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[- How can you tell it's a commercial?
By amy, Section question corner
Posted on Mon Jul 12th, 2004 at 11:12:03 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
Aileen's story, "How can you tell it's art?" made me think of an installation I saw last month at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. If you can't tell from the photo, in the picture frames is live, black and white ASCII video of the people standing in front of the displays. The text on the right says, "Motorola - Intelligence Everywhere." On the pink stand to the left are mobile phones, apparently the product being marketed here. (I guess the connection is camera phones? Seems a bit oblique to me... ) Anyway, media artists have been creating lo-tech ASCII video projects for years as a means to subvert the hi-tech aesthetics of commercial media. Is this simply a case of the cliche "The mainstream appropriates the avant-garde?" ...

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[- How can you tell it's art?
By Aileen, Section question corner
Posted on Thu Jul 8th, 2004 at 03:08:22 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
Since Günther Selichar is one of the few artists who can invariably convince me to change my mind, every time I start insisting again that I don't like pictures, I just posted an announcement about his current project to EA Dobbs. I have only been to New York once in my life - about two months ago for three days - but having seen Times Square, now I am trying to imagine what this project could look like there. With all the lights and moving images and movement everywhere, how can you tell that this is art? Is art still art if it is indistinguishable from its surroundings?

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[- What makes a good director?
By Aileen, Section question corner
Posted on Thu May 27th, 2004 at 12:17:01 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
On Friday two job openings were announced at Ars Electronica: the position of Artistic Director and the position of Chief Financial Officer.

For the announcement, please see: "Ars Electronica Executive Search"

Aside from, in addition to, in keeping with the official text of the announcement, though, which qualities, skills, abilities would be most important for the director of Ars Electronica?

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[- Auto-didactic?
By Michael Lis, Section question corner
Posted on Thu Mar 18th, 2004 at 10:36:22 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
A question regarding the future of (self-) education in the age of information.

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[- What are we talking about and how?
By Aileen, Section question corner
Posted on Tue Mar 2nd, 2004 at 06:57:44 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
At the conference Public Art Policies in Vienna this weekend a question of terms came up again and again. Are we using the same words in the same way? Which words need to be redefined, replaced, or - as Simon Sheikh suggested - reclaimed?

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[- Queer Funding in South Asia/New Media ?
By vishwaskulkarni, Section question corner
Posted on Sat Feb 21st, 2004 at 11:22:04 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
I am writing a brief note on queer funding for the arts in South Asia (non existent)
However, I am trying to engage in a project that looks at the queer arts in a more positive form and not as a victimized community.
As such The Fabulous Laboratory ( is an empowered organization that looks at funding agencies not as a concern that wants to be side-lined or specialized as a queer organization, but instead wishes to pitch itself as an organization that is at the forefront of cutting edge cinema, lit and new media. for more details, do visit The Fabulous Laboratory at
Do post your comments in regard to this issue. Thanks

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[- Hollywood meets Pentagon...?
By TreborScholz, Section question corner
Posted on Tue Feb 17th, 2004 at 10:48:45 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
A while ago we had a thread on the computer game Escape from Woomera here on Discordia. Each time I'm in a lecture on games or if I play a game myself I feel simultaneously excited and exasperated'.

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[- Whose words matter?
By Aileen, Section question corner
Posted on Sat Jan 10th, 2004 at 10:14:06 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
When an article about Judith Butler speaking in Israel ("To be or not to be Jewish, lesbian, feminist") was posted this afternoon to a mailing list, I immediately stopped what I was doing to read it. I was amused by the description of the enthusiasm of Butler's admirers, which sounded like a fairly accurate description of me. With all the references to her critics, though, what justification do I have for accepting her position?

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