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An E.U. promotional video for the exhibition of What Is Art? - What Is Sound? 200 artists from 13 countries exhibited, people from 36 countries attended, 3 years to design and develop, Arts and Cultural Affairs offices from 13 cities around the world, and 200 volunteers came together to empower artists and create a new community.
GOLDMINE SHITHOUSE, WHAT IS ART/ WHAT IS SOUND A super-collaboration between two collaboratives; Goldmine is a New York-based set of artists exploring "violent themes," and WIA promotes visibility for emerging artists. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 388-0500. Through June 25. - The Stranger
What Is Art/What Is Sound-Jan 2000 – Aug 2005 Project description: Maria Schechter and Jens Damgen founded an international non-profit arts organization. The organization functioned for 5 years until Maria Schechter initiated graduate work at New York University for a Masters in Visual Art Administration with a minor in non-profit management. The organization was based on the intersection of technology and tradition and was endorsed by The Seattle Arts Commission and The Mayor's Office of Seattle, Washington and The Mayor's Office of Mannheim, Germany: "We are artists trying to find a common language to talk to each other. We are neither Americans, Europeans or any other nationality but simple people trying to build a global community. We do not accept national identities or assume cultural characteristics; we are simply people trying to understand each other. We cannot be responsible for our government's short-term myopia; we choose to believe in the common decency of all the peoples that populate our individual collectives. We respect and affirm all our cultural uniqueness in Visual Art, Performing Art, Music, and Literature and celebrate our diversity of viewpoints and milieu. We neither condone nor condemn current geo-political realities, we seek to understand our differences and celebrate the diversity of our viewpoints. We do not hate, and we do not seek to encourage xenophobia in any nation. We want to understand our differences and seek to find common ground where we can choose to disagree but respect each unique viewpoint. We believe that people-to-people contact is the best way for nations to understand and respect each other. We seek dialog, compassion and understanding."