Blowup: We Are All Crew
"There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew." - Marshall McLuhan. Join us for a weekend of telepresent artworks, film, lectures and parties celebrating the centenary of the birth of communications and media guru, Marshall McLuhan. The Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0 exhibition is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Blowup is a new series of events and exhibitions. In this edition we present a three-day program including Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0 exhibition; Them F*ckin' Robots screening; lectures; parties!
To acknowledge the 100th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth, this edition of Blowup will present the Strategic Art Initiative 2.0 exhibition of re-created early telematic artworks; the worldwide premiere of Them F*ckin’ Robots, a documentary on the work and influence of electronic art pioneer Norman White; a keynote lecture by Dutch thinker and author Arjen Mulder, examining the things we love and love to hate about McLuhan; and a closing party for the exhibition featuring a custom cocktail.
Download the We Are All Crew ebook
1. Introduction, by Michelle Kasprzak
2. Introduction to the Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0 Exhibition, by Laura Berazadi
3. Texts from the original Strategic Arts Initiative catalogue,
by Derrick de Kerckhove and the participating artists
4. Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0, by Derrick de Kerckhove
5. Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0, information on the works
6. McLuhan in Europe 2011, by Stephen Kovats
7. The Normill, by Ine Poppe (translation by Sam Nemeth)
8. Marshall McLuhan Interview, by Gary Wolf
9. From the V2_ Archive: An Extremely Complicated Phenomenon of a Very Brief Duration Ending
in Destruction; The 20th Century as Slow-motion Car Crash, by Mark Dery
10. Excerpt from From Image to Interaction, by Arjen Mulder
11. The Wisdom of Saint Marshall, Holy Fool, by Gary Wolf
Thursday November 3
20:00 - 23:00: Opening of Strategic Arts Initiative (SAI) 2.0 exhibition, five telematic artworks connected live with InterAccess in Toronto, Canada. Featuring artworks by Doug Back, Laura Kikauka and Carl Hamfelt, David Rokeby, Graham Smith and Norman White, the exhibition is a re-creation and evolution of the original 1986 exhibition curated by Derrick de Kerckhove.
Welcoming remarks and short talks by the artists at 20:30.
Friday November 4
20:00: World premiere screening of Them F*ckin' Robots, a documentary on the life and work of electronic art legend, and participant in the Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0 exhibition, Norman White. Directed by Ine Poppe and Sam Nemeth.
14:00 - 23:00: SAI 2.0 exhibition open and connected live to InterAccess, Toronto.
Saturday November 5
14:00 - 20:00: SAI 2.0 exhibition open and connected live to InterAccess, Toronto.
20:00 - Keynote lecture by Arjen Mulder: Things We Love and Love To Hate About Marshall McLuhan (and cybernetics) .
21:00: Response to the lecture and commentary on the SAI 2.0 exhibition by Derrick de Kerckhove
21:30 - 00:00: SAI 2.0 exhibition open and connected live to InterAccess, Toronto.
Closing party with custom cocktail begins at 22:00.
Admission € 5,- pass for events on all three days. Free entrance for students (college card).
After the event, the Blowup e-Book Reader for this event will be made available for download.
Blowup: We Are All Crew is part of McLuhan in Europe 2011, a year-long celebration of Marshall McLuhan's impact and legacy on European art and media culture during the centenary of his birth. http://mcluhan2011.eu. The exhibition in Toronto is part of the Dew Line Festival.
The Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0 exhibition is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.