Program of Communication Front
Cyber and my sp@ce - Netizens and
the new geography
The lecture program is public and open to all interested
The exhibition is open to the public every day, from 7-21 June
11:30h-17:30h in the downstairs exhibition space of the Mexican
House in the
Old City of Plovdiv.
> Friday, 1 June, 10:00h beginning of theoretical meeting
seminar at the ArtToday Lab based in the Mexican House, in the
Old City of
Plovdiv. The theoretical meeting and working seminar will continue
until 14 June, from 10:00h-15:00h.
> 19:00h multimedia performance "Infonoise" by
Yugoslavia/UK, at the Center of Contemporary Art in the Old Turkish
> Saturday, 2 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 17:30h Marilena Preda-Sanc, Romania - presentation of the
> 19:00h Gordana Novakovic, Yugoslavia/UK - lecture and discussion
"Interactive Installation and its Representation"
> Sunday, 3 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 17:30h BLUNT, Canada (Biliana Velkova, Barbara Prokop,
Naomi Potter) -
presentation and discussion
> 19:00h discussion with Diana McCarty, Germany
> Monday, 4 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 17:30h Biljana Tanurovska, Macedonia - lecture and presentation
Macedonian video art
> 19:00h Kathy Rae Huffman, USA/UK - lecture and discussion
> Tuesday, 5 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 17:30h Barbara Konopka, Poland - presentation
> 19:00h Maria Vassileva, Bulgaria - lecture "Cyber
and My Kitchen Space"
> Wednesday, 6 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 19:00h opening of the CFront 2001 exhibition "Cyber
and my sp@ce"
> Thursday, 7 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 10:00h opening of Syndicate @ CFront meeting, discussions
seminar, which will last until 9 June
> 18:00h Maria X, Greece - presentation about Fournos, Athens,
> Friday, 8 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 15:00h internal family meeting of the Syndicate
> 19:00h Andreas Broeckmann, Germany - lecture and discussion
Syndicate - A History of Personal Contacts and Collaborations
> Saturday, 9 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 17:30h Saso Vrabic, Slovenia - lecture and discussion "Slovene
reality' after Manifesta 2000 in Ljubljana or more personally
professional babysitter (Essay on ethics, arts, information and
> 19:00h Bojana Kunst, Slovenia - lecture "Body and
> Sunday, 10 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 18:00h Igor Stepancic and Irena Paunovic, Yugoslavia -
the POW project and interactive presentation of the project 3Brain
> Monday, 11 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 18:00h Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz and Brigitta Kuster,
Switzerland/Germany - lecture and discussion "Viruses, Green
> Tuesday, 12 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 15:00h i-love-u (Eva Michalcak and Adnan Hadziselimovic),
lecture and discussion "Free License for Art - What could
an Open Source Art
World look like?"
> 16:30h Brigitta Kuster, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz,
Switzerland/Germany - lecture and discussion "High Technology,
Heterosexuality, Work Place and Home"
> 18:00h CFront and Pro Helvetia Sofia Drink Party at the
Lab based in the Mexican House in the Old City of Plovdiv
> Wednesday, 13 June, 10:00h-15:00h theoretical meeting &
> 17:30h presentation of CFront 2000 Book in front of a broader
> 19:00h presentation of results of the theoretical meeting
seminar in front of a broader audience
>Theoretical meeting and working seminar - each successive
participants in CFront 2001 will get together from 10:00h to
without being watched by an audience - to outline shared ideas
strategies linked to "Cyber and my sp@ce - Netizens and
the new geography",
and to develop a common concept and produce articles and Web
works for a
common Web-based project.
List of participants:
Authors of concept and curators: <email@example.com>
Dimitrina Sevova, Bulgaria <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alain Kessi, Switzerland/Bulgaria <email@example.com>
Emil Miraztchiev, Bulgaria <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Coordinator of theoretical meeting:
Dimos Dimitriou, Greece <email@example.com>
Participants in CFront 2001 and in Syndicate @ CFront
Adele Myers, UK <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Adnan Hadziselimovic,
<email@example.com>; Aleksander Gubas, Yugoslavia <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Ana Peraica, Croatia <email@example.com>; Andrea
Austria/Switzerland <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Andreas Broeckmann,
<email@example.com>; Anja Kaufmann, Switzerland
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Athanasia Kyriakakos, Greece
<email@example.com>; Barbara Konopka, Poland <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Barbara Prokop, Canada <email@example.com>; Biliana Velkova,
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Biljana Tanurovska, Macedonia
<email@example.com>; Bojana Kunst, Slovenia
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Boris Kostadinov, Bulgaria
<email@example.com>; Brigitta Kuster, Switzerland/Germany
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Chris Byrne, UK <email@example.com>;
McCarty, USA/Germany <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Eleni Laperi, Albania
<email@example.com>; Eva Michalcak, Switzerland <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Galin! A. Dimitrova, Bulgaria <email@example.com>; Gordana
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Igor Stepancic, Yugoslavia
<email@example.com>; Igor Djordjevic, Yugoslavia <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Irena Paunovic, Yugoslavia <email@example.com>; Irina
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Jane Brake, UK <email@example.com>;
Jen Southern, UK
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Jenna Collins, UK <email@example.com>;
Katarina Zivanovic, Yugoslavia <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Kathy Rae Huffman,
USA <email@example.com>; Kristel Sibul, Estonia <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Miljanovska, Macedonia <email@example.com>; Luka Princic,
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Maria Natasha Stukoff, UK <email@example.com>;
Maria X, Greece <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Maria Vassileva,
<email@example.com>; Marilena Prede Sanc, Romania
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Melentie Pandilovski, Macedonia
<email@example.com>; Naomi Potter, Canada <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Boudry, Switzerland/ Germany <email@example.com>; Petros
Diveris, UK <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Rupert Francis, UK <R.P.Francis@tees.ac.uk>;
Ruth Bugmann, Switzerland <email@example.com>; Saso
Vrabic, Slovenia <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Stefan Niederhauser, Switzerland <email@example.com>;
Steve Bradley, USA
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Tatiana Novikova, Belarus <email@example.com>;
Zvonimir Bakotin, Croatia <zone@Desk.nl>
For the third year, the curators Dimitrina Sevova, Alain Kessi
Miraztchiev together with the ArtToday Foundation, Plovdiv present
Communication Front 2001, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
/project of electronic and media art and theory/
At the Center for Contemporary Art in the Ancient Bath, Plovdiv
ArtToday Lab, Plovdiv
From 1 to 14 June 2001
Under the title: Cyber and my sp@ce - Netizens and the new geography
General background on CFront
CFront 2001 <http://www.cfront.org>
is the third edition of the curatorial
project Communication Front and, like the two previous years,
international event oriented towards the production of works
and analyses on
a concrete topic, chosen to be directly relevant to the concrete
of the Internet and media art and culture community, raising
questions of immediate concern to that community. This year,
we chose to
focus on the relation between cyberspace and physical space and
the ways new
communication technologies structure one and the other, and specifically
they influence the art and culture community.
CFront is a platform consisting of three approaches, a Theoretical
for developing ideas relating to the development of new media
politics in the region, a Working Seminar for producing a Web
presenting and developing further the results of the discussions
Theoretical Meeting in the form of texts and art-works inspired
discussions, and an exhibition closely linked to the topic of
CFront purposely avoids having festival or conference character,
critical stance to what Tapio Makela, Susanna Paasonen (both
Steve Bradley (USA) have called "media tourist"
"experts" travelling from town to town, from country
to country, to present
one and the same lecture to different audiences. As opposed to
includes the participants in a work process, in which new ideas
analyses, and Web-oriented works, are developed in collaboration.
concrete contacts between the participants over the period of
allow us to build on the experience of each and on the results
projects and networking efforts, and to prepare the way for further
networked activities and bring important discussions a step forward.
> The discourses and ideas developed in the context of CFront
linked to a continuous international process. While being firmly
the reality of Bulgarian and South-East European electronic and
and theory, the project is tightly embedded in the European and
media culture environment. CFront stands in a line of international
with similar working and networking character, like Geert Lovink's
temp.media.lab in Helsinki, with the working meeting "The
Future State of
Balkania" (October 1999, http://www.savanne.ch/balkania),
or his Hybrid
WorkSpace, which took place during the Documenta X (1997) in
MoneyNations project that started in December 1998 at Shedhalle
(http://www.moneynations.ch/) and then developed into several
meetings in different countries, the series of working seminars
festivals OSTranenie at Bauhaus Dessau (1993-1997), Lina
Dzuverovic-Russell's and Lisa Haskel's tech-nicks project a!
> t The Lux Gallery, London, that lasted for four weeks in
(http://www.noaltgirls.org/tech_nicks), and numerous others.
A number of
such projects are presented in "The Hybrid Media Lounge"
(http://www.medialounge.net). Descriptions and reports on projects
in structure to CFront can be found in the archive of the Syndicate
list at <http://www.v2.nl/mail/v2east/>.
The Regional Context
Although Western curators and critics, the Art World with a big
developed some interest in Eastern European artists in the 90ies,
remained rather limited, and does not easily give these artists
opportunities to realize themselves in this context. The net.art
art community, on the other hand, has developed a broad network
also in Eastern Europe, which has given rise to opportunities
collaborations on a variety of levels. The medium of the Internet
less institutionalized functioning of the media art community
opportunities for more even participation of artists, theorists
regardless of their geographical location.
To this day, for a large part of the art and culture community
and the region, the access to the international Internet and
media art and
culture community has remained limited, due to problems of access
technology, but also a lack of knowledge about possible uses
technologies, and a lack of local context in which to develop
work, and of international contacts to facilitate their integration
To overcome these barriers, there is a need for international
Communication Front in which artists, curators and theorists
other Balkan countries and the world at large meet and develop
perspectives in concrete collaborational work around current
problems and questions, with which discussions and ideas on these
are advanced in an international context of media art and culture
and of the
"Cyber and my sp@ce - Netizens and the new geography"
The personal computers, e-mail, World Wide Web can be seen as
which to achieve a given set of tasks. More important however
discussion is that in combination they give rise to what we can
digital revolution, and open up an entire new social (virtual
space, with a whole variety of social groups with their respective
behavior. The driving forces for the development and structuring
space are the rising power of technologies, the standardization
communication protocols, including the worldwide spread of English
Latin alphabet, and the restructuring and decentralization of
marketing processes by large international companies.
The corporate cyberspace (company Intranets) exerts a powerful
the structuring of the public cyberspace. The rise of e-business,
e-advertising and e-services reconfigures fundamentally the virtual
geography. Search engines like Altavista have modified their
way of sorting
search results to give preferential treatment to business companies
compared to the average personal home page. You either pay, or
becomes less visible.
Can we find, in virtual geography, structures similar to cities,
neighborhoods, or other structures known from physical space?
To what extent
do the Web communities, consisting of users attracted by commercial
sites like Yahoo, GMX or MSN/Hotmail with free e-mail and other
show characteristics similar to those of a city or neighborhood?
It may be
interesting to note that the digital 'cities' build up around
much like the physical cities of the middle ages.
The term Netizen (from Net & citizen) was introduced
back in the
mid-70ies, at the time of the first Usenet fora and long before
Wide Web would give access to the Internet to a broad audience.
of the time debated the freedom of speech, the development of
and perspectives for the future of communication. In 1980 the
Commission to the UNESCO <http://www2.hawaii.edu/~rvincent/mcbcon1.htm>,
named after one of the leaders of Netizens, prepared a special
report on the
future of communication. In the report titled "Many Voices
- One World", the
commission criticized the unequal access to information, which
leaves the countries of the Third World without a voice. The
demanded a free flow of information.
A large part of the world population (as well as of the Balkan
are 'PONA' - People of No Account. They have no access to the
Net, or if
they do, they have insufficient knowledge about it to use it.
They form what
Olu Oguibe has called the 'digital third world'
<http://camwood.org/springer.htm> (see also
<http://eserver.org/internet/oguibe/>). The Internet, in
ignores local interrelations and jumps over borders. How will
between Netizens and remaining 'PONA' pockets in various locations
If someone from the Balkans, or another 'PONA'-dominated region,
personal access to the Net, does that automatically make her/him
part of the
Internet community? How does the lack of a supporting (sub-cultural)
environment influence her/his possibilities for contributing
innovative development of the Internet community?
Robin Bloor extends the meaning of the concept 'PONA' to include
who do have access to and knowledge about the Internet, but who
through Internet Cafes and other anonymous access providers.
example of this case is hackers. How will people escaping identification
considered by other Netizens? How might mechanisms installed
anonymity and activities considered as suspect turn into instruments
censorship that could, among other things, place restrictions
In the interactive 'jungle' of cyberspace, on mailing lists
Syndicate and nettime and a variety of smaller lists, that have
global neighborhoods around people with a common interest in
and Net practices, important questions about the development
cultural, artistic and social environment in cyberspace. Such
artists, theorists, writers and others from Eastern Europe with
a feeling of
community, with a way to interact socially while escaping the
the local art scene.
Is there a private space on the Internet? What could private
space mean on
the Internet at all? Maybe closed chat rooms can be compared
to hotel rooms
that provide the coziness of a temporary rented 'private' space?
the illusion of private space, through personalization of public
pioneered by e-commerce giants like Amazon, affect the relation
people/clients to cyberspace?
Given that the Internet never sleeps and has no opening hours,
this time regime affect Internet users and the Net community
as a whole?
How do people use communication technologies (and thus fill them
"sense" or "meaning"), and how do technologies
influence and change people?
The focus of CF01 on space and its structuring allows references
historical discussions of women's movements in the 70ies on relations
between the (private) personal and the (public) political spaces.
the radical changes in recent years, under the influence of new
and means of communication, affected the relations between urban
cyberspace, working space, personal space, as well as, in parallel,
relations between people among themselves and between people
technologies. How do gender relations express themselves on the
What kind of professional and social hierarchies can be found?
What is the
effect of voyeurist projects breaking the taboo of the personal
the gendered hierarchy between client and service personnel get
from physical into cyberspace?
The different parts of CF01
The exhibition "Cyber and my sp@ce"
This year's CFront exhibition presents multimedia installations
artists. The exhibition opens on 6 June in the downstairs exhibition
of the Mexican House in the Old City of Plovdiv, where the theoretical
meeting and working seminar are taking place. It will remain
open until 21
June. We hope that by organizing an exhibition of women artists'
the context of an international project like CFront we can contribute
overcoming the isolation of Bulgarian and South-East European
to creating a context in which they can further develop socially
art practices, and to legitimizing feminist approaches.
The theoretical meeting
In daily round-table discussions and work in smaller groups (5
day), the participants will develop new ideas on relations between
and technologies and social changes under the influence of new
and texts to be published online and in book form bilingually
in English and
Bulgarian. The working language for the seminar is English.
The working seminar
Taking up ideas from the round-table discussions, the participants
develop web-based artistic projects (texts, sound, artworks,
software) in a
common process, while developing at the same time an integrated
for the web site. The working language of the seminar is English.
The accompanying program of public lectures
In daily evening lectures, the participants will present to
audience their work and experience in the field of media culture.
emphasis will be put on discussions after the lecture. The lectures
in English, with consecutive translation to Bulgarian.
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