Wilfried’s participation in symposia like ISEA, FILE Symposium or most recently in VideoVortex XII in Valletta/Malta showed him their doubtful relevance in terms of science, as well as art, one of several reasons why Wilfried did not participate very often in such events. There is a wrong discussion! When Wilfried was participating in the Biennale of Electronic Art 2004 in Perth Australia, he was verbally attacked by one of the so-called artistic stars, a professor from Scotland by name Simon Biggs, who told him his art would have no value because differently than him Wilfried would have no academic positiion, and when Wilfried asked the curator responsible for his participation why the Biennale would exhibit Simon Biggs gigantic installation without any artistic substance, he told Wilfried, Mr. Simon Biggs was participating only due to his academic position. It was not possible to refuse his work. Now, Wilfried understood why so many mediocre works were part of the Biennale and why the Biennale was discontinued after 2004.
What have art and science in common, at all? In fact nothing, they are like fire & water, but for being creative – to be able to explore the best way to express one’s art, knowledge and particular tools and how to use these toll are necessary. Technology in art had always the function of a tool, and nowadays when science is definded via technology it is not different, science or technology if stay stand in the context of art have no other function than being tools. This is frustating, of course, for those scientists who claim to be artists.
In the same way as nobody would get the idea to declare a brush or using a brush already as art, in the same way it is not allowed to declare other tools like digital technology or “Science”, what ever this actually might mean, as art while they have no other function than serving as tools.
So, art is depending on the tools an artist is using, no matter whether he is using a brush or a computer, or a programming language or a 3D printer, thery are no more or less than tools,
and according to Wilfried’s point of view are the attemps of some scientists who equate science with art nothing else then making out of art a kind of scientific phenomenon, which can be controlled via the science.
So, an essential aspect of this intellectualization of art is the authoritarian idea behind taking control over the uncontrollable (art) in a scientific and political sense.
Neverthess, Wilfried was happy to be selected for participating in ISEA Nagoya 2002 – was it confirming that Wilfried was on a good way – after his completely new start as a human and artist in 2000, and today, the final day of the symposium in Singapore in 2008, Wilfried is happy that Lanfranco Aceti and Elif Ayiter – like Wilfried participants in ISEA Sysmposium were representing him – speaking on behalf of Wilfried, because after an accident Wilfried had not been able to attend the symposium in Singapore in person. So, thanks for this solidarity, while other persons like Andreas Broeckmann were spinning intrigues resulting that the Goethe Institute Singapore, expressively pointing to Andreas character assassination as the intruguer in its declining email, was not willing to fund travel and accomodation, but Wilfried was not depnding on that kind of scandal funding. Yes, Wilfried remembers, the same Andreas Broeckman was running since 2001 a mailing list and Wilfried published quite frequently news and information, and one day, Andreas contacted Wilfried, he would post too frequently, once per month would be OK, but Wilfried would permanently overwhelm the mailing list with his news. It was not true because the past weeks Wilfried hadn’t posted any news, and Wilfried told this guy he would better not treat him like a teacher with his lies, yes – and since then, this guy is Wilfried’s declared life-time enemy, while both do not know each other personally and never have met each other. But Wilfried heard also from others artists about this guy’s authortarian nature, and Wilfried did not pay any attention on this worthless matter.