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Instruction Manual – The Selection

June 6, 2011

Darija Medic (rs) “The South Collection”

If the buildings are observed as sculptures what are their sculptural characteristics? The visual
and conceptual analysis of the sculptures is given in the audio guide, through a mash-up of different
sources interpreting different subjects, giving viewpoints of artists as authors, art theory,
various standpoints on public space in Rotterdam, and factual information on the buildings from
the cadastre of Rotterdam. The hijacked content accounts to the arbitrary nature of giving (artistic)
value, in the first place. The South Collection audio guide stems from a museum guide tradition,
offering the visitor a museum like experience on location of the sculptures, by playing the audio
files while walking along the crossed out numbers of houses in Oranjeboomstraat, one can actually
get an authentic impression of how these buildings could be observed as artworks.
Carolina Saquel (cl) “In Reconstitution du jardin delectable”
I tracked specific “natural” events, inside an enlarged temporality in which the question of point
of view both in a specific sense (perspective) and in a larger sense (ideological position and
posture) is essential. I questioned myself about how a specific natural phenomenon without any
human presence could be at the same time a character and a landscape, a foreground and a
background; and how through visual and sound manipulation this nature can transform itself in
front of us, emerging into another dimension. Calm and caring observation, a concentrated gaze,
directed the process of work of this video, in which the camera moves constanly, without cease,
inside an inhabited garden/forest, sort of labyrinthical space, in which we hope for something that
will never arrive.

Jon Cohrs (us) “Urban Prospector” www.splnlss.com

The Urban Prospector is basically a modified metal detector outfitted with combustable gas sensor
that can be built for under 100 dollars. Through efficient design and user testing it will become
an effective tool that is both easy to build and reliable.
Using a used metal detector found at a pawn shop or one ebay, one can remove the metal sensor.
Then one replaces this sensor with either a benzene sensor or a hydrocarbon sensor. The analog
data emitted by the sensor will analyzed by a microchip that will interface with the main computer
running the metal detector. By using a basic metal detector as a host, one can use many of it’s
built in features such as sound response and direction to create a useful tool.
By scanning the surface of ones neighborhood, you will be able to determine pockets of oil. Until
recently, hydrocarbon/oil prospecting has been a field left to the “professionals”, because they
require sophisticated tools for detection. But in much the same way gold prospecting empowered
people to find small nuggets of “profit”, urban prospecting now has the potential to find small
nuggets of oil near oil spills, abandoned gas stations, and industrial sites. Given the current high
cost of oil these urban spills or potential “gold mines” waiting to be tapped.

Carolina Redondo (cl) “In a NETmare”

A slow camera movement glides above an undefinable space of white horizontal lines – a place
with ambiguous depth through which a white body slides and slips upon white ribbons. The body
melds with the surrounding and disappears in an unstructured flickering ocean. In a NETmare is
a video performance filmed on 16 mm that is a representation of social structures and a graphic
visualization of this network. The piece is a metaphor about the complexity of relations and human
communications in an epoch of juxtaposition, crossing the connections and intersections of our
existence. The self presence is explored in relation to intangible codes in time and space.
Claudia del Fierro (cl) “Wildlife”
Stockholm, Sweden. The starting point for “Wildlife” is the encounter with Jennie, a young woman
who is hypersensitve to radiowaves and needs to live outside of the city without any technology.
Jennie has found another way of living. Through Jennie´s story I get to know other people who
have also left the city life for different reasons and who kindly invite me to enter their habitat.The
work is developed by interviews, field notes, drawings and conversations around politics, ecology
and the notion of community. The installation gives an account of the documentary work and of my
own fiction.

Valentina Serrati “Aia”

This video art piece is the result of my experience living in Taiwan, Taipei for one and a half year.
My goal was to try to understand and identify specifi c characteristics from the environment, culture
and local people in order to create a unique character for a video art piece. My methodology is based
on daily life experience, observation and assimilation for a long period of time , until imagination is
capable of translating personal experience into creative imaginary.
Aia is a character that lives in rooftops of Taipei City from where she observes different phenomena
related to extreme climate change, religion, social behavior and architecture. Her costume is created
from ready-made garments, which can be found in any corner store in Taipei, specifi cally related to
weather protection.
Michelle-Marie Letelier “WFID”
This video work is a personal attempt to re-interpret some passages of this play, through the constant
grasping of a coal-mining machine. A soft-voiced, off-screen narrator whispers these passages, while
the constant movement of the machine seems to return the earth back to its source, as the video plays
backwards.

“Garath Witti“ Artur Holling für Mühlenkampf

Um ein mehrmonatiges Projekt im Stadtteil zu recherchieren, fängt man am Besten bei Null an. Erklärt
uns was hier ist und wo ich es fi nde. Zusammen mit Garather Jugendlichen erkundeten wir die Möglichkeiten
und Unmöglichkeiten, Wege und Irrungen aber auch Ahnungen des Düsseldorfer Stadteils
Garath. Wie kommt man dorthin? Was macht man dort?
Linda Duvall and Peter Kingstone (ca) Living in 10 Easy Lessons:
“Lesson 3: how to do a fake lay”
To complete this project the artists met with various women who utilize the shelter system in Toronto.
However, nowhere in the project are the participants identifi ed in any way other than as a group of
women possessing valuable skills; these women become the instructors. The skills are presented in
the same tone that one would confront when introduced to any useful skill. The artists interview each
instructor in order to better understand specifi cally how to implement the skill for themselves.
This project references the fact that we live in a culture in which almost anything can be learned
through a series of steps. The Internet has made many skills from changing tires to bee-keeping both
accessible and teachable. This project Living in 10 Easy Lessons disrupts the usual institutional model
of teacher/learner and challenges the viewer’s assumptions concerning the kinds of skills usually
presented. Viewers must become active in sorting the relationships among the various instructors and
the artists.

GARATH

Theresa Krause (de) “Raufaser”
Rauhfaser persifliert eine Fat Chance Operation
nicht nur inhaltlich, sondern bringt
es auch im Format auf den Punkt. In einer
Serie von mehrern Versuchen konnte das
Mädchen die Oberhand behalten.
How to have a picknick in a tree
Marthe Van Dessel & Katrien Oosterlinck
(be): self-explanatory.

Charlotte Voelskow (de) “Schwimmbad”

Wie kann Vorfreude auf den Sprung
ins Waser langsam jedoch ästhetisch
verfliegen?