"The exhibition JOSEF FRANK: Against Design presents the full scope of Frank's pioneering and diverse oeuvre. In light of his prodigious output of furniture and textile designs that remain current to this day and his intensive involvement with the possibilities of architecture and living in the modern era, the title Against Design might at first seem a puzzling choice for an exhibition on Josef Frank. Frank, whose work as a designer and design critic continues to be considered contemporary today, represented a pragmatic approach to design and argued for a simple and 'normal'—but by no means normative—architecture and design. He believed that existing elements should be taken into account as a matter of course and intuitively developed for practical use, without striving toward representation and innovation. To Frank, it was not so much the formal qualities, but those of social experience that were important; his interiors and household objects were not intended to be subjected to formalist concepts, but placed at the service of convenience.
Especially today, Josef Frank's ideas about an uncontrived and unpretentious functionality, whose aim was an independent, free, enlightened bourgeois domestic culture far from stylistic dogmas and fashionable conventions, seem more relevant than ever."
"One of the most influential figures in German rock music, Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream, has died. Froese, who was 70, suffered a pulmonary embolism and died in Vienna on Tuesday."
(The Guardian, 23 January 2014)
"The European Urban Media Network for Connecting Cities is a project initiated by Public Art Lab in co–operation with Ars Electronica GmbH Linz, BIS Body Process Arts Association Istanbul, FACT Liverpool, iMAL Brussels, m–cult Helsinki, Medialab Prado Madrid, Media Architecture Institute Wien, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Riga 2014, Videospread Marseille, in association with University of Aarhus, Marseille–Provence 2013 and MUTEK Montréal and funded by the European Union.
Our aim is to create a networked infrastructure of urban media facades to circulate artistic and socio–cultural content throughout the whole of Europe. Media facades and digital big screens provide new opportunities for communication in the public space. Through modern Information and communication technologies (ICT), they are membranes between the digital and the urban spaces. All over the world we can evidence an increase of urban screens, media facades and media technologies like mobile phones: 5,9 of 7 billion people have meanwhile access to the internet. What is the potential of urban media besides the commercial usage for advertisement? How can they catalyse communication and awareness of our environments and contribute to a lively society? How can we create an exchange between local scenes and neighbourhoods thus giving a voice to the public audience? Which impact will they have for our global communities?"
"PUBLICCURATING–METHODS RESOURCES THEORIES was a research–project by the Vienna–based organisation CONT3XT.NET collecting methods, resources, and theories concerning the curation of (New) Media and Internet–based Art. It is now closed to to the development of other projects, but, the resource will be kept online as an archive. If you want to send us feedback about our work please send an e–mail to email@example.com.
CONT3XT.NET is a Vienna–based organisation founded in 2006 as a collaborative platform for the discussion and presentation of issues related to Media Art. Against the background of an interdisciplinary theoretical approach to all forms of communications technologies its mission is the critical investigation and documentation of actual tendencies in contemporary art production. The platform works both online and offline and offers regularly news and announcemnets as well as initiatives developed by its members in collaboration with artists, theorists, curators, writers and other Media Art affiliated people. The organisation was founded by Sabine Hochrieser, Michael Kargl (a.k.a. carlos katastrofsky) and Franz Thalmair."
(Sabine Hochrieser, Michael Kargl & Franz Thalmair)
"The aim of One World with Many Faces is to create a record of the faces of people from 12 major cities on four continents.
In each city I take photographs and short videos of 720 city–dwellers in order to capture 8,000 faces from all over the world. All the people are photographed in the same container, in front of the same backdrop, and with the same lighting. In this way the inhabitants of 12 capital cities from different continents come together in the same room and under the same circumstances.
From the video material I produce a 24–hour video, in which every face appears for 10 seconds. For each city I also print a book with the faces the of the respective city's inhabitants: Vienna, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Panama City, Antwerpen, Lodz, Tokyo, etc."