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"On(e)Line: On One Line"
1999-09-15 until 1999-09-29
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
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
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
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,
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
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.