iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, Brussels


WJ-Spots Brussels: History and Future of Artistic Creation on the Internet, 3 December 2011

More than 15 years after the beginnings of net art, the Internet has become the most ubiquitous participative global media of the 21st century; a huge territory between normalisation, commerce, hope and utopia. Is the Internet a disenchanted space for artists and creative people or is there a future for online arts and critical creative actions? If so, what are their possible forms and directions?

This is what WJ-Spots Brussels proposes to investigate by gathering an international panel of some of the most influential net artists, theorists, online activists and digital cultures thinkers who will share their views on the past and future of artistic creation on the Internet

An immersive performance of live websurfing and speeches The format of this event will be far away from a usual conference: during the speeches, assistants (webjays Isabelle Arvers and Anne Laforêt) using the WJ-Spots platform of Anne Roquigny will be surfing live through a list of representative websites selected by the speaker. A multi-screen system is used to display those pages around the audience.
The proceedings of the WJ-Spots Brussels event will be published in early 2012 as a special edition of the MCD magazine, and as video documents made available on the Digitalarti and iMAL websites.

With: Raphaël Bastide & Yannick Antoine (FR/BE, artists), Michel Bauwens (BE, p2p2foundation), Josephine Bosma (NL, journalist and critic), Heath Bunting (UK, artist), Paolo Cirio (IT, artist), Florian Cramer (NL, Professor at Piet Zwart Institute), Régine Debatty (BE, we-make-money-not-art, journalist and critic), Constant Dullaart (NL, artist), Jodi (BE/NL, artists), Olia Lialina (RE/DE, artist), Alessandro Ludovico (IT,, Nicolas Malevé (BE, Constantvzw), Miltos Manetas (GR, artist), Julian Oliver (NZ/DE, artist), Domenico Quaranta (IT, contemporary art critic and curator), Rafael Rozendaal (NL, artist), Sakrowski (DE, curatingYouTube), Gordan Savicic (AT, artist).

Practical info Saturday 3 December 2012, 15:00 - 23:00 iMAL, Brussels Free entrance! Bar open. Food and drinks available.
Thanks to register online if you wish to attend this event!
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A production of iMAL (Center for Digital Cultures and Technology) with digitalarti, MCD and Gingerbread. With support of the Brussels-Capital Region, Institut Français, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Arts Numériques), Vlaamse GemeenschapCommissie.
Curators: Yves Bernard and Anne Roquigny