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      artist statement:

           In my practice I translate
           systems and rulesets
           from the Internet
        and everyday life
    onto one another.
      
       Material for my web-based
work, performances and installations
  is inspired by user behaviour from
   Social Media, or by Internet protocols,
    or even by the very architecture of the Web
      - the HTML-language - itself.
        
        I like to experiment with
         the conventional understanding of
          these topics and re-enact
             Internet-phenomena in "real life" while
                the other way around, I also
                   test out the cultural and natural
                        intricacies of everyday life
                            in the online world.
        
                        In many of my works
                       I have used computer code
                      as choreography for dancers.
                    In others I have taken on
                   the role of an anthropomorphized
                  Internet myself...

                   My work encompasses
                theatrical manifestations
        of online data in "real space"
        and vice versa --
       performative algorithms
      deriving from "physical" data,
     such as weather reports,
    are utilized to choreograph
  scenarios online.



Photo*: Hommage to
 Otto Dix's  "Portrait of
  the Journalist
  Sylvia van Harden"

   as Website Mistress/
          Web Spider


  web +/- performance +/- installation  
 2013|  '12|  '11|  '10|  '09|  '08|  '07|  '06| ...  
 bio / CV / blogs / contact (info@ursenal.net)
featured installation
 
Website Wigs
These started 10 years ago in 2004...
The hyperlinked tree structures of a website
became the blueprint for building these objects.
Their code was taken on a specific day like any other portrait.
Website Wigs visualize websites like microsoft.com
and google.com (below) in the form of a wig.
 
 
 
 
featured ongoing HTML-movement performance:
 
html_butoh and the html-movement-library
It all started in 2005... HTML code becomes choreography, while
movements are based on HTML functionality.
The archive is still open for new HTML movement ideas...
html_butoh is continuously running online since 2007...
 
 
 
 
featured recent live networked performance:
 
Remote Schmink-a-thon
Digital Media Festival, Woodstock, VT. June 22-July 7, 2012.
 
 
 
 
featured video installation:
 
Facebook Re-enactments
@ Location 1, New York, fall 2009
@ Postmasters Gallery, New York, spring 2010
@ CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL, fall/winter 2010/11
@ Zero1Biennial in San Jose, CA, Sept.13-Dec.8, 2012.
@ Momentum Worldwide, Kunsthaus Bethanien, Berlin, De, Nov 9-Dec 2, 2012
@ ISEA2013, Sydney, Australia, June 7-16, cont.till July 28 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
featured data/audience performance/installation:
 
interACTicons
Recently @ paraflows Festival, Vienna, Austria. Sept.13-Oct.20, 2012
Previously @ transmediale.11, Berlin, Germany. February 1-6, 2011.
 
 
 
 
featured web-driven performances with dancers:
 
Website Impersonations: The Next Generation
SIGGRAPH Asia, Yokohama, Japan, December 17-19, 2009
 
 
Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited #2 -
"www.google.com"

Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY, October 3, 2009
 
 
 
 
 
new events & reviews plus more...
 
UPCOMING: Pratt Upload
October 18, 2014: Come by to an all day event called:
Pratt Upload: Meme You and Everyone We Follow"
I will be on a panel titled "Post Human" with Anthony Antonellis,
Meredith Bak, and Zach Blas from 2-3:30PM, Chair: Stephanie Boluk.
 
RECENTLY: art silicon valley san francisco
October 9-12, 2014: I showed my "old classics" - Website Wigs - at
the art silicon valley / san francisco art fair in San Mateo,
curated by Isabel Draves / LISA (Leaders in Software and Art),

who brought altogether 22 tech artists to the art fair!
Website Wigs are the hyper-link structure of Websites braided into the hair of Wigs.
Website Wigs of Microsoft and Google will be on display and for sale!

 
 
RECENTLY: Women in Art and Technology
On July 22, 2014, I had the pleasure to give a talk about my work at
>>WOMEN IN ART AND TECHNOLOGY<< at A.I.R Gallery, organized by Amelie Marcek.
My fantastic co-speakers were Adrianne Wortzel, Bang Geul Han, and Johanna Romer.
I talked about my works from the last 23 years - that's when I started
working with tech!
Artists were also invited to showcase works in the gallery, and I displayed "html_butoh"
- once again - which, as an ongoing real-time HTML/video clip performance,
includes a lot of ideas about what still intrigues me about juxtaposing Web code with
choreography, one of my ongoing research topics...

 
January 31, 2014
FAR-FLUNG FOLLOWS FUNCTION' DOCUMENTATION NOW ONLINE!!
Check out the new website for >>Far-Flung follows function<<!!
See photos, a video-documentation, and get the background info around the production
of Far-Flung. Enjoy the ride...

 
 
January 20, 2014
>>Interview @ VIDEO VORTEX/Network Cultures<<
I got interviewed by Marta Burugorri for Video Vortex.
We did a Skype interview, and she asked me, among several topics,
more in detail about my works that run on video-databases,
such as the HTML-movement-library and the interACTicons library.
Watch the video and my floating thoughts here!

 
 
October 10-12, 2013
>>Far-Flung follows function<< turns a theatrical space into a networked application
played by commedia dell'arte characters and live weather data.
Residency and Performance @ Experimental Media Performance Laboratory, UC Irvine, Ca.
Performance dates were October 10, 11, and 12, 2013.

 
 
October 12 - November 27, 2013
My piece >>Partly Cloudy Structures<< was shown at IMC Lab + Gallery in
Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing Data, curated by Isabel Draves.
The show was part of Marfa Dialogues/NY, a citywide examination of climate change science,
environmental activism and artistic practice taking place
throughout New York October and November 2013.

 
July 6 - August 4, 2013
Contemplative, playful, and slightly absurd, >>HTMLinstrument<< invites
the audience to pluck a virtual wooden string instrument, that changes shape
for different HTML tags that appear in the source code of the exhibit's Website
for INSTRUMENT, the second triennial exhibition at the Kulturmöllan in Lövestad,
South Sweden. More info on INSTRUMENT here.

The show opened July 6 and ran till August 4, 2013.

 
 
June 8 - 16, 2013
>>Facebook Re-enactments<< @ ISEA2013, Sydney, Australia
Facebook Re-enactments was part of three Streaming Museum internationally touring
exhibitions which were presented during ISEA 2013 Sydney by Urbanscreens TV.
Location: The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood Sydney NSW 2067
Dates: During ISEA June 8 - 16, screenings continued until July 28.

 
October 16, 2012
VIDEOS FROM LIGHTNING TALKS ARE ONLINE!
Videos of the "Leaders in Software and Art Conference"
@ Guggenheim Museum
Oct 16, 2012.
Check out my contribution...!
 
 
 
October 16, 2012
>>LISA (Leaders in Software and Art) Conference<< @ Guggenheim Museum, NYC.
--brought together artists, curators, developers, researchers, collectors,
practicing at the intersection of art and technology.

 
 
January 27, 2012 - March 5, 2013
...>>Light and Dark Networks<< - two online data performances on Whitney.org -
took over the entire Museum's website at sunrise and sunset.
Light and Dark Networks was commissioned by The Whitney Museum of American Art
as part of the Internet art series "Sunset and Sunrise" curated by Christiane Paul.
>> More details on the project go here: lightdarknetworks.ursenal.net.
 
 
 
ONGOING
>>Projet Octopus / pour une exposition en ligne / towards an online exhibition<<
A exhibition/project by M. Aktypi et N. Frespech, part of the Symposium "Forms and
processes in art practices within digital culture",
at Centre Rabelais in Montpellier, France.
Symposium: 26 & 27 November, 2012.
The exhibition will stay online.
 
 
12/12/12
Online performance participation in >>Angry<< by Annie Abrahams
during 121212 UpStage Festival of Cyberformance.
More info on the project/history of "Angry."
12/12/12 at 7PM Paris time / 1PM East Coast/New York time
and 12/13/12 7AM New Zealand time.
 
 
November 9 - December 2, 2012
>>Facebook Re-enactments<< @ Momentum Worldwide/Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin
Streaming Museum is curating five video programs for
Momentum Worldwide, including
>>Artistic License in Silicon Valley<<
 
 
September 14 - December 8, 2012
>>Facebook Re-enactments<< @ ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, CA.
Streaming Museum is curating a group exhibition called
>>Artistic License in Silicon Valley<< for ZERO1 Urban Screen,
presenting "unique perceptions of technology in global digital culture."
I am participating with "Facebook Re-enactments", where I am impersonating
people who share the same name on Facebook...
The screening premiered on September 14, 2012, at 9:30PM.
Exact schedule on ZERO1's website.
 
 
 
Oct 25, Nov 1, 2 and 3, 2012
Online performance participation in >>Huis Clos / No exit<< by Annie Abrahams
@ Edinburgh College of Art during Remediating the Social - ELMCIP conference.
with Igor Stromajer, Nicolas Frespech, Ruth Catlow and Ursula Endlicher.
More info about Huis Clos/Annie Abrahams.
 
 
September 13 - October 20, 2012
>>interACTicons<< @ paraflows.7 Festival for Digital Art and Culture
in Vienna, Austria @ "Das Weisse Haus".
The festival's theme this year was "reverse engineering" -
"interACTions" invites the audience to re-enact social media terminology
and to be part of an going data-performance!
 
 
 
September 22, 2012
>>LOW LIVES: ISEA2012<<
A selection of videos from the Low Lives networked performance series
were screened during ISEA2012. The program included performance videos
from 30 international artists as they were streamed live.
My contribution: >> The Old Internet Slide Show...<<
LOW LIVES @ ISEA2012: Machine Wilderness
National Hispanic Cultural Center- 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico

 
 
 
July 12 - August 4, 2012
Summer Group Show Permanent Collection
at Nancy Margolis Gallery in Chelsea. Artists were invited to reflect on works from
the MoMA collection. I re-staged Bruce Nauman's "Art Make-Up: No.1 White, No.2 Pink,
No.3 Green, No.4 Black". My "digital make-up" deteriorates continuously...
 
 
June 22 & 23, 2012
>>Remote Schmink-a-thon<< at Woodstock Digital Media Festival, Vermont.
Remote Schmink-a-thon (Weather Data Make-Up Marathon) is a live networked
and streaming video performance taking place in the woods around Woodstock, VT,
on Saturday, June 23, in the afternoon.
The audience can watch from afar a wood creature's make-up session which is changing
based on current weather data reports. For a close-up the spectators can access
the creature's hand mirror via their cell phones.
The installation version can be viewed at Artistree Gallery during the group show
"Micro", which opens Friday, June 22 at 8:30PM, and will run until July 7, 2012.
Woodstock Digital Media Festival
Woodstock, VT on June 22 & 23, 2012
 
 
 
April 27-28, 2012
>>The Old Internet Slide Show<<- Online performance during the
Low Lives 4 - Networked Performance Festival on April 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM EST.
The Old Internet will reminisce on its infancy and youth and recite statements
from the early net days. Each declaimed quote follows a ride down an infant's slide.
To be efficient and deliver as many statements/packets as possible in 5 minutes
the Old Internet gets quite a work-out...
Links: Low Lives Festival and The Old Internet Performance Series
 
March 20, 2012
New Publication: My work interACTicons is included in >>Emergency INDEX<<,
a "new yearly edition documenting performance in the words of its creators."
March 20 at 7PM: Presentation at The Kitchen, which will
show movies of some of the performances from the book (including a
short docu about interACTicons) as well as several live performances.
 
February 7, 2012
Rhizome Editorial:>>The Whitney Artport<< - elaborates on Light and Dark Networks,
my new commission for the Artport as part of Sunset/Sunrise... and other Artport news
such as Scott Snibbe's new iPhone app "Tripolar". Read on...
 
October 28, 2011
Participation in Annie Abraham's "Angry Women" video/online performance at
the show "Training for a better world", CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Sete, France.
 
August 2011
Throughout the month of August >>interACTicons, remixed<<
was shown at the LISA (Leaders in Software and Art) screening series
@ Big Screen Plaza in midtown, New York.
The screening also included works by Mark Napier, Dennis H. Miller, and Matt Pearson.
>>interACTicons, remixed<< is a social-media terminology re-enactment using online
video clips collected earlier this year during the transmediale.11 festival in Berlin, Germany,
for the interACTicons project.
More info on interACTicons, remixed here.
More info on the interACTicons project, here.
 
 
 
July 14, 2011
An article about >>Facebook Re-enactments<<
on Arts|Blog.it, written by penelope.di.pixel.
(italian)
 
June 23-26, 2011
>>The Old Internet... ...is the Electronic Man<<
The Old Internet celebrates Marshall McLuhan's centennial by connecting to
Salvatore Iaconese and Oriana Persico's "The Electronic Man" Project
via its digital tongue... @ ADD Festival, MACRO Museum, Rome, June 23-26 2011.
 
March 31, 2011
>>Free Culture Incubator Workshop No 5:
Get your message across - platforms, tools and strategies to reach your audience.<<

Online Live Stream Interview conducted by Ela Kagel on Thursday March 31, 2011.
transmediale Beyond.
 
February 1 - March 23, 2011
>>The Simulationists: Mixed Reality Performance<<
@ School of the Art Institute of Chicago
I exhibited and performed a new project called
>>Website Annotations/Impersonations: SAIC.edu<<,
part installation part performance, each influencing the other's appearance
while collecting audience submission - via twitter.
The event was curated by Claudia Hart, Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey.
The exhibitions ran from February 1 - March 23, 2011.
Reception, Symposium and Performance: Friday, February 18, 2011.
SAIC Betty Rymer Gallery and SAIC 012 Performance Space,
280 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago, Il.
 
 
 
February 16, 2011
Video Interview of several artists who were participating in transmediale.11:
FACEBOOK UND DIE TRANSMEDIALE - DEIN GESICHT GEHÖRT UNS (eng/de)
includes statements reg. the use of FB, and some info reg. interACTicons.
conducted during the tm festival in Berlin by Wiebke Pöpel for 2010LAB.tv.
 
February 9, 2011
Video Interview on interACTicons @ transmediale on
>>A New Days' Work, Electronic Art of the 21st Century,
Delivered Daily<<
conducted during the tm festival in Berlin by Zack McCune.
 
February 3, 2011
Video Docu: >>ARTE Creative - your network for
contemporary culture :: transmediale.tv :: Day 2 of transmediale.11<<

with Impressions and fragments of interACTicons...
 
February 1 - 6, 2011
>>transmediale.11 festival<<
@ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.
I presented a new project called >>interACTicons<< which is reflecting on and enacting
our activities on social networking sites.
The project includes an online archive collecting audience ideas, a walk-in workshop and
installation, and a performance of the 40 most used social networking sites,
embodied by two dancers, Andrea Jane Dispenziere and Regina Sobel.
The festival ran from February 1-6, 2011, with the performance on Feb. 6 at 7:30PM.
 
 

November 11, 2010 - January 6, 2011
>>the future is not what it used to be<<
at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle., Warsaw, Poland.
A group show bringing together artists engaged in the Internet shaped culture,
curated by Magdalena Sawon.
There is a catalog - NEW: plus an online version of it - accompanying the exhibtiion.
 

August 12, 2010
Artist Talk @ >>LISA (Leaders In Software in Art) salon<< at
The Project Room For New Media at The Chelsea Art Museum.
Other presenters that evening were Jack Toolin, Daniel Beunza, and Scott Draves.
 

July 10 - 31, 2010 -- web showcase ongoing
>>Shadow & Light<< @ Kulturmöllan in Lövestad, South Sweden.
This exhibition was curated by Marek Walczak, Lars Eklöw, Johanna Kindvall & Anna-Maria
Eklöw
and was featuring works on the theme of shadows and light.
I have been showing a new web-driven installation called >>Partly Cloudy Structures<<
featuring a spider-like creature who takes on residency in the mill and online;
her movements and actions are influenced by the local real-time weather data...
The exhibition ran from July 10 - 31. The web version of Partly Cloudy Structures stays online.
 

June 11 - 28, 2010 -- web showcase ongoing
>>Made In Internet<< @ ArtBoom Festival in Krakow, Poland and online.
In this showcase, which was curated by Marcin Ramocki and featured
24 international web-based artists, I was showing a piece called
>>3 min html-movements"<<, a video enactment of the Artboom Festival website's
source code - used as choreography for HTML inspired short dance and performance clips.
The festival ran from June 11 til June 28.
The web showcase remains online.
 
 

March 5 to June 11, 2010.
>>Hair Tactics<< @ Jersey City Museum
On view was a new Website Wig built upon braiding the hyper-link structure
of www.jerseycitymuseum.org - the museum's website - into color-coded and
knotted hair.
 
 

May 29, 2010
Participation in Annie Abraham's: >>Huis Clos : No Exit - On Translation<<
@ Netherland Media Art Institute in Amsterdam.
A telematic performance with 6 performers.

May 6, 2010
>>"Follow The Old Internet's Plan<<
Performance at Chashama Harlem Studios Gallery
461 West 126th Street, NYC

>>Watch a slide show of the performance on Flickr.
The Old Internet performed May 6th's stock quote percentage of the "backbone's"
- original and often bought out or merged - companies such as LVLT, ATT, or AOL...
The performance took place within the exhibition "Stitched Topographies"
by Christine Gedeon.
 

April 18, 2010
Mirror, Mirror review >>A Portrait of a Portrait of a Portrait<<
by Michelle Levy, ARTslanT, April 18, 2010

April 2 - May 8, 2010
>>Mirror, Mirror<< @ Postmasters Gallery,
a group exhibition of nine artists engaged with contemporary portraiture in all media.
I showed the video installation Facebook Re-enactments - video reenactments
of people on Facebook who share the same name...
 
March 22, 2010
>>THEATER 2.0...<< A Video-Interview with 2010LAB.tv
I am talking about the crossover of Internet, Performance and Installation
in my work...IN GERMAN.
2010Lab.tv is part of "Ruhr.2010 - Kulturhauptstadt Europas".
 
December 17 - 19, 2009
>>Website Impersonations: The Next Generation<<
@ SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 in Yokohama, Japan.
Joined by one dancer - Yuka Takahashi - I invited the audience to take part
to perform and "deconstruct" HTML of three Websites: yahoo.co.jp,
fc2.com, and google.jp. The performances took place within
the Web-driven installation. Click here for the Art Gallery Preview Video.
 
 
 

November 13, 2009
>>Facebook User Labor Enactments<<
@ "The Internet as Playground and Factory"
a conference on digital labor at the New School.
For this performance I have been working with five performers and
also invited the audience to take part. This time I used an XML-based
language called ULML (=User Labor Mark-Up Language),
developed by Burak Arikan, as choreography.
 
 
 
November 2009
>>Space and Cyberspace: URSULA ENDLICHER'S Internet in the Round<<
Review by Mary Love Hodges, The Brooklyn Rail, November 2009

 
 
September 9 - October 31, 2009
>>Levels of Undo - Virtual Residency Project<<
@ Location One/New York.

I showed new works reflecting on: the peculiar
exchanges with my virtual residency mate(s), the long
and winding road of working online for one and
a half decades, and my deep and mysterious
experiences with facebook...
 
One of my new works on view:
Facebook Re-enactments

 
 
October 3, 2009
>>Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited #2 - www.google.com.<<
@ Center for Performance Research

With google.com my ten-part cycle of "Website Impersonations:
The Ten Most Visited" is done.
This live performance series, which utilizes Web Code
as choreography, includes dancers, performers,
and the audience - right on stage.
 
 
 
September 29, 2009
Vera List Center for Arts and Politics
>>Changing Labor Value<<
PANEL DISCUSSION & ART INSTALLATION
@ The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York City
Panel: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Installation: 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
My facebook performance from the Website Impersonations series is included
in the Web-based project installation of the event.
 
May 15 - August 15, 2009
>>Three-months Virtual Residency<<
Theme:Levels of Undo
@ Location One/www.location1.org
Follow the blog discussion here.
 
June 6, 2009
>>Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited #3
- www.live.com<<

studios on view, New York
 
March 17, 2009
>>Upgrade! Boston<<
7:00 pm @ Studio for Interrelated Media
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
 
March 13, 2009
>>Great Dance Blog:<<
Creating Dance from Wikipedia's HTML Tags
Review/Blog Post about Website Impersontation #6
by Doug Fox.
 
March 3, 2009
>>Theater of Code<<
Curated by Christiane Paul
I showed a new part of the Website Impersonations:
The Ten Most Visited
series. This time: #8 - facebook.com.
This event at Light Industry also included performances
and interventions by MTAA and Adrianne Wortzel.
 
 
 
December 11, 2008
>>Website Impersonations:
The Ten Most Visited #6 -
www.wikipedia.org <<

A new part of this live/Web performance
series @ LABfactory

In cooperation with AIKO.
 
 
 
September 15, 2008
>>VagueTerrain.org<<
"Dialogues-Translations-Performances"

In dialog with Ela Kagel
Part of Curediting by
VagueTerrain and CONTEXT.NET
 
August 1, 2008
>> Interface Cultures -
Artistic Aspects of Interaction<<

by CHRISTA SOMMERER, LAURENT
MINGONNEAU, and DOROTHEE KING (eds.)
"Mulitple Media Works" --
Essay about my Internet-based and
interactive works.
 
August 2008
>>ursula blickle video archiv at
kunsthalle wien<<

Inclusion of my Works into Archiv
 
May 29, 2008 - 8PM
>>LABfactory<<
"Code/Choreography"

Lecture and Sneak Peek into Rehearsal
for upcoming Website Impersonation
Performance with Aiko (photo) at LABfactory
in Vienna in December '08.
 
 
 
May 19-24, 2008
>>Theater am Neumarkt<<
"tabootheater 2.0"

A theater/Internet project by Ursula
Endlicher, Ela Kagel, and Anke Zimmermann.
Blog, Workshop with invited artists in theater
space and online, and performance @
Theater am Neumarkt, Zürich, Switzerland
 
May 22, 2008
>>Der Standard<<
"Haarige Verknüpfungen"
Review of Exhibit at Galerie Dana Charkasi, Vienna

 
May 7 - June 21, 2008
>>Gallery Dana Charkasi<<
"Website Portrait Performacnes + Website Wigs"

Solo Show, Two multiple-media installations.
(Image: Detail from Website Portrait Performances -
www.whitehouse.gov. Opening May 7, 6-8PM
 
 
 
May 1, 2008
>>Multiplace 2008 / network culture festival<<
"Choreography of the html code"

Presentation and Discussion. Viera Levitt, moderator,
(SK/US) in conversation with Ursula Endlicher (A/US) at
FreeDom, SK_Bahon (near Bratislava)
 
 
 

>>Earlier works<<
   
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>>>Featured link: Michael Endlicher (my brother!)

Photo credits for this page: Lee Day.

Photo collages/graphics on this page: Ursula Endlicher.

*Photo credit for "Hommage a Otto Dix's...":
Michael Krömer