Ars Electronica Futurelab residency – Work in Progress No.2


Project: Virtual Dialogues: Consent and Control (in the age of Google)

Using the past to make sense of the here and now, taking as its conceptual inspiration a radical and unpublished edition of the international image journal: Ten.8 – Virtual Dialogues (Volume 2 No.4. 1994).

Ten.8’s remit was to explore the relationship between image, knowledge, culture and power. It brought together radical theorists, image-makers and media art writers in order to promote wider discourse. The unpublished issue,Virtual Dialogues, predicted both the arrival and impact of social media and explored contemporary, and still relevant, themes including cyberfeminisation – the disorderly city – and designing desiring machines.

Ten.8 currently exists in limbo on redundant and unstable 20 year-old ‘new media’. The residency project in Linz is concerned to retrieve and re-imagine the ambitions of the original editorial team: Derek Bishton, Tim Druckey and Andy Cameron with Sadie Plant, Darryl Georgiou and Mark Blackstock. It is also a tribute to the late Andy Cameron, a Ten.8 and Ars Electronica colleague.

Some of the issues outlined in Virtual Dialogues mirror Futurelab research themes and Ten.8 is increasingly of interest to curators, researchers, academics and archivists. It’s long and complex history will be told to a new generation through curators such as George Vasey, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK, via engaging and hopefully interactive delivery methods. Horst Hörtner and Claudia Schnugg at Ars Electronica provided many ideas regarding potential development and future collaboration. And to quote Horst Hörtner: “It’s not about the infrastructure – it’s about the strategy.”

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Work in Progress: Ars Electronica Futurelab Residency


From heaven to earth ©Darryl Georgiou

From heaven to earth ©Darryl Georgiou

Between a stone and a shrine (Between a rock and a hard place) ©Darryl Georgiou

Between a stone and a shrine (Between a rock and a hard place) ©Darryl Georgiou

To have one foot in the grave ©Darryl Georgiou

To have one foot in the grave ©Darryl Georgiou

Project: Linz Adagia – Erasmus Proverbs (Blue Cloak) Folly of the World

A Triptych – from the minds eye…

Images that although seemingly old or original.. have never existed

1) From heaven to earth

2) Between a stone and a shrine (Between a rock and a hard place)

3) To have one foot in the grave

Blue Cloak is an ongoing project creating/re-creating ‘contemporary proverbs’ – across a range of media and outputs – involving new collaborations with a number of artists. Taking as its departure point ‘proverbs’ – eg. how do you question / undermine global folly – politicians – military – commerce – artists….. we are all guilty of folly in some way.

Context: Erasmus published a book of proverbs in 1500/1508 – this influenced Brueghel’s ‘Blue Cloak’ (Netherlandish Proverbs in 1559) – the ‘Folly of the World’. Many of the adages have become commonplace in many European languages, and we owe our use of them to Erasmus.

What’s done cannot be undone

A living corpse

Where there’s life, there’s hope

Time reveals all things

Complete the circle

My own interdisciplinary work often investigates the relationship between the ‘still and moving image’. The work approaches the subject of historical memory in an attempt to reveal the disparity involved in attempting to ‘represent the past’. Wider research explores ‘how places feel’ that involve disturbance, turmoil or perceived injustice. The research question being how this ‘re-presentation’ shapes the image of the present with a bearing on the here and now. The practice is primarily interested in the tension between truth and fiction, history and memory. The wider and interlinked projects question how information becomes authoritative and explores the way that we map and classify the world in order to understand it.

Darryl Georgiou. August 2014, Linz