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a project exploring how video shapes urban experience

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‘Who is Big Brother? or The Politics of Looking’
Article by Anthony Auerbach in Dérive Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung

This article on video, surveillance and narcissism explores the intertwining of public and private space, spectacle and surveillance, urban screens and reality TV. It came out in Dérive, no. 42, January 2011. In case you can't easily get hold of the magazine ...
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Video needs art history like a TV set needs a plinth
College Art Association Annual Conference, 2008

Anthony Auerbach chaired this session at the CAA conference in Dallas, Texas, 20–23 February 2008
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Video-pool Prize
And the winners are ... 135: Anca Daucikova; 171: Klaus Schafler; 204: Perpetual Art Machine [PAM] collective. In keeping with the idea of the Video-pool, this is not a jury-selection and no attempt was made to apply aesthetic prejudices or compare the artistic merit of the videos. Each eligible contributor got a number and the winners were chosen by a the random integer generator at The three lucky winners share the prize fund of USD 1000 equally. The point is to distrubute what money I have been able to get for the video producers in the course of organising various events. Thanks to all for taking part.
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Overdue Overhaul
Now online at last ... write-ups of the discussions held at Lentos in Linz during April and May 2007; the Video-pool catalogue (almost complete, new videos still welcome) with new commentaries on video compilations; search feature plus other enhancements. Nonetheless, the project and the website are still work in progress.
Linz summaries | view images of the installation and events
Video-pool catalogue
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Video as Urban Condition
Lentos Kunstmsueum/Museum of Modern Art Linz
Free entrance 19 April–27 May 2007
Events calendar | Veranstaltungstermine
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Video as Urban Condition presents an open archive and discussion space, exploring how video shapes urban experience. Explore the video archive, join the discussion, contribute.

Video as Urban Condition reflects on the mutability of video as it shifts between fact and fiction, entertainment and persuasion, urban fantasy and reality-TV, art and activism, surveillance and control — tracing the web of interactions between of media and architecture, subject and commodity, identity and desire, the city and its phantasmagoria.

The project examines a medium whose most distinctive characteristics are multiplicity and diversity, a form which is not contained by the norms and institutions of art nor by the exclusive domains of professionals. Video is a medium of mass production — that is, mass participation — as well as of mass consumption. The project recognises the diversity of activity in the field and challenges us to reflect on how the relations of representation in society are mediated by video.

Video-pool archive
The video archive transforms the basement of the museum into an environment for wandering and inhabiting, for moving images and conversations. Navigate it with the familiar buttons: play, skip, rewind, and by the constellations of points of contact, interest and identification provided by the video compilations which form the archive.
how to contribute to the archive

CoDy TV Studio
Video as Urban Condition hosts CoDy–Collective Dynamics, a community TV and interactive video archive project, developed in collaboration with the Arts University Linz. CoDy TV Studio presents the CoDy TV Beta Version, the CoDy TV Black Box cultural archive with a series of public lectures and workshops. Scroll down for programme.

Thursday evening discussions
Presented by Video as Urban Condition
In German. Entrance Free.
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Thursday 19 April 2007, 19:00–23:00
I See You: You See Me
Öffentlicher Raum und persönliche Medienpolitik
public space and personal media politics
with Thomas Lehner, Dorit Margreiter, Barbara Musil, Georg Ritter, Gunda Wiesner

Thursday 26 April 2007, 19:00–23:00
This is a Simulation
Stadtmodelle, Wunschbilder und Spielräume
model cities, wish images and playgrounds

with Sabine Bitter, Helge Mooshammer, Sasha Pirker, Axel Stockburger, Helmut Weber

Thursday 10 May 2007, 19:00–23:00
Closed Circuits
Voyeurismus, (Selbst-)Kontrolle und Fernsehen
voyeurism, (self-)control and TV
with Thomas Edlinger, Adrian D, Anca Daucikova, Ramón Reichert

Wednesday afternoon lectures and three-day workshops
Presented by the Arts University Linz, Dept. of Media Theory and CoDy, Linz

Digitale Räume und Fernsehen der Zukunft. Modelle, Medien, Politiken, Technologien,Visionen und aktuelle Ansätze Freier Fernseh- und Videoarbeit.
Alle Workshops finden im Lentos statt. Eintritt ins Lentos und Teilnahme an den Workshops ist frei. Aufgrund der beschränkten TeilnehmerInnenzahl wird um Anmeldung per E-Mail office[at] oder 0664 9201325 (Otto Tremetzberger) gebeten.
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Mittwoch 2. Mai 2007, 14:00–16:00 (Vortrag)
Die OKTO – Vision: Community Fernsehen in Wien
Christian Jungwirth, Okto – Community TV Wien
+ Workshop TV Crashkurs mit OKTO – Community TV Wien

Mittwoch 9. Mai 2007, 14:00–16:00
Wem gehören die Medien?
Franz Fend, Journalist
Michael Schweiger, Radio FRO

Mittwoch 16. Mai 2007, 14:00–17:00
Warum Fernsehen?
Thomas Lehner, Medienkünstler, Stadtwerkstatt TV
Georg Ritter, Künstler, CoDy
+ Workshop Fernsehen in Künstlerhand

Mittwoch 23. Mai 2007, 14:00–16:00
Fernsehen der Zukunft?

Thursday evening lecture
Presented by the Art University, Linz, Dept. of Media Theory and CoDy, Linz

Donnerstag 24. Mai 2007, 19:00–21:00
User generated Content — Wie organisiert man das?
David Röthler,
Tassilo Pellegrini, Semantic Web School Vienna
Peter Wagenhuber, Ushi Reiter, Servus – Kunst und Kultur im Netz,

Organised by Anthony Auerbach and Thomas Edlinger with the co-operation of Otto Tremetzberger and Georg Ritter (CoDy), and with material support from Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Stadtwerkstatt, Linz, OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz and Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht.
The project has been carried out within the framework of ‘translate’ Beyond Culture: The Politics of Translation and with the support of the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union.

 ‘translate’ Beyond Culture: The Politics of Translation
CoDy TV Linzokto


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Voyeurismo, vigilância e TV
Screening, Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, 28 April 2007

A compilation of videos from the Video-pool archive, put together by Anthony Auerbach for a screening. The videos will be shown in a series of events organised by Eduardo de Jesus under the heading Imagempensamento (thought-image, apparently after Deleuze) which is about the connections between visual arts, experimental video and cinema.

The theme of the compilation is watching: voyeurism, surveillance, TV — arguably not suitable for a cinema presentation. The compilation therefore includes a video-introduction aimed at shifting the expectations which go with sitting in cinema.
catalogue of works screened
introduction by Anthony Auerbach view video | read transcript
Imagempensamento in Portuguese

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Video Yerevan
Workshop held at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, 15 June 2006.

At this meeting Anthony Auerbach asked, 'Who is Big Brother?' as a way of headlining a discussion of voyeurism, the politics and the technology of looking; Rosa Reitsamer analysed the construction of Black masculinity in recent 'urban' music videos. The discussion was led by Vardan Azatyan. The Armenian translation is in preparation and will be posted at the website of the Armenian National Association of Art Critics. Organised by Eva Khachatryan. Thanks to all at ACCEA.
read the papers and Vardan's response
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Video Yerevan
ACCEA presents Video as Urban Condition: how video shapes urban experience
Introduction: Saturday 10 June 2006
Workshop: Thursday 15 June 2006

  • Browse the Video-pool Archive 8-30 June 2006
  • Take part in a conversation with Anthony Auerbach (Video as Urban Condition organiser, London), Rosa Reitsamer (Female Consequences, Vienna) and guests
  • Bring your videos and your point of view

Video as Urban Condition about how video technologies and networks populate and structure the urban fabric and how our knowledge, perception and fantasy of urban environments are mediated by video. Video as Urban Condition traces the web of interactions between media and architecture, subject and commodity, identity and desire, the city and its phantasmagoria.

The project started in 2004 in London. I am in Yerevan, as the guest of ACCEA, to see and hear as well as show and tell. The presentation is part of a series of visits intended to develop the project for future exhibitions. The idea is to initiate a discussion about the implications and applications of video against the background of the myriad forms in which it appears in urban spaces. My aim is to learn how you work out your working conditions and how video and the city interact in Yerevan.

On Saturday, I will introduce the project with examples from the Video-pool Archive: videos which demonstrate, interpret or alter what we can call the 'relations of representation'.

On Thursday I will be joined by Rosa Reitsamer. She will talk about video as an 'urban' condition, analysing the urban narratives and gender relations in the kind of music videos which process Hip Hop culture for the global market. I will highlight some themes which emerge from the Video-pool collection and suggest the potential and the challenge of video in relation to the urban environment.

Talks in English and Armenian.
Thanks to Eva Khachatryan and ACCEA team for organisation, British Council London and Yerevan for translation and assistance, BMAA Austria for assistance.

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Video as ... Brazil
Anthony Auerbach would like to thank everyone who contributed to the recent research visit to Brazil. 'I am especially grateful to my hosts, Lucas Bambozzi and Daniela Castro in São Paolo, Carlo Sansolo and Erika Fraenkel in Rio de Janeiro and Dellani Lima and Louise Ganz in Belo Horizonte. Thanks also to Eduardo Dejesus who organised the talk I gave at PUC in Belo Horizonte, to Graziela Kunsch, Simone Michelin and Carlo and Erika again for offering to put together compilations for the Video-pool Archive, and to everyone who engaged with the topic and gave their points of view. These will become visible in future presentations.'

Here is a Brazilian supplement to Anthony Auerbach's documentation (see also below) of the urban phenomena of video.
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Video as Urban Condition, São Paolo, 22 February 2006
Paço das Artes, 1400–1900h

Meet Anthony Auerbach for a talk about Video as Urban Condition: how video shapes urban experience. See works from the 'Video-pool Archive' and put your point of view. Bring your videos too.

What difference does video make?
What difference does it make who makes a video?

'Video as Urban Condition' is a project about how video equipment and networks populate and construct the urban fabric; how our knowledge, perception and fantasy of urban environments are mediated by video — tracing the web of interactions between media and architecture, subject and commodity, identity and desire, the city and its phantasmagoria.

The project started in 2004 with an interdisciplinary symposium and the first showing of the 'Video-pool Archive' in London. It comes to Brazil as part of the 'research phase' for future exhibitions. I am here to learn from experience, to understand your working conditions and see what you see through video. I will show some examples of video works from the 'Videopool Archive' and invite you to contribute to it. I will talk about the project and the ideas behind it and invite you to tell me your point of view.

Thanks to: Carlo Sansolo, Erika Fraenkel and Lucas Bambozzi for collaboration.
Paço das Artes

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First Monday Special Issue: Urban Screens, 6 February 2006
Following the Urban Screens Conference held in Amsterdam in September 2005, online journal First Monday presents a special issue exploring the impact of large-scale video screens on the urban social and cultural environment (First Monday, special issue #4).
read Anthony Auerbach's paper on this site
read papers at First Monday

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Submissions Update, 4 February 2006
We welcome submissions of original work for inclusion in future presentations of the Video-pool Archive. Please note a modifiction to the contributors' agreement concerning possible copyright issues. There is no deadline for submissions.
Video-pool submissions

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Urban Screens 2006-07
January 2006: Following the success of the Urban Screens Conference 2006, additional conferences and exhibitions are in preparation. Anthony Auerbach was invited to join the advisory board.

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Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, 17 November 2005
Talk by Anthony Auerbach and call for participation

A talk in English with distractions, introducing the research, archive and exhibition project Video as Urban Condition.

  1. Stating the obvious: Video as Urban Condition describes how video installations have become part of the urban fabric; how our knowledge, perception and fantasy of urban environments is influenced by the screens and the images they transmit.
  2. Understanding it: Video as Urban Condition asks how video mediates the web of interactions between of media and architecture, subject and commodity, identity and desire, the city and its phantasmagoria; examines how ‘relations of representation’ are established and altered by video technology.
  3. What to do about it: how you can contribute to the Video-pool Archive; discussion.

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Urban Screens Conference, Amsterdam, 23–24 September 2005
An international conference organised by Mirjam Struppek in co-operation with the Institute of Network Cultures (Department of Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam) welcomed a wide range of speakers to discuss the uses of large-scale LED screens 'that increasingly influence the visual sphere of our public spaces in urban settings'. In the words of the organisers, the conference would 'investigate how the currently dominating commercial use of these screens can be broadened and culturally curated. Can these screens become a tool to contribute to a lively urban society, involving its audience interactively?' Contributions from academics, curators and artists were complemented by talks by architects, technology providers, advertising agencies and broadcasters.

Anthony Auerbach's paper 'Interpreting Urban Screens' offered a critical reflection on phenomenology and dialectics of the screen in an urban context from the point of view of the research that has contributed to the project Video as Urban Condition.
read Anthony Auerbach's paper on this site
read conference papers at First Monday
Urban Screens website

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Research Award 2005–2006
The emphasis in the current phase of research is on broadening geographic scope of the project by exploring the implications and applications of video in cities conditioned by other cultures and by other economic and technological conditions than the big cities of Europe and north America. Tokyo, Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Cairo, Lagos, Sao Paolo, Mexico City are examples. The research will investigate what role video plays in propagating the image of the 'big city', the ways in which video conditions urbanisation and the extent to which video is able to articulate specific urban experiences: What difference does video make? What difference does it make who makes a video? In parallel with a series of research visits abroad, Video as Urban Condition will explore the role of video in expressing aspects of migrant experience and identity in London, the city proud to call itself the most diverse in Europe.

The aim of the research is to develop the Video-pool Archive as the principal curatorial resource for a touring presentation and a large-scale exhibition/installation for major institutions.

Anthony Auerbach has been awarded a grant by the Arts Council of England to carry out and document this research over the next twelve months. Additional support is provided by the Austrian Cultural Forum, London. Please get in touch if you would like more information or if you would like to contribute by hosting an informal event as part of the development process.
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Urban Phenomena: photos by Anthony Auerbach
Anthony Auerbach’s photo-documentation is an inventory of the urban phenomena of video familiar to everyone. It demonstrates how a small set of technologies supports a large set of applications at different scales: from network infrastructures, through the equipment of the home, the workplace, commercial and public spaces, to systems of surveillance and control. Each photograph offers a document which would repay analysis, tracing the web of interactions between of media and architecture, subject and commodity, identity and desire, the city and its phantasmagoria.
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Video-Café Bratislava, 12–13 March 2005
Meet me at the Video-café Bratislava, brought to you in co-operation with Burundi media-art organisation, whose guest I am for a short residency.

Open Saturday 12 March 2005, 1700–2400h c/o V-Club
Sunday 13 March 2005, 1600–2000h c/o Burundi displej
Nám. SNP 12, Bratislava

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We present Video as Urban Condition: a project exploring how video shapes urban experience. The project was launched in 2004 with an International Symposium and the first presentation of the Video-pool Archive, a mobile collection of moving images reflecting on the mutability of video as it shifts between fact and fiction, entertainment and persuasion, urban fantasy and reality-TV, art and activism, surveillance and control. The Video-pool Archive forms the basis of future exhibition projects I am developing now.

Video-café Bratislava is an invitation to view some of the works from the Archive and add some of your own. Video as Urban Condition acknowledges that video is a medium which is not constrained by the norms and institutions of art: that it is distinguished by the multipicity of claims it can make and the variety of experience in can mediate. A café suggests an urban infrastructure and social space of multiple conversations: we aim to bring video into the conversation.
Bring your videos on VHS or DVD

"The distribution of video technology suggests the possibility engendering as many approaches as there are users. Among them, perhaps, ways of contesting the conventions and habits which video (from soap opera to CCTV) persuades us are second nature, and means of making the specificities of urban experience perceptible."
Anthony Auerbach

I am in Bratislava until the middle of March. If you’d like to meet me and show me your work and/or your city, please contact me
hosted by Burundi media-art organisation

supported by British Council

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Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, 8 March 2005
introduction to Video as Urban Condition by Anthony Auerbach
Artists don't make videos because they are special. Artists make videos because everybody does. Video as Urban Condition accepts that video is a medium which is not constrained by the norms and institutions of art and explores how video shapes urban experience. Video as Urban Condition examines video as part of the urban fabric and as urban phantasmagoria, acknowledging the mutability of video as it shifts between fact and fiction, entertainment and persuasion, urban fantasy and reality-TV, art and activism, surveillance and control.

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Bush TV Bratislava, 24 February 2004
US President Bush appeared in the centre of Bratislava for a 'public' speech while he was in town to meet Russian President Putin. Putin made himself scarce. Anthony Auerbach introduced Video as Urban Condition at Burundi in the evening, augmented by documents from the day's events.
comment and images by Anthony Auerbach

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Vivid Hothaus Seminar, Birmingham, 4 December 2004
Anthony Auerbach presented Video as Urban Condition for Vivid's 'hothaus' series of seminars at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, University of Central England. The day's discussion focused on new media artistic and curatorial practice in the
context of social and cultural places and spaces. Other speakers were: Drew Hemment, Bill Fontana, Janet Vaughan, Mark Hancock, Martin Rieser (Chair)
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Video-pool Showreel, 2004
A showreel is now available presenting examples from the Video-pool Archive. A 35-minute compilation represents a cross-section of works from the archive, including (excerpts from) videos by artists, artists’ collectives, activists and architects from a wide range of subject positions. This selection also reflects the emphasis on works from central and south eastern Europe which was developed for the Austrian Cultural Forum edition, 2004.

  1. D-Fuse (Axel Stockburger/Mike Faulkner): Brilliant City, 16:00, 2004, UK, VP 059
  2. Adla Isanovic: Mi/Me, 1:30, 2002, Bosnia Herzegovina, VP 098
  3. Superflex: Tenantspin, 27:30, 2004, UK, VP 038
  4. Ursula Damm: reMind, 2:30, 2002, Germany, VP056
  5. Undercurrents News Network: Videocops 10:00 2003 UK, VP 039
  6. Undercurrents News Network: Bournemouth Monster 3:00 2003 UK, VP 040
  7. Blast Theory: Trucold, 14:00, 2003, UK, VP 026
  8. ambientTV.NET (Manu Luksch/Ilze Black): Broadbandit Highway, 40:00, 2001, UK, VP 054
  9. Pasic-Husanovic Family (Vedad Pasic/Azra Husanovic): Home Video, 180:00, 1992–95 Bosnia Herzegovina, VP 095
  10. Neutral (Tapio Snellman/Christian Grou): Real Fake, 8:36, 2004 UK, VP 110
  11. Martin Bruch: Handbike Movie Vienna, 60:00, 2002, Austria, VP 025
  12. Milica Tomic: Portrait of my Mother, 63:00, 1999 Serbia, VP 109
  13. Karin Ludmann: Cultivated Plants, 0:54, 2002, Germany, VP 016

We are currently developing the project on parallel lines: proposal for a National Touring Exhibition in the UK, informal international co-operation and a show for a contemporary art museum.

If you are interested in hosting a presentation of the archive or contributing to it please contact us. The showreel is available on VHS or DVD please send us your details if you would like a copy.

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Video-pool Archive, 21 June–2 July 2004
Symposium, 2 July 2004, Austrian Cultural Forum London

with: Juha Huuskonen (, Manu Luksch (, Anna McCarthy (New York University), Paul O’Connor (Undercurrents News Network), Ole Scheeren (Office of Metropolitan Architecture), chaired by Anthony Auerbach

Reflecting on the mutability of video as it shifts from club visuals to media-art, from fact to fiction, from entertainment to surveillance, from advertising to social commentary, from urban fantasy to reality-TV, from architectural visions to political critique, Video as Urban Condition offers a way of rethinking what is all around us.

The Symposium and the Video-pool Archive which accompanies it explore how video technology has become part of the urban fabric and how our understanding and fantasy of the city is mediated by video: in the hands of television professionals, software designers, artists, architects and indeed everybody with a camcorder.
The symposium speakers bring a wide range of experiences to a public discussion on the implications and applications of video.
People read more about the symposium speakers

The Video-pool Archive presents diverse interpretations of video as urban condition in selections made by the symposium speakers and other practitioners, curators and critics. It features photo-documentation of the urban phenomena of video by Anthony Auerbach and Anna McCarthy, the results of a call for 'Urban Road Movies' from Manu Luksch (including works by Blast Theory, Martin Bruch, Surveillance Camera Players), an investigation of the video-psycho-geography of south central Europe from Diana Baldon (including works by Tomislav Gotovac, Calin Dan and Apolonia Sustersic) and a juxtaposition of urban fictions from 'visual analysts' Neutral.
Video-pool read more about Video-pool compilations
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Video as Urban Condition is funded by the Austrian Cultural Forum London and the Arts Council of England with additional assistance from the Embassy of Finland, London, and the Royal Netherlands Embassy, London