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BALLETTIKKA INTERNETTIKKA NORDDIKKA / Igor Stromajer&Brane Zorman / 31.12.2008. / Live Internet Broadcast



Live Internet Broadcast from Svalbard, Arctic Ocean
Wednesday, 31 December 2008 at 23:55 PM Central European Time (GMT/UTC+1)


Authors: Igor Stromajer & Brane Zorman
Sound edited by MC Brane vs. BeitThroN vs. Thronus Sound System
Theoretical adviser: Bojana Kunst, Ljubljana
Executants: Nils Are Mohn & Asmund Njos, Svalbard

Ballettikka Internettikka is a series of tactical art projects which began in 2001 with the exploration of internet ballet. It explores wireless internet ballet performances combined with guerrilla tactics and mobile live internet broadcasting strategies. After invading The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (2002), La Scala in Milan (2004), The National Theatre in Belgrade (2005), Volksbuhne in Berlin (2006), City Hall and Lippo Centre in Hong Kong (2007), construction site in Seoul (2008) and other institutions and their concepts, Stromajer and Zorman are -- with the help of two executants on the spot -- preparing a new arctic / midnight / New Year's Eve internet ballet -- Ballettikka Internettikka Norddikka, broadcasting live from the Olav V Land glacier (78N, 17E; more than 4,000 m2) on Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean.


Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of mainland Europe, about midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, and forms the northernmost part of Norway and the northernmost lands of Europe.


The largest island is Spitsbergen (37,673 km2 or 14,550 square miles), and the largest settlement is Longyearbyen (approximately 2,075 inhabitants, the administrative centre of Svalbard, located on Spitsbergen).


Svalbard lies far north of the Arctic Circle. In Longyearbyen, the polar night lasts from October 26 to February 15.. From November 12 to the end of January there is civil polar night, a continuous period without any twilight bright enough to permit outdoor activities in the absence of artificial light.



Robots often cry -- why shouldn't you?


Stromajer and Zorman are going to lead and monitor the complex operation of leaving, jilting the robot in the deep snow of the white spaciousness of the Arctic glacier (Olav V Land, Svalbard) on New Year's Eve. They will be located in their Control Center in Ljubljana (CCL), Slovenia.


Receiving instructions from CCL, two executants, Nils Are Mohn and Asmund Njos, keepers of the Indian research base on Svalbard (NCAOR - Indian National Research Centre; opened in July 2008 in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute, as one of the twelve international permanent research bases in Svalbard), will execute the intimate act of jilting the robot on the glacier.


Mohn in Njos will start their journey to the foothills of the Olav V Land glacier ten or five minutes before midnight. They will be in permanent video contact (UMTS webcam) with the CCL. Exactly at midnight (Central European Time / also local Svalbard time), when the year 2008 will change into 2009, they will reach Point Zero (78N, 17E) and will prepare a platform for the robot, using a small snow shovel. The will also thrust the Slovenian national flag into the snow next to the robot. The action will be performed in the complete dark (civil polar night).



Live broadcast will last approximately 10 minutes, starting 31 December 2008 at 23:55, ending 1 January 2009 at 00:05

PRESS PHOTOS (in printable resolution):

The act of jilting is one of the most intimate, personal and merciless deed, which is at the same time purifying, direct and even reconciliating. Jilting activates many emotions, traumas and frustrations, both for the one who jilts and for the one who is jilted. Jilting is the act of liberation: if you love something, set it free! Stromajer and Zorman are therefore jilting their favourite Silverlit R/C Program-a-BOT robot (EUR 36 in retail) in the loneliness of the Arctic ice.


Video documentation of the action will be available on this website 12 hours after the event, or sooner.

Produced by Intima Virtual Base - Institute for Contemporary Arts, Slovenia, December 2008 / in collaboration with BeitThroN vs. Thronus Sound System, Ljubljana / Cona, Ljubljana


Ballettikka Internettikka is an ongoing artistic study of the internet guerrilla performance.


"We shall fight them on the beaches. We shall fight them on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender."
(W. Churchill)



About the authors:


Igor Stromajer
is an intimate mobile communicator. He researches intimate emotional tactics and traumatic low-tech guerrilla strategies. He has shown his work at more than a hundred exhibitions in fifty countries on all the continents and received a number of awards. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid; Moderna galerija Ljubljana, Slovenia; Computerfinearts Gallery, New York and others…


Brane Zorman
is a composer and sound manipulator. Between 1982 and 1986 he was frontman for the Slovene punk group O!KULT. He is a pioneer of the Slovene techno scene. Since 1987 he has been composing music for both Slovene and international theatre, dance and multimedia performances and projects and has made guest appearances throughout Europe. Recently he works with Irena Pivka on a series of audio-visual installations ZONE (


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