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The era ‘A’

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‘A’ for Art

In the summer of 2006 I built the first Google map pin physical representation and set it up temporarily in the backyard of my studio in Berlin Mitte. It was six meter tall and made from a wooden frame mounted with red cloth showing the capital ‘A’. The year 2006 was an important year in my early artistic career. I made a lot of new works and had my first big group shows etc. As it turns out the piece ‘Map’ became one of my important and iconic works. Since 2006 this sculpture  was shown worldwide in many different places, art shows and cities. It was made from different materials and in different sizes and it marked many different city centers around the world.

In 2005 Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen designed the map pin symbol for Google Maps which was launched later in the same year. The startup ‘Where 2′ co-founded by Rasmussen which in fact became Google Maps got acquired by Google the year earlier. To point out the locations of search results on the map the pin symbol showed letters of the alphabet. Starting with an ‘A’ through ‘J’ the red pins on the map corresponded with the first 10 search results listed on the page. A couple months ago in spring 2014 Google did a complete overhaul of the design of the Google Maps page. The red map marker does still exist in the new interface but it is displayed in more rare occasions and is only showing a black dot. The lettering A – J is gone. An era of almost 10 years of the Google Maps ‘A’ marker seemed to be over. But just recently in June 2014 the Architecture and Design department of the MoMA acquired the classic map pin symbol with capital ‘A’ from Google for its collection.

I am very pleased to see this symbol, made for a web page on the Internet by Rasmussen a decade ago is now in the collection of the MoMA. The red pin and its creator Rasmussen very much deserve this attention. This 35 pixel icon became a very important symbol for a whole new era. An era in which society slowly realized the actual impact of computers and Internet. The way we live, communicate and perceive the world has changed dramatically over the last 10-20 years. With my piece ‘Map’, the physical representation of Rasmussens interface symbol I try to point out this paradigm shift since 2006.

Aram Bartholl,  June 19, 2014

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Screen shot Google Maps, Summer 2006. The developer back then proposed to seach for pizza.

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First physical representation, ‘Map’ Summer 2006. Bartholl studio backyard, Borsigstr. 33, Berlin

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Screen shot: MoMA website, recent acquisitions, Arch & Design, June 19 2014

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Screen shot: Google Maps,  June 19, 2014, re-shaped map pin and no more ‘A’

 

 

 

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June 19th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

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Killyourphone Tutorial Video

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Beautiful  Killyourphone tutorial on http://www.technikjournal.de :)) thx!!

Nähanleitung für ein tragbares Funkloch

Wie schützt man sich mit Nadel und Faden vor der NSA? Der Berliner Künstler Aram Bartholl hat eine Lösung: Sein Projekt “Kill Your Phone” ist eine Handytasche aus Spezialvlies, die das Telefon abhör- und ortungssicher macht. // Von Falko Klöpper

 

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June 12th, 2014 at 10:26 am

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In the meanwhile on Instagram …

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Maddecent.com fans on Instagram like very much the DVD Deaddrop install it seems. :)) and Dismagazine.com too :))))

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June 7th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

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DeadDrops HackDay!!

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DeadDrops HackDay
June 22, 2014, Sunday, 12:00 pm – 12:00 am (save the date!)
at awesome! c-base, Rungestr. 20, Berlin (map)

We will brainstorm, discuss, hack and hang at Spree riverside with bbq and drinks!
Open to everyone, free entrance, drop by any time!

#webstreaming #IRC #beers #sun

Deaddrops started in 2010. People from all over the world have been making more than 1300 deadrops untill today! The project inspired many other DIY offline network projects and since last year after Snowden the site gained again new momentum. It is interesting how this and similar projects are perceived in a different light today. We actually need secure and alternative communication channels since we now know how bad mass surveillance on the Internet is.  You are invited to discuss all these questions with us at the DeadDrops HackDay.

The platform deaddrops.com, mobile site and apps etc were developed by a whole bunch of enthusiasts from around the world in the past 4 years. Thx everyone!! :)) Unfortunately the development of deaddrops.com came to a halt some time ago but now is the right moment to pick up and take things to the next level. You are invited to join us on June 22 at c-base to brainstorm, discuss and hack for deaddrops. I’m very open to all kind of proposals! It’s not only about USB drives, there is much more waiting out there… Let’s rock!!

Please register at deaddrops at deaddrops com and let me know your interest, skills and field of work. This would help a lot.  In the evening there will be slots to present your spinoff, project and ideas. More info and details coming soon!

thx! :)
ARAM

PS: Congrats to my friends David and Matthias at Piratebox.cc for their version 1.0 release and new website! Cool!!

 

 

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June 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Smart New World

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‘Art vs. Surveillance’ TV report with Mediegruppe Bitnik, Christoph Faulhaber, Kenneth Goldsmith and myself.

“Smart New World” – Künstler gegen Überwachung: Mit Kreativität gegen den Big Brother: Künstler reagieren auf Spionage und Machtverschiebungen im digitalen Zeitalter. Sie schlagen die Überwacher mit bizarren Mitteln, etwa mit einer Handy-Tasche, die Funksignale verhindert. Auf “Capriccio” (Bay. Fernsehen) May 2014.

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June 2nd, 2014 at 10:04 am

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DOWNLOAD HERE!!

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In case you missed the DVD Dead Drop install at the Museum of Moving Image last year visit the show Hyper-Resemblances up at Wallach gallery right now. I am showing a documentation of the DVD Dead Drop install there and you are invitved to DOWNLOAD ALL 10 DVD Volumes from a local hard drive to your computer! Quick quick, before the show is over!!

HYPER-RESEMBLANCES
at Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University NYC
April 22–June 7, 2014

curated by Alison Coplan
with: Aram Bartholl, BFFA3AE, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Petra Cortright, Aleksandra Domanović, Marisa Olson, Hito Steyerl and Ryan Trecartin.

An exhibition in three parts, Hyper-resemblances explores how both modern and contemporary artists have experimented with different notions of representation as filtered through psychological, mechanical and digital lenses. In interchanges between embodied vision and the external world across various media, the grouping of works focuses on relationships between subjectivity, image production and reality. This show examines the role of the artist in reflecting and shaping images of both the self and “society.” Through modes of conceptual self-portraiture, montage and digital mediation, these artists subjectively construct contemporary consciousness. Hyper-resemblances is curated by Alison Coplan, Heidi Hirschl, and Kathleen Langjahr.  It is the second presentation of the MODA Curates series—an annual opportunity offered by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and the MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies Program (MODA) for outstanding curatorial proposals related to students’ theses. Coined by Jacques Rancière, the term “hyper-resemblance” deftly embodies the theoretical underpinnings of each curator’s project: it refers to an image that refuses to be defined by the reality in which it resides and, rather, establishes its origin and interior identity in the pursuit of a truer vision. Alison Coplan’s REALITY FX explores how artists both create and expose constructions of reality, mediated by the digital technology with which we experience the world. These works challenge the concept of a hegemonic reality put forward by modern media industries and demonstrate how existing power dynamics can be rearranged when artistic subjectivity engages with these technologies. The artists featured here are: Aram Bartholl, BFFA3AE, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Petra Cortright, Aleksandra Domanović, Marisa Olson, Hito Steyerl and Ryan Trecartin.

The Wallach Art Gallery is located on the eighth floor of Schermerhorn Hall on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus, 116th Street and Broadway, in Manhattan. The gallery is free and open to the public from Wednesday through Saturday, 1- 5 pm. For more information, call 212-854-2877 or visit columbia.edu/cu/Wallach.

 

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May 16th, 2014 at 10:35 am

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KILLYOURPHONE at re:publica

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Make your own mobile phone blocking pouch!!
This workshop took place, May 6, 2014, at re:publica conference, Berlin
more info at KILLYOURPHONE.COM

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April 28th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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The Blade

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(…found at Friedrichstr.)

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April 10th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

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For Your Eyes Only

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I’m currently guest teaching a semester at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart. (Thx to Olia for the invitation!) “For Your Eyes Only” is the title of the class. We are looking into the hype about wearables like Oculus Rift, Google Glass and smart watches and all these new gadgets. What makes sense, what’s retro lost, how can we combine, what can we make better etc…?  Yesterday the students were testing (fake) Oculus rift VR glasses in downtown Stuttgart. What would it be like people wearing those in public space? Today 90% of passengers in public transport are looking at their phones. Why not wearing a full VR (virtual reality) helmet?? :) Surprisingly many people recognized the dummies as Oculus gear. Will we walk around like this in a few years?? ;)

All about the new VR hype on http://www.roadtovr.com/

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April 10th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

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Members Only

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(INTERNET members only, found on Gerichstr. Berlin #netneutraliy)

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April 1st, 2014 at 9:12 am

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What is a pixel?

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Last week I gave a little workshop to a group of 9-11 year olds at my sons school in Berlin. While we were building paper craft models and painted swords from the game Minecraft I talked with the kids about pixels. Children today often look at very high resolutions screens ( ipads, tablets etc). Pixels became so small over the past 5 years that you hardly can see them with your eyes any more. This is one of the reasons why generation retina doesn t really understand the retro-pixel-look reference in Minecraft. For them pixels ARE Mincratft. :)) I showed them a bunch of old games like Boulderdash and Doom II. We talked about how 2D games became 3D  and the diffrerent perspectives like the first person view etc. It was fun! In the end they ran off with their freshly painted wodden swords to play Minecraft in the yard. ;))

 

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March 30th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Calendar Update

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Upcoming (current) shows/talks/workshops:
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13.10. – 2.11.2014
Master Artist-in-residence program
Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida

11.9.-29.10.2014
HURT ME PLENTY
solo show at DAM Gallery, Berlin

28. – 30.08.2014
art / space / public
symposium Urbane Künste Ruhr, Duisburg

17.-19. 7. 2014
HyperKult XXIII
conference, Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg

24.06. 2014
Wegen der Produktion
panel, Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst, Luzern

14.6.-14.9.2014
Crime Scene
Rauma Biennale Balticum 2014 Rauma art museum, Finnland
with: Aram Bartholl (DE), Cooltūristės (LT), Liisi Eelma & Minna Hint (EE), Inga Erdmane (LV), Evgenia Golant (RU), Geir Tore Holm & Søssa Jørgensen (NO), Stine Marie Jacobsen (DK), JP Kaljonen (FI), Karel Koplimets (EE), Haidi Motola (FI), Dorota Nieznalska (PL), NUG (SE), Lauri Rotko & Jukka Rapo (FI), Telekommunisten (Dmytri Kleiner, Baruch Gottlieb) (DE)

24-25.5.2014
Arquitecturas invisibles y El cuerpo como sensor
workshop, Atomic , Palma, Spain

21-23.05.2014
HACK! – Die Kunst des {Um}schreibens
conference, Literatur und Strom 5 Stuttgart

16.5.-29.6.2014
In medias Res
Galerie Georges Verney-Carron, Lyon
curated by Alexis Jakubowicz
with: Rodrigo Arteaga (Chili), Aram Bartholl (Allemagne), Patricia Camet (Pérou), Gloria Friedmann (France), Eva Jospin (France), Benjamin Mecz (France), Genêt Mayor (Suisse) et Simon Nicaise (France)

6.-8.5.2014
Into The Wild
conference, re:publica, Berlin

23.4. – 7.6.2014
Hyperresemblances: REALITY FX
Moda Curates: The Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, NYC
with: Aram Bartholl, BFFA3AE, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Petra Cortright, Aleksandra Domanovic, Marisa Olson, Hito Steyerl, Ryan Trecartin, …

15.4.2014
Born Digital
Link Art Center, Benefit Online Auction on Paddle8
with: Alterazioni Video, Anthony Antonellis, Aram Bartholl, Erik Berglin, Enrico Boccioletti, Heath Bunting, Marco Cadioli, Martin John Callanan, Gregory Chatonsky, Adam Cruces, Caroline Delieutraz, Harm Van Den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, Electroboutique, Herbert W. Franke, Elisa Giardina Papa, Matteo Giordano, Emilio Gomariz, IOCOSE, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, JODI, Joan Leandre, Jan Robert Leegte, Jonas Lund, Eva and Franco Mattes, Rosa Menkman, Filippo Minelli, Vera Molnar, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Angelo Plessas, Evan Roth, Alexei Shulgin, Carlo Zanni.

14.-18.5.2014
Do It With Others
Clickfestival, Kopenhagen

4.4.- 8.6.2014
DIAS – Digital Interactive Art Space, Vallensbaek, Denmark
with: Aram Bartholl (DE), Patrick Bergeron (CA), Jesper Carlsen (DK), A K Dolven (NO), Mogens Jacobsen (DK), Wayne Siegel (US / DK), Rolf Steensig (DK), Chris Sugrue (US), Jacob Tækker (DK) and Kassandra Wellendorf (DK).

1.4.- 16.7.2014
For Your Eyes Only
Guest teaching at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart

13.3.-10.4. 2014
FULL SCREEN
XPO gallery, Paris
Curated by Aram Bartholl
Participating artists:
Vincent Broquaire, Jennifer Chan, Petra Cortright, Constant Dullaart, Oliver Laric, Sara Ludy, Raquel Meyers, Evan Roth, Rafaël Rozendaal, Paul Souviron, Addie Wagenknecht, Ai Weiwei

26.1.-13.4.2014
FACELESS
at Mediamatic, Amsterdam

28.9.2013 – 1.7.2014
MOTI HOTEL
MOTI – Museum of the Image, Breda, Netherlands
The participating designers are: Aram Bartholl, Anthony Burrill, Juul Hondius, Noortje van Eekelen, Paula Scher, Akatre, Martijn Engelbregt, NL Architects, Pinar & Viola, Niels Schrader, Antoine Peters, Dawn, Maurer United, Honey & Bunny, Atelier Ted Noten, Harmen Liemburg, MVRDV, AKV|St.Joost, Pictoplasma and Herman van Bostelen.

 

 

past shows/talks/workshops:

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March 28th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Master Artist-in-Residence at ACA

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be teaching a Master class at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL in October 2014. Apply now! Let’s hang out on the beach! ;))

Residency Dates:
Monday, October 13, 2014 to Sunday, November 2, 2014
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 18, 2014

Atlantic Center for the Arts
New Smyrna Beach, FL
USA

 

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March 26th, 2014 at 11:43 am

What was the architect thinking? – Swatiska BND floor plan hoax

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Inspired by Travor Paglens latest pictures of Inteligence HQs released on The Intercept I took the liberty to make some slight photoshop modifications to a picture of the new BND HQ in Berlin. :)) The hoax tweet with the modified picture raised quickly a lot of attention, questions and doubts. Also the fake NYT url i added in the spirit of Fake URL trolling helped to get some fast retweets. :)) “Never hit RT before you ve seen the www!”

BND-tweet-swatiskahttps://twitter.com/arambartholl/status/434295582698401793

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The picture was doubted by many users. Some of them took the effort to point out the fake. ..

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…while others users were wondering  about the broken NYT link (which never existed) :))

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March 24th, 2014 at 11:37 am

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Killyourphone on Spiegel

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March 5th, 2014 at 11:17 am

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