EXHIBITION

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irational.org: Tools, Techniques and Events 1996-2006

CCA Glasgow | 06/16/2007 - 07/21/2007

Daniel G. Andujar (Valencia/E), Rachel Baker (London/GB),
Kayle Brandon (Bristol/GB), Heath Bunting (Bristol/GB),
Minerva Cuevas (Mexico City/MEX), Marcus Valentine (Bristol/GB)

curated by Inke Arns and Jacob Lillemose

A project by Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund
at CCA: The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
June 16 - July 21, 2007
Opening: Friday, June 15, 2007, 7-9pm

Have you ever taken part in International Tree Climbing Day? Did you know that there is a genetically modified “superweed” resistant to current herbicides such as Roundup? How would you react to the statement “Remember, language is not free?” Have you ever heard of “Public Sculpture Climbing” or the “Tour de Fence”? All of these are projects that have taken form around the server irational.org in recent years.

From June 16 - July 21, 2007, CCA: The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow shows IRATIONAL.ORG Techniques, Tools and Events 1996 - 2006. The exhibition which was conceived in 2006 by Hartware MedienKunstVerein and exhibited in the 2.200 sqm large PHOENIX Halle Dortmund unter the title „The Wonderful World of irational. Tools, Techniques and Events 1996-2006“, has been adapted to the exhibition spaces of the CCA Glasgow. During the opening weekend from June 15-17, 2007, there will be various activities by irational members in Glasgow.

irational
irational is a loose grouping of six international net and media artists who came together around the server irational.org, founded by the British net artist Heath Bunting in 1996, going on to make decisive contribution to early net art from the mid-1990s onward. They include Daniel Garcia Andújar / Technologies to the People (E), Rachel Baker (GB), Kayle Brandon (GB), Heath Bunting (GB), Minerva Cuevas / Mejor Vida Corporation (MEX) and Marcus Valentine (GB).

With dry humor and minimal aesthetics, irational commented the Internet hype of the mid-to-late 1990s, competing with the commercialization-euphoria of the new market by developing its own pseudo-ventures. Net art was immediate during this period, neither needing nor enjoying the safety of a mediating space or instance. This is why irational often hit upon humorless trademark attorneys, who wanted to keep irational from using brand names such as 7-11, American Express, Sainsbury's and Tesco. These encounters, which the exhibition documents extensively, were little more than a prelude to more recent developments in the field of copyright, intellectual property, and brand protection. Heath Bunting was the first net artist to retire in 1997, putting an end to his exclusive work on the net and turning back to more intensive work in public space, which the Internet has become such an important part of today. If the activities of irational during its “net phase” were dedicated to calling virtual boundaries into question, its members now experiment with interrogating and overcoming economic, political, and social boundaries in real space, producing a great deal of comic relief, among other things.

IRATIONAL.ORG in Glasgow
Never before have so many complex and relevant artworks from around irational.org been shown in such a comprehensive exhibition. The goal of the exhibition is to use the media of a large-scale showing, various activities in the urban space of Glasgow, a panel discussion about „Sport Art“, and a comprehensive publication to make these artistic-activist pieces more accessible to a general public.

We would like to thank the Ministerpräsident des Landes NRW for supporting the realisation of the show in Glasgow. We are very happy about the fact that with the CCA - Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow an important art institution is taking over the exhibition „Irational. Tools, Techniques and Events 1996-2006“ and would like to thank Francis McKee and Kerri Moogan for their enthusiasm.

Inke Arns, Jacob Lillemose
Susanne Ackers, Francis Hunger



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IRATIONAL.ORG
Tools, techniques and events 1996-2006

Daniel G. Andujar (Valencia/E), Rachel Baker (London/GB),
Kayle Brandon (Bristol/GB), Heath Bunting (Bristol/GB),
Minerva Cuevas (Mexico City/MEX), Marcus Valentine (Bristol/GB)
u.a.

A project by Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund
at CCA: The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
June 16 - July 21, 2007
Opening: Friday, June 15, 2007, 7-9pm

Exhibition
curated by Inke Arns, Jacob Lillemose

CCA: The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
Francis McKee, Artistic Director
Kerri Moogan, Programme Manager
Alan Kean, Gallery Manager
Kenny MacLeod, Production Manager
Louise Shelley, Office and Programme Assistance
Bec Carey-Grieve, General Manager

Catalogue
The second edition of „The Hartware Guide to irational“ is published on the occasion of the taking over of the exhibition „irational. Tools, Techniques and Events 1996-2006“ by the CCA: The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow:
Susanne Ackers / Inke Arns / Francis Hunger / Jacob Lillemose (eds.), The Hartware Guide to irational.org, Revolver - Archiv fuer aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt am Main 2006, ISBN 3-86588-299-4, 18 Euro

The exhibition at CCA Glasgow is supported by
The Scottish Arts Council
The Glasgow City Council
Der Ministerpraesident des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

CCA: The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
http://www.cca-glasgow.com

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