[rohrpost] FUNWARE EXHIBITION 12 Nov 2010–16 Jan 2011 & FUNWARE CONFERENCE 27 Nov 2010 in Eindhoven

Annette Wolfsberger annette at sonicacts.com
Mon Nov 8 14:37:46 CET 2010

FUNWARE EXHIBITION 12 November 2010 – 16 January 2011
& FUNWARE CONFERENCE 27 November 2010
Eindhoven (NL)

FUNWARE _playing with software
MU, Eindhoven (NL)
12 November 2010 – 16 January 2011

OPENING: Friday, 12 November at 20:00 hrs
with live performances by Alexei Shulgin, Jon Satrom / Ben Syverson  
and Amy Alexander.
DJ Emile Zile.

Adrian Ward, Amy Alexander, Annina Ruest, Bob Zimbinski, Carmen  
Weisskopf / Domagoj Smoljo / Roger Wigger, Christoph Haag / Franziska  
Windisch / Ludwig Zeller / Martin Rumori, Colin Green / Matthew  
Fuller / Simon Pope, Dave Griffiths, Dave Griffiths / Aymeric  
Mansoux / Marloes de Valk, David Link, Electroboutique, Gazira Babeli,  
Joan Leandre, JODI, Jon Satrom / Ben Syverson, RTmark, Runme.org

Making and using software can be experimental, humorous and  
aesthetically rich. Alongside today’s rather dull omnipresence of  
databases and content management systems, elements of fun have  
actually informed and guided the development of software from its  
beginnings. Fun is the energy of curiosity and inappropriateness,  
exploring what is not yet known in art, culture, computer science,  
design, math and the site of their encounter: software. Here, software  
art, a joke of a mathematical genius and amateur tinkering of software  
stand side by side.

The exhibition Funware questions, tangles and experiments with the  
materiality of software, the backbone of contemporary society. Letting  
us deal with the glitchy nature of human-machine ensembles, it offers  
a way of understanding something that is normally hidden and serious.  
Fun is far from detaching software from political or social  
interrogability, it is rather a force and a method that works on  
complicating the normal, the serious and the dominant.


In 2011 the exhibition will travel to HartwareMedienKunstVerein in  

27 November 2010, 10:00-15:30 hrs (during STRP Festival)
at Baltan Laboratories, Eindhoven

Wendy Chun, Matthew Fuller, Andrew Goffey, Wilfried Hou Je Bek, Andrew  
Lison, Adrian Mackenzie, Michael Murtaugh and Simon Yuill.
Introduction & moderation: Olga Goriunova

Contrary to the belief that software is a very serious issue, a  
battlefield of big business interest and freedom fighters, and a field  
guided by rationality and formalisation, it is actually an area of  
practice and thinking that often advances through random acts, absurd  
use, jokes and curiosity.
International speakers will argue that art, and in particular software  
art, can play a crucial role in the production of the world,  
undermining the seeming solidity of the infrastructural backbone of  
our society and opening it up for intervention and reinvention. The  
symposium will also explore the issue of fun and the potential of the  
humour in software art. What is humour after all? It is in fact an  
artistic and critical attitude to reality?


Curator: Olga Goriunova
Executive producers: aaaan.net
Co-organisers: BALTAN Laboratories & MU
Supported by: VSBfonds, SNS Reaal, London Metropolitan University &  
STRP Festival