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Book and DVD Released
As the final part of the Dutch Russian art and media project Debates & Credits, a book and DVD documenting the project and reflecting on the outcomes have recently been published by De Balie in Amsterdam. The texts are written in both English and Russian.
Debates & Credits explored the poetics and politics of public space in Amsterdam, Moscow, and Ekaterinburg, through a series media art actions specifically designed for the urban landscape. The book provides a full documentation of the art and media projects that were executed in the frame of Debates & Credits in these cities in the Fall of 2002. The book includes a full-colour print section, as well as video documentations on the accompanying DVD.
After the execution of the actions, which were documented in a web journal, we asked a number of distinguished colleagues to reflect critically on the outcomes and the issues raised by the project. This has resulted in a number of challenging essays, as well as an artist contribution by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, who had been working in the same period on highly similar projects engaging the interface of media and urban space. His work is introduced in the book by art and media theorist Timothy Druckrey.
Essays were contributed by:
– Viktor Voronkov, sociologist, director of the Center for Independent Social Research, Saint Petersburg
– Oliver Marchart, political and cultural theorist, works at the Media Studies Department, University of Basel
– Max Bruinsma, freelance critic, lecturer, curator, and independent consultant editorial design, Amsterdam
and by the curators of Debates & Credits:
– Tatiana Goryucheva, art theorist, historian of media art and curator, Moscow
– Eric Kluitenberg, media theorist, writer and organiser on culture and technology, Amsterdam
Artists participating in Debates & Credits:
Archeopteryx (.ru) / Arno Coenen (.nl) / Oleg Kireev & the Getto collective (.ru) / MACHINE (.nl) / Galina Myznikova & Sergei Provorov (.ru) / Leonard van Munster (.nl) / Arseni Sergeev (.ru) / park tv (.nl)
Overview of Content:
Essay No.1: Eric Kluitenberg, "VirtualitÃ©, adieu mon amour. What happens when ‘our’ media encounter the ‘real’ world?"
Essay No.2: Tatiana Goryucheva, "Minima Sententia. Instrumentalisation of the Image and Simulation of Public Communication"
Photo Essay: "Moscow Brands: Who speaks for the Public?"
Reports about the art projects of Debates & Credits (word and image)
Commentary: Timothy Druckrey, "Relational Architecture: the work of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer"
"Legal / Illegal" – Declaration and Report from the Moscow Open Net Parliament, Oleg Kireev & the Getto collective
Essay No.3: Oliver Marchart, "Media Darkness. Reflections on Public Space, Light and Conflict"
Essay No.4: Viktor Voronkov, "Life and Death of the Public Sphere in the Soviet Union"
Essay No.5: Max Bruinsma, "Just Use It!"
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