Senso Orario: photo report

Senso Orario is an exhibition I curated in Voltaggio (Alessandria), a little town in the north of Italy.
Five contemporary artists (Bianco-Valente, Mariagrazia Pontorno, Tamara Repetto, Roberto Pugliese and Marcella Vanzo) created site specific works for the occasion. Here are some photos…

http://www.senso-orario.com

Maps and Legends: photos and texts

“The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of ‘how to do’.
The salvation of photography comes from the experiment.”
(Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1947)

Maps and Legends. When Photography Met the Web focus on the relations that photographic practice is establishing with the world of the Web: its culture, its language and its imagery. From animated.gifs to photos shot in virtual worlds; from the images of Google Street Views to snapshots that change in real time, with the data flows, and on to the camera that captures time instead of space.

testo in catalogo (ita)
catalogue text (eng)

Maps and Legends. When Photography Met the Web
curated by Valentina Tanni

Fotografia Festival 2010
Rome, Macro Testaccio
23 September – 24 October
www.fotografiafestival.it

You, the World and I

You, the World and I: new video work by Jon Rafman. A voice over essay about love, memory, photography, technology, and our experience of the world.

“In this modern day Orphean tale, an anonymous narrator also desperately searches for a lost love.  Rather than the charms of the lyre, contemporary technological tools, Google Street View and Google Earth, beckon as the pathway for our narrator to regain memories and recapture traces of his lost love. In the film, they are as captivating and enthralling as charming as any lyre in retrieving the other: at first they might seem an open retort to critics of new technology who bemoan the lack of the tangible presence of the other in our interactions on the Internet.” (full statement here).

[p.s. this is another work that will be shown in Maps and Legends, my forthcoming exhibition during FotoGrafia Festival. Come and have a look if you’re in Rome from September 23th to October 24th]

Archives: Netizens and L’oading

I took advantage of these calm midsummer days to dig into my analog archive and reverse some material that otherwise would be lost. I’m very proud to show you what I found!
Here are some videos that document my first two exhibitions, both organized between the end of 2002 and the beginning of 2003. They’re television reviews, so sometimes the voice over tells naive or even wrong stuff, and they’re available only in italian, but nonetheless…
I was younger, slimmer and full of enthusiasm :-)

The first two videos are about “Netizens. Cittadini della rete” (december 2002), a small show I curated in a private gallery in Rome. The show was not just about net art, but about making art in the age of the Internet, and more precisely, it tried to demostrate how important was for this new community of young artists to share a citizenship: the web citizenship.
Artists: Cory Arcangel/BEIGE, Elout De Kok, Jodi.org, Limiteazero, Carlo Zanni
more info: http://www.netizensonline.it/2002

The third video is a review of “L’oading. Videogiochi Geneticamente Modificati” (Genetically Modified Videogames). This show was open from January to March 2003 at the Siracusa City Museum, in Sicily and it was, as the title suggests, about artistic modifications of videogames.
I’m particularly happy that this video exists because this exhibition didn’t have a catalogue, so there’s no documentation around, and I think it was a great project.
Artists: Mauro Ceolin, Brody Condon, Arcangel Costantini, Corby&Baily, Delire, Victor Liu See-Lee, Nullpointer, Chiara Passa, Retroyou, Gentian Skhurti
more info: http://www.valentinatanni.com/2008/07/2003-loading-videogiochi-geneticamente-modificati/

Enjoy the jump in the past :-)

Rurality 2.0

I’m in Bisaccia (Avellino, Italy) for Interferenze, a great new media art festival that this year takes place in an ancient castle. The location is breathtaking and the program looks amazing also. I curated the Software Art and the Video sections. Here’s some links to the works:

Andrè Goncalves, “The Bird Watcher”, 2010
www.andregoncalves.info

Alessandro Capozzo, “Talea”, 2007-2010
www.abstract-codex.net

Corby, Baily & Mackenzie, “Southern Ocean Studies”, 2009-2010
www.reconnoitre.net/bas

Rick Silva, “A Rough Mix”, 2007, 8 min.
http://www.ricksilva.net

Bruno Muzzolini, “One step forward, two steps back”, 2007, 2.33 min.
http://www.fabioparisartgallery.com/muzzo/opere/asen/asen.html

Anders Weberg & Robert Willim, “Domestic Safari”, 2008, 10.32 min
http://www.weberg.se
http://www.robertwillim.com

Davide Sebastian, Oryza sativa, 2009, 3.46 min.
http://www.davidesebastian.com

Nicholas O’Brien, The Natural, 2008, 6 min.
http://www.doubleunderscore.net

Photography and New Media

Good News! As you might have read somewhere in the press, I’ve been selected as a guest curator for the next three editions of FotoGrafia Festival Internazionale di Roma regarding the section “photography and new media”. The other two curators are Paul Wombell (photography and contemporary art) and Marc Prust (photography and publishing). FotoGrafia, international festival in Rome, is promoted by Comune di Roma and MACRO, produced by Zoneattive, director Marco Delogu.

I’m totally open to suggestions, so if you are aware of any interesting work involving the relationship between photography and new media, please drop me a line here:
valentina.tanni AT gmail.com

Who killed Bambi?

A dangerous criminal gang is riding the net. They act in the dark, exploring the most sinister places, in search for the bloody heart of talent and creativity. Their favourite victims are banality, conformism, lack of humor and good will at any cost. Killing Bambi is a good metaphor for their mission. They are unarmed, actually, but they can still hurt. So be careful…

The Bambi Killers proudly presents:

www.whokilledbambi.co.uk

special thanks: walt disney, sex pistols and all the fucking great bambi killers’ fans out there

a unified post by: andreaxmas + maricazottino + valentinatanni (aka The Bambi Killers…)

Mediaterrae

Periodo frenetico-isterico. Entusiasmi e adrenaline, alti e bassi, decisioni da prendere. Per dirla alla Carotone “vita intensa, felicità a momenti e futuro incerto“. In attesa di ristabilire il consueto equilibrio instabile vi segnalo la mia ultima fatica. Il progetto si chiama Mediaterrae e ne sono molto orgogliosa. Tutte le info qua.
Se riuscirò a connettermi dai monti irpini posterò foto e resconti dell’avventura digital-carnevalesca. Stelle filanti colorate a tutti voi…

Machines are dreaming

Tornata ieri da Struttura, manifestazione dedicata all’arte e alla cultura digitale in quel di San Vincenzo (Livorno) , dove ho partecipato ad un talk sui progetti artistici Google-based. Qui il consueto set di foto. Tra le varie cose, una bellissima presentazione di Bianco-Valente. Colgo l’occasione per segnalarvi il loro lavoro. Una lucida, profonda e fascinosa ricerca sul rapporto tra corpo e mente, natura e tecnologia, neuroni e microchip, strutture cellulari e dinamiche corticali…

Break

Mi prendo un po’ di vacanza. Poco probabile l’apparizione di nuovi post nelle prossime due/tre settimane. Prima però vado qualche giorno ad Interferenze, festival di arte e musica digitale a San Martino Valle Caudina (3-5 agosto). Mi sono occupata della selezione dei video di cui potete trovare una lista qui. La manifestazione si preannuncia molto interessante, soprattutto nella sua fusione di digitale e campagnolo…

*update: qui trovate le foto scattate al festival

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E’ uscito il libro Doom. Giocare in prima persona, a cura di Matteo Bittanti e Sue Morris. C’è anche un mio saggio sul rapporto tra FPS e arte contemporanea. Il volume fa parte di una fantastica collana di testi critici sui videogiochi e il videogiocare.

Domani partecipo ad un convegno a Padova nell’ambito di Videopolis, festival di cinema, video e corti sul tema della città. Quest’anno il tema è particolarmente affascinante. Si intitola Nero metropolitano: il lato oscuro della città. Parlerò di città tecnologiche e cupe visioni del futuro, dell’ambiente metropolitano visto dagli artisti e della rete come spazio pubblico.

*nella foto un’opera dell’artista francese Laurent Grasso

Peam!


Sono in partenza per Pescara, dove già ieri è iniziata l’edizione 2005 del PEAM (Pescara Electronic Artists Meeting). Il programma è ricchissimo come sempre (mostre, concerti, video, net art, software, sound art e quant’altro), l’atmosfera informale e divertente. Soprattutto, c’è un numero sorprendente di gente in gamba.
Come l’anno scorso mi sono occupata di selezionare i video. 16 incredibili visioni in movimento. Visto che sono quasi tutti visibili on line, prima di zompare sul pullman vi lascio la lista con relativi links.

Rick Silva e Jeremy Jaeger, The ring tone dancer
http://ringtonedancer.contagiousmedia.org

Norma V Toraya, SelfPortrait
http://www.crankbunny.com
video: http://dvblog.org/movies/09_05/crankbunny/selfportrait.mov

Spite your face films, All of the dead
http://spiteyourface.com
video: http://www.archive.org/details/allofthedead

Jaff Seijas, The Aubergine Scream
http://www.jaffseijas.com
video: http://www.archive.org/details/AnchorMejansTheAubergineScream

Marco Romeo e Guillermo Marin, Run the Gauntlet

Abe Linkoln, Death Disco
http://www.linkoln.net
video: http://www.linkoln.net/DEATHDISCO

Laura Krikke e Bink Baulch, Miss Puniverse
video: http://www.killyourtv.us/movies/misspuniverse.htm

Daniel Schmidt, Sushi Corner
http://www.sushi-corner.de

Janphilm + Tirriddiliu & Rinus Van Alebeek, And then the day began
http://www.41mm.de

Yoshi Sodeoka / C505, My generation (Ascii Rock)
http://projects.c505.com

Dxvid, Time warp
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.jones44/htm/movies.htm

Vadim Vyazantsev, Sergei Zilin e Dmitry Karpov, Game Over

Karla Grundick and Mistress Koyo, Linux virgin 1.1-1-5
www.linuxvirgin.info

Rob Ryang (ps260), Shining
www.ps260.com
video: http://www.ps260.com/molly/SHINING%20FINAL.mov

Melinda Rackham, Blutxt
http://www.subtle.net
video: http://www.subtle.net/blutxt/

Ian Haig, Liberv vel Reguli!
http://www.ianhaig.net
video: http://www.ianhaig.net/pignose.mov

Che d’è?

Domattina parto per Venezia perchè sono stata invitata al convegno What is Netart?, organizzato da Blogwork, il progetto web legato alla Biennale. Il titolo è una gran bella domanda…E considerando la mia storica avversione per le definizioni, la faccenda si fa ancora più complicata. Ma a quanto pare non è prevista la domanda di riserva, quindi cuffia in testa e mi butterò, sperando di non cadere troppo spesso nella temuta trappola delle generalizzazioni.

Vorrei parlare anche degli sviluppi “oggettuali” e fisici della Net Art (sculture, installazioni etc). E a tal proposito sto raccogliendo una serie di immagini molto interessanti. Come questa di John F. Simon jr.

Torno al lavoro. Prometto un report al ritorno con foto…

p.s pare che a Venezia faccia un freddo cane, ma ora verifico perchè non vorrei andare conciata come Totò a Milano e poi trovare una leggera brezza primaverile. Saludos