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How to Live? Visions of the Future Yesterday and Today

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Wie leben?
Zukunftsbilder von Malewitsch bis Fujimoto
5. Dezember 2015 – 28. Februar 2016

Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen am Rhein

People have been dealing with concepts and visions for shaping the world of tomorrow since time immemorial. How do we want to live? What kind of housing do we want to live in? How do we want to work? Our society is influenced by visions of the future, in particular those put forward by artists, architects, and scientists. And yet our present is always the future of yesterday, because many of these ideas remain visions, others have been brought to fruition. The exhibition How to Live? Visions of the Future Yesterday and Today at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum presents designs for the future from the areas of art, architecture and design ranging from the Russian avant-garde to our current digital era, and plots a multifaceted history of the future.

participating artists: Otl Aicher, Josef Albers, Gerd Arntz, Aram Bartholl, Bernd und Hilla Becher, Max Bill, Martin Boyce, Marcel Breuer, Richard Buckminster-Fuller, Lee Bul, Ulrich Burandt, Vincent Callebout, Hussein Chalayan, Charlie Chaplin, Christo, Luigi Colani, Joe Colombo, Constant, Kate Cooper, COOP Himmelb(l)au, Le Corbusier, Karsten Crohn, CUCULA, Chris Cunningham, Björn Dahlem, Guy Debord, Theo van Doesburg, César Domela, Wolfgang Döring, Franz Dutler, Charles und Ray Eames, Hans-Georg Esch, Herbert Falk, Harun Farocki und Antje Ehmann, Luka Fineisen, Hermann Finsterlin, Christine Francis, Sou Fujimoto, Naum Gabo, Hans Rolf Garnich, Gebrüder Lumière, Frank Gehry, Sigfried Gideon, Christoph Girardet, Jean Gorin, Eileen Gray, Walter Gropius, Hans Gugelot, Andreas Gursky, Simon Gush, Haus-Rucker-Co, Pascal Häusermann, Robert Häusser, Paul Hildinger, Ryōji Ikeda, Arata Isozaki, Karl Hans Janke, Pierre Jeanneret, Walter Jonas, Hans von Klier, Frauke Koch-Weser, Rem Koolhaas, Paul Klee, Kisho Kurokawa, Hanns Lack, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Fritz Lang, Hans-Jörg Lannoch, Bart van der Leck, Van Bo Le-Mentzel, Ila Bêka und Louise Lemoine, Hans Lindinger, El Lissitzky, Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Kasimir Malewitsch, Enzo Mari, Mathieu Mercier, Marlies Matthis, Bernd Meurer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Ernst Möckl, Piet Mondrian, László Moholy-Nagy, Lucia Moholy-Nagy, Nicolas Moulin, Hans Nagel, Oskar Nerlinger, Constant Nieuwenhuys, Verner Panton, Charlotte Perriand, Giancarlo Piretti, Davide Quayola, Dieter Rams, Willi Ramstein, Heinz Rasch, Tobias Rehberger, Tejo Remy, Gerhard Richter, Gerrit Rietveld, Günter Ferdinand Ris, Alexander Rodtschenko, Hans Nick Roericht, Eric Rossicci, August Sander, Richard Sapper, Tomás Saraceno, Hans Scharoun, Antje Schiffers, Oskar Schlemmer, Klaus Schmitt, Jean-Louis Schoellkopf, Franz Wilhelm Seiwert, Herbert Selldorf, Dan Tobin Smith, Mart Stam, Anton Stankowski, Andrew Stanton, Philippe Starck, Markus Sternlieb, Robert Stieler, Jane Stockdale, Giotto Stoppino,  Ian Steyaer, Jacques Tati, Bruno Taut, Terreform ONE, Augustin Tschinkel, Günther Uecker, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Michael Wallraff, Bruno Weil , Len Wiseman, Michael Wolf, Peter Würmli, Erwin Wurm, Tokujin Yoshioka, Walter Zeischegg, Heimo Zobernig,

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November 24th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Absolut Aram

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Artist profile, part of

From 27th November – 6th December, opens it’s doors to the public and welcomes you to the Absolut Art Apartment at Moritzplatz, where we will showcase our Berlin Edition featuring 40 of the most exciting artists from Germany’s capital!

Open Daily. Free Entry.
Over 50 artworks on display and for sale, 27th Nov – 6th Dec, 11am to 7pm
Atelier, Top Floor, Prinzenstrasse 84, 10969, Berlin

Absolut Art is on a mission to close the gap between artists creating and people collecting. We are an e-commerce entry-point to discover and collect contemporary art by promising and prominent artists from vibrant art scenes around the world, with 110 artists hailing from Los Angeles, Berlin, and Stockholm soon on offer.


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November 24th, 2015 at 3:47 pm

WTF 3D !?!!

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When ever I see a product like this below I think WTF?!? I started this tumblr blog to collect these a while ago, feel free to submit!… –>>

A blog about nonsense 3D marketing speak.
“Ultra 3D” products which have nothing to do with actual 3D (in terms of vision) and which are most of the times three dimensional anyway. But obviously they sell much better because they are 3D enhanced!! Totally unrelated…!! You are 3D too!!

3D ready mix for cleaner windows!! makes sense ….

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November 20th, 2015 at 11:45 am

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POST HACK or How To Send A Letter For Free

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POST HACK or How To Send A Letter For Free:

A letter is a message written with a pen on a piece of paper (dead tree) which gets delivered in its physical original form[!!] to the recipients physical home address (house in a city i.e.). Wow, pretty cool concept, no?

  1. Materials: Paper (blank paper is ususally almost impossible to find but if you’re lucky there might be some sheets left in a printer near by), Pen (just ask your friend or cubical neighbor for a pen to borrow. I recommend to keep it after writing the letter, you might need it again later…)
  2. Write a letter (ask your friend for a FB like or something…) and fold the paper to an envelope (see video)
  3. Adress!: Now the important part! On the envelope swapp the names of sender and recipient!  put the real recipient in the field of the sender and make up a non existing address for the official recipient field.
  4. NO STAMP!!  Send it off and wait for the letter  to ‘return’ to the ‘sender’.

How does it work? The postal service will try to deliver the letter to the recipients home. Due to wrong address it will  fail and the letter will ‘go back’ to ‘the sender’ which is the real recipient. In my first try below I just swapped sender and receiver which led to a visit at the post office in Berlin where I had to reject my own letter to make it ‘go back’ to ‘the sender’ in Berlin.

On Tuesday October 20th after class I posted the letter at a letter box (funny metal container in public, different colors depending on the country you re in) in Kassel

Since I put my real address as recipient the Deutsche Post did send me a note (another piece of paper!)  to my Berlin address to let me know they have a letter for me. They also announced it’s gonna cost extra money because the sender was so stupid to put no stamp.

So I went to the Post office on Torstrasse in Berlin and told the clerk that I don t know the sender and that I m not gonna pay 62 cents + 51 cents fine for this strange piece of paper. No problem she said and filed it away…

Finally!! Yesterday on Sunday (prolly on Saturday, five days later) the letter arrived at Constants place in Berlin. Thanks for the tweet! :)  Love it! What a beautiful envelope with all these extra notes and stamps on it.


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October 27th, 2015 at 12:04 am

123456 (projection)

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123456 (projection)
Clear text passwords leaked from Yahoo in 2012 projected in public space at the national library Montreal, October 2015.
Aram Bartholl 2015

Exhibition : ‘Common Place?‘ at Quatier de Spectacle, Montreal. October 2015
Part of ‘Human Futures‘ international project.

Pictures and video, Nelly-Eve Rajotte, THX!!
Programming Sebastian Schmieg, THX!

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October 11th, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Save The Data

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Save the data!
27.09. –  22.11.15
Von Kunst und datenträgern

Kunstpalais Erlangen ·

In Erlangen, der Stadt, in der mit Entwicklung des mp3-Formats die Digitalisierung einen ganz bedeutenden Entwicklungsschritt getan hat, fokussiert mit der Gruppenschau „Save the Data!“ erstmals eine Ausstellung das Zusammenspiel von bildender Kunst und verschiedenen Speichermedien.

Auf welche Weise werden die technischen Speichermedien – aktuelle und überholte – für den künstlerischen Ausdruck genutzt, und wie werden deren unterschiedliche Bedeutungsebenen miteinander verwoben? Welchen Einfluss hat die Digitalisierung auf die Bildgenerierung in den Medien Fotografie, Film und Skulptur? Inwieweit wird der Bedeutungswandel, den die Speichermedien von analog bis digital in den letzten Jahren und Jahrzehnten erfahren haben, durch den künstlerischen Umgang mit ihnen hinterfragt?

Schallplatten, Compact Discs und CD-ROMs, vor allem aber Musikkassetten, Disketten und VHS-Tapes verschwinden einerseits zunehmend aus dem täglichen Gebrauch –andererseits taucht solcherlei Hardware in den letzten Jahren vermehrt in Museen und Galerien auf. Als künstlerischer Werkstoff sind sie für viele Künstler zunehmend von Interesse, und auch der Betrachter freut sich über die Wiederbegegnung mit solchem zum Teil allzu vertrauten Material. Der einst gefürchtete Bandsalat, das Rattern des Filmprojektors, die Mixkassette für die Liebste oder das Bild von Regalen voller Videokassetten gehören im täglichen Leben zwar meist der Vergangenheit an, doch die damit verbundenen Gefühle zwischen Nostalgie und Zukunftseuphorie kommen umso stärker zum Tragen und werden von den Künstlern ganz gezielt eingesetzt. Der Aspekt des verborgenen Gehalts, den die gespeicherten, aber dennoch unsichtbaren Daten den Werken hinzufügen, spielt hierbei für viele eine weitere große Rolle.

Zum anderen entstehen mit Elementen des ganz zeitgenössischen Umgangs mit Dateien und Speicherstrukturen auch neue ästhetische Prototypen: so beispielsweise das Fenster im Internetbrowser oder das Raster des Bildbearbeitungsprogramms. Auch diese haben seit einiger Zeit in der künstlerischen Produktion ihren festen Platz. Vergangenheit und Zukunft werden auf diese Weise in der Schau „Save the Data!“ dicht verwoben – spannend, sinnlich wie intellektuell ansprechend und nicht zuletzt durchaus humorvoll.

with: Timo Arnall (GB), Aram Bartholl (DE), Viktoria Binschtok (RU), Gregor Hildebrandt (DE), Ronnie Yarisal und Katja Kublitz (CH und DK), Via Lewandowsky (DE), Joep van Liefland (NL), Florian Meisenberg (DE), Yuri Pattison (IE), Gebhard Sengmüller (AT)

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September 24th, 2015 at 4:50 pm


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Aram Bartholl 2015
permanent outdoor installation
material:  rock, steel, router, usb-key, thermoelectric generator, fire, software, PDF database
size: 100 x 110 x 90 cm

at Landart Kunstverein Springhornhof Neuenkirchen, Niedersachsen, Germany
commissioned by Center for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg
curated by Andreas Broeckmann, Leuphana Arts Program

inauguration: Sunday, August 30, 2015, 11:00 am at Springhornhof

The boulder from the region Neuenkirchen, Niedersachsen contains a thermoelectric generator which converts heat directly  into electricity. Visitors are invited to make a fire next to the boulder to power up the wifi router in the stone which then reveals a large collection of PDF survival guides.  The inspired router which is NOT connected to the Internet offers the users to download the guides and upload any content they like to the stone database .  As long as the fire produces enough heat the router will stay switched on. The title Keepalive refers to a technical network condition where two network endpoints send each other ‘empty’ keepalive messages to maintain the connection.   To visit the piece please arrange an appointment with

The project “Keepalive” by Aram Bartholl was realised in the context of the research project “Art and Civic Media”, as part of the Innovation Incubator Lüneburg, a large EU project funded by the European Fund for Regional Development and the Germna State of Lower Saxony.



Official Invitation (german)




You are warmly invited to the Keepalive opening on Sunday, 30th of August 2015

11.00 a.m. Meeting point at Kunstverein Springhornhof
Leave for Hartböhn by car (approx. 10 min) or by bicycle (approx. 20 min, rental bikes are available)

11.30 a.m.
Greeting: Prof. Dr. Martin Warnke (Chair of Art Association)
In discussion: Andreas Broeckmann (Leuphana Arts Program) & Aram Bartholl

Food, drinks and data sharing at the campfire


“Keepalive” by Aram Bartholl (*1972 in Bremen) looks just like a normal rock from the outside. There is no sign that the stone, which lies inconspicuously in Lüneburger Heide on the edge of idyllic Hartböhn, contains hundreds of digital books. An internal thermoelectric generator and WiFi router must be activated by a lighting a fire under the rock before an electronic survival guide library can be accessed. Data and text can also be added by smartphone or laptop.

Media artist Aram Bartholl works with paths of knowledge and information communication that work against the developments of the digital age and question our handling of data. In this and other projects, he undermines power structures and control mechanisms in the use of internet services and data transmission, mostly through the introduction of a random, uncontrollable element.

In “Keepalive” the stone itself becomes the data medium. In a very archaic, but at the same time clandestine manner, information can be exchanged only locally — in contrast to networked servers, services and clouds worldwide, this rock is not connected to the internet. You have to get close to nature in the countryside, find the stone and make a fire to activate the data source. Anyone can do it once they have found out the exact location of the stone from either the nearby Kunstverein Springhornhof or another source.

Following the advice in the survival guides prepares you — this is the promise at least — for solo survival in the chaotic world of computer programming as much as for solo survival in the wilderness. “Keepalive” examines what “survival” really means and sounds out our true needs. The work resists the centralising forces of the Internet, raises questions about the democracy of knowledge management and ignites an autonomy backlash.” (Jennifer Bork)


The “Keepalive” project by Aram Bartholl was created in conjunction with the research project “Art and Civic Media” as part of Innovations-Inkubators Lüneburg, a major EU project supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the State of Lower Saxony.

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August 26th, 2015 at 2:46 pm


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ALUHUT WORKSHOP  (tin foil hat workshop)

at Chaos Communication Camp 2015

Make your own aluminum hat (much better than tin foil!!) to protect yourself  from any waves and all surveillance!! It is very very safe! :)) Just drop by!

DAY 2, Friday 14.8.2015, 14:00 – 18:00 h

C-base village, next to BER.

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August 13th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Calle 22

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Calle 22 Project

Bogota 2015, more info at

Participating artists:
Felipe Arturo
Aram Bartholl
Leyla Cárdenas
Julius Von Bismarck

Curated by:
Oscar M. Ardila Art Historian
Roberto Uribe Architect
Dr. Kathrin Wildner

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July 14th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Dead Drops at Palais de Tokyo

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Born in Germany in 1972, Bartholl focuses on interrelations between the digital world and our physical surroundings. He obtained his degree in architecture from the University of arts in Berlin, where he lives and works. His artistic work has been shown in numerous festivals and exhibitions in museums and galleries. In 2011, five Dead Drops were part of the “Talk to me” exhibition at the MoMA in New York and a new facet of the project saw the day in 2013 with the installation of a DVD Dead Drop at Museum of the Moving Image in New York as well. Palais de Tokyo is the first French institution to welcome Dead Drops.

Cited from “Somewhere between Cyber and Real: An interview with Aram Bartholl”, by Jillian Steinhauer, 2012,






more pictures on flickr

Links for all four Dead Drops:


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June 30th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Comment exposer au Palais de Tokyo ?

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Dead Drops au Palais de Tokyo, à Paris

Vernissage public le lundi 22 juin à 21h

Comment exposer au Palais de Tokyo ?

  1. Apporter vos oeuvres sur votre ordinateur portable lors du vernissage
  2. Téléchargez-les sur l’une des 5 dead drops placées au Palais de Tokyo
  3. Dites à tout le monde que vous exposez au Palais de Tokyo



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June 18th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

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DEAD DROPS at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Public OPENING, Monday  9:00pm 2015 June 22nd

How to get your art in the Palais de Tokyo






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June 18th, 2015 at 11:17 am

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Haus of electronic Arts – HeK at Liste Art Fair

duration: 16.06.2015 – 21.06.2015
At Liste Art Fair Basel HeK – House of Electronic Arts presents four artistic positions:

Aram Bartholl, Constant Dullaart, Raquel Meyers and Evan Roth under the title PEBKAC IMHO.

“Search the web for ‘iPhone reverse product placement’, and you will find a clip from the first ‘Sex and the City’ movie (2008), in which the character Carrie gets handed an iPhone and shrieks; “I don’t know how to work this’. Shot the year the first Apple smartphone was released, the clip overtly illustrates our current relationship to technology. Carrie was not in the know, did not understand popular technology. Left at the altar, not in control of her life, not able to master new technology. We as the viewer do want to understand how technology works, want control, not be left at the altar, and get an iPhone.

‘Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair’, abbreviated to PEBKAC, is an expression used in tech support culture since the mid nineties. A derogatory term for a human error being the reason for the customer to seek assistance. Abbreviated to hide the pedantic position of tech support, creating an even larger social gap between them and the unwitting human sitting on the chair. By now, PEBKAC not only emphasizes that we are no longer bound to keyboards and chairs, but rather that society until now still struggles to define its relationship with networked technology. We might not always be the human error on the chair anymore, but we still have problems engaging with technology. Commercial interest has tempted many corporations to make technology more user friendly, a process in which technological possibilities are often hurdled to improve usability and profit. Now grandparents email, bandwidth is filled with ads, and nobody knows exactly how algorithms analyze our behavior. Perhaps the problem is sittinag on another chair, programming our technological culture to be the capitalist cultural environment it is today. And we should go back to the recent roots to research our relationship with tech. Go poetic, forensic, anthropologic, spiritual, basic. In any case, it will remain PEBKAC- In My Honest Opinion.” (Constant Dullaart)


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June 7th, 2015 at 8:07 pm

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Dead Drops on Heute news

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June 3rd, 2015 at 8:46 pm

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Are you human? – stamp & drawing @ Node15

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Are you human? -  stamp interaction & floor drawing
ink, stamp 24 x 6 cm, chalk drawing, 18 x 4 meter
Aram Bartholl, 2015

at NODE biennial festival – Forum for Digital Arts.
From April 27th – May 3rd 2015, Naxoshalle, Frankfurt.
Exhibition curated by Jeanne Vogt & Alexandra Waligorski





pictures by NODE forum








Thx!! :))

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May 16th, 2015 at 6:57 pm