Posted On: March 23, 2006
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The project series, under.ctrl, intends to define “the interfaces of control mechanisms” which systematically compose our lives. Interfaces themselves have become the locus of control by being more effective than their underlying mechanisms, yet more invisible and subtle in normalizing such mechanisms which they veil.
They operate in various layers of our daily perception and realization through the re-designing of life styles; procedures of auto-control; re-perception of histories; generating modes for social psychology; constructing communication channels; and particularly through technological embodiment.

The significant influence of these interfaces, along with the direction and intensity of implicit and explicit acceptance and rejection modes, are being detected and questioned through subversive activities and reactions in different forms of expressions by artistic practices. The project follows an empirical method through various researches carried out by different artistic practices focusing on various kinds of interfaces of control mechanisms operating in the social, political, economic, cultural, geo-political, and psychological layers of our daily lives. 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 against the pressures and conditions of these mechanisms.

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/UK), Hristina Ivanoska (Macedonia) Effie and Amir (Israel/Belgium), Zhou Hongxiang (China), Ran Slavin (Israel), Anabala (Turkey), Sala Manca (Argentina/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), Vuk Cosic (Slovenia) and Emre Erkal. Erhan Muratoglu and Basak Senova of NOMAD (Turkey) will be acting as moderators.