Observatory Archives : OVNI 2003

Observatory Archives : OVNI 2003

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The screenings for this edition will be based on a selection from the 150 audiovisual documents that have been added to the Observatory Archives over the last 18 months. Together, this material reflects some of the most serious issues of our time, using different media and languages such as video art, independent documentary, media archaeology....to reflect the process of Globalisation and the Resistance it generates, and conflicts such as Palestine, Argentina, September 11th, etc. The difference is that these issues, which we are used to seeing in the news headlines, loose here their relationship to news because they are taken out of this context and approached through different formal means and points of view, in a constant exchange between the micro to the macro; from microworlds and subjective experience to collective and social visions. The program of screenings in this edition is based on a dialogue between two interconnected archives; on one hand, the works created by individuals or collectives that form the nucleus of the Observatory Archives, and on the other, the contemporary media archaeology material that makes up the Babylon Archives 1999-2003. Presentations: Autonomedia Ed. NYC. [www.autonomedia.org] New York-based Autonomedia is one of the most lucid publishers of books on radical media, politics and the arts. They have published more than 300 titles that have influenced and given voice to a generation of authors, thinkers and social collectives, and established a dialogue between seemingly unconnected critical voices. www.autonomedia.org Their publications include: Temporary Autonomous Zones, by Hakim Bey; Digital Resistance and Electronic Civil Disobedience, by Critical Art Ensemble; Hacktivism, by the Electronic Disturbance Theatre; Pirate Utopias and European Renegades, by Peter Lamborn Wilson. Lectures: Jim Fleming, Lewanne Jones, Eric Goldhagen. Negativland [www.negativland.com] Negativland Through their musical and media experiments since the early eighties, Negativland have been exploring the limits between intellectual property and market tyranny, fair and illegitimate use of information, and especially the right to deconstruct and reinterpret fragments of the media we are all constantly bombarded with. www.negativland.com Mark Hosler Mark Hosler is one of the members of Negativland. He will talk mainly about the process that led to the release of the single U2 Negativland in 1992, which embroiled the collective in an interminable legal battle between the record company and mega-band U2. Steve Reinke [www.myrectumisnotagrave.com] Steve Reinke In the late 90s, Canadian artist Steve Reinke embarked on a project that consisted of making 100 separate videos. The result is a portrait of places, confessions and characters, media monsters and also ruins, forming a complex map of distant lands that are just around the corner. 100 Videos is a kind of web in which everything is mixed together, from the personal to mass media usurpation. In OVNI 2003 Steve Reinke will present and talk about the 100 Videos and his subsequent projects.