V2_, Eendrachtstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam
Friday 3 March 2006, 19:00-22:00 hrs
Admission: 2,50 EUR
Live stream & IRC chat: http://www.v2.nl/live

?What is rejected and refused in the symbolic order, reappears in reality.
Specters, ghosts and phantoms haunt the world.?
(Peter Weibel on Jacques Lacan)

TANGENT_FEAR presents Inviting Horror, an artistic research project by
Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat which investigates the experience of fear in
public space. In a world in which daily activity is monitored through
electronic technologies marked by networked surveillance systems,
biometric scanning and profiling mechanisms, people are required to
surrender access to their personal spheres of privacy and movement. Under
the guise of community safety and anti-terror security a demand for
ultimate transparency is made. Suspense is created and the urban space
becomes a phobic zone, a horror-scape, in which an explosive mix of
aggression and desire results in an irrational need to remove one?s self
from the public sphere, a desire for the incognito.

To invite horror, and offer it a safe haven within our personal realms of
well being and spheres of desire, implies both an obvious impossibility
and a potential to counter the loss of control of our public domain. Using
the movie related notion of horror, we search artistic strategies and
scenarios in which the transition from desire and fear to a social phobia
can be (re)constructed as a real-time and real-space action occurring live
in the public sphere. Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat have invited a group of
artists and researchers whose work centers on notions of fear, the body
and perception to engage a broader public audience to discuss and explore
these issues to bring horror ?inside? from within the public sphere.

Inviting Horror: KPN Media Facade 'City Mobile Monument'

In conjunction with TANGENT_FEAR Rotterdam citizens are invited to upload
short statements on urban experience to  the running text display of the
KPN Communication Tower. The City Mobile Monument forms part of Inviting
Horror?s experiential archive which travels through and connects numerous
urban centres worldwide. To upload a statement, please send a mail with
your short text to <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
KPN Telecommunication Company / Erasmus Bridge Tower, Rotterdam from 25
February to 5 March 2006.


Jordan Crandall, media artist and theorist, UC San Diego, recently
completed Homefront, a video installation exploring the psychological
dimensions of the new security culture.

Dennis Del Favero is a Sydney based artist and researcher, presents his
video piece Pentimento, and will discuss the aesthetics of trauma through
Nachtraglichkeit, a work in which he introduces the work of Pierre Janet.

Jill Magid, both performer and director, she engages the systems of
discipline in society, such as police, CCTV, and forensic artists by
exploiting the dormant possibilities of their services. She employs the
system, via its latent qualities, to establish an intimate and poetic
experience. http://www.jillmagid.net

Marc de Kesel, Lacanian philosopher and researcher, Jan Van Eyck Academie
Maastricht, will talk about the violence which is inherent to people, and
the incapacity to deal with violence lucidly. An impossibility that makes
violence only more malicious.

Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat experiment with new art forms for social
cohension using electronic communication devices. In their performances
and installations Lancel and Maat use a combination of online and offline
media in which they invite the audience to participate. They design
projects for urban public space such as those found at train stations,
airports, museum lobbies, theaters, universities, construction sites, and
city squares. Much of their work is developed in collaboration with V2_Lab
(Rotterdam) and Montevideo / TBA Netherlands Institute for Media Art
(Amsterdam). http://www.lancelmaat.nl

Special thanks: EYEBEAM New York

V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media
Eendrachtsstraat 10, NL-3012 XL Rotterdam
PO Box 19049, NL-3001 BA Rotterdam, NL
Tel + 31 10 206 72 72 | Fax + 31 10 206 72 71
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