Tenacity: Cultural Practices in the Age of Information and Biotechnology


TítolTenacity: Cultural Practices in the Age of Information and Biotechnology
Tipus de publicacióMultimedia
AutoriaVolkart, Yvonne
Any de publicació2000
Tipus de llicènciacopyleft

Information, communication, and biotechnology play an increasingly important role in the globalizing society of the changing century. Beyond simplistic technodeterminism, there are good reasons to recognize that these technologies influence our ideas of subjectivity, agency and politics. This process is linked to the culturalization of economic interests among other things. In this context, the arts, as a field of the visual, hold an important and active place in our increasingly visualized society, be it in an affirmative or a critical sense. Tenacity wants to examine how art strategies and esthetics interfere in the universalism of technologies, asking how artists can be users while at the same time opposing the ideologies provided by these technologies. Beyond a simple criticism of hegemonic ideas of art and technologies, the Tenacity participants engage in producing alternative esthetics and omitted subject matters. They assert that digital media, new technologies and virtual realities don't abolish the embodiment of knowledge, criticism, and resistance. In so far as art is always an embodiment of ideas and a realization of imaginative and utopian moments, it has a crucial function in tenaciously insisting on the materiality of actual bodies and their contexts. Reflecting the importance of identity and agency in a networked context, many artists focus on the figuration of net personae with a wide range of psychic and political dimensions. Cyborgs, monsters, nomads, bots, lurkers and hackers cross the multi-layered space. The Tenacity participants have been involved in an engaged digital media discourse for years and are among the best-regarded artists in the new media scene. The exhibition will establish a display specific to their critical reflections on new media and new technologies focusing beyond the visual into the acoustic. As an embodied virtual space, the gallery provides the temporary and symbolic location, where tenacious agents and images gather and move in a kind of high-speed, virtualized acoustic and visual space.Yvonne Volkart

Basicray (New York), Ursula Biemann (Zurich), Natalie Bookchin (Los Angeles), Natalie Bookchin & Alexei Shulgin (Moskau), Bureau of Inverse Technology (global), Ricardo Dominguez (New York), Johan Grimonprez (Gent/New York), Marina Grzinic & Aina Smid (Ljubljana), Kristin Lucas (New York), Diane Ludin (New York), Jennifer & Kevin McCoy (New York), Francesca da Rimini & Michael Grimm (Adelaide, Australia), Rtmark (USA), Lehti Kuwa (Zurich), Cornelia Sollfrank (Hamburg), Linda Wallace (Canberra)