But on the other hand, we met a lot of artist friends in Vienna (see pic of "Class of 1990 Reunion" above, after the Station Rose lecture with Viennese art critic F.E. Rakuschan at Depot, November 28th 95), here in Germany.
While more traditional artists didn`t get the fact that multimedia is all around, and are still doing paintings, sculptures and rock concerts, there are younger ones coming up.
Some of them have great ideas & sometimes even products.
Two of them are featured below: meet MAMAX, a multimedia couple, 26, cool and beautiful people, who do their thing beyond the academic artscene of Vienna; and F.E. Rakuschan, a little over 40, who is an art-theorist in the Viennese tradition, understanding hypermedia totally, using his wits to insult the ancient tradition of art-discourse.
Trying to move through the air in Vienna for an artist or intellectual is like moving through an invisible, thickened, gelatinuous soup of old times, older times times and ancient times. Even though we left this place for a faster place, we still feel challenged in our art to satisfy the aesthetic standards of Viennese intellectuals.
can be found on our top list of theorists. He is one of the brightest thinkers around, an original bohemian, who deeply understands hypermedia. His language is a very unique & sophisticated mix of German and Latin. He publishes his texts in art magazines, books and recently in web pages as well. He cooperates with a group of artists, called "Kunstlabor", dedicated to ambushing the traditional Viennese gallery system. His weapon is language ! You can find some of his German texts on our homepage. We have collaborated with him since 1988, and continue a regular intellectual intercourse on the net. Check out SONEKA for that. If you cant read German, don't worry, here is his voice.(296k)
Check out their homepage , and order one of their hand made CD-ROMs.
let us first tell you a thing or two about the vibe here.
Germany is, besides Italy, the European country with the smallest percentage of Internet users - little Austria has four or five times as many fully-wired Netheads !
There is one reason for Germany's cybercultural cultural backwardness, as we see it: there still is no evident way of making money with cyberspace. If we could record the conversations we have when we do lectures at conventions together with leading German businessmen, we could furnish megabytes of hilarious anecdotes concerning the point of view of these people. There is simply no apparent reason for Germans to get wired yet, even though Deutsche Telekom has more fiberoptic miles than anywhere else. Not enough money can be made ! The "underground" still is busy with commercializing Techno, so why should they care ? So be aware, Honourable Surfer, that independent artistic use of interactive media in Germany is a rare flower. Of course there are "institutes for the new media" popping up in every city here, but we went through and out of the academic scene back in Vienna. It's a good place to visit but maybe not so healthy place to live.
Digital culture will be very strong and original when it does emerge. That means creative ideas will come more out of Austria or other countries than out of Germany, but Germany is a very big capitalist country, which means stuff has to be sold here. And artists need to get paid. If each country contributes its unique resources, then maybe we can see a very new & cyberdelic cooperation. You have to hope for the best.
Anyway, everyone has to realize that a global culture really means diverse global art. Many artforms have to sprout besides the US version!
which was one of the first places in germany to start with multimedia. We show you 2 guys who originally come from the art scene, too.They were sort of co-founders of digital world company. these guys are mad about computers and work in their studio all time. one is a good programmer for director, the other is great in premiere.
When they made products, it was CD-ROMs they made for other people most of the time. Besides their mag "World Media interactive", which isnt produced any more, cause it didnt sell (very german karma!) although it was the only one like that when they made it. We liked it and made contributions twice. Their products are still situated in the art context, which means they build interactive installations. And they work on their server .
through the scene here. We hope more artists like MaMax, Frank, Arthur and Station Rose show up at the playfield.
New stuff coming soon !