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Anne Wollenberg – reprint from the Guardian Online

June 6, 2007

I really liked this small piece from the Guardian newspaper last week, sadly I can’t reprint it in full…

Technobile: As if dating were not hard enough, social networking sites add another layer of anxiety to the process

Anne Wollenberg
Thursday  May 31, 2007
The Guardian

No one ever said that dating was easy. But when I signed up for MySpace and Facebook (and admit it, you have, too) I didn’t realise that I was subscribing to a culture of uncertainty even more likely to induce a cold sweat than an unanswered text message.These social networking sites masquerade as the singleton’s new playground. It’s kind of like browsing Amazon, but with people. But it’s a bit mad. If the woman sitting next to you on the bus asked you to be her new friend on the grounds that you were reading an article about a band she once listened to, you’d just feign deafness and swiftly move seats. In the world of MySpace, this sort of irrational networking is perfectly acceptable.

Keep reading the article here


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May 22, 2007

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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
1016 EV

About this blog

May 16, 2007

Dear readers,

We will use this blog to re-post interesting things we, the curators, and the artists of the exhibition find around the web and the world in the next 6 weeks while the exhibition is on view in Oldenburg. We welcome your comments and feedback!

I will post in English and Sabine will post in German, and we’ll see what happens. Thanks for reading along.

Press release – opening

May 11, 2007

Einladung / Invitation:
Eröffnung der Ausstellung / Opening of the exhibition:


im Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst Oldenburg / at the Edith Russ Site
for Media Art, Oldenburg,

am Freitag, 11. Mai, 19 Uhr / Friday 11 May, 7 p.m.

**************************Please scroll down for English version

Wir würden Sie und Ihre Freunde gerne zur Eröffnung der nächsten
Ausstellung des Edith-Ruß-Hauses für Medienkunst einladen:

Growing up online in the 90s and 00s
Generation Internet wird erwachsen

12. Mai – 1. Juli 2007

Pressegespräch: Freitag, 11. Mai 2007, 11 Uhr
Eröffnung: Freitag, 11. Mai 2007, 19 Uhr

Innerhalb der letzten zehn Jahre ist das Internet zu einem der wichtigsten Faktoren in der Informationsgesellschaft geworden und hat unsere kulturellen Aktivitäten verändert: Mit der stetig zunehmenden Demokratisierung der Medien sind neue Gemeinschaften im globalen Netzwerk entstanden, die nach eigenen Regeln funktionieren. Diese neuen Arten von *sozialer Software* sind Mittel für Kommunikation und Interaktion, doch ist ihre Nutzung mehr durch gesellschaftliche Konventionen geregelt als ursprüngliche Programmeigenschaften.

Offene Foren, wie MySpace, YouTube oder Second Life, sind ein wichtiger Teil der Netzkultur geworden. Um ihre eigenen Inhalte ins Netz zu stellen brauchen die Nutzer heutzutage kein technologisches Spezialwissen mehr und können leichter eine entscheidende Rolle bei der Schaffung von Netzwerken spielen. Das so genannte *Web 2.0* erlaubt es ihnen, ihre Meinungen und Standpunkte einer weltweiten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich zu machen. Dabei entwickeln sich auch neue Formen der Vermittlung – individuelle Stile, durch die eine neue Authentizität entsteht.

MY OWN PRIVATE REALITY zeigt, wie Künstler das Netz für eine Auseinandersetzung mit der *sozialen Software* und ihren Auswirkungen auf die tatsächliche Welt nutzen. Die ausgewählten Internet-Projekte befassen sich mit den Veränderungen im Umgang mit dem WWW während der letzten zehn Jahre. Sie diskutieren die neuen Grenzlinien zwischen privat und öffentlich, das Potential des Internets, Identität neu zu definieren, und die Möglichkeit, die eigenen, privaten Gedanken weltweit zu verbreiten. Die gezeigten Arbeiten sind nicht ausschließlich netzbasiert, aber sie alle reflektieren das Phänomen sozialer Gemeinschaften im Internet und die viel beschworene Demokratisierung des Internets, die damit einherzugehen scheint. MY OWN PRIVATE REALITY repräsentiert eine Schnittstelle für die vielfältigen Möglichkeiten vernetzten Handelns und Denkens.

Die Werke der Ausstellung wurden von Sabine Himmelsbach und Sarah Cook ausgewählt, deren Tätigkeit als Co-Kuratorin durch ihre Arbeit für CRUMB (, der Online-Datenbank für Kuratoren für neue Medien, unterstützt wird.

Cory Arcangel, Jonah Brucker-Cohen / Mike Bennett, Nick Crowe, Exonemo,
Ute Hörner / Mathias Antlfinger, Humanbeans, Miranda July / Harrell
Fletcher, Olia Lialina / Dragan Espenschied, Les Liens Invisibles,
Jillian Mcdonald, Marisa Olson, Tanja Ostojic, Annina Rüst, Thomson &
Craighead, / Paolo Cirio / Alessandro Ludovico, Angie

Die Ausstellung wird gefördert durch das Land Niedersachsen und EWE

We would like to invite you and your friends to join us for the opening
of the upcoming exhibition at the Edith Russ Site for Media Art in

Growing up online in the 90s and 00s

12 May – 1 July 2007

Press Conference: Friday, 11 May 2007, 11 a.m.
Opening: Friday, 11 May 2007, 7 p.m.

In the last decade, the Internet has become one of the most important
tools of the information society and has changed our culture. With the
ever-increasing democratisation of the media, new social communi*ties
based in the global network have emerged, which operate with their own
rules. These new *Social softwares* are the communica*tion tools by
which interaction and collaboration online takes place, yet their use is
regulated more through social conventions than genuine software

Participatory platforms, such as MySpace, YouTube, or Second Life, have
become an important part of the online culture. In order to upload
content on these websites users today do not need specialist technical
knowledge and can more easily play a crucial role in the creation of
networks. The so called *web 2.0* offers a space for private
opinions to be globally shared. New forms of communication arise from
this development – individual, personal styles, which create a new form
of authenticity.

The exhibition MY OWN PRIVATE REALITY demonstrates how artists are
using the web to discuss and engage with social software and the effects
it has in the offline/real world. The net-based works included in the
exhibition deal with online developments of the last ten years and
discuss the new distinctions between private and public, the identity
structuring potential of the Internet and the possibility that today
one*s own private thoughts are so easily made public. The featured
works are not all web-based, but they all reflect the phenomenon of
social communities on the Internet and its widely discussed
democratisation, which seems to go hand in hand with these new uses. MY
OWN PRIVATE REALITY is an interface for the manifold possibilities of
networked thinking and acting.

The works in the exhibition have been selected by Sabine Himmelsbach
and Sarah Cook, whose involvement as co-curator has been supported by
her work with the online resource for curators of new media, CRUMB

Artists in the exhibition:
Cory Arcangel, Jonah Brucker-Cohen / Mike Bennett, Nick Crowe, Exonemo,
Ute Hörner / Mathias Antlfinger, Humanbeans, Miranda July / Harrell
Fletcher, Olia Lialina / Dragan Espenschied, Les Liens Invisibles,
Jillian Mcdonald, Marisa Olson, Tanja Ostojic, Annina Rüst, Thomson &
Craighead, / Paolo Cirio / Alessandro Ludovico, Angie

The exhibition is sponsored by Land Niedersachsen and EWE

Exhibition related events / Veranstaltungen

May 7, 2007

Vortrag / Talk

Dienstag 12. Juni 2007, 20 Uhr

Tuesday June 12 2007, 8pm

Sarah Cook

Exhibiting (on) the web

Videoprasentation / Videopresentation

Donnerstag, 28. Juni 2007, 20 Uhr

Thursday June 28, 2007, 8pm

Birgit Richard

YouTube Favourites

Fugrungen / Guided Tours

Jeden Sonntag, 15 Uhr

Every Sunday at 3pm

Curatorial Statement

May 5, 2007

German follows English. This is a placeholder/abbreviated version.

“Audiences increasingly share control of the creation of information through the act of reception. Data can be configured in many ways, but only that embraced by audiences will determine the value of any exchange of data (and in this process, the creation of information). This can be the creation of art.” – Tom Sherman*

My Own Private Reality is a playful look at the hype surrounding what is called Web 2.0 – the proliferation of publicly accessible websites which allow communities of users to create and share content (writing, photos, videos, music, etc.) – something that previously was only done by professionals, self-taught enthusiasts, or organisations with staff members with technical and software know-how. With blogs, wikis, and centralised file-sharing sites, first-time users can now be as productive as the well-paid experts. How artists play in the online spaces between those populated by unpopular amateurs and well-known professionals is at the heart of this exhibition.

„Das Publikum nimmt wachsenden Anteil an der Hervorbringung von Information allein durch die Beachtung, die sie ihr zukommen lässt. Daten können auf viele Arten konfiguriert werden, aber nur diejenigen, die von einer Öffentlichkeit angenommen werden, bestimmen den Wert eines jeglichen Datenaustauschs (und damit die Schaffung von Information). Das kann die Schöpfung von Kunst sein.“ – Tom Sherman*

My Own Private Reality wirft einen spielerischen Blick auf den Wirbel um das Web 2.0 – die weite Verbreitung von öffentlich zugänglichen Internetseiten, die Gemeinschaften von Nutzern erlauben, Inhalte wie Texte, Fotos, Videos oder Musik bereit zu stellen und auszutauschen. Das war zuvor nur Profis, selbst angelernten Enthusiasten oder dem Personal zentralisierter Organisationen mit den entsprechenden technischen und Programmkenntnissen möglich. Mit so genannten „blogs“, „wikis“, und „file-sharing sites“ können heutzutage auch Internetneulinge genauso produktiv sein wie gut bezahlte Experten. Wie Künstler diese virtuellen Orte im Internet nutzen und bespielen, die von unbekannten Amateuren und namhaften Profis bevölkert werden, steht im Zentrum der Ausstellung.

*Tom Sherman, “Flying in the face of Abundance and Redundance”, Canadian Art, Summer 2006. Vol. 23, no. 2.