. He lectures as a guest artist at universities and contemporary art institutes in Europe, North and Latin America, and Asia.

“I believe in intimacy, individualism, emotions, frustrations, traumas, artificiality, communication, impossibility, mobility, montage, radicality, sensibility, silence, strategy, tactics, tears, orgasm, concept, pleasure, fantasies, philosophy, transfer, utopia and angels. I do not believe in media, tourism and the end.”

In cooperation with VideoChannel
NewMediaFest’2010: 10 Years [NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne
Co-curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne & Alysse Stepanian

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