_manu Luksch manu at ambienttv.net
Mon Jan 9 20:34:00 CET 2006

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Call for submissions

TELETEXT ARTISTS WANTED for Lektrolab's Microtel channel! Must have 
Voluptuously Blinking Eyes!

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VBI [voluptuously blinking eye/vertical blanking interval] is a 
project by ambientTV.NET for the "Satellite of Love" exhibition of 
the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The project opens on 
January 26th and includes
installations, talks, a lounge for meeting and relaxing, and the 
Microtel teletext broadcasting station run by Lektrolab.

"Satellite of Love" will run from January 26th through March 26th 
2006 at the Witte de With centre for contemporary art, Rotterdam.

On the Microtel website, you will find information on

- how to create your own teletext piece
- how, when and where to get it shown
- everything you might need to know about teletext!

contact station managers Emma and Paul: vbi_microtel at lektrolab.com

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VBI [voluptuous blinking eye]

Satellite of Love

35th International Film Festival Rotterdam

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  -->  more info on Satellite of Love  -->

The rapidly changing media landscape and especially that of the medium
of television lie at the basis of the Satellite of Love exhibition. Over
recent months, not a day has gone by without the media reporting technological,
financial or political maneuvers in the world of television. The number
of digital broadcasters is skyrocketing. The convergence of television, the
Internet and mobile telephony is bringing about a radical change in the
way programs are being presented to the public.
The means of distributing image and sound may be increasing by the day,
but this "openness" also masks a new form of restriction. While at first a
communal forum was developed for a broad public, it now appears that
segmentation is striking due to market influences, with profit as the
ultimate objective. In other words, the public space is disappearing
while private space is gaining ground. Making television using a camera and a
laptop hardly presents a problem, but a satellite link continues to be a
privilege for the happy few.

In response to these trends, the organizers chose to provide a platform
for the independent voice. In Satellite of Love, visual artists, media
activists and television-makers rediscover something that is being 
torn apart from
the top down. The aim is to establish a space (for reflection) where the
production of live television is combined with installations. In
addition, in the afternoon and evening there is a program of public 
masterclasses, and TV dinners organized in association with the
Stimuleringsfonds Culturele Omroepproducties (Fund for Cultural
Broadcasting Productions) and V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media. 
Satellite of
Love and Exploding Television will also be broadcast online via VPRO Digitaal
and local television, thus providing a lively context for interaction and

Participants in Satellite of Love include Franz Ackermann, AL+AL,
Francis Alys, Mark Bain, John Logie Baird, Pierre Bismuth & Michel Gondry,
Angela Bulloch, Edith Dekyndt, Dias & Riedweg, Michel Francois, Laurent Grasso,
Erik van Lieshout, Yves Netzhammer, Melik Ohanian, Daniel Sauter & Osman
Kahn, Monika Sosnowska, Maurice van Tellingen, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and
Francesco Vezzoli.
During the ten days of the IFFR, the following units will be producing
live television: Ambient TV.NET from London, CAC TV from Vilnius, Orfeo
TV-Telestreet from Bologna, De Taalpolitie from Rotterdam/Brussels, and
tv-tv from Copenhagen.

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