under.ctrl graz launch : “interfaces of control mechanisms” , which is planned as an event in process with various performance formats, will put forward observations on the various aspects of the mechanisms that control our lives, in connection with their designed interfaces. Throughout these 3 days, Forum Stadtpark will host sound performances, installations and screenings of works and documentaries (in a definite time frame with a controlled but composite schedule) along with a panel that will be publicized after the event. Therefore, it will operate as a platform of discussion on how these interfaces are shaped and alter our lives in different local contexts. loosing.ctrl (Turkish-Israeli project) -as one of the sub channels of the series- will also be presented with a screening programme. under.ctrl graz launch will bring a specific emphasis to the local context through the works of Austrian artists and a local activist group.

The participating artists of under.ctrl are Nooshin Farhid (Iran/the UK), Hristina Ivanoska (Macedonia) Effie - Amir (Israel/Belgium), Zhou Hongxiang (China), Ran Slavin (Israel), Anabala (Turkey), Sala Manca (Argentine/Israel), Ligna (Germany), Erhan Muratoglu (Turkey), Michael Zinganel (Austria), Pragmatic Sanction (Austria), Vuk Cosic (Slovenia), Nicole Pruckermayr - IOhannes zmölnig (Austria), Yane Calovski (Macedonia), FOS (Denmark) and Igor Stromajer - Brane Zorman (Slovenia).

Participating artists of the loosing.ctrl screening programme are Yael Bartana (Israel), Erhan Muratoglu (Turkey), Ruti Sela - Maayan Amir (Israel), Can Turkinan - Özlem Sulak (Turkey), and Hatice Guleryuz (Turkey).

The panelists are Andreas Leo Findeisen (Austria), Marina Grzinic (Slovenia). The moderators are Emre Erkal, Erhan Muratoglu and Basak Senova of NOMAD (Turkey).

formats: video works, installations, documentaries, screening programme [loosing.ctrl], live performances [Ran Slavin (Israel), Sala Manca (Israel), Anabala (Turkey)], presentation [Ligna (Germany)], and panel.

audio-video streaming, hosted by ice.mur.at (Ales Zemene)

Stadtpark 1
A - 8010 Graz




a project by NOMAD
developed by basak senova, erhan muratoglu, and emre erkal
curated by basak senova
graz launch, 2006

.. design/layout/setting
.. audio-video streaming
.. forum stadtpark/aktuellekunst in graz - gallerientage, 31.03-2.04.06
.. live performances
.. presentation, 02.04.2006
.. panel, 02.04.2006
some more snapshots from the project

We are indeed part of meta-systems which alter our lives with various control mechanisms. We live within and for these systems. The aim of the project series, under.ctrl is not to propose an objection or resistance models to these systems but to investigate art projects and art-based actions that raise the threshold of the awareness for comprehending and deciphering these mechanisms.

In the same line of thought, this project is also an attempt to detect tactics and rejection mechanisms along with the "off the record" strategies of the art works and actions against the pressures and conditions of these mechanisms. But we also question whether such strategies paradoxically serve for these systems by absorbing any kind of resistance and normalizing reactions.

In this respect, under.ctrl as an on-going project since 2004, manifests these questionings and thoughts through various formats. For Graz launch,   the curatorial practice once again followed and mimicked these considerations.


Reading from the large scale, first of all, art works, extracts, documentations of art works and actions are presented by using the same interface and format. Yet, apart from Nooshin Farhid, Nicole Puckemayr and Johannes   Zmölnig's welcoming installations at the entrance of the exhibition hall,


all the works along with the live performances share the same space. It is a proposal that is working on the perceptual level.

Secondly, the operation logic of the four screens proposes an unpredictable and playful process within limits of time and space. The order and placement of the works are managed by Erhan Muratoglu, as a live action.

This action proceeds through the low-level interaction according to the reactions and responses of the audience. Yet, this probabilistic system is thoroughly open to any kind of error and accident.

This is also valid for the streaming process via Internet.  

audio-video streaming
or http://stream.kunstlabor.at:5800
audio streaming
streaming is hosted by ice.mur.at (Ales Zemene)

Thirdly, the audience has become active at the moment he or she enters the space. The audience should take decision where to position him or herself and his or her movements are in a way controlled by the changing order and the placement of the screenings.

Furthermore, every night the sitting units have changed so the audience are forced to adapt another setting for watching the screenings.

Last but not least, different contingencies may be visualized through this operation logic. The order constantly suggests a new set of interrelations.

These are not linear; yet emerge simultaneously through a network of themes, visual languages, geographical inputs and sound.


forum stadtpark / aktuellekunst in graz - gallerientage, 31.03-2.04.06

Forum Stadtpark took part in aktuellekunst in graz - gallerientage (contemporary art in graz - gallery days) with under.ctrl and hosted the official opening of aktuellekunst in graz - gallerientage.


Time frame of the live performances along with the design of the space enables the live performances to be seen outside of the gallery from the StadtPark.


live performances

Ran Slavin (Israel) 31.03.06




Sala Manca (Argentine/Israel), 01.04.06




Anabala (Turkey), 02.04.2006



presentation of Ligna (Germany), 02.04.2006

The Ligna presentation focuses on how radio can intervene in public and controlled spaces, so that its public nature reappears in the form of uncontrollable situations (Radioballett: Übung in unnötigem Aufenthal). Yet, Ligna's performances aim to confront the privatised, controlled production of capitalism with the dispersed, yet collective, uncanny and public production of the radio. 


panel, 02.04.2006

panelists: Marina Grzinic (Slovenia) and Andreas Leo Findeisen (Austria). moderators: Emre Erkal, Erhan Muratoglu and Basak Senova of NOMAD (Turkey).


Marina Grzinic (Slovenia)

Abstraction, evacuation of resistance and sensualisation of emptiness
Brief Outline
: Art institutions and art projects of today, produced in the capitalist First World, function on the basis of unbearable abstraction. This means that an enormous quantity of creativity is being released, however, it remains cut off from that which is most important, namely, resistance. In other words, artistic strategies and tactics that generate different forms of resistance have been evacuated. Artistic forms entail a lot of innovation and creation – but where are the forms of resistance? How to engender resistance that opens up the possibilities of change?

It is my argument that the experience of this void in the First World is different from the one in the Second or the Third World, for almost nothing that has been produced in the Second or the Third World is reflected consistently in the First World of capitalism, let alone included in the genealogy of the latter. His[s]tory is being written for the First World of capitalism, things are being capitalized for the First World, and whatever resists this process is left out of this (his)story. What is more important though is are we going to articulate a new space, a space of our own?

Every history is a struggle. Have we formed another space? Who or what then is the driving force that rearticulates the social and the political space in a given context, and adopts art as its mode of expression and fight, which, at the end of the day, is the gist of radical art and radical cultural practices. Giorgio Agamben observes that every living being assumes a certain form, which means that if you do not have a form of life you do not have a life either. The issue at stake is the question of what kind of form is still capable of rendering things visible and politically revolutionary.


Andreas Leo Findeisen (Austria)

You take myself, you take my self control
Another night, another day goes by
I never stop myself to wonder why
You help me to forget to play my role
You take my self, you take my self control

(Laura Branigan/Richard Stallman, 1984)

The year 1984 not only saw Laura Branigan´s gloomy analysis of the perfection of manipulation methods in which individuals are being seduced into "being helped to forget their roles." It also saw the start for the first alternative Software Development Model, the GNU-Project. More than two decades later, computer scientists that code with a political stance in the back of their mind are still striving, yet their technical, juridicial   and societal working tools and collaboration methods are more and more feedbacking into the realm of mainstream experience of non-coders.

Here, the multi-layered debate of Summer 2005 concerning the implementation of Software Patents in the European Union´s market is taken as a starting point for the anticipation of some structural problems that future engagement in the next decade might face. In what forms will the "You" of tomorrow appear to take our self-control? A project prototype to tackle some of these problems called transformingfreedom.org/.com (working title) is presented as grounds for discussion. Its main goal is to let machines deliver the voices of people that envisioned, developed and defended certain aspects of digital culture, rather than just trying to profit from it and stay in control.


some more snapshots from the project ..


.........to be continued