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Edith-Ruß-Haus

EDITH-RUSS-HAUS for Media Art

The EDITH-RUSS-HAUS for Media Art was first made possible by an endowment by Edith Ruß (22.1.1919 – 18.7.1993). According to her will, the City of Oldenburg was able to build a house "for the arts". She wanted to form a site to create "art for the transition into the twentieth century." This initiative was the genesis for the concept of a site for Media Art with both exhibition space and guest apartments.

The City of Oldenburg has a rarity in the landscape of contemporary art: The EDITH-RUSS-HAUS for Media Art, a place solely for the presentation and discussion of media art.

The concept is based on the special demands of art realized with new media. Media art often works with light, movement and the flow of digital, electronic data. Like a video with its series of consecutive images or net.art in which one clicks from one Internet page to the next, media art tends to be processual and immaterial. This is the reason why the EDITH-RUSS-HAUS for Media Art is not conceived as a museum where art is kept and collected, but rather as a place where media art is presented and discussed. This site must be seen as a channel through which information on art with new media flows. Through presentations and special events we offer a spectrum of the possibilities of media art. The focus is on the content of the artwork and technology's influence on shaping and defining artistic ideas. Beyond the program of discussions and presentations, we will also hold exhibitions intended to address subjects which are socially relevant and future-oriented.

The site has two buildings. The first building has two levels of space for exhibitions and presentations. The second has two apartments plus one artist's studio/apartment. We are also very happy to announce that the Foundation of Lower Saxony (Stiftung Niedersachsen) has granted the funding for three stipends per year for 2002, 2003 and 2004. Each artist receives 10.000 Euro. The artists are be asked to take part in the site's activities during their six month stipend, but are not required to live in Oldenburg.

It goes without saying that a site for media art must be international. But we must also take the opportunity to activate the local infrastructure of institutions with an interest in high quality media art. One such location is Oldenburg's non-commercial, "open access" cable channel and radio station. Every fourth Friday of the month from 9:15 – 9:45 pm, we broadcast Video Visions, a programm of artist videos.

Director
Dr. Claudia Giannetti

Assistant
Kathrin Jaumann

Technical Assistance
Sabine Grote
Carlo Bas Sancho
Mathis Oesterlen

Media and Art Education
Mona Tiltsch

Public Relation
Annika Milz

The EDITH-RUSS-HAUS for Media Art is a City of Oldenburg institution.

Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Katharinenstraße 23, D-26121 Oldenburg, Tel.: +49(0)441/235-3208, Fax.: +49(0)441/235-2161
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 14:00 -18:00, Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00, Monday closed info@edith-russ-haus.de
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