including gli.tc/h own organizer Jon Satrom!
FUNWARE EXHIBITION 12 November 2010 – 16 January 2011
& FUNWARE CONFERENCE 27 November 2010
FUNWARE _playing with software
MU, Eindhoven (NL)
12 November 2010 – 16 January 2011
OPENING: Friday, 12 November at 20:00 hrs
with live performances by Alexei Shulgin, Jon Satrom / Ben Syverson
and Amy Alexander.
DJ Emile Zile.
Adrian Ward, Amy Alexander, Annina Ruest, Bob Zimbinski, Carmen
Weisskopf / Domagoj Smoljo / Roger Wigger, Christoph Haag / Franziska
Windisch / Ludwig Zeller / Martin Rumori, Colin Green / Matthew
Fuller / Simon Pope, Dave Griffiths, Dave Griffiths / Aymeric
Mansoux / Marloes de Valk, David Link, Electroboutique, Gazira Babeli,
Joan Leandre, JODI, Jon Satrom / Ben Syverson, RTmark, Runme.org
Making and using software can be experimental, humorous and
aesthetically rich. Alongside today’s rather dull omnipresence of
databases and content management systems, elements of fun have
actually informed and guided the development of software from its
beginnings. Fun is the energy of curiosity and inappropriateness,
exploring what is not yet known in art, culture, computer science,
design, math and the site of their encounter: software. Here, software
art, a joke of a mathematical genius and amateur tinkering of software
stand side by side.
The exhibition Funware questions, tangles and experiments with the
materiality of software, the backbone of contemporary society. Letting
us deal with the glitchy nature of human-machine ensembles, it offers
a way of understanding something that is normally hidden and serious.
Fun is far from detaching software from political or social
interrogability, it is rather a force and a method that works on
complicating the normal, the serious and the dominant.
In 2011 the exhibition will travel to HartwareMedienKunstVerein in
27 November 2010, 10:00-15:30 hrs (during STRP Festival)
at Baltan Laboratories, Eindhoven
Wendy Chun, Matthew Fuller, Andrew Goffey, Wilfried Hou Je Bek, Andrew
Lison, Adrian Mackenzie, Michael Murtaugh and Simon Yuill.
Introduction & moderation: Olga Goriunova
Contrary to the belief that software is a very serious issue, a
battlefield of big business interest and freedom fighters, and a field
guided by rationality and formalisation, it is actually an area of
practice and thinking that often advances through random acts, absurd
use, jokes and curiosity.
International speakers will argue that art, and in particular software
art, can play a crucial role in the production of the world,
undermining the seeming solidity of the infrastructural backbone of
our society and opening it up for intervention and reinvention. The
symposium will also explore the issue of fun and the potential of the
humour in software art. What is humour after all? It is in fact an
artistic and critical attitude to reality?
Curator: Olga Goriunova
Executive producers: aaaan.net
Co-organisers: BALTAN Laboratories & MU
Supported by: VSBfonds, SNS Reaal, London Metropolitan University &