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12 x 3 meter print, car, audio collage
Aram Bartholl
2016

Commissioned by NEON festival Dundee.
8k, Aram Bartholl’s newly commissioned installation for NEoN, features a panoramic view of Sin City from Grand Theft Auto 5. The scene is a screenshot presented as a twelve-metre long print. A car parked in front of the billboard beckons visitors to take a seat and enjoy the view of the vast digital cityscape while listening to an audio collage of YouTubers playing the game.

Grand Theft Auto is an open-world, action-adventure video game series published by Rockstar Games. The title of the series makes reference to legal terminology for motor vehicle theft in the USA. The series has its origins in Dundee where it was first developed by Rockstar North (formerly DMA Designs) in 1997. The third chronological title, Grand Theft Auto III, released in 2001, was widely acclaimed for bringing the series to a 3D setting and offering a more immersive experience. The series has garnered controversy for its adult nature and violent themes.

The vast, open world of GTA 5 offers total free interaction for the player, like a huge playground with no moral boundaries. As a result, players tend to test the limits of what is possible in the game. YouTube hosts a massive collection of GTA 5 videos in which players frequently, hysterically, ‘go nuts.’ The ‘City of Sin’ in GTA 5 serves as a metaphorical excess flow valve, a projection plane and a mirror of today’s society, which has become increasingly regulated and controlled.

NEoN (North East of North)

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all pictures on flickr

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November 24th, 2016 at 7:36 pm

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Dead Drops appear on Elementary


@arambartholl dead drop on Elementary :) pic.twitter.com/BslUrpBKrv

— Theodore Watson (@theowatson) https://twitter.com/theowatson/status/793612879928885248 November 2, 2016

Thanks to Jonah Brucker-Cohen & Theo Watson for pointing out the appearance of a Dead Drop in the TV show ‘Elementary‘. Cool! :)

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November 3rd, 2016 at 1:46 pm

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The Last Captcha


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The Last Captcha
b/w print on paper, 250 x 64 cm

Facebook captchas only show when you are about to delete your acount. Captcha codes have been part of our web experience for more than 15 years now. Since recent advances in machine learning it became clear captchas are not suitable anymore to prove that the user is human (and not a bot or dog). Google and others showed they can beat the human brain reading the scrambled characters better than we can. It is the end of an era. I still love them.

Aram Bartholl
2016

related project: ‘Are you human?

 

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October 23rd, 2016 at 5:20 pm

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Skulpturprojekte at Kunstverein Arnsberg


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Vortrag

Montag, 17. Oktober 2016, 19 Uhr

Anlässlich der Ausstellung von Aram Bartholl, möchten wir Sie zum Vortrag von Britta Peters einladen, Kuratorin von Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017.

Seit ihrer ersten Ausgabe 1977 haben sich die Skulptur Projekte Münster zu einer der weltweit wichtigsten Ausstellung von Kunst im öffentlichen Raum entwickelt. Ihr großzügiger Turnus von zehn Jahren macht die Skulptur Projekte nicht nur zu einem besonderen Ereignis, sondern auch zu einem Ort, an dem jenseits von Moden und Trends nach der Zeitgenossenschaft öffentlicher Kunst gefragt wird. Im Sommer 2017 sind zum fünften Mal internationale Künstlerinnen und Künstler eingeladen, an einem selbstgewählten Ort innerhalb der Stadt Münster ein Projekt zu realisieren. Ein gutes halbes Jahr vor der Eröffnung am 10. Juni 2017 gibt Kuratorin Britta Peters einen kurzen Einblick in den Stand der Planungen, um anschließend, anknüpfend an die aktuelle Ausstellung von Aram Bartholl, die Frage zu diskutieren, ob und wie die zunehmende Digitalisierung unseres Alltags
herkömmliche Vorstellungen von öffentlichem Raum verändert.

Britta Peters (*1967) arbeitet als Kunstkritikerin und freie Kuratorin. 2008-2011 leitete sie den Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. 2012 kuratierte sie die Ausstellung „Demonstrationen. Vom Werden normativer Ordnungen“ im Frankfurter Kunstverein. 2014 gefolgt von dem Ausstellungsprojekt „Krankheit als Metapher. Das Irre im Garten der Arten“ an verschiedenen Orten in Hamburg.

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October 17th, 2016 at 11:29 pm

Keepalive in german press


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October 17th, 2016 at 1:54 pm

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Greenscreen Arnsberg


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Greenscreen Arnsberg
performance in public,
Aram Bartholl
2016

Greenscreen Arnsberg is a performance in public space which took place during the show “Remind me later” at Kunstverein Arnsberg in July 2016. The idea is to ‘catch’ random pedestrian in public with a portable green-screen. The by-passers become unwittingly actors  of an imaginary movie set. The green-screen background represents unlimited layers of augmentation in a post social everyday life.

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October 2nd, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Post-Snowden nails on Creators


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…. continue reading at ->

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/usb-manicure-data-nail-art-fingertips

The USB Manicure Puts Data at Your Fingertips – Andrew Salomone — Oct 1 2016  –>

 

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October 1st, 2016 at 1:38 pm

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Post Snowden Nails


Post Snowden Nails is a new project I did at Nadjas Nail Art Residency. Check out how to glue micro-SD cards onto your nails. Nadja Buttendorf is awaiting your proposal for “nail art” ideas, ALL PICTURES & more info at her residency-page.

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Five micro SD cards glued to finger nails, total capacity 128 GB, curated digital content Aram Bartholl, 2016

Post-Snowden Nails is a set of five micro SDcards glued to the finger nails of one hand. Each card contains a different set of data which can be accessed with the help of a SD-card-USB adapter. The data finger nail plugs directly into a computer USB port (or phone), in some cases an extension cable might be useful.

  • Thumb: Live Linux OS. A full operating system on a thumb nail. This is a real thumb drive! 2 GB.
  • Index: 6000 books of Henry Warwicks offline Library “Alexandria Project”, also see “The radical Tactics of the Offline Library”, 32 GB.
  • Middle: A collection of more than 66.000 computer viruses from the virus archive collective VX Heaven, 7 GB.
  • Ring: The full data base of deaddrops.com. All Dead Drops which have been made since 2010 and the content of the the five original Dead Drops which were exhibited at the MoMA in 2011, 6.5 GB.
  • Pinky: The full english Wikipedia including the offline reader Kiwix to browse some of the 5 million articles offline. 62 GB.

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September 16th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

WTF 3D!!


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Going shopping today reminded me of the tumblr WTF 3D!!  about senseless 3D marketing speak I m doing since a while. Some new additions came in today, check it out!

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September 16th, 2016 at 4:58 pm

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Interview – Dead Drops on Huffpo


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dead-drop-aram-bartholl_us_57c6f8d5e4b078581f1074cd

The internet revolutionized information sharing, allowing people all over the world to post content and distribute it among networks. But as the internet has grown, surveillance on the web has exploded as well. So one artist is encouraging people to forget the cloud and share information in a totally anonymous way.

In 2010, Berlin-based media artist Aram Bartholl started “Dead Drops,” his participatory file-sharing art project, by cementing a USB drive into a brick wall in New York City.

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September 1st, 2016 at 9:56 pm

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