EXTENSION --competition-The Internet as Object and Material

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EXTENSION -- competition
The Internet as Object and Material
deadline: June 30, 1997

Material and object are familiar terms used in the plastic arts. The current
competition sets out to transfer these concepts to the Internet. What
meaning can the Internet have for the museum? Collecting, preserving,
educating and researching have been traditionally the guiding principles of
museum work. In order to put these principles to the test on the new medium,
a number of art projects ta ing up Internet as a theme are now being placed
in the context of "museum". The competition is a joint project of SPIEGEL
Online, SPIEGEL special, Philips and the Hamburg Kunsthalle, who are
pursuing common goals in sponsoring/creating EXTENSION. Each of the partners
will contribute his specific competence in the fields of Internet, media and
technology to the project.

Underlying idea of the competition
The Gallery of the Present is the extension building of the Hamburg
Kunsthalle and was officially opened on February 23rd. Now the extension is
continuing into cyberspace: EXTENSION is the space where the Gallery of the
Present can be visited in the Internet, and the competition is designed to
generate projects for display in EXTENSION which perceive the Internet as
object and material of artistic expression. The competition is regarded as
an experiment: What can this extension mean to the traditional museum, and
what can the museum contribute? What rela ionship can evolve between
Internet and museum? As Kunsthalle director Professor Dr. Uwe M. Schneede
explains: "The Internet is a communication medium of the present, and the
Gallery of the Present is a new museum for Hamburg. EXTENSION will show how
artists react to the new medium. To the Kunsthalle, the competition
represents both a search for and promotion of new movements in art."

In parallel with the start of the competition, the new issue of SPIEGEL
special has been published, dedicated to the subject "Digital man - how
computers are changing the world". Apart from the invitation to take part in
the competition the issue features an extensive report by California-based
author Gundolf S. Freyermuth on the new art form of "CyberArt". As
co-organizer of the competition, SPIEGEL special is committed to supporting
the ongoing development of an artistic vocabulary of forms unique to
the Internet, according to chief editor Jochen Boelsche.

The following terms have been agreed for the selection of entries and the
presentation of the EXTENSION competition. The jury will select entries
based on the intensity of dealing with the subject. The Internet must be the
object as well as the place of all entries. Size and degree of elaboration
will not be a criterion; what matters instead is the degree in which the
Internet is made the specific object of an entry. Three entries will be
awarded a prize, and the winners will receive DM
10,000, DM 5,000 and DM 3,000, respectively. In addition, a "Philips Internet/TV
set" will be awarded by Philips as a special prize. "Philips has always been
one of
the pace-makers in communications and media technologies", explains Dr. Manfred
Schmidt, CEO of Philips GmbH. "Therefore, we gladly take the opening of the
Gallery of the Present as an opportunity to support a competition that will
artistic forms of expression in the new world of multimedia."

Entries will be available for viewing in the Internet EXTENSION of the
Gallery of the Present. In parallel with cyberspace happenings, the
Kunsthalle will stage a series of events in autumn '97 on the subject of
"Internet", which is where prizes will be awarded by the Jury.

Form of submission:
The physical location of the competition will be the SPIEGEL Online server.
Entries should be viewable using standard browsers (Netscape 3.0/Explorer
3.0) and freely available plug-ins (Technical requirements and procedure).

Entry conditions
Beginning and deadline: The competition started with the opening of the
Gallery of
the Present on February 23rd 1997. Closing day will be June 30th 1997.

Technical requirements
Your entry must comply with certain technical requirements:
* Overall size must not exceed 5 MB.
* Your work must be viewable using widely available standard software, i.e.
any necessary plug-ins etc. must be downloadable from the Web.

This is how to participate:
Send us an e-mail no later than a week before the closing date (June 23rd
1997) to: extension@spiegel.de.

Your message must include the information listed below:
* your name, postal address, phone number, e-mail address
* the configuration best suited to view your entry (browser/plug-ins and
respective download addresses)

You will then receive an e-mail in return, giving you precise instructions
on how to send us your work by FTP. The entries must arrive at the SPIEGEL
server no later than June 30th 1997.

Entry Conditions
Anyone who perceives the Internet as object and material of artistic
expression is welcome to take part in thecompetition. Project groups are
also eligible. Employees of the institutions and persons organizing or
sponsoring the competition as well as members of their families are excluded
from participating. Entries must be free of rights of third parties,
especially copyrights. By taking part in the competition, participants
explicitly declare themselves to be the originator of their respective
entries, and the exclusive right to use such works shall be transferred to
the Kunsthalle without geographic restriction. No claims may be made against
the organizer resulting from participation in the competition. Legal action
shall not be admissible. Participants uploading their entries to SPIEGEL
Online shall be deemed explicitly to acknowledge these entry conditions.

Jury members

Uwe M. Schneede, director of Hamburger Kunsthalle (art museum);
Dellbruegge & de Moll, artists; Dieter Daniels, professor of art history and
media theory at Hochschule fuer Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (university for
graphic arts and the arts of book production); Valie Export, media artist,
performance artist, film-maker, professor for multimedia/performance at
Kunsthochschule für Medien (art academy for media), Cologne; Rainer
Woertmann, deputy editor-in-chief of SPIEGEL special

Inke Arns * Pestalozzistr. 5 * D-10625 Berlin * Germany
Tel / Fax + 49 - 30 - 313 66 78 * inke@is.in-berlin.de
have a look at:
* Int. Meeting on the Documentation of Media Art in Eastern,
Central and South Eastern Europe (Rotterdam Sept. 96)

* discord. sabotage of realities. (Hamburg Nov. 96 - Jan. 97)

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