press release

opening: Friday, December 7, 5:00 p.m.

Video Vortex.2 is a sequel to the Video Vortex exhibition that responded to the Web2.0 phenomenon. Web2.0 stands for power to the user and democracy for everyone. It has led to innovative forms of media use in which open and friendly cooperation stimulates critical reflection and new ideas. In Video Vortex.2 attention is given to a different side of the democratic movement. How are artists reacting to this democratization process? To what degree does the democratic movement in Web 2.0 differ from previous utopias around radio and television? How can artists retain their autonomy and diversity outside the mass media? Is the esthetic of amateurism the new genre? Once again, artists will be responding to Web2.0, with special attention this time being given to the Dutch/Belgium situation.

Video Vortex Workspace In the Workspace everyone can get acquainted with open and free software (FLOSS, in collaboration with Derek Holzer), Vlogging (under the guidance of Seth Keen), network mapping (, take part in the Furtherfield Visitors Studio and more. See for the latest program.

Curator for One Day Once again everyone can become a curator in Video Vortex.2. With the aid of a specially developed website six video works can be chosen from the collection of the Netherlands Media Art Institute. On the day indicated this selection is then presented in one of the exhibition spaces at the Institute as a component of the exhibition. Using the Institute's online catalog, or by visiting the mediatheque, a selection can be made from 2000 video works. Thirty-second fragments from the works are found on the website; to see the whole work it is necessary to visit the mediatheque. The only condition is that the selection be accompanied by an explanation of why it was made. For a whole day the rest of the visitors to the exhibition then can see this statement and the video works. Every Thursday a special guest presents his or her choice, with:

Friday, December 7: Macha Roesink (director, Paviljoens, Almere) Thursday, December 13: Esma Moukthar (freelance art critic) Thursday, December 20: Ulay (artist) Thursday, January 10: Kelli Dipple (webcasting curator, Tate Modern, London) Thursday, January 17: David Garcia (artist, teacher and writer) Saturday, January 19: Sabine Niederer (Institute of Network Cultures) Thursday, January 24: Maria Rus Bojan (freelance curator) Thursday, January 30: Mirjam Coelho (Brakke Grond)

Participating artists: Johan Grimonprez & Charlotte LĂ©ouzon, Martijn Hendriks, Jaap de Jonge, Meta.Live.Nu presents DFM RTV INT, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Oog Volkskrant Online, Park 4DTV, Rabotnik, Sonic()bject, Martin Takken, Thomson & Craighead

Video Vortex is a collaboration among the Netherlands Media Art Institute, the Institute of Network Cultures and Argos, Brussels.

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Video Vortex.2

mit Johan Grimonprez & Charlotte Leouzon, Martijn Hendriks, Jaap de Jonge, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Oog Volkskrant Online , Park 4DTV , Rabotnik , Sonic Object , Martin Takken, Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead ...