On the run is an editorial project, conceived as space of evasion from the art market and the institutionalization of art and as an engagement among artist-run spaces and non-profit initiatives.
For the first issue of this publication, we wish to question the terms Online and Offline, as an exhibition practice and as a way of life. We feel concerned with the ambiguity of physical and virtual exhibition spaces, the transformation of the artwork in the digital space, the “aura” of the artwork, the digital reproduction in the biocybernetic era and as a consequence, the value of the copy and the original. The division, also, of the human being between an online and offline life directly influences our bodies and our future.
Our work does not exclusively revolve around art and the internet. On the contrary, we would like to take a break from the infinite “scroll” of pictures, to observe and to analyze the system surrounding us in order to understand the means of the present artistic creation. The Internet is also one of the means that allows us to democratize our presence and circulate our project freely so as to reach a maximum number of readers.
Our collaborators are artists, curators and thinkers that maintain an independent and a non-commercial activity. In the quest for autonomy, these fugitives open up new paths, occupy inadequate spaces and break the foundations of an automatised institutionalization. We wished to keep intact this freedom by asking them to respond in their own way to the given subject. Their answers took different forms, written and visual.
The distinctive feature of this project is its format which is conditioned by light and DIY economy as a response to the financial pressure that in- dependent cultural producers endure. This editorial project will be posted online on the website hdkepler.net. You can either read it online or print it with your home printer, fold it and staple it according to the protocol we set up with our graphic designer, Thibaut Vandebuerie. You can afterwards archive it to your home library or share it with your public if you are managing an art space. This publication is the result of teamwork and a collective process of materialization that depends on the agency of participants.
You like, you print it.
Always on the run,
Eleni Riga & Florent Frizet hd.kepler.
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2.Print on standard A4 paper of your choice;
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4.Staple the indicated points..
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An assimilated school of ethics, aggregating systems of information and form.
Exhibition prosthetics, fictions and connecting online and offline worlds – Extract
Konstanet is a non-profit gallery founded in July 2013 and it is made up of two spaces – the online space at konstanet.com and a scaled (1:5) physical space located in the centre of Tallinn, Estonia. Konstanet focuses main- ly on international collaborations with young emerging artists who are interested in exploring the possibilities, merging the online and offline realm. Konstanet provi- des a physical space for creating installations and an online space for presenting the installation (such as photo- graphs, video, livestream or any other relevant format) and online elements. The artist decides the extent to which each space is utilised.
Konstanet tries to go beyond the “installation & documen- tation model” of showing art online, to bring together the online space and offline space, while maintaining a non-hierarchical relationship between the two Konsta- net only comes together as a whole when the physical space, in the form of a white cube, and the online space at konstanet.com are both put into use, i.e. activated. In many ways, this approach relates to the idea of digital dualism by Nathan Jurgenson 1–Konstanet rejects the idea of regarding the online realm as inferior and less ‘real’ than the offline world, while still recognising the different nature and particularities of both. (…)
this text is the original – Extract
This text is the original. It is being written for the first time, not even know yet what final shape it will take. What is an original? Something that has never been written before? Never reproduced in a context other than this publication, or never changed by me or another author ? Never translated ? I am a native Polish speaker, this text is being written in English and you are probably reading it in French or Greek. Where is the original, then? In my Polish mind or in another part of my brain which with the help of my English writing skills is able to express an idea in a different language? Idea. Is this the core of the original?
The original can also be an object. It has its own special value. It is unique and irreplaceable. It can be copied, re- produced or imitated, but the copy will never gain the same significance as the original. The original artwork, confirmed by respective authenticity document is a justification of its prize. The question of the original comes up naturally and it is a coherent part of an artwork. (…)
Gaiartefact – Extract
(…)Henceforth, we must accept that the world is porous. This world allows us to pass our fluids of information, circulate our commodities, our products, our ideas and our discoveries. Our world is doing that more and more quickly, more and more intensely. What we have learned in the last fifteen years is that it has become pointless to want to distinguish, to divide, to separate, to remember. Everything is circulation, contamination, exchange and impregnation. (..) his has been the truth since forever. It is the principle of the world, and also of the living. Of course, we are living on the same planet as Kim Jong II and the kamikazes of the Islamic State, but they are not moving in the direction of History. They don’t represent anything of what is coming.
The principle of circulation, which is the foundation of the real, is intensified under the effect of our networking envi- ronmental technologies and the hybridization of forms. (..)
Produced by New Scenario for BODY HOLES/ Chapter 1: MOUTH, 2015/ Photos by New Scenario
New Scenario – Extract
Behind New Scenario’s online platform, we find two young artists, Paul Barsch and Tilman Hornig, exploring the possibilities of online exhibitions. They have recently completed two time-based online exhibitions, crash and jurassic paint. Currently, they are working on another project under the name of body holes, which is an exhi- bition series that seeks to use the body’s natural openings such as the mouth, nose, ears and other more intimate parts, as a navigation tool of the exhibition and as an en- trance to the digital realm. Barsch generously gave us histime and some inside information on their projects which will serve as an entry point for a plethora of questions on the on/offline artistic and curatorial practices and the new duality of human existence (on/offline condition).New Scenario projects are sometimes inspired by sci-fi films such as Cosmopolis, by David Cronenberg, and Jurassic Park, by Steven Spielberg but this is only one aspect of their work. They find their inspiration elsewhere
“It could be anything from still image to moving image, texts, music or anything that triggers the mind.” said Bar- sch. “Movies are only a starting point, they are setting a framework and creating an atmosphere. They are an ove- rall agreement between us and all collaborators to start examining, researching and working on a certain topic”. In this essay, we will also be using these films, these “emancipated” images as a framework to analyse the condition of the artwork and the human existence today.