The Peenemünde Salon

The Peenemünde Salon

Date: 
30.01.2008 13:00
Festival edition: 
2008
Format: 
Panel
Location: 
K1

xxxxx introduces a series of research findings from artists and groups active within historically charged and speculative techno-illusory locations. These acronym-laden (i.e. W.A.S.T.E) 'strategic operations theatres' (SOTs) create the settings for investigations and performative actions outlining strategies for contemporary, conspiratorial and paranoiac practice, both artistic and theoretical. 13 H Spectral Investigations Collective (Ewen Chardronnet, Horia Cosmin Samoi'la) und RIXC (Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits) SKUNDRA SIGNAL ‘Skundra Signal' is an artistic research project in to the mythical past of a Soviet early warning Radio Location Station (RLS) operating from 1967 to 1998 near Skrunda, Latvia. Internationally known as 'henhouse' radars, these powerful transmitters emitting 'woodpecker' signals detected in the West were allegedly responsible for shutting down radio transmissions on at least two occasions for up to 10 minutes in the 1970's. A metaphysical investigation into spectral ecology, Cold War politics and electromagnetic conspiracies.. 14:30 H Matt O'dell CONSPIRACY, CATASTROPHE AND BELIEF Focussing on the perception of disasters, conspiracy theories, and religious cults by creating a miniature world where significant and often catastrophic events have taken place, O'dell leaves us with a skewed world view teeming with obsession, paranoia and loss of rationale. 15:30 H Martin Howse, Oswald Berthold, Julian Oliver and others XXXXX_PEENEMÜNDE In the run-up to transmediale a treacherous and speculative life coding satellite event took place in Peenemünde, Germany. Under the parabola of Thomas Pynchon's epic novel ‘Gravity's Rainbow’, the excursion explored digital forensics, entropy and filmic ecology as fictions resonating in the dark heart of technology. 17:00 H Alice Miceli: THE CHERNOBYL PROJECT This project, revealing the radiation imprint haunting the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, not only unveils the area's lingering destruction and trauma, but also creates an image of social-political visibility. Although the reactor is across the border in Ukraine, contamination is at much higher levels in Belarus.

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