press release

From January 26 through March 26, 2006, Witte de With, center for contemporary art, is presenting Satellite of Love, in association with the TENT. Center for Visual Arts and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). During the festival (January 25 – February 5, 2006), Satellite of Love will be the nerve center for the Exploding Television section of the IFFR’s program. As in previous years, this section of the festival, organized by Edwin Carels, focuses on recent developments in digital technology that influence or perhaps even result in radical shifts within visual and audiovisual culture. Satellite of Love will become the headquarters of a veritable TV commune, a utopian project. Furthermore, in association with the VPRO, Exploding Television will be manifesting itself online via the Internet.

The rapidly changing media landscape and especially that of the medium of television lie at the basis of the Satellite of Love exhibition. Over recent months, not a day has gone by without the media reporting technological, financial or political maneuvers in the world of television. The number of digital broadcasters is skyrocketing. The convergence of television, the Internet and mobile telephony is bringing about a radical change in the way programs are being presented to the public.

The means of distributing image and sound may be increasing by the day, but this “openness” also masks a new form of restriction. While at first a communal forum was developed for a broad public, it now appears that segmentation is striking due to market influences, with profit as the ultimate objective. In other words, the public space is disappearing while private space is gaining ground. Making television using a camera and a laptop hardly presents a problem, but a satellite link continues to be a privilege for the happy few.

In response to these trends, the organizers chose to provide a platform for the independent voice. In Satellite of Love, visual artists, media activists and television-makers rediscover something that is being torn apart from the top down. The aim is to establish a space (for reflection) where the production of live television is combined with installations. In addition, in the afternoon and evening there is a program of public discussions, masterclasses, and TV dinners organized in association with the Stimuleringsfonds Culturele Omroepproducties (Fund for Cultural Broadcasting Productions) and V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media. Satellite of Love and Exploding Television will also be broadcast online via VPRO Digitaal and local television, thus providing a lively context for interaction and reflection.

Participants in Satellite of Love include Franz Ackermann, AL+AL, Francis Alÿs, Mark Bain, John Logie Baird, Pierre Bismuth & Michel Gondry, Angela Bulloch, Edith Dekyndt, Dias & Riedweg, Michel François, Laurent Grasso, Erik van Lieshout, Yves Netzhammer, Melik Ohanian, Daniel Sauter & Osman Kahn, Monika Sosnowska, Maurice van Tellingen, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Francesco Vezzoli.

During the ten days of the IFFR, the following units will be producing live television: Ambient TV.NET from London, CAC TV from Vilnius, Orfeo TV-Telestreet from Bologna, De Taalpolitie from Rotterdam/Brussels, and tv-tv from Copenhagen.

Exploding Television Live Streaming online: from Jan 26th until Feb 5th from 4pm until 12 pm on the digital channel of the Satellite of Love's website: www.explodingtelevision.net Sex and Sadness Kurator: Jan Schuijren

Sex and Sadness offers eleven video art programs that explore the basic notions of desire and conflict that form the backbone of everyday life. Channelled here through a medium that both mirrors and mangles the way we perceive the world around us, these reflections on and of the absurd and the intimate, the painful and the quotidian, lay bare a series of personal ruminations on that which seems to be represented in the mainstream, but in fact is glaringly absent. Exemplified by the program’s namesake, a trilogy by the Canadian artist Brian Macdonald, the selected video works provide an emotional and temporal space to contemplate the inspirations and impediments in daily life that are so often taken for granted yet tremendously fundamental - sex and sadness, everything and nothing. The artists propose their own personal and subjective musings on seemingly individual-specific situations, but promote closer, empathetic readings of moments that are more communal than they may appear at first glance. As we struggle to digest the excess of sensations emitted from any and all media that ubiquitously infiltrate our daily activities, and as we become increasingly distanced from our own interpretations of information and experience, the voices that acknowledge and unravel our internal conflicts and questionings become all the more important. As in life, the works in this program offer us the choice to introspectively engage or superficially indulge in the proffered moments, asking us not to blindly adopt their perceptive views but inciting us to create our own.

Program

Thursday, January 26 @ 19.00, 02.00 and 09.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: Close Readings - part 1 Michael Snow (Prelude), Aernout Mik (Kitchen), Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby (The Fine Arts / Being Fucked Up), Tiago Carneiro da Cunha (Low Attention Span), Kuang-yu Tsui (Eighteen Copper Guardians in Shao-Lin Temple and Penetration - series), Miranda July (Getting Stronger Every Day), Tadasu Takamine (God Bless America)

Friday, January 27 @ 16.00, 24.00 and 08.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: The Perceptive View Jose Miquel Biscaya (Dramaturgische Ikonologie), Daniel Cockburn (Metronom), Christian Jankowski (Die Jagd), Crabsalad (My Browser), Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács (Prime Time Paradise), Erik van Lieshout (Awakening), Doug Fishbone (Towards a Common Understanding), Lara Rettondini, Oscar Brito (Sandwichman)

Saturday, January 28 @ 16.00, 24.00 and 08.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: Stuck in the Middle Francis Alÿs (El Gringo), Valerie Mréjen (Chamonix), Asli Sungu (Steckengeblieben), Feiko Beckers (Message from Southwest Airlines), John Rodgers (John's Head), Gautam Kansara (I'm Leaving), Anne Cleary & Dennis Connolly (Scènes du Boulevard)

Sunday, January 29 @ 16.00, 24.00 and 08.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: Looking for Clues Bjorn Melhus (The Oral Thing), John Bock (Astronaut), Anne Cleary & Dennis Connolly (Scènes du Boulevard), Peter Bogers (Secret Place of the Most High)

Monday, January 30 @ 16.00, 24.00 and 08.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: (There's only) Trouble and Desire Brian Macdonald (Sex and Sadness parts 1, 2 and 3), Ben Judd (I Love; Lost & Found; I can and cannot live without you), Matthew Barolo & Tabatha Tucker (Romance Project), Keren Cytter (21/5/04; 2/6/04), Jan de Bruin (Calling 911), Abbey Williams (YES), Kan Xuan (Looking Looking Looking for), Julika Rudelius (Train)

Tuesday, January 31 @ 16.00, 24.00 and 08.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: Close Readings - part 2 Corinna Schnitt (Once Upon A Time), Shelly Silver (What I'm Looking For), Emanuelle Antille (Angels Camp: The Red Cabin)

Wednesday, February 1 @ 16.00, 24.00 and 08.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: Me Myself and I - The Performative Kuang-yu Tsui (The Shortcut to the Systematic Life - series), Connie Walsh (How to Cowboy; How to Call), Dennis Freser (Band(4min.), Feiko Beckers (My left arm taped to the wall), Abbey Williams (Giver), Oliver Kunkel (Island), John Rodgers (John's Head), Anne Cleary & Dennis Connolly (Scènes du Boulevard), Hajnal Németh (Striptease or not)

Thursday, February 2 @ 16.00, 24.00 and 08.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: the Wonderful World of Wood & Harrison - Objects of Desire John Wood und Paul Harrison with 60 minutes of works from the past 12 years, and which they selected themselves for this special screening: Board, Boat, Device, 3 Legged, Six Boxes, 12 Reasons to Stand Somewhere, 2 Wall Sections, 26 (Drawing and Falling Things), Luton, Hundredweight, 66.86m, Notebook, 100m, The Only Other Point!

Friday, February 3 @ 16.00, 24.00 and 08.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: Curious About Existence Jacqueline Forzelius (This is good for you), Connie Walsh (How to Communicate), Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby (Curious About Existence), Susi Jirkuff (Leon; Siggi), Christopher Steel (Tube), Jan Verbeek (On a Wednesdaynight in Tokyo), Doug Fishbone (Everybody Loves a Winner), Victor Davydov (Americanizer), Niklas Goldbach (Greetings)

Saturday, February 4 @ 16.00, 24.00 and 08.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: Rhythms & Rhymes Ford Bros. - T. Draschan & S. Brameshuber (Bloodsample), Marc Bijl (The Good Things), AGF.3 + Sue C. (still.not.still), Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas (Karaoke), Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács (Crossing the Rainbow Bridge; World of Tomorrow), Susi Jirkuff (Feel It; Hold Us Down), Airside (Go), Lauri Trillitzsch/Oliver Kussinger (Video Killed the Radio Star), Pipilotti Rist (I'm a Victim of this Song), Brian Macdonald (I Can't Believe You Actually Died)

Sunday, February 5 @ 16.00, 24.00 and 08.00 hrs. CET Sex and Sadness: Super Sunday Sports – The Holy Ball Sandra van Slooten (Ballküre), Matthias Grübel/Matthias Sdun (Horst Uwe G - Ein deutsches Schicksal), Insa Onken/Stephan Lacant (Comeback - Homelss Worldcup 2004), Franz Wanner/ Heinz Geiger (Klappling), Ingeborg Jansen (Jamila), Tammuz Binshtock (Pars Pro Toto), Michael Koch (Wir SInd Dir Treu, Holger Mohaupt (Sacred Turf), Kyros Kikos (Defensiver Mittelfeldman), Ramon Coelho (One Minute of Silence), Jeanette Ehlers (It's All in the Game), Gabriel Gouchet (When Soccer Paints..)

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Satellite of Love
Ort: Witte de With; TENT Rotterdam

mit Franz Ackermann, AL+AL, Francis Alÿs, Mark Bain, John Logie Baird, Pierre Bismuth & Michel Gondry, Angela Bulloch, Edith Dekyndt, Dias & Riedweg, Michel François, Laurent Grasso, Erik van Lieshout, Yves Netzhammer, Melik Ohanian, Daniel Sauter & Osman Kahn, Monika Sosnowska, Maurice van Tellingen, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Francesco Vezzoli

Exploding Television
Live Streaming on the digital channel of the Satellite of Love's website:
www.explodingtelevision.net
Sex and Sadness
Kurator: Jan Schuijren
mit Francis Alÿs, Emmanuelle Antille, John Bock, Keren Cytter, Anne Cleary & Dennis Connolly, Doug Fishbone, Niklas Goldbach, Christian Jankowski, Oliver Kunkel, Erik van Lieshout, Brian Macdonald, Bjørn Melhus, Aernout Mik, Pipilotti Rist, Corinna Schnitt, Michael Snow, Jan Verbeek, John Wood / Paul Harrison ...