Knowbotic Research; Minds of Concern : : Breaking News
Installation in collaboration with Peter Sandbichler
This project consists of a gallery installation, web interface, and free downloadable newstickers. Through a graphic interface, visitors can select “Minds of Concern”—groups, movements, or NGOs such as Oxfam, Freedom from Debt Coalition, or COSATU—that are engaged in critical global activities inside our networked society. This list will also include artistic media activists and all participating artists in the New Museum exhibition. By clicking a name in this list—either in the installation or on the website—visitors trigger a set of network processes that investigate the security conditions of a different server and evaluate whether it is secure or open to hacking attacks. The software processes used in Minds of Concern are dramatically transformed and externalized through light and sound signals in a kind of “Alert Zone” in the main gallery space, as well as through textual data flows in the installation. A primary aspect of this installation are plastic constructions made of Rubbermaid™ food boxes and trash baskets, opening up a controlled space for the network processes as well as signifying the in/stable structures of daily life.
This is the first time that the work of Knowbotic Research will be shown In New York. Knowbotic Research was established in 1991, and has experimented with formations of information, interface and networked agency. Their more recent projects present artistic practice with media in an attempt to find viable forms of intervention in the public domain. Since 1998, Knowbotic Research has been teaching and carrying out research in the New Media Department at the University of Art and Design, Zurich, Switzerland. Their projects have received major awards including: the Hermann Claasen Prize for Media Art and Photography 2001; the international Media-art award, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 1997 and 2000; August Seeling-Award of Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum 1997; Prix Arts Electronica, Golden Nica 1994 and 1998. Knowbotic Research has recently exhibited in major new media exhibitions including: Borderhack 2.0; "Defining Lines, Breaking down borders,” online-exhibition, 2001; Biennale for Architecture and Media, Graz, "Infospheres"; Transmediale Berlin, "netbased participation and social software", 2001; ISEA Paris, 2000; and ZKM Karlsruhe, "net_condition", 1999, and in international art exhibitions such as Art Basel, "Liste2001"; Kunstverein Hamburg "Aussendienst", 2000; 48. Biennale Venice, Austrian Pavillon, "Open Fields of Action" 1999;
Peter Sandbichler is an independent installation artist and sculptor, who has been collaborating with Knowbotic Research on their major installations for several years.