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Content, form and im-material
Chiara Ciociola, Neural #41, p. 36

The editors are not interested in defining internet art, but they do spend a lot of time on the “mediation of the fact that (internet-based art) is art”, translating it into exhibition strategies and projects, something they call “translation work.” This is at the core of their activity, trying to untangle the “variability” of internet-based art, and then fusing curatorship, theory and production. This activity is not just a two-way transformation of signs and meaning but a whole discourse on art and the internet, involving a deep aesthetic and symbolic understanding of the medium.

Internet: la infinitud de las listas.
Guadalupe Aguiar Masuelli, Submergentes.org

Quizás CONT3XT.NET advirtió que la potencia de esta propuesta metodológica que ofrecen los marcadores sociales en la web es justamente – y solamente – la posibilidad de concebir un museo de arte fluido, creciente, mutante, inestable y colectivo, producto de la participación directa, activa y multitudinaria.

Curatorial Alternatives to What?
Joasia Krysa, 14 Media Art Biennale WRO 2011

An engagement with curatorial practice that extends to technological processes and online environments might be timely and strategic in situating curating in relation to broader trends, but if so, can it still offer an alternative? Referring to the curatorial group CONT3XT.NET in their recent interview with Sarah Cook, ‘Re:Interview #017: Art, New Media and the Curatorial’.

Who are some curators of contemporary digital art today?
Marius Watz, Quora

Since everyone is a sort of a curator of information today, many of the contemporary digital art curators have multiple roles as author-curators or artist-curators. It is worth looking at curatorial resources like CRUMB, CONT3XT.NET, Furtherfield, Mediamatic, Rhizome, Runme.org, Vague Terrain.

The Anarcheological Search And The WWW
Marialaura Ghidini, Jotta – University of the Arts London

In the essay “Trans.Form.Work | Internet-based Art in the Real Space” by Sabine Hochrieser, Michael Kargl, Franz Thalmair from CONT3XT.NET, the WWW is likened to Benjamin’s words “translation is a mode”, and it’s explored as a space that triggers the transformative, raising questions about the convention of certain roles and functions.

CONT3XT.NET is everything
J. R. Carpenter, Jacket 2

How can works created for and within this highly provisional, seemingly immaterial, endlessly re-combinatory context be read, watched or understood in any other? This is precisely the question that the Vienna-based collective CONT3XT.NET has been relentlessly asking of itself and of others over the past five years […] by reformulating the immateriality of the internet into the physicality of paper, space, performance or other public presentations…

Interview with Sarah Cook
Production Network for Electronic Art, Norway

Recommended reading: The interview “Art, New Media and the Curatorial” by Michael Kargl and Franz Thalmair with Sarah Cook at the Vienna-based CONT3XT.NET-magazine points to many challenges facing many contemporary art practitioners…

Von Autoren und Kunstgeplapper
Martin Gasser, Kronen Zeitung

Kunsttheoretische Fragen wirft die Schau im Grazer Kunstverein Medienturm auf. Ohne Titel präsentiert Konzeptkunst, die sich mit dem Thema Urheberschaft auseinandersetzt. Eine bei aller Strenge unterhaltsame und intellektuell anregende Sache, die man statt “Schau” vielleicht eher “Denk” nennen sollte…

Das Netz und der Tod des Autors
Ulrich Tragatschnig, Falter Steiermark

Seit jeher baut die Kunstgeschichte auf Legendenbildung, zieht aus der Mythisierung dessen, was ein Werk, was ein Künstler ist, ihr Vermögen. Ab dem 20. Jahrhundert unterstützt durch eine Kunst, die sich fleißig selbst daran beteiligt, den Nimbus ihrer Genialität aufzupolieren. (…) Das hört nicht auf, wie die unbedingt sehens- und lesenswerte Ausstellung Ohne Titel deutlich macht…

Schlüssel zum Verstehen der Welt
Manisha Jothady, Wiener Zeitung

Übersetzung ist eine Form. titelt die Schau mit 13 Positionen, die dem Verhältnis zwischen Text und Bild nachspüren und dabei mitunter auf computer- und internetbasierte Strategien zurückgreifen. Über das herkömmliche Gebot der Verständlichkeit setzen sich die Künstler dabei oft gekonnt hinweg. Schließlich gilt es erst einmal zu schauen, wie etwas aussieht, wenn man es von einem Regelwerk in ein anderes überführt…

Anmerkungen zur Ausstellung ‘Übersetzung ist eine Form.’
Gerhard Dirmoser (.pdf)

Die Frage ‘Wie können Übersetzungsvorgänge sichtbar gemacht werden?’ läßt sich mit Hilfe der ausgestellten Arbeiten in etwa so beantworten: Mittels relationaler Strukturen können unterschiedliche Zustände, unterschiedliche Kodierungen und auch komplexe Entwicklungsverläufe diagrammatisch gefasst bzw. aufeinander bezogen werden. Diagramme bieten daher auch die Möglichkeiten Übersetzungsschritte selbst zu visualisieren…

Übersetzung als Motiv
Susanne Rohringer, Artmagazine.cc

Der Kunstraum Niederoesterreich zeigt derzeit Arbeiten von fünfzehn KünstlerInnen und Künstlerkollektiven, die sich mit dem Thema Übersetzung beschäftigen. Dabei versuchen die künstlerischen Arbeiten den springenden Punkt festzuhalten, an dem eine gestaltete Form sich in eine andere verwandelt und auch der Interpretation Tür und Tor geöffnet wird…

Zetgenössische Medienkunst
Susanne Längle, K2/Kultur in Centrope

Von ASCII in Binärcode: On Translation nennt Michael Kargl seine Performance, welche die vielschichtigen Prozesse des Übersetzens thematisiert. Was ist Form, was Inhalt? Dechiffrierung, Rezeption, Interpretation – unweigerlich geht eine Bedeutungsveränderung damit einher (…) Die Kunst des Kurators ist die Aufgabe des Übersetzers…

Über (un)mögliche Übersetzungen
Irene Tischler, Der Standard

Als Teil der Gruppenausstellung Quasi dasselbe…? Diskurse mit poetischer Funktion geht es dieser wie anderen konzeptionellen Positionen um ein selbstreflexives Sicheinlassen auf Interpretationen anderer kultureller Texte. Das wörtliche Zitat eines Buchtitels von Umberto Eco, in dem es gerade um die Hinterfragung von Übersetzung als einer Interpretationsleistung geht, ist programmatisch…

Dem Original moralisch verpflichtet
Edith Schlocker, Tiroler Tageszeitung

Um den Diskurs mit poetischen Funktionen geht es in der neuen Ausstellung im Innsbrucker Kunstpavillon, vorgeführt anhand von neun Positionen, mit denen sich auseinanderzusetzen nicht leicht ist, aber lohnt. Das Gezwitscher der Vögel im Kleinen Innsbrucker Hofgarten hat Konkurrenz bekommen: Alle paar Minuten zählt eine Stimme – in unterschiedlichen Sprachen – laut einen Countdown ab…

Am Puls der Zeit
Ursula Hentschläger, Artmagazine.cc

In den Projekten von CONT3XT.NET geht es um Überschneidungen, Grenzüberschreitungen und Fokussierungen in (sprachbasierten) künstlerischen Positionen. Das erklärte Ziel liegt in der Schaffung neuer Bedeutungszusammenhänge. In der Auseinandersetzung mit dem realen Raum steht die Vermittlung medialer Kunst in traditionellen Ausstellungszusammenhängen im Vordergrund.…

The Conflation of Editor/Curator
Shakespeare 2.0 Wiki

The crowd sourced tagging of exhibits by CONT3XT.NET allowed users to remix the body of knowledge by using technology to recontextualize its elements in order to construct an original narrative consistent with the dominant means by which we consume media, learn and communicate in an internet driven information age circling back to Landow’s thoughts on the reconfiguration and dispersion of lexia…

De l’internet au musée…
Lily Buhring, Laboratoire des Médias Variables

Si les musées d’art contemporain hésitent souvent d’acquérir l’art sur Internet, ce n’est pas seulement parce que cette forme d’art est encore relativement nouvelle mais également parce qu’elle pose des difficultés techniques non négligeables quant à son exposition au public. Comment exposer quelque chose qui n’est pas un objet?…

Curation, Translation, and Collaboration
Tim Cowlishaw, My Continuing Adventures in Technology

Working from the assumption that Internet art exists outside the realm of the mechanisms which allow institutions to continue to filter what the public at large understands to be art the paper Trans.Form.Work offers an interesting discourse on various strategies for presenting internet art within real-life gallery space…

Responses to YouTube
Thomas Thiel, Curator as Filter/User as Curator (ISBN: 978-90-78146-05-6)

Different exhibition displays are possible (…) This allows on-demand views within an exhibition as well as creating schedules; scenes, fragments and embedding distributed media. Lately there have been a number of interesting projects such as the software Kurator (…) or the Tagallery by CONT3XT.NET that are based on current ideas and technologies…

Essais sur la conservation du net art
Maude Desjardins-Crépeau, Daniel Langlois Foundation

Curediting, une collection de treize essais publiés par le journal en ligne Vague Terrain, est une initiative du collectif CONT3XT.NET (…) Regroupés sous l’étiquette Curediting, les essais sont d’un grand intérêt pour les chercheurs de Docam en ce sens qu’ils offrent une vision interdisciplinaire des différents modèles et tendances dans la conservation du Net Art…

Networked_Performance
Jo-Anne Green, Turbulence.org

Curediting is a curatorial/editorial project which starts from Walter Benjamin’s point of view of translation formulated in the essay The Task of the Translator in the early 1920ies. (…) Artistic creation and the processes of its re-formulation within different presentational contexts are brought together under the label Curediting, a hybrid between the two concepts of curating and editing…

Vague Terrain 11: Curediting
Greg J. Smith, Serial Consign

This combinatory notion of curating/editing is discussed in a range of ventures which span computer assisted curation, email art, online video, social networking and crowdsourced curation as well as questioning the presentation of net art in a number of contexts, within both web-based and traditional spaces of exhibition…

Summer in the City
Marisa Olson, Rhizome.org

Given that so many of the selected projects are about tracing a collective experience, the folksonomic curatorial platform Tagallery seems a perfect one on which to contemplate the work, with guest-curators’ tags suggesting an interpretation before inviting viewers to travel off on their own…

Digital Archiving and the New Screen
John F. Barber, Transdisciplinary Digital Art

Although the first Tagallery show focused on the hyperlink as the primary medium for networking and forging relationships between separate contents, the innovation concept of establishing connections between artifacts pushes the boudary of contemporary art and holds much promise for artists, writers, developers, performers and others interested in wasy to distribute, connect, and share digital media produced for and presented on the new screen…

Curating Net Curating
Annette Finnsdottir, Hyperform Net Gallery

The curator of internet art is working in and within the same medium as the artist and she filters, circulates and creates context. CONT3XT.NET is a Vienna-based media collective who has created an alternative exhibitionspace for collaborative, transparent curating and cooperation based upon linking and tagging. CONT3XT.NET invite curators to choose a theme for the exhibition and to bookmark according to the chosen context. The visitors then have the possibility to bookmark these bookmarks into their own del.icio.us account, create new tags and hereby curate for their own gallery…

Breaking the Rules
Marisa Olson, Rhizome.org

Some of these contributions are classic net art pieces already experiencing the interestingly adverse effects of time on web-based media, but all of them are important contributions to this discussion of communication. Surf them for yourself and then add to the show, if you’d like. That’s right! Curators CONT3XT.NET have adopted an open curatorial model that allows visitors to chime in and widen the vocabulary used in the exploration of our language with its arbitrary systems and rules, its corresponding functions within society, as well as with its absurdities and restrictions for the individual…

Online Exhibition
Christiane Zintzen, in|ad|ae|qu|at

Wer das Kuratorenduo und deren Plattform Publiccurating nennt und kennt, weiß, dass es hier hoch reflexiv hergeht. Das der Ausstellung zugrunde liegende Konzept ist daher in seiner Komplexität nicht eben leicht in einfache Worte zu bringen. Ausgehend von de Saussures binärer Auffassung des sprachlichen Zeichens in Manifestation (signifiant/parole) und bedeutungsträchtiger “meaning” (signifié) wird überprüft, was in den ephemeren Sphären des digitalen Zeitalters überhaupt noch an kommunikativer Verbindlichkeit hergestellt werden kann…

Web 2.0 og netkunst
Annette Finnsdottir, Kuratorpanettet.dk

Publiccurating er et website som gerne må inspirere os i arbejdet med dette site. Publiccurating er et researchprojekt skabt af CONT3XT.NET, der har base i Wien, hvor de samler metoder, ressourcer og teorier om kuratering af new media kunst, netkunst og videokunst…

Etica hacker made in Rosario
Pablo Mancini, Amphibia.com.ar

Es el caso de Tagallery, una iniciativa de artistas austriacos que clasifican en una base de datos online propuestas artísticas. Hacen del hipertexto un dispositivo al servicio de la curaduría…

Fin de partie & Fortsetzung
Christiane Zintzen, in|ad|ae|qu|at

2006 bis 2008 heisst es in der Unterzeile von Rich.txt lakonisch, meint allerdings keineswegs, dass das bemerkenswerte Archiv (…) damit getilgt sei. Die Gruppe CONT3XT.NET bleibt glücklich weiter aktiv und führt die theoretische Rede auf Publiccurating fort und erweitert ihre virtuelle Stichwort- | Code- bzw. Tagallery. Was für ein im besten Sinne babylonisches Labyrinth!…

Reading the Rasp in E-Poetry
Amanda G. Michaels, Shift Journal, Issue 2, 2009

In an interview digital poet Mez (Mary-Anne Breeze) tells CONT3XT.NET: much of my present output questions the concepts of reality + virtual + their systematic definition crumbling. i’m exploring how this disintegration may lead 2 a continuum approach of the real<—>virtual…

Interview with Mary-Anne Breeze
Lanny Quarles, wryting-L

[The mez interview] seems like something young artists should see and read… I’m having the experience over and over in school now, that “text” has become mathematics to many of our young people. Mez’s textuality seems so vital and alive and personal, it needs to be taught more…or shown around in different contexts…

Tagging as Curating
Miguel Amado, Rhizome.org

Ranging from thematic groupings to discussions on curating as tagging, the initial Tagallery shows are as diverse as the taggers themselves, which demonstrates the innovative character of the new media field, always pushing the boundaries of the contemporary art world…

Tagging as Curation
Greg J. Smith, Serial Consign

Over the last several months CONT3XT.NET has become one of my favourite resources for monitoring the pulse of art and discourse on the net. (…) In my opinion this is one of the most well executed projects I’ve seen on the web in a while…

Intute – Study and Research
D. Haden, Arts & Humanities

There are a details of a number of ongoing CONT3XT projects, some of which are hosted as external websites. Notable are: Re:Magazine, Publiccurating which is a lively weblog about curating the new media arts; and AtCalls which features current calls for artists…

Arte y folksonomías
Lorena Betta, Alma Matinal

CONT3XT.NET puso en marcha el proyecto Tagallery, que consiste en un experimento artístico de creación folksonómica. Los artistas curadores que participan de la exposición utilizan delicious para taggear en forma colaborativa los sitios más interesantes vinculados al arte, la literatura y los nuevos medios…

Curatorial Contexts
Miguel Amado, Rhizome.org

In between established museum curators’ practices and emerging curating models, the presentation of new media art demands more and more theoretical frameworks that still need to be developed, and this project constitutes a step forward in this direction…

Link of Thought, Thought of Link
CCAP Research Community

Extending the blog format of their very cool collection of feeds, CONT3XT.NET bloggers launch a del.icio.us powered tag gallery that teases out the digital environment’s problematization of gallery space and expert curatorship while…

Net Art Spaces
Ela Kagel, Curating NetArt

Netart curators, as we can read in the introduction of the catalogue Curating Media/Net/Art by CONT3XT.NET, are often deemed cultural context providers, meta artists, power users, filter feeders or simply proactive consumers. Their task is not only the mediation of the artwork itself, but the handling of communication processes and methodologies surrounding each artwork, while addressing different audiences on different levels of knowledge…

Blogger Skins e Tagallery
Fernanda Bruno, Dispositivos de Visibilidade

Dois projetos reportados no Rhizome lidam com as relações entre arte, artista e curadoria no âmbito dos mecanismos de busca e de ordenação da informação na Internet. Blogger Skins coloca em questão as identidades construídas pelas buscas no Google, bem como as relações entre crítico e artista. A Tagallery e o coletivo CONT3XT.NET realizam um experimento de curadoria a partir dos procedimentos de categorização da web 2.0, particularmente da geração de tags por usuários de redes como del.icio.us…

Loops, Rings, Circles, and Infinity
Michelle Kasprzak, The Hive

I was recently invited by the lovely folks at CONT3XT.NET to curate a Tagallery. I think this kind of ‘immaterial’ curating is quite fascinating, and an interesting step beyond the net.art curating that came before. Like the Blogumenta project I mention elsewhere on this blog that used Facebook as a platform, Tagallery and other initiatives use the growing scope of social software and tools that are out there as drivers for cultural discourse…

About Tagallery
Digimag

Tagallery by CONT3XT.NET estende l’idea di un di un’esposizione ‘tagged’ e trasferisce i principali compiti di uno spazio espositivo non commerciale a un discorso di data-spazio virtuale (elettronico). Il metodo dei tagging permette l’attribuzione di artworks a differenti campi tematici…

Intute – Study and Research
Wayne Clements, Arts & Humanities

It is, in practice, a simple procedure and Tagallery has extended it to create a new concept in online art exhibitions. Tagallery is an offshoot of CONT3XT.NET, an Austrian-based new media group comprising Sabine Hochrieser, Michael Kargl and Franz Thalmair. The gallery uses the del.icio.us website to create its exhibitions…

Tagiranja kao kuriranje
Galerija Galzenica, Kiber dzezva

TAG Galerija je eksperimentalni projekt koji ispituje praksu tagiranja u kontekstu svijeta umjetnosti i sudeci po razvoju projekta, cini se, da je u Web 2.0 kulturi vaznije kreirati link, otvoriti nove komunikacijske kanale izmedu razlicitih sadrzaja, nego pokazati nesto neponovljivo, lijepo, istinito ili izuzetno…