Date/Time: 26/04/2004 12:00 am
VERSION>04: INVISIBLENETWORKS APRIL 16 – MAY 1 , 2004 CHICAGO
The Version>04: invisibleNetworks convergence is an opportunity for creating connections between programmers, artists, scientists, musicians, filmmakers, activists, tactical media provocateurs, designers, architects, critical thinkers and culture workers of all kinds. The third annual convergence brings diverse groups together to share, communicate and organize while also asking participants to discuss these processes. Creating a tangible network of associations between participants, Version>04: invisibleNetworks fosters conversations, creative resistance and cultural action.
Version>04 is a hybrid form of festival, conference, arts fair and online project. The third annual Version convergence is an experimental approach at navigating the activities of emerging cultures that combine visual arts, activism, social practices, creative use of new technologies as well as tactics and strategies of intervention.
From April 16 – May 1, 2004 young artists, programmers, musicians, filmmakers, activists, indy media makers, designers, critical thinkers and culture workers of all kinds will converge in Chicago. Over 250 artists and cultural producers from over ten countries will participate in a series of exhibitions, public art interventions, screenings, performances, demonstrations, and actions.
Over 200 projects and initiatives with over 300 participating artists are represented this year. The works and projects featured tackle issues relating to daily life to future trajectories of social, and cultural economies. Participants will ask and reveal: What is anti-corporate globalization? What is the movement of movements that is resisting corporate globalization? How does the public counter the corporate monopolization of information dissemination? How do artists map cartographies of power and creativity? What kind of music is emerging from the bedrooms of laptop-armed musicians? How do we explore urban geographies? How do artists develop tools for protest and direct action? How do programmers create social messages to share with the public via internet technologies? Can these technologies foster social change? How do we locate spaces that are open cultural nodes? How do artists use technologies to create new genres of documentation and narrative? How do we communicate to the public if public space is off limits? Can posters, stencils and posters and graffiti kick start public communication? How do we confront the surveillance society? In what ways do we share our parallel cultures to the public?
Featured during Version>04 invisibleNetworks: – More than 250 artists from ten countries bring exhibitions, public art interventions, screenings, and performances to Chicago. – 100 Selected video works and documentaries including The Corporation, The Fourth World War, Ice and other works in the Version_Screen festival portion of the convergence. – Over 50 bands and performances of new and experimental music will be featured during the Version_Sound festival portion of the convergence. – Sixteen days of 24/7 low-power radio transmissions featuring works and programs form over 30 international audio artists, a dozen curators and local sound artists. – Ten thematic cultural TV shows of experimental and short works on public television, Chicago Cable Access CAN -TV channel 21. – Twenty-three workshops and presentations, panel discussions with 35 speakers in the fields of media and media arts, activism and new media to address the issues of invisibility and trajectories of art and intervention. – Over twenty net based projects and works representing the theme of this years convergence.
Version>04: invisibleNetworks seeks to uncover and open channels of discussion, hidden orders, unseen hands, blackboxes, backdoors, wormholes and access points. Participants in Version>04: invisibleNetworks will function as nodes and hubs in this amorphous system and construct this years’ decentralized convergence.