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Interactive Screen 0.7: user-friendly is not enough

August 1, 2007

I’ve been asked to give a keynote address on the first day of the Banff New Media Institute‘s annual workshop “Interactive Screen“. The theme this year is “user-friendly is not enough!” and looks at web 2.0 and artist-run initiatives in creating interactive rich media content and platforms. I will be talking about My Own Private Reality and outlining some of the history of artists (unpopular professionals?) situating their work in relation to (amateur?) popular culture online. Check back for documentation! (Sarah Cook)



June 25, 2007

Wir möchten Sie zu folgender Veranstaltung einladen | We would like to
invite you to the following event

Donnerstag, 28. Juni, 20 Uhr | Thursday, 28 June, 8 p.m.

Videopräsentation von | Videopresentation by

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Der Videohoster YouTube zeigt am deutlichsten, wie fluide Kommunikation
über Bilder funktioniert und dass hierbei manchmal sogar Kunst entstehen
kann. Dabei dienen alle diese neu entstandenen Clipformen nur einem
Ziel: sich anderen mitzuteilen, mit ihnen zu kommunizieren und Einblicke
in die Leben der Anderen zu bekommen.
Die Präsentation von Birgit Richard, Professorin für Neue Medien in
Frankfurt am Main, stellt die in ihrer wissenschaftlichen Studie
herausgearbeitete Typologie vor, die man bei YouTube findet, und
navigiert durch die Clipsorten EgoClips, Skillz Clips, Art Clips,
Response/Battle Clips, FanClips, Virale Clips…

Die Präsentation ist Teil des Rahmenprogramms zur Ausstellung MY OWN
PRIVATE REALITY, die noch bis Sonntag, den 1. Juli 2007 zu besichtigen


The Video-Sharing website YouTube demonstrates most clearly how
smoothly communication with images functions and that sometimes even art
is created in the process. All these newly emerging types of clips,
however, serve one single goal: to communicate with others, to share
with others, and catch a glimpse of other peoples’ lives.
In her presentation Birgit Richard, professor for New Media in
Frankfurt am Main, introduces a typology of the material found on
YouTube, based on her own academic survey, and takes a tour through
different types of clips such as EgoClips, Skillz Clips, Art Clips,
Response/Battle Clips, FanClips, Viral Clips…

The presentation is part of the programme accompanying the exhibition
MY OWN PRIVATE REALITY, which is on show until Sunday, 1 July 2007.

talk / vortrag

June 12, 2007

Wir möchten Sie auf unsere heutige Veranstaltung aufmerksam machen | We
would like to alert you to the following event

Dienstag, 12. Juni, 20 Uhr | Tuesday, 12 June, 8 p.m.

Sarah Cook: *Exhibiting (on) the web*

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Sarah Cook, Medienwissenschaftlerin aus Newcastle, spricht über die
Reaktionen von Medienkünstlern auf die Entwicklungen des so genannten
Web 2.0. Sie gibt einen historischen Überblick, wie Künstler das World
Wide Web in ihren Arbeiten thematisiert haben und stellt Strategien vor,
wie netzbasierte Kunst im Internet ausgestellt werden kann.

Der Vortrag ist Teil des Rahmenprogramms zur Ausstellung MY OWN PRIVATE
REALITY. Generation Internet wird erwachsen, die von Sarah Cook und
Sabine Himmelsbach kuratiert wurde.

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Sarah Cook, new media curator and university researcher from Newcastle,
talks about how media artists react to the developments of the so called
Web 2.0. She is going to survey the history of the web as a subject of
artworks and present strategies of exhibiting web based art online.

The talk is part of the programme accompanying the exhibition MY OWN
PRIVATE REALITY. Growing up online in the 90s and 00s, curated by Sarah
Cook and Sabine Himmelsbach.

Talking about the exhibition on Art Radio in Venice this week

June 6, 2007

We’ve been invited to participate in a round-table discussion about new media art on WPS1 Art Radio at the Venice Biennial this week, thanks to the PAN | Palazzo delle Arti Napoli. Listen out for us online on Saturday the 9th of June between 3 and 4pm (localtime), talking with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Eva and Franco Mattes of, and the critic Domenico Quaranta. If you are near the Giardini, look out for the radio boat docked nearby and say hello!

upcoming conference on web 2.0 technologies

May 16, 2007

re-posted from the SPECTRE list – This conference is in Amsterdam on the 30th and 31st of May.

Virtueel Platform invites you to attend the international conference
Cultuur 2.0. The conference examines the impact of a series of
developments known commonly as Web 2.0, including sharing, ranking,
rating, collective intelligence, the wisdom & the dumbness of crowds,
empowering software, social software, community applications.

The conference brings together the cultural sector and the online and
ICT world to share, develop and learn to use knowledge, ideas and
technology. Will a Web 2.0 approach really bring about new kinds of
cultural content or is this merely a question of a temporary hype?

Cultuur 2.0 is made up of two days. The first takes the form of a seminar, in which the Web 2.0 way of thinking is taken apart,
questioned and applied to the current cultural climate and policy
development. To assist us on this journey will be international
speakers including Charles Leadbeater
(, author of the forthcoming ‘We
Think, the power of mass creativity’, Internet pioneer Bob Stumpel
(, Internet entrepreneur Boris Veldhuijzen van
Zanten ( and Andrew Keen
( who will be joining in via ‘video
conversation’. In addition a number of ministers from the former
‘Kabinet Online’ will debate on Professional versus Amateur

The second day of the Cultuur 2.0 conference on Thursday 31st of May
will be held in the form of a LAb.

In every Scenario LAb representatives of Web 2.0 and the Art/Cultural
sector will collide, work together, learn or maybe even melt together
as one.
The scenarios are: ‘Canon 2.0’ with the Rijksmuseum as a stakeholder,
‘Broadcasting 2.0’ with the VPRO, ‘Funds 2.0’ with Digital Pioneers,
and ‘Film 2.0′ with NFTVM. In addition there will also be an open
Scenario:’Lab 2.! 0©—’ lead by Willem Velthoven (Mediamatic). Guests
for this day are requested by invitation only.

A small exhibition has been put together showing examples of Cultuur
2.0 applications and cross-overs that coincide with the conference.

You will find more information on the programme here:

You can read news on the conference on our blog:

Registration for the first day via:

Fee: ¤ 75,- euro
Would you like to know more?
Please send an e-mail to or call
Virtueel Platform: 0031 20 6273758

This conference has been made possible by the Creative Challenge Call.

Virtueel Platform
Keizersgracht 264
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