December 10, 2004 - NAi Publishers - Open 6 (In)security / Open 7 Memory(less).
December 10, 2004

Open 6 (In)security / Open 7 Memory(less).

Open 6 (In)security / Open 7 Memory(less)

NAi Publishers

Open is a cahier about art and the public domain that is published twice per year. Open considers the interaction between art, commissioner, place and public in relation to developments within new media, architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture and spatial planning. Open adopts a thematic approach for its content. Besides essays, interviews and columns, it also includes book reviews, project documentation, artists’ contributions and photographic essays. Open does not treat art as an isolated phenomenon, but as a component of wider-ranging artistic, political and socio-cultural developments. Open is intended for everyone with an interest in contemporary art and the state of contemporary public space.
Editors: Jorinde Seijdel (editor-in-chief), Liesbeth Melis Editorial board: Max Bruinsma, Jan van Grunsven, Dennis Kaspori, Dees Linders Editorial address: Design: Thomas Buxo and Jacqueline Wolters

Open is an initiative of SKOR. SKOR is an Amsterdam-based organization whose objective is to realize special art projects in public and semi-public settings throughout the Netherlands.
Open is published by NAi Publishers. NAi Publishers is an internationally orientated publisher that specializes in developing, producing and distributing books on architecture, visual arts and related disciplines.

Open 6 (In)security

There is a yearning for security in today’s public domain. The individual and the community are increasingly demanding protection from and control over the space, themselves and others. A society of control is looming, but one lacking a clear idea about the nature and the origin of its underlying fears. This cahier examines the consequences of the current preoccupation with security for the public space and the visual arts. What are the implications for the functioning of the public domain, for its arrangement, design and experience? And how does this influence the task and perception of art? From art, architecture, philosophy and politics come theoretical and practical scenarios, proposals and visions that expose something of today’s security paradigm, advocate alternative (conceptual) models or offer insights into the current ethics and aesthetics of security.

Gijs van Oenen subjects the ‘new securityscape’ to a critical analysis.
Lieven De Cauter digs into the various strata of the new fear.
Sean Snyder presents images from his Temporary Occupation project.
Thomas Y. Levin looks at how artists deal with surveillance in the public space.
Sven Lutticken reflects on the concept of a ‘human park’ in philosophy, art and media.
Harm Tilman focuses on architecture in a society of control.
Mark Wigley analyses the issue of security in relation to the World Trade Center buildings in New York.
Hans Boutellier wishes art would apply the brakes to the security Utopia.
Jouke Kleerebezem calls for vigilance in the information society.
Willem van Weelden discusses the re-start project in Kanaleneiland, Utrecht.
Q.S. Serafijn shows multiple dimensions of the interactive D-Tower in Doetinchem.
Mark Wigley dissects the abode of the Unabomber.

Design: Thomas Buxo / Illustrated (colour) / Paperback, sewn / 176 pages / Size: 17 x 24 cm / Publication date: May 2004

Dutch edition: Isbn 90-5662-381
English edition / ISBN 90-5662-382-6

Open 7 Memory(less). Memory and commemoration in contemporary art and culture

The modern design and perception of the public domain is to a large degree determined by the tension between different memories – individual and collective, old and new, indigenous and immigrant. This makes memory a topical theme in the public domain, and its content, management and place are in urgent need of renewed consideration. How can one actively make use of the information that is stored in modern-day ‘places of memory’? What role does art play in this? Is collective memory even a possibility these days? How can cultural heritage be made accessible without transforming city and countryside into one big open-air museum? And what are the implications of new media and digital storage technologies for the social and historical processes of preserving and remembering?

Rudi Laermans analyses the modern-day ‘heritage regime’.
Frank van Vree examines the role of the contemporary monument.
Cor Wagenaar advocates the introduction of time as an instrument for the Belvedere Policy.
Wolfgang Ernst considers how the archive becomes a literal metaphor in a digital culture.
Nico Bick photographed various archives.
Jorinde Seijdel takes a closer look at the visual archive of Bill Gates.
Sven Lütticken writes about the conspiracy of openness that is apparently at work in the mass media.
Geert Lovink interviews artist and archivist Tjebbe van Tijen.
Artists’ contributions from Joke Robaard, Nico Dockx, Hans Aarsman, Arnoud Holleman and Barbara Visser.
Other contributions by Henk Oosterling, Brigitte van der Sande, Stef Scagliola, Jordan Crandall and Paul Meurs.

Design: Thomas Buxo / Illustrated (colour) / Paperback, sewn / 176 pages / Size: 17 x 24 cm / Publication date: October 2004

Dutch edition: ISBN 90-5662-392-3
English edition: ISBN 90-5662-393-1

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