Inke Arns on Sun, 2 Apr 2000 19:11:30 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Discussion: War/Art/New Technologies: KOSOV@

Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2000 10:07:23 -0700
From: Trebor Scholz <>

[ this is the detailed version - we apologize for cross-posting ]

Carnival in the Eye of the Storm
War / Art / New Technologies: KOSOV@

is an international program
dealing with the war in KOSOV@
(exhibition/ film series/ conference)

curated by
Trebor Scholz
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A 10-Day-Discussion will take place
starting Sunday, April 2nd leading
to the conference in Portland, Oregon (USA)
April 14-16

The discussion takes place on the message board
of this program at

Please start by responding to the following questions and comments.

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"It's us the armchair passengers who observe what passes, and decide what
passed. <...> To "do" something doesn't always mean to engage oneself in the
concrete practical situation. Grasping the meaning of historical events can
have an impact on them..."(1)

Kosov@. Whose side are you on?

1-While many are caught up with Kosov@ the US still bombs Iraqi's radar
sites on a regular basis causing civilian injury.
Kosov@ is one of the most visible recent wars that demands our intense
attention. The issues that were raised will stay with us. It is the first
extensive war since World War II on European territory, directly involving
the US and EU countries.

The NATO bombardments caused a profound split inside leftist groupings that
could not decide which side they should support. The Western mainstream
media like CNN were largely instrumental to the US / NATO military.

2-"There is never enough time- for an accurate knowledge of the history of
the region, for reliable, confirmed information, for an instant theory that
explains it all..." (2)

3-Which were the most meaningful ways for art to respond to this war? How
efficient were these aesthetic interventions besides being symbolic
gestures? What were reasons for the prevailing non-activism in Western
Europe and the US in this context? What about aesthetic responses in the

4-What can be said about the absence of the political in the predominantly
mystified media coverage of this so called humanitarian intervention in
Kosov@? Which imagery was depicted by the media to represent this war and
why? What ideological role did satellite imagery play?

5-What was the impact of NATO's 50th anniversary on the decision making
process during this war and how will this shape the future of ethnic
relations in the Balkans?
6-How was this war impacted by the existence of internet communities such as
"Nettime" and "Syndicate"? How did it internationalize these political
communities? How is the way this war will be inscribed in history impacted
by the existence of alternative politicized online-communities?

7-Is the advent of new technologies facilitating alternative voices to
inscribe their views into the process of shaping history? Who had access to
"new communication technologies"?

<Kosovo /Kosova has been referred to here as Kosov@ in the attempt to retain
both the "o" and "a" characters used in both (Serbian and Albanian)

(1)(2) from "Bastard" global edition, editor-in-chief Boris Buden
10-Day-Online-Discussion about War In Kosov@ starting April 2nd

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