Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New additions to the FBB database

The transmedia project Flusser's Black Box has called upon artists to address the philosophical concepts of Vilém Flusser's theoretical body of work, give them shape and transcodify them into our silicon-based memories. Here are the three latest additions to Flusser's Black Box mediatheque:

"What is an apparatus? What is imagination? Is a machine capable of playing the creative game? 

In Robot Babel, visual artist Marcus Pettersson proposes an animated version of excerpts from Vilém Flusser's essay The Gesture of Writing. We witness the thought process of a machine as it describes the translation steps it takes to write a text, while it automatically translates itself into German, French and Portuguese.
Old New Imagination is a video of a performance piece by artist Cecilia Ahlqvist. The boundaries between operator and functionary are blurred as a blindfolded artist tries to recreate an artpiece and take pictures of it at the same time, with the assistance of the audience.
Film director Chico Toledo provides videos of his work Glossary 2.0, a graphic representation of Vilém Flusser's Towards a Philosophy of Photography glossary, as revised by Andreas Mueller-Pohle and Bernd Neubauer."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cecilia Ahlqvist inspired by Flusser at Norrköping's konstmuseum

The performance Old New Imagination builds on Vilém Flusser's ideas of the image creation and its development/paradigm shift. Flusser believes that the way to create images, not only technically but also psychological has changed with the advent of technical devices such as cameras. Some of us create, while others are merely "button pusher" working for the camera and how it creates images.

In the performence Old New Imagination Ahlqvist lifts questions about who create/reproduce/barely pulls buttons. She also raises issues about what constitutes  technological development and what is a completely different way to create images. During the performance Ahlqvist was blindfolded and tried to copy an image that the audience had chosen (in this case a painting by Gösta Sandel) by painting according to their instructions. The audience was also asked to take an active part in creating and documenting the process with videocameras and mobile phones and Ahlqvist will later edit the material into a video that will be shown during the Flusser conference Nov. 1 to 3 in Connecticut, USA.

The movie is all New Imagination, right? and who in this case is the creator of this New Imagination movie? I? The camera? The group? Gösta Sandels who made ​​the original portrait?

More information here.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Cecilia Ahlqvist prepare/produces her piece for Flusser's Black Box

Nu på onsdag, 18 september, framför jag min nya performance Old New Imagination i Norrköping konstmuseums café kl 19:00, ni är varmt välkomna! // Cecilia Ahlqvist

Konstnärsnätverket Vision Forum driver tillsammans med den Fransk/Brasilianska gruppen ANAHATA ett projekt kring filosofen Wilém Flussers teorier om media och mediering. Som en del i detta genomför Cecilia Ahlqvist sin performance Old New Imagination i konstmuseets kafé den 18 september kl 19:00. Performancen lyfter frågor om vem som är skapande och vem som är reproducerande. Cecilia Ahlqvist är performancekonstnär och fokuserar i sin konst ofta på mellanmänskliga relationer. Hon vill hellre väcka frågor än ge svar och hennes konst är ofta processinriktad.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Stay Connect(icut)ed

 Members of Flussers Black Box are going to show their work in an exhibition at at the Flusser symposium in Connecticut in November 2013. More information and previews here shortly. So stay tuned. For more info about the exhibition and the seminar click here.