Tantalum Memorial

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Tantalum Memorial
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Tantalum Memorial
Harwood, Wright und Yokokoji
uk, 2008

WINNER OF THE TRANSMEDIALE.09 AWARD

Jury Statement:

"Profound and dense, this work will be remade for transmediale after showings in 2008 in San Jose at 0l and in Italy at Manifesta7. It has been nominated for its quality of execution, density of imagination as well as conceptual and metaphorical strengths. It operates on many levels – casting light on the memory of the more than three million people who have died in wars in the Congo over the last ten years—through the use of telephony combined with computation. A rack of electromagnetic Strowger telephony switches is triggered by a computer that tracks calls from the ‘Telephone Trottoire,’ a ‘social telephony’ network designed for an international Congolese diaspora. This project builds on the Congolese practice of ‘radio trottoire’ – passing news and hearsay on street corners by word-of-mouth to avoid state control. Its imaginative breadth and its integration of socio-political objectives were seen by the jury as exceptional. The artists have established a substantial track record in engaging with subjects that impact us globally but are initially manifested locally, and their work is well-deserving of acknowledgement within transmediale 09."

Find out more about Tantalum Memorial at: www.transmediale.de/en/tantalum-memorial

Join the facebook event for a retrospective of the festival, videos, photos and other relevant material – www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47750112630

Tantalum Memorial
social media integration
transmediale.09: DEEP NORTH

Tantalum Memorial
Harwood, Wright und Yokokoji
uk, 2008

WINNER OF THE TRANSMEDIALE.09 AWARD

Jury Statement:

"Profound and dense, this work will be remade for transmediale after showings in 2008 in San Jose at 0l and in Italy at Manifesta7. It has been nominated for its quality of execution, density of imagination as well as conceptual and metaphorical strengths. It operates on many levels – casting light on the memory of the more than three million people who have died in wars in the Congo over the last ten years—through the use of telephony combined with computation. A rack of electromagnetic Strowger telephony switches is triggered by a computer that tracks calls from the ‘Telephone Trottoire,’ a ‘social telephony’ network designed for an international Congolese diaspora. This project builds on the Congolese practice of ‘radio trottoire’ – passing news and hearsay on street corners by word-of-mouth to avoid state control. Its imaginative breadth and its integration of socio-political objectives were seen by the jury as exceptional. The artists have established a substantial track record in engaging with subjects that impact us globally but are initially manifested locally, and their work is well-deserving of acknowledgement within transmediale 09."

Find out more about Tantalum Memorial at: www.transmediale.de/en/tantalum-memorial

Join the facebook event for a retrospective of the festival, videos, photos and other relevant material – www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47750112630

Tantalum Memorial
social media integration
transmediale.09: DEEP NORTH

Tantalum Memorial
Harwood, Wright und Yokokoji
uk, 2008

WINNER OF THE TRANSMEDIALE.09 AWARD

Jury Statement:

"Profound and dense, this work will be remade for transmediale after showings in 2008 in San Jose at 0l and in Italy at Manifesta7. It has been nominated for its quality of execution, density of imagination as well as conceptual and metaphorical strengths. It operates on many levels – casting light on the memory of the more than three million people who have died in wars in the Congo over the last ten years—through the use of telephony combined with computation. A rack of electromagnetic Strowger telephony switches is triggered by a computer that tracks calls from the ‘Telephone Trottoire,’ a ‘social telephony’ network designed for an international Congolese diaspora. This project builds on the Congolese practice of ‘radio trottoire’ – passing news and hearsay on street corners by word-of-mouth to avoid state control. Its imaginative breadth and its integration of socio-political objectives were seen by the jury as exceptional. The artists have established a substantial track record in engaging with subjects that impact us globally but are initially manifested locally, and their work is well-deserving of acknowledgement within transmediale 09."

Find out more about Tantalum Memorial at: www.transmediale.de/en/tantalum-memorial

Join the facebook event for a retrospective of the festival, videos, photos and other relevant material – www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47750112630

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