Old Habits Die Hard
50 videos selected by 50 artists-run spaces and collectives
A project organized by Heman Chong and Lise Nellemann for Sparwasser HQ (Berlin)
www.oldhabitsdiehard.org www.sparwasserhq.de


Art in General, Gallery 6, located at 79 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013
Screenings: February 9-12, 16-19
Sparwasser HQ Artist's talk: February 17, 6:30-8 p.m.

Goethe Institute, Library, located at 1014 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
Browsing: February 23--March 26


Art in General and the Goethe-Institut join forces to present the New York City premiere of Old Habits Die Hard, a video project organized by Heman Chong and Lise Nellemann for the Berlin artists-run space Sparwasser HQ. This presentation is part of Art in General's 2005 video program to be held in February 5 - March 26, 2005.

Fifty artist-run spaces and artist's networks were invited by the organizers, to submit what they considered the best video art work they have encountered. Old Habits Die Hard locates and maps fifty international artist's collectives and networks operating today, with fifty video works by international artists. As part of the project, the organizers Chong/Nellemann also created an online catalog that includes notes on the videos, information on the artists, and a database with links to the participating artist-run spaces and networks. In doing this collection-based project, Old Habits Die Hard presents cultural territories formed by expanded artistic practices, territories that surface as alternatives to mainstream exhibition and distribution channels.

Old Habits Die Hard is organized in nine video programs that each feature between three to ten videos and run for approximately one hour. The video programs will be screened at Art in General during a two-week period. The videos and catalog materials of Old Habits Die Hard will later be available at the Goethe Institute's Library, where visitors can consult the video programs individually.

As part of this program, Sparwasser HQ artists Lise Nellman (Denmark) and Heman Chong (Singapore) will join local artists' groups to discuss the contexts and practices of their artist's groups and networks.

The participants and artists of Old Habits Die Hard are: 16 Beaver Avi Mograbi - bordercartograph Art Orienté objet - Enjoy Amy Howden-Chapman & James Findlater - Blue Oyster Teresa Andrew - Cuckoo Tessa Laird - AIT Arts Initiative Tokyo Meiro Koizumi - CAPRI Vassiliea Stylianidou - FAMEFAME Daniel Borins - floating ip Tim Etchells & Hugo Glendinning - AV-ARKKI Hanna Hasslahti - Cubitt Klaus Weber - Fournos Nikos Giavropoulos - G.U.N, Galleri Uten Navn Henriette Pedersen - Mercer Union Kika Thorne - Galleri Hlemmur Markmid - Instant Coffee Kevin Schmidt - Message Salon Selina Trepp - Generator Rebecca Milling - Glowlab Lee Walton - Kings Robin Hely - Norwich Gallery Francis Lamb - le forum itnérant Georges Cazenove - O2 Finnur Arnar - offspace Gernot Wieland - P74 Saso Vrabic - PAS Jesper Alvaer - Planet 22 Horten - Platform Marcus Lerviks - RAIN Rachel Mayeri - Program Angels / lothringer13 Monochrom - >projektgruppe<Ivan Iegoroff /Alexander Podoprigorov - Raid Projects Tim Braden - Signal Natalie Djurberg - rum46 Morten Larsen s-m-p Tere Recarens - S1 Artspace TC McCormack - Sparwasser HQ Deborah Ligorio - Sauna Cecilia Lundqvist - The Danger Museum Ann Elise Pettersen and Anne Berit Nedland - The Deste Foundation Morgan Showalter - Switchspace Craig Mulholland - The Western Front Nicole + Ryan - Transmission Duncan Campbell - The Dirt Palace Xander Marro - United Net-Works Ola Pehrson - West Space Dominic Redfern - SWOLLEN PLATFORM Kristen Smith Unwetter Ingrid Molnar VIDEOART CENTER Tokyo Masayuki Kawai - Videotage Ellen Pau

Old Habits Die Hard was initially presented in Sparwasser HQ in the fall of 2003, and then began touring to various locations: Norwich Gallery, Norwich (January-February 2004); Kunstnernes hus Olso, Norway (February-March 2004); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, as part of the exhibition Berlin North (January-April 2004); and Platform in Istanbul (March-April 2004).