March 14 - April 13, 2004
For the first time ever 12 Neenstars will be in the same space at the same time. Neen Today is a meeting of international artists. They will create new images in order to realize an ever-changing show which will be "perfect" only for one minute, at April 4th 2004 at 4:44 PM. Before and after this special minute, the show will be a work in progress.
Different pieces will be projected on 6 screens in random order. The center of the space will be a mountain of pillows. This set-up allows the visitors to spy over the shoulders of the creators and get an idea of the development of artworks created on the screen and meant for the screen. Neen Today is an important moment for Neen. Even though the artists belong to the same network and create artworks that demonstrate a certain affinity, the majority of them have never met. It will be interesting to see what this clash will lead to.
Neentoday is a mirror for the Neen Movement, a moment where we see what we are.
Neen is a concept that we discovered in late 2000. We bought the actual name, from Lexicon, a Branding Company based in California that has also invented "Pentium" and "Powerbook". Neen is about a new type of feelings we all have while we are busy with our new smart toys, the
computers, videogames etc. Most of the things we do with them are Telic, (Telic means expressing purpose, such as "I am driving my car to Los Angeles"), but in some special circumstances, we are in a Neen mood and if we isolate it and repeat it, then we can create Neen Art and Neen Theories that are very fresh and original.
Up to now, we have created a new imagery based on websites and animations (samples can be found at www.neen.org ) and a chain of Neen theories such as the Fourfortyfour Theory that is about people meeting for just a minute in perfect islands of time such as 22.22 or 1.23 ( www.fourfortyfour.com ) .
There are about 20 Neen creators that we know of today; some are artists, some composers, architects, fashion designers or even computerprogrammers. Neen is not a static thing, we cannot really put it down in words, when we will be able to do so, it will become Telic. Like the old Miracle of Jesus walking on the water: if he will come back today and he will do it again, it will be sort of "déjà vu", and if instead, he starts swimming, most people will refuse to believe that he is actually Jesus but it will be more cool. Neen is a Miracle in reverse.
Searching for Neen is a contradiction. If you look for it you will not find it. Neen will come to you if you are lucky. Telic is when beauty finds a place and all the pieces of the puzzle come together: there is a reason for their connection. Neen is beauty in itself.
The Internet is for visual artists a platform to do their thing without making compromises and to show the output to the whole world. It presents an opportunity to move freely and to introduce one's work without the interference of gallery-owners and curators. Never before has there been a medium which is so simple to handle and so easily accessible. Television companies have tried to realize this with open TV, which hasn't been as successful as the Internet. The Internet is very instant, one works on the same medium one exhibits on. The maker is entirely autonomous while literally hundreds of thousands of people can watch the artworks. So it's not surprising that art is created on this platform, a new kind of art, not academic but free and fleeting. As the Internet is such an open medium, there's also a lot of rubbish on it and many people find it difficult to find an entrance. Besides, the medium might prove a technological barrier for the not-so-young members of the art public: they are not familiar with computers and the ins and outs of the net.
Joel Fox (USA), Mike Calvert (USA), Mai Ueda (USA), Nikola Tosic (SRB), Miltos Manetas (USA), Carbonetadjazz (USA), John White (USA), Andreas Angelidakis (USA), Rafaël Rozendaal (NL), Angelo Plessas (USA), Jonathan Maghen (USA), Steve Schkolne (USA), Mark Tranmer (EN)