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Robert Adrian X / Norbert Math (AT)
Michael Aschauer (AT)
Erich Berger (AT)
Bureau d'Etudes (F)
Jonah Brucker-Cohen (USA)
Paul DeMarinis (USA)
Evelina Domnitch / Dmitri Gelfand (BY/RU/NL)
Mark Fischer (USA)
Bulat Galeyev (RU)
Joyce Hinterding / David Haines (AUS)
Hive Networks (GB)
Derek Holzer (USA)
Martin Howse (GB)
Luke Jerram (GB)
Voldemars Johansons (LAT)
Aaron Kaplan / Doron Goldfarb (AT)
Jacob Kirkegaard (DK/ D)
Bas van Koolwijk (NL)
Anthony McCall (USA)
Marko Peljhan (SLO)
Oskars Poikans (LAT)
Julian Priest (NZ)
Martins Ratniks / Clausthome (LAT)
Scanner (GB)
Nina Sobell (USA)
Adam Somlai-Fischer (HU) / Usman Haque (GB) / Danil Lundbäck (SE) / Bengt Sjölen (SE)
Take 2030 (F/GB)
Evamaria Trischak (AT)
Udo Wid (AT)
Franz Xaver (AT)

Waves - The Art of the Electromagnetic Society

PHOENIX Halle | 05/10/2008 - 06/29/2008

Wireless communication is, in this day and age, a given in all realms of society. Yet what manner of artistic potential is presented by the electromagnetic waves perpetually enveloping us today? And how might these influence our psyche?

From 10 May through 29 June 2008 the Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund (HMKV) is presenting – in cooperation with the Ars Electronica, Linz (European Capital of Culture 2009) and with RIXC, Riga – the exhibition Waves – The Art of the Electromagnetic Society in the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund.

Electromagnetic Waves as Artistic Material

Waves presents nearly 30 (media) artworks that regard electromagnetic waves not only as carriers of information but moreover as artistic material. The exhibition treats electromagnetic waves as the medium connecting people, nature, and technology – giving rise today to entirely new electromagnetic landscapes.

The range of topics addressed by the exhibition includes both electromagnetic waves with their aesthetic and societal potentials as well as the interplay between industrial waves technologies – such as mobile telephony, WLAN, or Bluetooth – and human social reality. Interpretations by over 35 international artists incite the public to explore and better understand their own electromagnetic environments. Waves is being presented in the scope of the North Rhine-Westphalian festival ‘scene:austria in nrw’.

"Street Radio" on the Premises of the Dortmund U

Complementing the exhibition at the PHOENIX Halle venue in Dortmund-Hörde is the “Field Amplification” (a “Street Radio” application) – a large-scale artistic project on the premises of the Dortmund U (former Union Brewery) near Dortmund’s central station. The English artist group Hive Networks (London) is installing four radio stations at the ‘U’ location to be heard on the grounds around the clock from 11 May to 29 June on USW (ultra shortwave).

The programme – including a radio play, audio works by exhibition artists, and two interactive radio channels (radio and headphone rental from 5–9 p.m. daily) – will serve to ‘boost’ the electromagnetic field surrounding the U-Turm. Starting in 2010, the Dortmunder U will become – as Centre for Art and Creativity – the new location of the Hartware MedienKunstVerein.

Waves has been conceptualised by Austrian curator and media artist Armin Medosch (Vienna/London), who is curating the Dortmund exhibition in collaboration with Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits (RIXC, Riga) and Dr. Inke Arns (HMKV, Dortmund).

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Schedule of Events in the context of Waves
(last updated: April 15, 2008)

Fri, May 9, 2008, 19:00
Waves - The Art of the Electromagnetic Society
HMKV in the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund

May 9 – 11, 2008 (Fri – Sun), daily 12:00 Uhr – 19:00
Demons in the Aether
An active, artistic investigation of electromagnetic substance within a constructed environment
Workshop with Martin Howse (GB)
HMKV in the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund
Max. 12 participants, in English
Registration until May 2, 2008 at m@1010.co.uk

Sat, May 10, 2008, 11:00
Installation of the Deceleration Point 8Hz
a donation by Udo Wid (AT)

Sat, May 10, 2008, 20:00 (opening)
Hive Networks (GB) – Field Amplification
Four „Street Radio“ stations on the premises of the Dortmund U (former Union Brewery) – transmitting 24 hours a day on FM until 29 June 2008!
Radio rental daily 17:00 - 21:00

May 29 – June 1, 2008 (Thu – Sun)
Workshop with Derek Holzer (USA)
HMKV in the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund
Max. 15 participants, in English
Registration until May 22, 2008 at info@hmkv.de or Tel +49 – 231 – 823 106

May 30 – 31, 2008 (Fri – Sat), daily 18:00 - 20:30
Abstracts of Syn - Edition Medienturm Graz
Video screening, presented by Sandro Droschl (AT)
HMKV in the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund

June 13 – 14, 2008 (Fri – Sat), daily 16:00 - 21:00
Filmavantgarde Österreich: Peter Weibel, Valie Export and Martin Arnold
HMKV in the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund

June 21 – 22, 2008 (Sat – Sun)
5107: Urban Expeditions in Dortmund along the GPS Matrix
A Two-day GPS workshop with Evamaria Trischak (AT)
HMKV in the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund
Max. 20 participants, in German
Registration until June 14, 2008 at info@hmkv.de or Tel +49 – 231 – 823 106

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Waves - The Art of the Electromagnetic Society
HMKV in the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund, Germany
May 10 – June 29, 2008

A cooperation between
Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Ars Electronica, Linz, and RIXC, Riga

Concept: Armin Medosch
Curators: Armin Medosch, Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Dr. Inke Arns

We cordially invite you to attend the opening on Friday, May 9, 2008, at 19:00.

A comprehensive catalogue (German/English) will be published with contributions by Armin Medosch, Inke Arns, Franz Xaver and others.

PHOENIX Halle Dortmund
Hochofenstr. / Ecke Rombergstr.
Dortmund-Hörde, Germany

Opening hours: Thu + Fri 11:00 - 22:00, Sat + Sun 11:00 - 20:00

Admission: 4 €, reduced 2 €

In the framework of the exhibition a comprehensive program of events will take place: three workshops with Martin Howse, Derek Holzer and Evamaria Trischak, two film and video screenings. See the attached schedule of events or www.hmkv.de

Further venues:

Stadtgarten Dortmund: „Entschleunigungspunkt 8Hz (Deceleration Point) Dortmund/Stadtgarten“ by Udo Wid (AT)  - a donation to the city of Dortmund

Dortmunder U: „Field Amplification“ – a „Street Radio“ application by Hive Networks (GB), transmitting 24 hours a day, with a radio play, audio works by artists participating the the exhibition „Waves – The Art of the Electromagnetic Society“ (Erich Berger AT/E, Clausthome LV, Derek Holzer USA, Martin Howse GB, Jacob Kirkegaard DK, Marko Peljhan SLO, RIXC LV, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner GB, Franz Xaver AT), and an interactive radio channel, radio rental daily 17:00 - 21:00.

In the framework of scene:österreich in nrw - 39. internationale kulturtage der stadt dortmund

Funded by: Sparkasse Dortmund, Der Ministerpräsident des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturbüro Stadt Dortmund, The State Culture Capital Foundation (SCCF) Riga, dortmund-project, PHOENIX, LEG, RUHR.2010, Gravis


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