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"On(e)Line: On One Line"
1999-09-15 until 1999-09-29
Gate Foundation
Amsterdam, , NL Netherlands

In recent years attempts are made within the art world to seriously open up towards other cultures; to not focus on a centre whether historically or geographically grown or just put forward by groups in power. One of the reasons for this sudden interest could be the rise of a Œglobal village‚, in which ideological contradictions weaken and communication techniques as the Internet are the new tools for the exchanges of knowledge and thoughts and images. This global and international development is remarkable and will play an important role also in the next millennium. But despite all profiling of the new media and of the flexnetwork of a global culture, many in and around the world of art seem to focus on the already existing in stead of looking for the new. This is the the idea of the Œhome‚ and the return to the region and the local. The arts as a place to safeguard authenticity and the local, the arts as a way of expression of concrete and local experiences.

The global and the international are not opposed to the local or the regional, there is no confrontation. It is just that the one cannot exist without the other. It is better to measure these terms with their own values. This will make way for development and will result in a higher level in the end. Both in Europe and in North America their is a lack of knowledge of the history of art from different countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia. On the other hand in these continents their is a lack of up to date information on contemporary western art. Exchange of knowledge is essential. Some works of art from non-western countries get their meanings from a deliberate local setting or from a definite regional situation. This is not contradictory to globalising or regionalising in art. Even the most pure local representation is a part of internationalism.

In On(e)Line the Gate Foundation wants to give artists from different parts of the world the opportunity to speak about their search for a place in their connection to the region within the contemporary global structure. The participating institutes and artists will give information about their experiences with multimedia works of art. Exchange of information is important and the distribution of this information is essential for a broad cultural forum. Support for this exchange, for the dialogue and the making of networks via the Internet is of vital importance.

The project On(e)Line wants to make a start with different institutions and artists, to bring them in contact with each other, so that in this way a more balanced form can be developed in which contemporary art from different areas can be assessed adequately and professionally in its proper context.

On(e)Line is an internet project that will stimulate visibility, dialogue and discussions among six artcentres from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Indonesia, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. The participating centres are independent art institutes or artists initiatives, that are closely involved in the region and add considerable contributions to the discussions and developments in international contemporary visual art.

Participants to On(e)Line:

Gate Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Margret Wibmer, Ademir Arapovic, Debra Solomon

Delta Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe: David Brazier, Berry Bickle, Chas Maviyane, Luis Basto

A href=http://www.gamelan.org/AGI/Cemeti.html>Cemeti Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Heri Dono, Bintang Hanggono, Pius Sigit Kuncoro Public Eye, Cape Town, South Africa: Minette Vari Robin Rhoda, Zayd Minty Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica: Manuel Zumbado, Karla Solano, Priscilla Monge, Cecilia Paredes InIVA, London, the United Kingdom On(e)Line is structured in three layers: Virtual Presentation from 15 till 29 September On(e)Line is a virtual presentation of digitised images on the Net, to be seen and visited at the Gate Foundation on internet and projected on the walls of the exhibition space. Website address: http://surf.to/on(e)line Works of the selected artists by the participating institutions will be shown at the Gate Foundation via the Internet. Each institute has made an installation with stills of video works and computer works of the artists. Visitors can see the different images, brows or zap from one slideshow to the other. Cultural exchange and dialogues from 15 till 18 September 15 September 4pm ˆ6pm (GMT): Gate Foundation ˆ InIVA 16 September 4pm ˆ 6pm (GMT): Public Eye ˆ Delta Gallery 17 September 1pm ˆ 3pm (GMT): Cemeti Art Foundation 18 September 5pm ˆ 7pm (GMT): Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo Web castings will take place in which one of the international centres will occupy a central position. Video Conference 19 September from 3pm to 6pm (GMT) The Conference will take place from 3pm to 6pm (GMT) with each of the centres in this project. During the Conference guests will be invited to take part via a chat-application to give their reactions. The participating institutes from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Indonesia, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom are connected via real audio with the Amsterdam location. They are virtually present via the Net and participate in the Conference with text, sound and image.


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