Atlas Making

Atlas making material review:

Christoph is working on an atlas about the love between him and his girlfriend. Format e.g. as book and/or installation (a chimera of a classical and modern interpretation of an atlas; his atlas will contain real plants). He is challenged how to connect this to artistic research and to focus on a particular version of love.
Matilde would like to do research on herself. She explains the community of “self-trackers”: Self-tracking means quantifying and optimising each part of ones life with the aim to become better human beings or even to become “post-humans”. Inspired, but also repelled by the commitment and self-absorption of self-trackers Matilde wants to accurately observe and describe her life and present it as an installation in form of a control room. Chris suggests making interviews of other people about how they see her.
Chris presented some of the material that Chris Walzer sent us. He is fascinated by “ecosystem services”, a term that summarizes how ecosystems can be economically quantified and evaluated. He sees parallels in the art market and would like to investigate social values and changes in art culture.
Chris talked about the ITSI (Illustrating Tools for Social Ídentity) project, by the SOLID Art collective (of which he is a member). He showed an interview he made with the artist and curator Walter Seidl about the culture of galleries, collectors, how artist can establish themselves, the international art market and how art can create social value.
Chris suggests that there is a difference between North America and Europe: in the U.S. art seems to be more a commodity whereas in Europe art is centred around political/social issues.
Chris compared the art market with ecosystem services and wants to challenge methods of the art market.
Valerie suggests making a guidebook to the art market for upcoming artists. Karl suggests reading ”Manifest of auto-destructive art” by Gustav Metzger.
Denise is collaborating with Franz Kainberger and tells about her experience of attending an ultrasound examination with patients. She is interested in the different ways of doctor-patient communication and the problems arising by being on different hierarchical levels. Bernd suggests making an atlas about misunderstandings.
Michaela is collecting documents from the AKH about patient rights and standards for treating patients. She wants to document patient to doctor and doctor to patient communications but also inter-doctor and inter-patient relationships. She also mentions “ELGA” (elektronische Gesundheitsakte), a central repository of patient data and its advantages and disadvantages.
Martina presented a project idea about “food terror”. She received inspiration by the Atlas project and Virgil’s suggestion to unify her interest in food and terrorism. She introduced Dr. Max Otto Bruker, who was fighting against refined white sugar and tried to sue the sugar lobby in the 70s. Martina showed us a photograph of the “burning calories” series by Henry Hargreaves. Furthermore, Martina was researching food terror and was only able to identify a single case of a food terror attack in the U.S.A. 1984, in which 751 people have been poisoned by salmonella in Dallas.
Possible questions she would like to address:
When does food terror start?
Is Monsanto doing food terror?
Is starvation also kind of food terror?
Different meanings of terror->Different flavours of terror;
Hash tag: foodporn
(Source: mybrain)

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December 02, 2014, 09:30h