2004-08-03 JOHN GRZINICH (Estonia/USA)
As a media artist I has been working mainly with sound since 1995. I have performed and worked extensively throughout Europe and the US and have published a number of CDs on such international labels as Staalplaat (NL), CMR (NZ), erewhon (BE), Intransitive Recordings (US), Orogenetics (US), Elevator Bath (US), Pale-Disc (JP), Digital Narcis (JP). These works consist of solo productions collaborations with mnortham, Seth Nehil and Frequency Curtain (Josh Ronsen, Rick Reed, jgrzinich). In 2000 I began to combine digital video and sound to produce works for alternative presentation spaces (outdoors, abandoned or remote structures).

Apart from my artistic work I have helped coordinate several "communication based" projects including hEXPO in Slovenia (an effort to create a national "digital platform" for alternative cultural spaces in Slovenia) and INTERSECT (a performance event for experimental media in Austin Texas).

Currently I am a project and media lab coordinator for MoKS (Mooste KülalisStuudio), an international artist residency center and project space in southeast Estonia. MoKS was founded in 2000 as a cooperative organization of people dedicated to artistic, social and environmental research in rural Estonia. Each year MoKS hosts a number of visiting artists, workshops, projects including the international summer arts symposium "PostsovkhoZ".


SPECIFIC: I would like to introduce the work of MoKS in order to increase the awareness of the project and establish connections with others, particularly in the Baltic and Scandinavian region. To continue the theme for this years arts symposium is ISOLATION where the notions of geographic, social and political isolation are confronted with the real-time / real-space conditions of Mooste, a rural village of 400 people in southeast Estonia. This event, as with others, continues the MoKS practice of developing a decentralized structure of cultural exchange, facilitating a shift away from the rapidly increasing world of centralization (i.e. systems of political and economic control).

NON_SPECIFIC: For this workshop it could be useful to explore the principles of decentralized distributed systems and how they can be effectively used in both interpersonal (organic) and informational (electronic) communication. This can be done through an open dialogue of discussion (linguistic) and computer enhanced audio-visual mediation (non-linguistic) between the workshop participants. Either way it is to "challenge exclusionary experience through inclusive participation" as I have often said.