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by Annette Finnsdottir last modified Jul 29, 2011 10:46 PM
Curators text for Netfilmmakers 21.exhibition "The Order of Things", spring 2011, featuring new works by Morgan Wong Wing-Fat, Chilai Howard, and Silas Fong from Hong Kong.

"Taxonomy of the animal kingdom. It has been attributed to an ancient Chinese encyclopedia entitled the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge: "animals are divided into (a) those that belong to the Emperor, (b) embalmed ones, (c) those that are trained, (d) suckling pigs, (e) mermaids, (f) fabulous ones, (g) stray dogs, (h) those that are included in this classification, (i) those that tremble as if they were mad, (j) innumerable ones, (k) those drawn with a very fine camel's hair brush, (l) others, (m) those that have just broken a flower vase, (n) those that ressemble flies from a distance."
- J.L. Borges: Other Inquisitions 1937-52, New York 1966, p.108

Within a world that develops with a steady growth as its only perspective, resulting in a muliplicity of things, we need new ways of organising things, creating sense of it all. With this edition of Netfilmmakers we wish to ask the question of how we organise stuff - put things into order. Creating a map or a list creates a new perspective of things or a new rationale as is apparent from the above quote by Borges. We are seeking works that deal with the act of putting things into new orders - creating new perspectives. Making a new map of the world or mapping an unknown world.

- Zeenath Hasan and Rune Søchting

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