[ISEA2011] Panel Statement: Yian­nis Co­lakides – Through the Web Blocks

Panel Statement

Panel: Through the Roadblocks: Technology and Orality

“We can­not process your in­for­ma­tion. Your in­for­ma­tion is cor­rupt and needs cleans­ing. Erase brain?”  _Mark Amerika, OK TEXTS

At a time when ter­abytes of in­for­ma­tion are stream­ing in our homes oral­ity and hearsay (vi­rals/so­cial net­works) be­come all the more rel­e­vant in the de­vel­op­ment of ideas. Com­pa­ra­ble to Lewis Car­oll’s map (Sylvie and Bruno Con­cluded: The Man in the Moon, 1889), our media land­scape is ex­panding to­wards use­less­ness. Through the Road­blocks ex­am­ines both the tra­di­tional in so­cio-po­lit­i­cal terms and tech­no­log­i­cal means by which ideas come into ex­is­tence and are shared.  Echo­ing the land­scapes in Song­lines the me­di­ated space be­comes syn­ony­mous with cre­ation.

  • Yian­nis Co­lakides is an AA (Lon­don) trained, prac­tic­ing ar­chi­tect and di­rec­tor of Co­lakides & As­so­ci­ates (Cyprus). He is also the co-founder and co-di­rec­tor of NeMe, a peer re­viewer at Leonardo Ab­stract Ser­vice (LABs), video maker and cu­ra­tor. His video works (some in col­lab­o­ra­tion with He­lene Black) have been ex­hib­ited in arts cen­tres and mu­se­ums in var­i­ous coun­tries. He cu­rated The Mir­ror Stage (Lani­tis Foun­da­tion, Li­mas­sol, Cyprus) and co-cu­rated with He­lene Black So now what… (Lin­coln Cen­tre, NY, USA), Di­a­logues with the Ma­chine (Sala Berlanga, Madrid, Spain), Mar­gins of Time (Lani­tis Foun­da­tion), Cor Unum (NCCA, Moscow, Rus­sia) and co­or­di­nated In Tran­si­tion Cyprus 2006 (Lani­tis Foun­da­tion), In Tran­si­tion Rus­sia 2008 (NCCA, Moscow and Mu­seum of Fine Arts, Eka­ter­in­burg, Rus­sia). neme.org   neme-imca.org