what is orgacom
At the end of 1997 Teike Asselbergs and Elias Tieleman felt the need for more communication with their fellow students at the Masters Degree course of the Fine Art Department at the Sandberg Institute. For that reason they organised a number of activities within the Sandberg Institute premises. The first activity -that also mentioned the name Orgacom- from October 21st 1997 onwards, were the 'Student for Student' lists on the message board. Generally only 'Professor for Student' lists were presented there. If a student wanted to talk to a guest proffesor, he or she should put his or her name down on such a list. The idea of the 'Student for Student' lists was that students could learn as much from eachother as from their professors.
The second action was organised at January 27th 1998: The image-archive exhibition. Every Sandberg student was asked to hand their ten most inspiring pictures, images or things. Ten images make a 'world' or 'visual pattern of thought' other students might relate to. Students that appreciated each other's images started to talk to each other.
A third, less succesfull activity was the contruction of a flat: 'Sanftberg 0' and a social housing corporation 'Sanftberg' (which means soft mountain in German), launched at April 20th. This was in reaction to the fact that many of the Sandberg foreign students had troubles finding a place to live in Amsterdam. The miniature flat was of the same size as the cupboard in which each student had a mailbox. The miniature rooms gave the homeless students a place they could call their own and which they could furnish the way they wanted for just 50 cents per month.
Before Teike Asselbergs and Elias Tieleman stated their collaboration under the heading Orgacom, they both studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Teike had shortly prior to the start of Orgacom been involved with new media, hypertexts, group portraits by creating drawings in which memories were linked with lines and the question what makes a group a group. Elias had been focussed on audiences for a long time due to his former career as a classical dancer. Both Teike and Elias came to the understading that groups were central to their artistic research. At that moment it was a small step to actively seek groups that could be studied.