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Memefest 2014: Die Gewinner

Cleber Rafael de Campos: “I have NOT read and agree to the terms of use”. “Despite the internet is a place for freedom of speech and participatory culture, most of our time online is passed inside the walled gardens of social networks. In my project I meant to show that you are just as free online according to the corporations rules you network with. It’s a newspaper that has the aim to make explicit the content inside top 6 social network’s terms of use.”

Jasna Jernejšek: “Barbie World is Beautiful”. “Barbie World is Beautiful is a parodic photographic series in which I transfer the everyday, often stereotyped, life situations into idealized environments of the Barbie world.”

Daniele Torcellini: “Selfie”. “The images are digital collages where the heads of famous painters have been cut from their self-portraits and pasted over the bodies of celebrities or common people who took selfie.”

Berrak Eyiceoglu: “Earth Table”. “This project is inspired by a series of collective dining events, which was organised by an activist group called “Anti-capitalist Muslims” from Turkey, happened during the riots in Istanbul 2013. The event was a reaction against the wild-capitalist and discriminatory politics of the current pro-Islamist government via public space interventions. The idea was simple: They organised Iftar meals (the evening meal during Ramadan) at Taksim square that the participants sit on the bare ground, bring some simple home-cooked meal and share it with anonymous people.”

Julien Boisvert: “Sponsor a Wealthy Child”. “SaWC is a transmedia game that upends the logic of aid. Families from the South come to the rescue of Western children suffering from “relational poverty”. Three infomercials tell the stories of these children “in need” by copying the aesthetic used by NGOs. An interactive platform allows users from the South and from the West to be paired.”

Ren Fah / Anna Mitterer: “The Lament Chorus”. A performance by the Artgroup ­Dithyrimbaud. It should take place as an intervention in different public locations (topi). The Lament translates feelings of pain, loss and mourning, that especially in former Yugoslavia follow the traces of violence and forced separation. This intervention tries to find those places, where the inscribed history of the public places, during the forced separation, surfaces.”

Christian Zöllner, Sebastian Piatza, Julian Adenauer: “Ready to Cloud”. “Imagine! Teleportation as we all know from Star Trek can be possible! Or even nearly. With the Ready to Cloud project we propose a first trial on simulating a teleportation system within the possibilites of off the shelf materials.”

Matt Kulesza: “1000+ Coffees“. “I plan to have a one-on-one coffee with every single one of my 1000+ Facebook “friends” over the space of the next three years, or as long as it takes to complete.”

Und hier sind sie: Die Gewinner des diesjährigen MEMEFEST-Festivals – wieder einmal eine wahre Schatzkammer an großartigen, politischen und subversiven Projekten aus den Bereichen Kunst, Design und Technik. “Dialogue is tirelessly presented as ‘the’ solution to the problems of ‘our’ times – in art, war, love, democracy and even in the workplace. In fact, dialogue has been central to the ethos of Memefest since its inception back in 2002. But what if dialogue is not working? We were convinced that an urgent fresh look, an updated reflection on the current states of dialogue in an increasingly anti- dialogic culture is very necessary. Curated by Alana Hunt and Oliver Vodeb, RADICAL INTIMACIES: DIALOGUE IN OUR TIMES was the theme of this year’s Memefest. We were trying to ask a difficult question in order to honestly explore all the complicated failures and the hopeful potentialities that feed our faith in dialogue – politically, creatively, laboriously and intimately. People from 26 Countries around the world have responded to our call and have been working on many of the challenging aspects of Dialogue. More than 250 works in the categories Visual communication practice, Critical writing and participatory art have been submitted to this years Friendly Competition.” Und hier gibt´s alle ausgewählten Arbeiten zu sehen.

Yolanda Domínguez: “Gallery”

Self-Hacking: Die spanische Künstlerin Yolanda Domínguez stellt ihr Smartphone mit ihren privaten Bildern aus: “The project “Gallery” deals on the public spreading of intimate images of female celebrities (actresses, models, politicians, athletes…). The show contain a single art piece: the artist’s smartphone displayed in the gallery space, allowing the visitor to freely access her private photo-gallery, which will be only visible through the device. With this experience the artist gives the spectator the chance to decide whether to have a look or not, suggesting some issues like the vulnerability we are exposed to by using mobile devices, the constant exposure of the woman’s body in the media or the market that these images generate.” Vgl. auch “iPhone live” von Johannes P Osterhoff. Via: Mail

On The Roofs: “What’s up Hong Kong?”

Das russische “Urban Skywalker”-Duo Vitaliy Raskalov & Vadim Makhorov alias On The Roofs bei ihrer neusten Aktion, ein Billboard-Hack in Hong Kong. Via: Marie, merci!

Pierre Terdjman & Benjamin Girette: “Dysturb”

Street Art trifft auf Fotojournalismus: “We are photojournalists who have taken onto the walls of your city to highlight stories undercovered by mainstream media. We believe in photography to express the words, distinguish the emotions and elevate the voice of people. We have chosen to print stories, to foster discussions and reactions. We wish to open eyes and inform about the world we live in. We are #Dysturb.” Terdjman: “Each time I finish a story, it’s the same struggle to get my images published magazines are rarely interested in showing what’s happening in Egypt, in Georgia, in Afghanistan. Sometimes they’ll publish one or two images, but that’s it. So, everything started from a very selfish idea. I wanted to show my photographs. I wanted to inform people, show them what I’d seen.” Via/Via

Watchlist: Wouter Sibum

“Cebra Diapositiva”, 2013

“Colour me surprised” with Nicolas Vionnet, 2012

“Re-Pair”, 2009

out/box“: Wunderbare Objet-Trouvé im öffentlichen Raum

Wouter Sibum, Amsterdam (NL) 1980 is an artist who makes installations, photographs and artistic interventions with a special interest in context related art. He has a particular interest in public space, street furniture, spacial design, social structures, but above all, benches.” Via

Erik Kessels & Thomas Sauvin: “ME TV”

Immer eine große Freude: Die Buchprojekte von kesselskramerpublishing. Neu im Sortiment: “ME TV” von Erik Kessels & Thomas Sauvin. “ME TV is publication made as a collaboration between Thomas Sauvin and Erik Kessels in Beijing. From the many pictures documenting TVs in China, these eight photographs are the best they’ve ever seen. Found in a market in Beijing, the images show a woman in her late sixties, always in an identical pose. In fact, the only thing that changes is her outfit. Or rather, the only thing that changes is her top, a new colourful jumper in each image. Her trousers are always the same. Even here pinkie finger remains static and strangely angled, in shot after shot. For some reason, this precise pinkie fascinates, implying as it does that she consciously arranged her little finger in a slightly unnatural way. What’s with the pinkie? Was this a strange running gag? Is this artifice something to do with showing how proud she is of her TV? All questions that one can only speculate about. What’s for sure is that this is an extraordinary small photographic series, made most likely by a husband and his wife over a short period of time. A couple documenting the arrival of a new television set and doing it in a way that verges on a work of conceptual art.”

Just: “Letters from Aleppo” – Ausstellung in Berlin

Wer´s noch nicht mitbekommen hat, eine kleine Erinnerung via Nerdcore: “Eine Woche vor Weihnachten fuhr mein Buddy Just nach Syrien, fotografierte dort im Bürgerkrieg und schickte mir Reiseberichte per Mail, die ich hier auf Nerdcore unredigiert veröffentlichte. Seit dem ist eine Menge passiert: Just hat eine Reihe von Interviews gegeben, ein Bericht erschien online in der Zeit (hier die Galerie dazu), die Story wird in der nächsten Ausgabe des renomierten schweizer Magazins Reportagen veröffentlicht, er ist Ende Februar vom Ausschuss für Menschenrechte und humanitaere Hilfe des Bundestags eingeladen, nachdem der Vorsitzende die Postings gelesen hatte und er organisiert grade eine Hilfsaktion für die Psychiatrie, die er dort besucht und fotografiert hatte.

Am 15. Februar eröffnet zu all dem die Ausstellung „Letters from Aleppo“ im Berliner Stattbad (FB-Event), dort werden sowohl Streetart-Bilder als auch Fotos aus Syrien zu sehen sein, während der Ausstellung läuft eine Klanginstallation von Thomas Rassloff, der das ständige Hintergrundrauschen aus Panzerschüssen und Gewehrsalven aufgenommen hat. Just hat auf seiner Website eine Slideshow online gestellt, inklusive Sounds. In der Ausstellung wird es auch ein Poster-Magazin zu kaufen geben (hier kann man das Teil online bestellen), die Erlöse fließen in die anlaufende Hilfsaktion.”

Was von Weihnachten noch übrig bleibt…

Merry Christmas and a happy new year from: 0331c. Via

Merry Christmas and a happy new year from: Sasha Kurmaz.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year from: Luzinterruptus. Via

Und natürlich auch “Merry Christmas and a happy new year from: rebelart!”. So, und jetzt reicht´s aber auch: Weihnachten ist vorbei und wir starten durch ins neue Jahr – ich wünsche Euch ein fröhliches 2013 und freue mich auf Eure neuen Aktionen und Projekte!

Update: The Wa

“Atlas”, 2012. Foto: Davide Marconcini

“Stavanger”, 2012

“La Ligne rouge : From the tourist itinerary to itinerant deviance. Here we are in Marseille, tourism policy put in evidence the merits of the city through a red track marks on the ground to serve as a guide, itinerary … the itinerary is advised. The Wa diverted then track it official by a mechanism tinkers, assembles, welds in the discretion of the workshops. It is therefore conceivable that small machinery, which allows a bicycle, to throw a line on the ground in red paint. This object has the burlesque aesthetic becomes the weapon of deviance. The Wa takes his bike, and since the itinerary advice, diverted the track official to areas not politically respectable.” (…)

Neue Arbeiten von The Wa, via Mail, merci!

Palindromo Meszaros: “The Dive”

Palindromo Meszaros über eine Umweltkatastrophe in Ungarn: “14th of October, 2010 at 12.25pm in Ajka, Veszprém county, Hungary: around a million cubic metres of toxic waste were released after the burst of the retaining wall in one of the reservoirs used for the accumulation of MAL aluminium company rubbish. The spilling reached two meters high and started a destructive race trying to release its energy, flooding Devecser and Kolontár villages. Ten human casualties were counted and the material damages were imposible to measure, including the destruction or irreparable deterioration of a big ammount of houses, the dissapearing of infrastructures and the poisoning of dozens of fields. The accident was fastly considered the biggest catastrophe of hungarian history. This photos have been taken six months after the accident when the silence takes the place of the headlines and just The Line is left.” Via