Yes we’re open, NIMK, Amsterdam (2012)

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Yes we’re open: Annlee @ NIMk. Exhibition at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, NL in 2012. A collaborative online and gallery exhibition showing digital and audio art at the last exhibition of the institute. The Annlee project was set up by NIMk as an online collaborative project [http://nimk.nl/blog/annlee/] that was going to critique the No Ghost, Just A Shell project (1999-2003) by Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno. The main character of the No Ghost project was a Japanese manga character Huyghe and Parreno bought and named Annlee. 18 Artists were commissioned to appropriate ‘her’ leading to a variety of manifestions and narratives involving Annlee. In the end Huyghe and Parreno created The Annlee company which holds the copyrights of the image of Annlee. They sold the whole project to the VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven, NL) and in effect ended the process of development of Annlee’s character.

To cut a long story short, Yes we’re open: Annlee @ NIMk asked “Is this really the end? Is Annlee dead, truly free, or both? Copyright was used explicitly to lock up an appropriated image that has the potential to flow freely as an open art work. Annlee has disappeared as an image, but not as an entity that can be discussed and talked about or as a subject for new artworks.”

For this project I developed a gallery guide, in poster and audio form, that creates an alternative narrative based on the artwork titles of the work submitted.

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