LIVE ART LIVE BLOG launch

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so – go to chapter arts centre’s box office to pick up an audio tour.

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heike explains that the interviews were located and now they can be listened to in exactly in these locations

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there are now problems with the aduio file. oh no, now it is playing.

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she also took three artists (Christine Kinsey, Mike Pearson and Dave Hutton) back to chapter, to this very building that has changed so much over past years. the audio tour is available at the box office here in chapter.

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heike is talking about her research on performance art in the 1960s and 70s. part of it was to take artists back to places where they used to work.

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Heike just travelled here from Aberystwyth, on her way she followed the live blog. Apparently we were always 2 minutes behind.

 

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oh, something else is happening here now: Heike Roms is launching an audio guide.

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thanks. the next performance is in the theatre. it was nice to have you here.

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 Thanks for having been here with us tonight, wherever it was that you have been. We will be live blogging from many more of the festival’s events for the following days, so stay with us. We are here for you.

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thank you are there any questions?

kathryn asks how the chalk was fixed on beuys chalkboards

Can i stop now?

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aniel is now wrapping up and finishes his presntation now (obviously i have prewritten this and will push button now)

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from time to time

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pause

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we see presentation slides about presentation slides

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formal lecture ends, daniel read marketing blurb from aber university with regards to transferable skills learnt by doing phd

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with powerpoint everyone is a professor says daniel

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we shall see as experimentica unfolds

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what is the contract between the live artist and the live art blogger?

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i digress, i do hope that danielwillput his entire script online for you to read

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or drinks water off screen

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video daniel just gets on with it

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live daniel drinks water

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video daniel returns and converses with live daniel

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i may only write what is within my pc grasp

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Creativity = Capital slide is shown. I realise i don’t know my way round a pc keyboard

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A very wordy text about simple language is shown

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questions youhave questions?

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Questions you have questions?

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beuys blackboards as artworks – can powerpoint slides be artworks?

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he removes chewing gum

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we are now watching a video of daniel giving a presentation about conflict between speech and projection

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we are looking at a very complex beuys diagram that corresponds with an american military powerpoint sllide

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i am having a problem with the spacebar so appologise for combined words

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toolate he’soff again – guns don’t kill people bullet points do

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hedrinkss water, this gives me time to summerize as follows…

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I seem to have lost all ability to concentrate on what the ever so fast germanis saying

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do jokes work in blogs?

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by the way, our audience are now all naked

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Visualize your audience naked

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Daniel speaks very quickly. he seems to be suggesting that Powerpoint is the reincarnation of Beuys

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I must learn to touch type. Did Beuys touchtype?

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Bloody pcs

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A video has started playing, i can no t see it.

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Daniel starts speaking. i can not watch him and type

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This might be a mistake.

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blogging is quite exhausting but fun – anyone here wants a go???

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 At this point, we would like to open up the blog to anyone here who’d be interested in covering the final presentation…

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 Thank you, Katja, Martijn and Janna.

After a presentation about accessing the “parallel knowledge” that informs and is generated by artistic or cultural practices, now the question how, in the presentation of knowledge, the worlds of art, business, and technology meet. In other words: “Would Joseph Beuys have used PowerPoint?”

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thank you nick

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and the squid project presentation also ends – enjoy reading at squidproject.net

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applause for kath as she has finished eating…

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 credits – hosts – on the website are shown – organisations which have presented squid events

 now here, in cardiff, as part of live art live blog launch, borrowing the voices of Esther and … Nick? did I get that right?

 

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esther and the volunteer are chatting while the sound file is being played

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 Sound file from performance by Toine Horvers

when I was (or does it say write?) with my fountain pen – etc words very pronounced but very slowly spoken

 

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the water has still not arrived. no, there it is…

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 now, back to website, and explanation of role of public events to present archive.

 Images are shown from website.

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Kathryn needs more water.

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 Back to slide show: a dialogue about narrative and the city – narrative constructs urban reality. relation to artistic practice.

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 Themes of the archive: urban and narrative featured most in the archive, the ambition to think both terms together.

 

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 explanation what squid is: online archive of texts by artists and cultural workers, who were asked to write about questions that run parallel to their work. “parallel knowledge” which results from creative enquiry.

 

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 Another text from the archive, more manifesto-like in tone. We are shown the swedish text, but the english text is being read.

volunteer really getting into the cursing…

“fucking art world, fucking arty farty party, fucking … fucking post shit”

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people in the audience are looking at the blog, at the squid website, and sometimes still at kath…

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parallels are drawn between acre and the Balkans

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now another example: community structures in acre…

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we learn that the texts that have been read to us were actually taken from the website

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now it’s up

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the squid website fails to load

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kathryn is still eating, while esther and the volunteer are starting to get into the reading

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 Next slide: what is Ma? After a while, we understand it has to do with time, space, and, it seems, martial arts.

 

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next slide: we want to share our knowledge on equal terms etc.

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 2nd slide: About walking in the city – understanding something else when you try to understand yourself.

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 We are wished a good morning, which does not seem right, there is also mention of Mount Everest, Room with a View, and clowns. And the wrong room numbers.

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There starting…

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kathryn is still eating, esther is telling the volunteer what to do…

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everybody in the room is reading, kathryn eating and reading. i really hope the projection is big enough for you guys… anybody wants to help with reading with me?

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 As Kathryn is still eating the manifesto (Thank you Kath), we will now come to the the next contribution.

While with the manifesto ideas about art can become art, and, as we have seen, there are many ways of taking in these ideas, we now enter a different but related “world of ideas”: on the web site of the squid project, who have developed the following contribution to tonight’s event, it reads: “When you enter the studio of practically any artist, or other professional in the cultural field, you may find yourself stepping into a world of ideas. A manifest work is often the tip of an iceberg. What is the complex of knowledge, interests, detours, and fascinations that amounts to it?” The presentation that you are going to see will tell you more about what squid project are up to. We are very happy to have them here tonight, although, of course, they, too, are not actually here with us in Cardiff, but have sent us a script and a slide show from Stockholm. This script is for two voices. Esther will be one of them. But since Gareth is not here tonight, we would like to aks the people here in the room if someone would volunteer to read the second voice?

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are you ok to go on? perhaps do something else while kathryn is eating…

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first people were laughing when she started, now it’s a rather quiet audience. kathryn needs more water. i do not think she has enough water.

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kathryn eats the manifesto and reads the live blog while eating. she admits she does not like it.

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so far she has eaten half a page. i’m not sure if she likes it. but she smiles.

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she takes the manifesto. and some water. and then starts taking the manifesto in. eating it.

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kathryn takes the manifesto.

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richard sits down. thank you, richard.

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ending: come on, this is a manifesto.

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what does it mean? then what does M E A N/ MEEAN – different voices…

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some swearing! the worst of the worst

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so it’s a spectre of care that haunts

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what do you care about?

 

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what kind of knowledge? between faith and politics. that’s important. and then care comes into play.

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artists can generate knowledge. yes, yes, yes

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still a spectre is haunting chapter

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hopes for the festival

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it’s difficult to keep up with manifestos

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“a spectre haunts Chapter Arts Centre”

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but: we awoke ”just plain old artists” after a night of drinking.

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it starts with a quote from the Futurist Manifesto, Cardiff-style.

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Richard starts reading

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do you want to start reading, richard?

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Sam Hasler has written a manifesto for this year’s Experimentica festival. But since Sam is in Venice at the moment (Hello Sam), Richard Morgan will be his doppelganger for tonight.

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And: Manifestos have to be performed.

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While live blogs, as we have just learnt from Lars’ contribution, are always legging behind a bit, we now come to a form that is always ahead of its time: the manifesto. Last year, random people did a project at Experimentica about the future of performance art. We urged artists to think about writing manifestos rather than proposals: A manifesto has to end with an exclamation mark, not with a list of technical requirements!

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Thank you to Vienna

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We hope the reading is no too exhausting for you here.

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And then he gives an example of a possible entry on a live blog of the “Institute for Research on the Everyday”: “11: 58. A cigarette is stubbed out in an ashtray. A little later a camera is switched off.”

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But he goes on talking: About the work of the “Institute for Research on the Everyday” and why they use liveblogs: to shift attention to the everyday, the banal, the mundane. To turn the events on a camp-site or on a shopping street on a Saturday afternoon, which are usually not considered newsworthy or sensational, into news, into sensation. To disturb the order of the spectacle/the spectacular. To not leave it to the official media to decide what is news and what is not.

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But smoking one fag, as Lars lets us know, does not allow him enough time to entangle all of this. Then he stubs out his cigarette.

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somebody coughing

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 Lars tells us to embrace this gap, which “makes visible the ‘subjectivity’ of the report”, and also the translation and transformation processes that are part of live blogging.

Because in this gap documentation and commentary are linked, documentation can be disguised as commentary, and vice versa, commentary can be disguised as documentation, and one operates somewhere between fiction and documentation.

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But we are already typing as fast as we can. (Actually, we’re typing, copying and pasting at the moment.)

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“What we cannot ignore”, and what according to Lars is the great potential of live blog: “a live blog is not live”. No matter how little time passes, there is always a time difference between the event and posting the entry, between the goal and the “GOOOOOAL”. Time in which the event is translated into language or in which an image is imported from the camera to the computer and then uploaded on the blog.

 

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Inhale. Exhale.

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As Lars points out, in the context of art we can ignore this problem. We agree.

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There seems to be not one German speaker in the audience.

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One problem of the liveblog in the context of journalism according to Lars: it negates traditional journalistic values. (Inhale. Exhale). Any news, any rumour has to go live, no matter what the source, so that the user of the liveblog keeps getting new information each time the page is refreshed.

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Reflections on the German word for live blog, “Liveticker”. Associations of the telegraph, the “ticker”, and of reporters who have their sleeves rolled up, who are – of course – smoking, who try to minimise the time difference between event and report by using this revolutionary new medium.

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 Inhale. Exhale. And now live blogs. As a new competition for TV with regard to live broadcasting. On newspaper and magazine websites live blogs are established to report from catastrophes, revolutions and football matches.

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 More quotes (we know that because Lars holds up the paper again). Virilio again: “What remains of the concept of the public when the public image (in real time) replaces public space?”

And then Lars quotes philosopher Günther Anders who sees a split between the “situational present” that concerns me and the “simultaneous present”, a “merely temporal present” that does not concern me. Lars concludes that the live broadcast, the broadcast in real time, does not have a good reputation, at least when discussed in the context of television.

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 Inhaling. Exhaling. Smoke from the cigarette.

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 Short pause. Then Lars continues with a quote from Paul Virilio who has called live transmission a “mysterious tele-bridge” between two places.

 

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Mobile phone ringing in the audience

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 Inhaling. Exhaling. Then: “Live needs almost no time – in the best case it only takes fractions of a second to send the signal from a place on earth to a satellite and back to another place. Live I can theoretically follow from any point on earth what happens at any other place in the world, right at this moment. Live Obama sees how Osama is shot in his bed.”

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 Lars says that he could have also brought the video to us – that’s us here in Cardiff – in person. By plane it would have taken him 5 hours and 35 minutes (not counting the travel time to and from the airports). By train it would have taken him 16 hours and 56 minutes (under the unlikely condition that all trains would have been on time). Walking he would have made it here in about 2 months, Experimentica would have been over by the time he would have reached Cardiff with the DVD.

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 Lars is inhaling deeply.

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 Apparently it took almost no time to get the video from Vienna to Cardiff – time does not play any role for data. Lars admits that he does not know which way the data took to get here, but he imagines that at one point they passed through a submarine cable.

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 Smoking and enjoying it. Goes on to say that between us – that’s between him and us here – there are about 36 hours and 1145 km. And the time it took to put the raw film onto the computer, to edit and render it, upload and download it again.

 

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 He lights a cigarette.

 

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 Any German speakers here in Cardiff?

 

Lars is sitting at a table, in front of a white book shelf. In the book shelf there are also many CDs.

 

He points out that “this is not live”. It is from another time and another place, from Vienna. 11:47 and 35 seconds, 11.10.2011.

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 Lars says “good evening” and introduces himself.

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 The first contribution tonight is a video by Lars Schmid from Vienna’s Institut für Alltagsforschung (Institute for Research on the Everyday), who have pioneered the use of the live blog format for observations of everyday life (Hallo Lars). In the video, Lars will tell us a bit about that. As he speaks German in the video, we have prepared some translations.

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 Also, random people’s own Gareth Llyr cannot be here with us tonight because of the work he has to finish. So Gareth, if you’re reading this, go back to work. And one more thing before we start – if you, wherever you are, would like to comment on what’s happening here, we have a twitter search for #liveartliveblog running alongside this blog.

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 Since we are talking about sharing, we have asked some friends, colleagues and collaborators for contributions for tonight’s launch event. And since tonight’s event is about the art of not being there, it is only fitting that some of our contributors cannot be here with us in person. But we are sure they’re following the blog.

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Thank you!

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(Come on!)

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(You can do better than that!)

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 (This would be a good moment to cheer!)

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 Live, as it happens, like a football match or a revolution.

LIVE ART FOR ALL!

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 And while an exclusive crowd has gathered here tonight in the media room (thank you very much), we want to share this event with the world.

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 And this is how we know of it and many other performances.

“Live” in performance often means “exclusive”.

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 But most of the time, there is a camera.

Chris Burden’s Shoot was also a photo shoot.

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If there is a camera, they often pretend not to notice it.

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 Performance artists usually don’t say cheese.

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In Bulgaria, “Zele”, meaning “Cabbage”

In Brazil the phrase is “Olha o passarinho” (“Look at the little bird”) or “Digam ‘X’” (“Say X”) (the name of the letter “X” in Portuguese sounds a lot like the word “cheese”).

In China, the word used is 茄子(qie2zi), meaning “eggplant.”

In Denmark, “Sig ‘appelsin’“, meaning “Say ‘orange’” is often used.

In Finland, “Muikku” is the word often used by photographers to make people smile.

In France and other French-speaking countries, the word “ouistiti,” meaning marmoset, is often used.

In Germany, food-related words like “Spaghetti”, “Käsekuchen” (cheesecake) are used, mainly to make children laugh for the picture.

In Hungary, the photographer says Itt repül a kis madár [here flies the little bird], but also the English “cheese” is used mostly by younger people.

In Iran, the word used is سیب (sib), meaning “Apple.”

In Israel, the word used is תגיד גבינה (Tagid Gvina), meaning “say cheese”.

In Japan, “Sei, No…” meaning “Ready, Set!” is often used. Also チーズ(chïzu), meaning cheese, is used.

In Korea, one says “kimchi”

In most Latin American countries, the phrase used is “Diga ‘whiskey’” (“Say ‘whiskey’”).

In Russia, they say “сыр“, prounced sir, which means “cheese” in Russian. The pronunciation is extended, to lengthen the time the “smile” is on the face.

In Spain, say “mirar al pajarito”[2] or just “patata“(“potato”).

In Sweden, “Säg ‘omelett’”, meaning “Say ‘omelette’” is often used.

In Thailand, “Pepsi“, a popular soft-drink, is often used.

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 Thank you!

While we upload the photograph, which might take a while, and because the whole world might be watching, here is a list from Wikipedia of things you say in other countries instead of “cheese” when taking a photograph:

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 If you’d like to remain anonymous, we would ask you to step to the side for a moment while we take the photo. Everybody else please: Say cheese! Or you might want to wave at the camera.

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There are about 20 people here in the media room, many friendly faces. We will now take a photo, so that the people out there can see the people in here.

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Thanks for joining us, wherever you are. We are, of course, in the media room in Chapter Arts Centre, but you might be somewhere else entirely, in Vienna, in Venice, in Vaasa, in Stockholm, in Aberystwyth, …

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 Again: Welcome! Croeso! Willkommen!

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can you all see ok?

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 This is the live art live blog.

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A live blog about live art.

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A live blog.

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This is a blog.

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Hello!

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just add one hour in your mind

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for some reason the blog seems to be one hour behind – you can see we are new to this…

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still waiting for the audience to arrive

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