Matrix City

unnamed-6A lecture by Arjon Dunnewind in English

Moderator: Maria Adriani

Cities and Urban Cultures are permanent sources of inspiration for artists and scientists, as well as for utopists and defeatists. The city pre-eminently is an expression of ideals in which ideas about functionality and beauty, equality and happiness are given shape and architecture and (infra)structure meet with imagination, desire and resistance. Developments in society and cultural trends usually originate from a metropolitan environment where people meet, inspire and provoke each other and where the dynamics and technical facilities required to develop these ideas are present and available. New media change the notion of public space. Public space is merging with virtual space where one influences and enhances the other: Augmented Reality, The Internet of Things, Ubiquitous Computing, etc. Urban culture is becoming media culture, more and more: jogging with your mp3 player, videos on mobile phones, digital graffiti, urban screens, video walls and architecture with integrated interactive technology.

‘Matrix City’ maps out the urban landscape as platform and source for inspiration for contemporary artists. The city is viewed as a gathering place of subcultures and communities and for typical urban art-forms like street-art, grafitti and parkours. The presentation sheds some light on the more political issues as the relationship between public space and private space and on the question who is in charge over public space. Also the city is presented as an immersive audiovisual environment, as a modal structure in which virtual and real systems merge.

A variation of artists and phenomena will be discussed ranging from the Situationists and Constant to contemporary artists like Julian Oliver, Sagi Groner, Constant Dullaart, Evan Roth, Julius von Bismarck, GPSter, Gordan Savicic, Christina Kubisch, Claudia Bernett, Michelle Teran and Gabriel Menotti.

Arjon Dunnewind (born in Ommen, The Netherlands, 1967) studied at the Utrecht School of Arts. In 1988 he was co-organizer of the first Impakt Festival and in 1993 he established the Impakt Foundation. In the 1990-ies he curated and organized presentations and touring programs for international artists and filmmakers, projects that would develop into the Impakt Events and become a regular part in the Impakt Foundations program. From 1994 till 1997 he produced ‘KabelKunst’ and ‘Vizir’, two TV-series about video art and experimental film.

In the early 2000’s he started Impakt Online, a project aimed at developing the internet as a platform for the presentation of interactive art projects and streaming video. In 2005 he started a residency programme called Impakt Works where international artists working with video, digital media and new technologies are supported and facilitated to make new work.

Dunnewind has curated exhibitions and screening programmes for e.g. Castello di Rivoli in Italy, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires and the NCCA in Moscow. He worked as an advisor for the Dutch Film Fund, department Research & Development, from 1996 until 2000 and for the Dutch Mediafonds & Fonds BKVB, department Innovative Music Video, from 2009 to 2012. He regularly gives guest lectures at art academies and universities and participates in juries for festivals and art-prizes.

Maria Adriani, born ini Purwokerto, 1982. She studied Architecture at Islamic University of Indonesia, Yogyakarta, and achieved her Master Degree in Urban Dvelopment and Design at UNSW, Sydney, Australia. Currently Maria is working as Urban Landscape Analyst for Ugahari Architecture and a Lecurer at Architecture Department, Islamic University of Indonesia, Yogyakarta. She’s also a Founder & Generator of GAWE-kampung design community Maria has done many researches on architecture and urban issue, the recent ones are “River, Water Culture, and Asian Cities Case Study: Bangkok”, Bangkok, Thailand, “Rumah Asal: Resiliency Among Globalization and Romanticism”, Bali in Golbal Asia International Conference, Bali, Indonesia, dan “Alternative to Live: The Rented Vertical Flats the Side of Code River, Yogyakarta”, ICSBE #2, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.