Press Releases : 2007/12

Week 51 — Dessislava Dimova, The Spam Show

Published 2007/12/11

Nick Stillman for The Spam Show Artforum From Three Hints, 2007 Digital Image






Monday, 17 December, 15:00
ISP Studio 1
Wergelandsveien 17
Back Entrance

ISP Resident and independent curator Dessislava Dimova elaborates on her project entitled The Spam Show, a project that takes the form of a series of unsolicited e-mails and runs the risk to be never seen — discarded as "spam" by the e-mail filters or by the people who receive it. Artists were invited to prepare an e-mail and use the possibilities of its format — subject, text, images, etc. — to create messages which content, form or techniques were likely to set off the spam filters.

The Spam Show's strategies for bypassing the existing art system and finding new ways for sharing public space are inherited to a large extent from art practices like early internet art and go as far back as mail art. It is an attempt to explore current possibilities for identifying and operating within "outside" circuits for art — an attempt as controversial as the use of "spam" itself.

About the Speaker

Dessislava Dimova lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. She is a PhD fellow at the Institute of Art Studies in Sofia with a thesis on Bulgarian art after 1989. She has published numerous essays on contemporary art and culture, including The Cultural Learnings of Ivan Moudov, catalogue of the Bulgarian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial, 2007; Supernaturalism in Postcommunist Bulgaria, The Weird but True Book, 2005. Dessislava arrived at ISP in the beginning of October 2007, and during her stay she has visited Tromsø and Bergen.

International Studio Programme Oslo (ISP Oslo)

International artists are invited by OCA to the International Studio Programme Oslo for a stay from two weeks up to six months, independently or in connection with exhibitions or other collaborations in Norway. The programme comprises four studios located in the city centre of Oslo.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a private foundation and was founded by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in fall 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a profiled contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.