Atompunk Prologue Party

Exploring the Atom-era. First of a series of presentations in PLANETART Amsterdam as prologue to the GOGBOT festival Enschede 10-13 sept. 09, edition Atompunk.

4 Apr 2009

Wat is ATOMPUNK?

In samenwerking met de Amerikaanse science fiction schrijver en godfather van de cyberpunk Bruce Sterling, tevens internationaal design goeroe en editor van WIRED magazine, heeft PLANETART het thema ATOMPUNK ontwikkeld. Met ATOMPUNK onderzoeken en verwerken hedendaagse kunstenaars en vormgevers de cultuur van het atoom tijdperk, een strikt analoge periode uit het modernisme van de 20ste eeuw, aan het begin van de koude oorlog en de race in de ruimte. ATOMPUNK betekent, 20 jaar na de val van de muur, hoe we vanuit onze gedigitaliseerde samenleving terugkijken naar de esthetiek van het atoomtijdperk en het optimisme van de sociaal politieke ideologieën en hoe we vandaag de dag gebruik kunnen maken van verworvenheden uit deze culturele periode.

Zaterdag 4 april begint een serie presentaties in medialab/artspace PLANETART in het Volkskrantgebouw in Amsterdam als proloog op het GOGBOT festival (10-13 september 09, editie Atompunk). Deze eerste avond zal bestaan uit een aantal films (Future by Design part 1, documentaire, Forbidden Planet, pulp science fiction, Planeta Bur, Hilarious history mash-up) en een aantal performances, live acts en dj’s, o.a. Het Brein dat Kwam Uit De Ruimte, DJ Jean Plastiq, Arno Coenen Eurotrash Beer. De expositie met Kofi en Wifi zal dagelijks geopend zijn (zondags gesloten). Verdere Atompunk avonden vinden plaats op 2 mei, 30 mei en 27 juni.

Meer info: www.planetart.nl en www.gogbot.nl

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Atompunk is about how today's artists and designers explore the cultural era of the atom age, a strictly analogue mid century modernist period at the beginning of the cold war and the space race. How do we look back from today's digital worlds into the atom-age aesthetics and sociopolitical ideologies.
Atompunk is a concept by U.S. Scifi author Bruce Sterling

Program April 4:

film:
'Future by design', part 1
documentary about the work and ideas of Jacques Fresno, futurist, inventor.
www.futurebydesignthemovie.com

film:
'Forbidden Planet' U.S. 1956
brilliant pulp science fiction
www.imdb.com/title/tt0049223/

film:
'Planeta Bur' USSR 1962
brilliant pulp science fiction
www.imdb.com/title/tt0056352/

film:
Hilarious history mash-up
collage of found footage, shortfims, gaming-trailers
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_and_cover

live:
Het Brein Dat Kwam Uit De Ruimte
electro space rock, inspired by 60's scifi cultmovies
www.myspace.com/hetbreindatkwamuitderuimte

DJ
Jean Plastiq
electro techno minimal

PLANETART proudly serves EUROTRASH BEER, TM by Arno Coenen
www.arnocoenen.nl/

next Atompunk Prologue Parties: sat may 2, may 30, june 27
www.planetart.nl

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'Future by design' 2006 documentary
Future by Design shares the life and vision of Jacque Fresco, a futurist, technologist, and inventor known by many as a modern-day Da Vinci.
This documentary film by Academy Award nominated filmmaker William Gazecki captures the life and far-reaching vision of this master of out-of-the-box thinking.
Fresco has spent nearly 80 years envisioning the future, and his extensive body of work, in addition to his outspoken and likeable character, make Future by Design a visually and intellectually engaging exploration into how our culture can evolve towards true sustainability.

'Forbidden Planet' U.S. 1956 film
brilliant pulp science fiction
An expedition is sent from Earth to Altair in the constellation of Aquilae (some 17 light years from Earth) to discover what happened to a colony of settlers on its fourth planet, Altair-4. What they discover is how and why an alien race of geniuses destroyed itself overnight while leaving their technology intact at some point in the distant, distant past.

'Planeta Bur' USSR 1962 film
brilliant pulp science fiction
Conceived in epic terms, this is the story of a band of courageous 21st century cosmonauts who land on the planet Venus. There they must contend with a seemingly endless supply of hideous reptilian monsters, each one more fearsome than the last.
'Hilarious History mash-up'' film
collage of shortfilms and propaganda-items, from east and west, including Duck and Cover, atomic bomb instruction videos, classified atomic bomb test footage, videogame trailers, etc
Duck and Cover was a suggested method of personal protection against the effects of a nuclear weapon which the United States government taught to generations of United States school children from the late 1940s into the 1980s. This was supposed to protect them in the event of an unexpected nuclear attack which, they were told, could come at any time without warning. Immediately after they saw a flash they had to stop what they were doing and get on the ground under some cover—such as a table, or at least next to a wall—and assume the fetal position, lying face-down and covering their heads with their hands

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What is ATOMPUNK?

In collaboration with the American science fiction writer and godfather of the cyberpunk Bruce Sterling, international design guru and editor of WIRED magazine, PLANETART co-developed the theme of ATOMPUNK. With ATOMPUNK contemporary artists and designers research and reflect on the culture of the atom age, a strict analogue period of the modernism of the 20th century, the beginning of the cold war and the space race. ATOMPUNK means, 20 years after the fall of the Wall, how we reflect from the perspective of our digitized society onto the aesthetics of the atom-age and the optimism of the social political ideologies and how we currently adapt and use the information/skills? of this cultural period.

Saturday, April 4rd, the Atompunk Prologue starts, a series of presentations in medialab/artspace PLANETART in the Volkskrantbuilding in Amsterdam, a prologue for the GOGBOT festival (10-13 Sept 09, edition Atompunk). The evening will exist of numerous films (Future by Design part 1, documentary, Forbidden Planet, pulp science fiction, Planeta Bur, Hilarious history mash-up) and several performances, live acts and dj’s, i.e.. Het Brein dat Kwam Uit De Ruimte, DJ Jean Plastiq, Arno Coenen Eurotrash Beer. The exhibition with Caffi and Wifi will be opened daily (except for Sundays). More Atompunk nights take place on May 2, May 30 and June 27.
Tags: atom sputnik kosmonautic communism nuclear powerplants Jetsons Gagarin communist paranoia man-on-the-moon Googie architecture mid-century modernism utopian futurism pre-digital punk communism paranoia space cyber oldnasa kgb east german gear industrial militairy power worlddomination
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Tags: atom sputnik kosmonautic communism nuclear powerplants Jetsons Gagarin communist paranoia man-on-the-moon Googie architecture mid-century modernism utopian futurism pre-digital punk communism paranoia space cyber oldnasa kgb east german gear industrial militairy power worlddomination