OKNO is a Belgian non-profit cultural organization, officially recognized and supported by the Ministry of Culture. The organization functions as a platform for several real and virtual organizations that work within the area of technological arts in the broadest sense.
In 2006-07 OKNO will be organizing a number of exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and performances. The themes are mainly: code and algorithms, communication systems, ecological and technological art. The presentations are experimental, and basically demonstrate a process-driven or research approach within the domains of technological art and culture.
The main collaborating organizations for the moment are:
– code31 (permanent workshops and realization of projects, server management including streaming infrastructure)
– mxHz.org (research and development, connected performances, installations)
– so-on (installations and performances, production and presentation of technological art)
OKNO supports artists that research, develop and create innovative forms of cultural production in the field of technology and media arts. It presents the processes and results of this research to a broad and diverse audience through a programme of interactive installations, experimental concerts, performances, workshops, and lectures.
OKNO intends to be a physical and online meeting place for established and young artists, a platform for the development of collaborations and partnerships. The collaborative building of knowledge and its transmission is at the core of all projects. They all focus on employing and deriving present and future technologies in a new and surprising way. The connection between art and science, between analogue and digital media is explored in a continuous way.
OKNO wants to encourage and initiate the participation of an artistically engaged audience, facilitating dialogue with current forms of artistic practice. Therefore, we offer a virtual and physical public forum for artistic reflection on technologically inspired media arts, and we promote a critical view on the cultural and aesthetic influences of media technologies.
OKNO was a motor for the 2004-05 educational collaboration project XMEDK. This was a workshop series organized by 3 important art centres and labs in Brussels: nadine, FOAM and OKNO. For two years they set up a successful educational experiment, providing a working alternative for the lack of a dedicated postgraduate institution for art and technology in Brussels/Belgium. Currently we are expanding it to other interested cultural organizations in the area.
OKNO has an active interaction between international and local setups, and positions itself as a junction in an international research and presentation network for new media art. With national and international partners we are working towards the presentation of international projects through connected online collaboration tools such as live streaming and other digital media techniques.
There is a strong affiliation with Central and Eastern European like-minded organizations.
During the last years a part of our mobility programme was invested in inviting and sending out affiliated artists within the context of workshops, festivals and conferences. For this purpose an international residency has also been organized since 2006.
about the collaborating organizations
OKNO is an administrative umbrella for the collaborator between three sub-organizations that have been active in the new media arts field for years, both in Belgium and internationally.
1. CODE31 organizes regular open workshops attracting local and international artists, programmers, and engineers. These meetings make up the breeding ground for technological arts projects for which international connections are of utmost importance. Code31 is responsible for creation and development within OKNO.
2. MXHZ has for years been active in non-conformist projects involving artbots, networked and audiovisual performances, publications, and presentations. It is an open virtual organization doing research within an international, productive, artistic network. Within OKNO, Mxhz.org takes care of research and international networking.
3. SO-ON is a collective composed of artists, curators, and theoreticians. Since 1998, the organization has built up an international reputation in the sectors of production and presentation of interactive installations, performances and lectures relating to innovation and new media in a visual arts context. In recent years the focus has shifted towards network projects and sound art. Within OKNO, So-on takes care of the production and presentation of projects, publicity, and communication.