⊡.gif ▸ Gallery Gallery, Sofia

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Иgor Щtromajer
with Sakrowski

Gallery Gallery / Галерия Галерия, Sofia, Bulgaria
19 May – 3 September 2022
Opening: 19 May 2022, 7 pm at Ploshtadka

curators
Albena Baeva & Rene Beekman

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In 1996, Igor Štromajer created his first work of net art; 0.html. The work was an elaborate game-like interactive story in which Machiavelli, Nietsche, Hobbes, Tito, Kraftwerk and Neil Armstrong, among others, have cameos.

German curator and theorist Inke Arns wrote that “0.html is an archive of historical techno imagination, world politics and a grain of melancholy. At the end of the tour through this complex project, Štromajer confronts the visitor with the following words: ‘Internet is the most primitive medium ever’.”

0.html was deleted as part of the Expunction project in 2011.

However, one visual element from this legendary work survived; the rotating cube. The original file is a 64 by 64 pixel gif animation of a cube that rotates on one of its corners.

In February and March 2022, Štromajer produced seven post-blockchain non-fungible cubes (NFC) from the original gif and secretly exhibited them at seven Frankfurt art venues; AtelierFrankruft, basis, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Kunstverein Familie Montez, Museum MMK für Moderne Kunst, Portikus and Schirn Kunsthalle.

Now, 25 years after the original work was produced, Sakrowski, art historian, director and curator of router.gallery and the panke.gallery in Berlin, redesigned this iconic animation into an augmented reality (AR) artwork under the title Cube.Zero.


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Sakrowski & Štromajer: Cube.Zero, Ploshtadka

This spring, starting on 19 May, Štromajer presents ⊡.gif at Gallery Gallery; the original 64 by 64 pixel animated rotating cube is shown at the router gallery and the brand-new AR work Cube.Zero by Štromajer & Sakrowski at Ploshtadka. The exhibition will continue throughout the summer.

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Gallery Gallery / Галерия Галерия is the first gallery that is exclusively focused on digital art in Bulgaria. All exhibitions at the gallery are shown in a virtual exhibition space.

Ploshtadka / Площадка is the new virtual sculpture park of gallery Gallery. It shows digital sculptures visible to visitors’ mobile devices through augmented reality. It is a natural continuation of a digital exhibition space and the permanent collection of gallery Gallery.

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Rencontres Internationales, Paris 2022

Rencontres Internationales
new cinema and contemporary art
Paris, 2–8 May 2022

Opening night:
Louxor Palais du cinéma, Paris
Monday, 2 May 2022, 7:30 pm

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↑ Igor Štromajer: Igor Štromajer in conversation with Igor Štromajer (video, 40:42)

Štromajer‘s video is shown in the Data Dream section of the exhibition at Galerie Rue Française as part of the Rencontres Internationales festival.

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Les Rencontres Internationales traces the specificities and convergences of artistic practices between new cinema and contemporary art, examines new artistic forms and their critical approaches, and provides the necessary time for points of view to meet and be exchanged.

ruef4Galerie Rue Française
plateforme créative pour l’art
3 rue Française, 75001 Paris
Saturday, 7 May 2022 from 1 to 7 pm

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Festival locations: Beaux-Arts de Paris, Louvre auditorium, Centre Pompidou, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Rue Française, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles and the Goethe Institut

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With the support of DRAC Île-de-France – Ministère de la Culture, CNC Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Conseil Régional d’Île-de-France, Ville de Paris, Cité internationale des arts, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Rue Française, Goethe-Institut Paris, Center Wallonie Bruxelles, Austrian Cultural Forum, Arte, etc.

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The Internet Yami-Ichi 2012-2021: A Decade to Download

A Decade to Download
The Internet Yami-Ichi 2012-2021
10th anniversary book

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book launch: 15, 16 and 17 April 2022 in New York, Tokyo, Berlin and Amsterdam

The Internet Yami-Ichi was born in Tokyo in 2012. In the past decade, 43 Yami-ichis have been held in more than 30 cities. We have to download and save all those vaguely-remembered backstreet landscapes of the Internet before they disappear into the 404s.

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Igor Štromajer ⇢ #embroidery, 2016

There has never been a more important time in the history of how the Internet has changed the world than in the last decade. And it was Yami-Ichi that ran alongside that history. What happened at Yami-Ichi is a snapshot of history.

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The F_CUBE

The F_CUBE · Der F_WÜRFEL
by Igor Štromajer
Frankfurt am Main
March 2022

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Over a period of seven consecutive days, between ∾⫛ and ⇋∾ March 2022, Štromajer secretly brought seven analogue and one digital artworks to seven art spaces in Frankfurt and exhibited them there unnoticed. Their fate is unknown.

Invasive exhibitions (alphabetically and chronologically / photo and video):

[1] Atelierfrankfurt
date: ∾⫛/03/2022


[2] basis
date: ∾⌆/03/2022


[3] Frankfurter Kunstverein
date: ∾⋪/03/2022


[4] Kunstverein Familie Montez
date: ∾⊶/03/2022


[5] MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST
date: ∾∴/03/2022


[6] Portikus
date: ∾∸/03/2022


[7] Schirn Kunsthalle
date: ⇋∾/03/2022

The Cube:

In 1996, Štromajer used an animated gif (64⨯64 pixels) of a spinning cube in his first net art work 0.html.
25 years later, Sakrowski redesigned this iconic file into an augmented reality artwork.
In February and March 2022, Štromajer produced seven post-blockchain non-fungible cubes from the original gif and secretly exhibited them, along with a digital cube, at seven Frankfurt art venues.

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7 post-blockchain NFCs (non-fungible cubes irl), hand-converted from a 1996 animated gif

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The NFC, 2022
post-blockchain NFC (non-fungible cube)
anodized titanium and aluminium
cube: 1 cm³, platform: 2 cm²
edition of 7

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1) In 1996, Štromajer used an animated gif (64⨯64 pixels) of a spinning cube in his first net art work 0.html.

2) 25 years later, Sakrowski redesigned this iconic file into an augmented reality artwork.

3) In February 2022, Štromajer produced seven post-blockchain NFCs (non-fungible cubes) from the original gif.

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Štromajer, 1996

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(Štromajer Sakrowski), 2021
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A cubic function is a function of the form ƒ(x)=ax³+bx²+cx+d where the coefficients a, b, c and d are complex numbers, and the variable x takes real values, and a≠0. It is both a polynomial function of degree three, and a real function. Setting ƒ(x)=0 produces a cubic equation of the form ax³+bx²+cx+d=0.

Controlling_Connectivity – Ten Years After

Controlling_Connectivity
Ten Years After
Artists Talk: Gretta LouwIgor Štromajer

Art Laboratory Berlin (ALB)
Tuesday, 8 February 2022
8 pm CET

Curators: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz
Videography: Tuçe Erel

In context of Vorspiel | transmediale 2022 Art Laboratory Berlin welcomes you to a conversation with artists Gretta Louw and Igor Štromajer based on Louw’s radical 10 day online performance at ALB in 2011.

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35th Stuttgarter Filmwinter

35th Stuttgart Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media
Stuttgart, 7–16 January 2022

Media in Space & Network Culture
Expanded Media Exhibition
Projektraum Kunstverein Wagenhalle, Stuttgart

TOGETHER
a festival for all and none

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Igor Štromajer participating with 3¦×Fń–Qé3 = Mià+ • eight computer/procedurally-generated post-¹, proto-², algorithmic, meta-pop³ pseudo-songs • video set

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3¦×Fń–Qé3 = Mià+ is a procedurally generated meta-pop music and video set by Igor Štromajer and his computers, both sung and performed by them. The lyrics for the songs were code extracted from jpeg images and converted into texts. The music was procedurally/computer-generated using various algorithms and applications that automatically converted the lyrics to music (text-to-music) and combined the resulting music with the sung lyrics. In the same process, the lyrics themselves became singable, they were given melodies (text-to-singing).

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Expanded Media Podcast • Text/Concept: Sara Dahme, Music/Mix: Michael Fiedler • Network Culture 5: 3¦×Fń–Qé3 = Mià+

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Photo: Daniela Wolf

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Photo: Daniela Wolf

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Projektraum Kunstverein Wagenhalle, Stuttgart
Photo: Daniela Wolf

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Projektraum Kunstverein Wagenhalle, Stuttgart
Photo: Daniela Wolf

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Projektraum Kunstverein Wagenhalle, Stuttgart
Photo: Daniela Wolf

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↑ 3¦×Fń–Qé3 = Mià+ (Projektraum Kunstverein Wagenhalle, Stuttgart)

Videos:

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The Large Glass

The Large Glass
Journal of Contemporary Art, Culture and Theory
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The New Reality
No. 31/32, December 2021
Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje
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In this issue:
“Igor Štromajer: a=tF² · To find the art (a), you multiply the time (t) by the square of the force (F)”

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This volume of the The Large Glass compares various contributions on ‘The new reality’, a reality, which has been shaped by events throughout 2020 and 2021. Starting from the early period of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns, closed borders coupled with forms of social antagonism, struggles, discrimination and exclusion of people from economic activity and political participation, as well as the ongoing climate emergency and ecological destruction. This challenging context not only creates a political emergency, but also an artistic state of emergency.

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