Article - a nordic biannual exhibition for unstable and electronic artforms
Please check out the call for projects for Article, a new event in Stavanger, Norway which will have it's first edition in November 2006...

More information at http://iolab.no/article, deadline 15 June!

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Article is one of the main projects for Stavanger 2008 - European Capital of Culture. Article 2006 will be a pilot project for the 2008 installment, but also to underline that Article is intended as a biannual event BEYOND the scope of the European Capital year.

Article will be comprised of: a main exhibition; a conference related to the themes of the biannual; in-depth practical and theoretical workshops and seminars; and contributions from local resources and other collaborative partners.

The goal of Article is to promote artforms which don't merely employ electronic techniques in its production and display, but also actively comment on technology, the ethics and politics of technology and the evolution and dissemination of technology. Article wishes to establish an open arena for artforms which critique and engage social processes and present reflected positions on the expressive qualities and contexts of the media.

By «Unstable artforms» we intend to encompass art which is not institutionalised and stabilised by traditional frameworks of production and distribution, art which crosses disciplinary boundaries, which engages unusual contexts and references, or art which is not anchored by permanent, static objects.

The basic proposition and theme of the biannual is the artistic and democratic potential in the use of technology in a socially engaged art practice. Article will give this ephemeral and experimental art a context, and present it to a local, national and international audience.

Article intends to present productions / work which are site-specific or made for traditional exhibition venues, work which explores and expands the potential of artistic expression in our immediate environment and objects. Article will be produced in close collaboration between i/o/lab, the norwegian production network for electronic arts, and invited groups and individuals from the Nordic arts scenes.

The Programme Committee for Article 2006 consists of Hege Tapio and Kevin Foust from i/o/lab and the following individuals, each with extensive experience in the practice and mediation of unstable arts:

Jon Brunberg, Sweden. See: http://www.brunberg.se
Juha Huuskonen, Finland. See: http://www.juhuu.nu
Mogens Jacobsen, Denmark. http://mogens.info