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Talk at LACMA Lab

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Offline/Online Convergences: Aram Bartholl and Kathy Rae Huffman
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 7 pm
LACMA, Art + Technology Lab, Art of the Americas Building
Los Angles

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April 10th, 2016 at 3:41 am

Regeneration Movement

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國立臺灣美術館│National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Exhibition Dates: 2016-03-19 ~ 2016-05-22

The development of new technologies and the resulting electronic products, continuously inspire the human imagination for life in the future. The application and consumption of electronic technology has gradually and unconsciously mired us in the logic of commerce and the cycle of innovation and outdatedness. Technological products become obsolete and are replaced at an increasing rate, creating a severe problem of electronic waste. “Waste” is a relative concept that leads us to contemplate how values are formed and abandoned. The process by which value is transformed and rediscovered is what the exhibition seeks to explore.

With the re-creation of electronic waste in daily life as a starting point, the artists participating in this exhibition are like contemporary alchemists who distill renewed value and significance from discarded objects. In biological terms “regenerate” refers to a process of reconstruction, recovery, and growth; this exhibition tries to extend this definition to its aesthetic connotations. How do new media artists who use technology as a creative medium respond to, query, and inspect the ethical issues of contemporary technology through their work? A state of global crisis has been created by the rapid pace of resource consumption, continued production, and discarding. When all aspects of contemporary life has in effect been constructed by that intimate union of technology and capital, human beings find themselves dependent upon nature as they simultaneously attempt to alter it. What future of peaceful coexistence between nature and technology can artists envision? The “Regeneration Movement” goes beyond the reutilization and repair of reclaimed objects, and hints at possibilities for correction, adjustment, and re-innovation in the multiple relationships and contexts between humans and the material environment, nature, and technology.

With the “Regeneration Movement” as a purport, this exhibition presents the creative rendering and contemplations of 16 different groups of artists along two main trajectories: “Transformation and Recycling: the Power of Circulation,” and “Hybridity and Symbiosis : Ecological Imagination from an Interdisciplinary Perspective “Transformation and Recycling” attempts to loosen the preset functional contexts of electronic logic that recreate new technological rules to reverse passive consumption and production settings, and to liberate the intended functions of objects; while simultaneously re-excavating preexisting histories and memories of media. “Hybridity and Symbiosis” brings out possibilities for reversed resource discovery and energy conversion with the fusion of interdisciplinary methodology of art, design, the sciences and imaginative experimental projects; and even portending a direction for future evolution and proffer possibilities for a sustainable coexistence with the environment.“Regeneration Movement” revisits the balanced and circular relationship among technology, human beings and the nature, in an effort to find possible indications for a sustainable co-existence future in the dynamic and intertwined network of our living systems through artistic perspective.

Participating Artists:
Aram Bartholl
CHENG Hsien-Yu
CHI Po-Hao
Gilberto Esparza
Benjamin Gaulon, Gijs Giskes, Karl Klomp, Tom Verbruggen
Kosuke IKEDA
Cecilia Jonsson
Luxury Logico
SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design)
Kentaro TAKI
Unknown Fields Division
WANG Lien-Cheng
Pinar Yoldas

FAN Hsing-Yu

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March 8th, 2016 at 6:50 am


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Exposition : FROM BITS TO PAPER* du pixel au papier, sortez des écrans !
Le Shadok, Fabrique du Numérique
8.3. – 5.6.2016

Artistes exposés : James Bridle, Darko Fritz, Peter Jellitsch, Vincent Broquaire, Aram Bartholl, Clément Valla, Christopher Baker, Albertine Meunier, Daan Van Den Berg, Felix Heyes et Benjamin West.

Commissaire d’exposition : Filipe Pais
Partenariat : XPO ART Studio

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March 8th, 2016 at 6:27 am

Nervous Systems

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Julien Prévieux, Patterns of Life (still), 2015

Nervous Systems

Quantified Life and the Social Question
March 11–May 9, 2016

Opening: March 10, 7pm

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Contributions and works by Vito Acconci, Timo Arnall, Mari Bastashevski, Grégoire Chamayou, Emma Charles, Mike Crane, Arthur Eisenson, Harun Farocki, Charles Gaines, Melanie Gilligan, Goldin+Senneby, Avery F. Gordon, Laurent Grasso, Orit Halpern, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Ben Hayes, Douglas Huebler, Tung-Hui Hu, On Kawara, Korpys/Löffler, Lawrence Liang, Noortje Marres, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Henrik Olesen, Matteo Pasquinelli, Julien Prévieux, Jon Rafman, Miljohn Ruperto, RYBN.ORG, Dierk Schmidt, Nishant Shah, Eyal Sivan & Audrey Maurion, Deborah Stratman, Alex Verhaest, Gwenola Wagon & Stéphane Degoutin, Stephen Willats, Mushon Zer-Aviv, and others. And in The White Room: Jacob Appelbaum & Ai Weiwei, Aram Bartholl, Tega Brain & Surya Mattu, James Bridle, Julian Oliver & Danja Vasiliev, Veridiana Zurita, and contributions by Open Data City, Peng! Collective, Privacy International, Share Lab, Malte Spitz, and others.

An exhibition by Haus der Kulturen der Welt in collaboration with the Tactical Technology Collective, co-curated by Stephanie Hankey, Marek Tuszynski, and Anselm Franke.

Nervous Systems takes place as part of 100 Years of Now. Supported by Open Society Foundations and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.

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March 8th, 2016 at 6:19 am

Calendar Update

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Current & upcoming shows / talks / workshops


Skulptur Projekte Münster
LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster


19.3. – 22.5.2016
Regeneration Movement
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipeih

27.2. – 5.6.2016
Liquid Identities
Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg

Unpainted Lab
Kesselhalle, München

14.2. – 17.4.2016
Welcome Wutwut Werther
Kunsttempel, Kassel

23.1. – 12.3.2016
Shifting Optics
Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam

ZKM, Karlsruhe

Visiting Professor
at UCLA Design Media Arts


15.12.2015 – 15.1.2016
easy!upsteam gallery, Munich

10.12.2015- 21.2.2016
Fact, Liverpool

5.12.2015 – 28.2.2016
Wie leben? Zukunftsbilder von Malewitsch bis Fujimoto
Wilhelmhack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein

22.11.2015 – 20.3.2016
Vögel Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, Schweiz


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January 7th, 2016 at 12:35 am

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

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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Full project page here!!  –>





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

Online, Offline and all-over the city

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re:publica 2015 - Tag 3
pic by re:publica/Jan Zappner

picture by Gonvalo Forte (Thx for uploading this to the I had running on stage :)))

Talk: Online, Offline and all-over the city
Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 13:45 to 14:15 conference, Berlin

“Art projects with and about the Internet, computers and society! Aram Bartholl will present an overview of his past , often site-specific works and projects including USB ‘DeadDrops’ (they caused a lot of alarm lately) , IRL ‘Map’ marker or ‘KILLYOURPHONE.COM’ mobile phone blocking pouches. ”

Slides & LINKS! ->

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May 7th, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Are you still there?

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The exhibition Are you still there? assembles twelve positions dealing with questions of presence and representation of identity in the digital age. Online identities like Facebook profiles, Instagram or Whatsapp accounts are constantly gaining significance for our everyday lives: Who are we online? How do we present ourselves via social media? What is our status and when was the last time we have been online? The revelations of Edward Snowden have taught us that the NSA and similar organisations are collecting our data on a large scale: These data have been generated by ourselves on a day-to-day basis simply because we have been communicating with other people.

The title Are you still there? references a certain situation in the chat program Google Hangouts: After an interrupted video call the browser window wants to know if the user is still there. Are we still there? How much time do we spend online? What kind of pictures do we have of each other and how do we picture the world nowadays?

The artworks displayed in the exhibition cover a wide range of contemporary art, including references of classical internet art, online interventions and performance art. With animated GIF-tableaus, video collages and interactive artworks the artists question the crucial relationship of society, internet and identity.

Aram Bartholl 2015

Club Rothko (2015), LaTurbo Avedon

Offline Art: Are you still there?

part of ‘Hamster – Hipster – Handy.’
at Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
April 25th,  - July 05th, 2015
Opening April 24, 6:00 pm

Curated by Aram Bartholl

Participating artists:

Like Pearls (2014), Morehshin Allahyari
“Like Pearls” is a mash-up of sex and romance collected from my Farsi email spam and online underwear stores based in Iran. I manipulated and layered GIFs such as hearts, flowers, candles, birds, and butterflies on top of digital advertisements.

34 frames (2015), Alma Alloro
In this series I am making quilt in the (american) traditional way, using singular-colour cotton fabric and a sewing machine. I scan the quilt and used each of the patches as one frame in the animation, inspired by early experimental animators such has Hans Richter and Oskar Fischinger’s research of forms and motion, the art and craft” movement, focusing on the craft element of digital art.

Blue Brightness (2012), Anthony Antonellis
A bluescreen usually represents ‘no signal’ on beamers or a crashed system on windows. Antonellis uses this metaphor combined with the brightness control and a very faint mirror image of himself to question online identity. How does the computer (Apple mirror glas screens) do reflect on us?

Club Rothko (2015), LaTurbo Avedon
LaTurbo Avedon is an artist-avatar whose existence and creative output resides entirely online. Without a real world referent, LaTurbo is a digital manifestation of a person that has never existed outside of a computer. Avedon’s digital sculptures and environments disregard this lack of physicality, and instead emphasize the practice of virtual authorship.

Netzwerkfernweh (2015), James Bridle
Netzwerkfernweh is a mobile, offline interpretation of, an ongoing reimagining of digital cartography. Inspired by the kaleidoscope (literally: “observer of beautiful things”), Netzwerkfernweh renders historical and contemporary maps strange and beautiful, as true maps should be. Mobile devices inherently place us at the centre of the world; Netzwerkfernweh scrambles the world.

High Retention – Slow Delivery!! (2014), Constant Dullaart
100,000 Followers for Everyone! 2.5 million Instagram followers were bought and distributed by artist Constant Dullaart amongst a personal selection of active art-world Instagram accounts. Artificial quantified social capital redistributed, Social media Socialism.

Please wait (2012) Claudia Mate
Claudia Mate motifs deal with humanities perception of scale, self, and recognition of space. Her work Please wait is a constant reminder how much time we spend in front of screens waiting for pages to be loaded, files to be processed or images to appear.

BEFNOED (2014) Eva & Franco Mattes aka
We give instructions to anonymous workers to realize webcam performances. The performers are hired through crowdsourcing services, so we do not know who they are, where they are, or even their motivations. The resulting videos are then dispersed on obscure, peripheral or forgotten social networks around the world, in Cambodia, Russia, China, South Africa…

Not So Colossal Cave Adventure (2015) Niko Princen
“You are in a cave, there is no Internet!” Niko Princen presents a short adventure in which the user eventually is asked to go back online to find the Butterfly (Dutch: Vlinder.) on a seperate app for Android phones.

LSTM (2015) Sebastian Schmieg
Credits: Residency at the WRO Art Center
Long Short Term Memory is a neural network that memorises every book of the futurologist Ray Kurzweil by permanent training. The net learns the rules of composition by which we − and especially Kurzweil − form words, sentences and propositions. Based on this acquired knowledge, the system generates new chains of signifiers that evolve and finally, by constant practice, become words, neologisms and new ideas.

There You Are! (2015) UBERMORGEN
The absence of a societal purpose of online poker allows us to withdraw ourselves from the art world and exlusively focus on the aesthetically pure, on a game of distribution and self-awareness, the game of poker. You can find us (viennazombie & lizvlx) every day and most nights on, playing high, variance strategy, frequently hijacking and going tilt from time to time.

Blue Screen (2014) Video excerpt , Addie Wagenknecht
Commissioned by NewHive. Courtesy bitforms gallery, New York.
“Blue Screen” is a narrative composed of three unique webpages reflecting on recent controversies targeting women working in the gaming and technology industries. The overwhelming accumulation of abuse culminated in the psychological halting state embodied by this work. Something is broken. The system has crashed and must be rebooted. Artists have a responsibility to ask questions, challenge boundaries, and burn up what culture doesn’t need in order to make space for change.

The OFFLINE ART exhibition format:

Browser-based digital art works are broadcast locally from wifi routers which are not connected to the Internet. Each art work is assigned a single wifi router which is accessible through any device, like smart-phones, tablets or laptops. To access the different art works, the visitor has to connect to each network individually. The name of the network reflects the name of the artist. No matter what URL is opened, only the specific artwork appears in the browser. A small web server holding the art piece is installed on a USB flash drive which is connected to the router. Like frames holding the art, the routers are hung in the exhibition space which is otherwise empty. The art itself becomes visible only on the visitor’s private screen.The pieces are locally widely accessible but disconnected from the Internet

Offline Art: hardcore, Kasseler Kunstverein 2013

See also:
Offline Art: new2 at xpo Galerie, Paris 2013


Are you still there?

Die Ausstellung Are you still there? versammelt 12 Positionen, die sich mit Fragen rund um Präsenz und Repräsentation von Identität im Zeitalter von Internet und Social Media auseinandersetzen. In zunehmendem Maße spielt die Online-Identität, wie z.B. ein Facebook-Profil, Instagram- oder Whatsapp-Account, eine tragende Rolle in unserem digital geprägten Leben. Wer sind wir online? Wie stellen wir uns dar? Was ist dein Status und wann warst du zuletzt online? Seit Snowden wissen wir, dass NSA und Co in großem Stil Daten über uns speichern, Daten, die wir tagtäglich selbst generieren in Kommunikation mit einer Vielzahl von Menschen zur gleichen Zeit.

Der Titel Are you still there? bezieht sich auf einen bestimmten Moment im Chat-Programm Google Hangout. Nach einem abgebrochenen Videoanruf fragt das Browserfenster den_die User_in nach einer bestimmten Zeit, ob er oder sie noch da sei. Sind wir noch da? Wie viel Zeit verbringen wir täglich am Bildschirm? Welche Bilder haben wir voneinander und wie ist unser Bild von der Welt heute?

Die Arbeiten der Ausstellung decken ein weites Spektrum zeitgenössischer Kunst ab. Mit Bezügen zur klassischen Netzkunst, Online-Interventionen und Performancekunst diskutieren die Künstler_innen aktuelle Fragen rund um Gesellschaft, Internet und Identität. Von Animated GIF-Tableaus über Video-Collagen bis zu interaktiven Arbeiten werden mit unterschiedlichen Techniken aktuelle Themen der vom Kulturraum Internet beherrschten Gesellschaft befragt und erforscht.

Are you still there?

Teil von ‘Hamster – Hipster – Handy.’
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
April 25th,  - July 05th, 2015
Opening April 24, 6:00 pm

Kuration:  Aram Bartholl

Teilnehmende Künstler:

Like Pearls (2014), Morehshin Allahyari
Like Pearls vermengt Bilder aus Spam- und Werbe-Emails sexuellen Inhalts zu etwas Neuem: Animierte GIFs wie Herzen, Blumen, Kerzen, Vögel und Schmetterlinge werden mit digitaler Werbung eines Unterwäsche-Onlineshops, dessen Sitz im Iran ist, kombiniert.

34 frames (2015), Alma Alloro
In dieser Serie habe ich mit einfarbigen Baumwollstoffen und einer Nähmaschine eine Steppdecke in amerikanischer Tradition hergestellt. Ich habe die Decke gescannt und jedes Patch als einen Frame der Animation verwandt. Der Fokus liegt auf dem Handwerkselement digitaler Kunst − dazu wurde ich von frühen experimentellen Animationskünstlern wie Hans Richter und Oskar Fischinger, deren Untersuchungen von Formen und Bewegungen sowie der Arts and Crafts-Bewegung inspiriert.

Blue Brightness (2012), Anthony Antonellis
Ein blauer Bildschirm bei Beamer-Projektionen oder einen Systemabsturz bei Windows bedeutet normalerweise „Kein Signal“. Antonellis kombiniert diese Metapher mit der Helligkeitseinstellung und einem kaum wahrnehmbaren Spiegelbild von ihm selbst, um die sogenannte Online-Identität zu hinterfragen. Wie reflektiert uns der Computer (Apple Spiegelglas Bildschirme)?

Club Rothko (2015), LaTurbo Avedon
LaTurbo Avedon ist ein Künstler-Avatar, dessen Existenz und kreative Produktion ausschließlich online zu finden ist. Ohne eine Referenz in der realen Welt ist LaTurbo eine digitale Manifestation einer Person, die nie außerhalb eines Computers existiert hat. Avedons digitale Skulpturen lassen diesen Mangel physischer Repräsentation jedoch außer Acht und betonen umso mehr die Praxis virtueller Autorschaft.

Netzwerkfernweh (2015), James Bridle
Netzwerkfernweh ist eine mobile, offline Interpretation von, eine fortwährende Re-Imagination digitaler Kartographie. Inspiriert durch das Kaleidoskop (wörtlich: Sehen schöner Formen) wirken historische und aktuelle Karten im Netzwerkfernweh fremd und schön zugleich. Mobilgeräte machen uns zum Zentrum der Welt, Netzwerkfernweh zerteilt, verdoppelt und vermischt sie.

High Retention – Slow Delivery!! (2014), Constant Dullaart
100.000 Follower für jeden! 2.5 Millionen Instagram Follower wurden von Constant Dullaart für einer persönlichen Auswahl von aktiven Kunst-Instragram-Accounts gekauft und verteilt. Artifiziell quantifiziertes soziales Kapitel wird so redistribuiert: Social Media Sozialismus.

Please wait (2012) Claudia Mate
Claudia Mates Motive beschäftigen sich mit der menschlichen Wahrnehmung von Maßen und Maßstäben, des Selbst sowie von Raum. Ihre Arbeit Please wait erinnert daran, wieviel Zeit wir vor Bildschirmen verbringen, darauf wartend, dass eine Internetseite lädt, Dateien verschoben werden oder Bilder erscheinen.

BEFNOED (2014) Eva & Franco Mattes aka
Wir geben anonymen Online Arbeiter_innen Instruktionen, um Webcam-Performances durchzuführen. Diese Mitarbeiter_innen werden durch Crowdsourcing rekrutiert − wir wissen nicht, wer oder wo sie sind und kennen ihre Motivationen nicht. Die daraus entstandenen Videos werden über periphere oder vergessene soziale Netzwerke auf der ganzen Welt verteilt, u.a. in Kambodscha, Russland, China, Südafrika…

Not So Colossal Cave Adventure (2015) Niko Princen
„Du befindest Dich in einer Höhle, es gibt hier kein Internet!” Niko Princen präsentiert ein kurzes Abenteuer, in dem die User_innen schließlich doch online gehen müssen, um ‚The Butterfly‘ (Niederländisch: Vlinder) zu finden − eine App für Android Smartphones.

LSTM (2015) Sebastian Schmieg
Credits: Residency at the WRO Art Center
Long Short Term Memory ist ein neuronales Netz, welches durch kontinuierliches Training alle Bücher des Futurologen Ray Kurzweil verinnerlicht. Dabei eignet sich das Netz die Prinzipien an, nach denen wir – und Kurzweil im Speziellen – Wörter, Sätze und Aussagen durch das Aneinanderreihen von Zeichen bilden. Aufbauend auf dem Gelernten generiert das System in einem zweiten, ebenfalls konstant ausgeführten Vorgang neue Zeichenketten, die sich mit fortschreitendem Training zu Wörtern, Wortschöpfungen und letztlich zu neuen Ideen entwickeln.

There You Are! (2015) UBERMORGEN
Die Abwesenheit eines gesellschaftlichen Zwecks von Online Poker erlaubt es, uns von der Kunstwelt zurückzuziehen und ausschließlich auf das nur Ästhetische zu konzentrieren, auf ein Spiel der Verteilung und Selbsterkenntnis: das Pokerspiel. Man findet uns (viennazombie & lizvlx) nahezu jeden Tag und jede Nacht auf Dort spielen wir hohe Einsätze, Abweichungsstrategien, mit häufigem Hijacking und ab und zu Tilt.

Blue Screen (2014) Video excerpt , Addie Wagenknecht
Commissioned by NewHive. Courtesy bitforms gallery, New York.
Blue Screen vereint Erzählungen dreier einzigartiger Webseiten, die jüngste Kontroversen um Frauen verhandeln, die in Gaming- und Technologiebranchen arbeiten. Die überwältigende Ansammlung von Missbrauch kulminiert im psychologischen Zustand des Stillstandes, der mit diesem Kunstwerk verkörpert wird: Etwas ist kaputt gegangen. Das System ist zusammengebrochen und muss neu gestartet werden. Künstler haben die Verantwortung und Aufgabe, Fragen zu stellen, Grenzen anzuzweifeln, und das zu vernichten, was die Kultur nicht braucht, sodass Platz für Neues geschaffen wird.

Das OFFLINE ART Ausstellungskonzept

Die browserbasierten, digitalen Kunstwerke werden vor Ort mittels WLAN-Router zugänglich gemacht, die nicht mit dem Internet verbunden sind. Zu jedem Kunstwerk gehört ein WLAN-Router, der mit jeglicher Art von Geräten wie Smartphones, Tablets und Laptops verbunden werden kann. Um Zugang zu den unterschiedlichen Kunstwerken zu bekommen, muss sich der_die Besucher_in mit dem jeweiligen Netzwerk verbinden. Der Name des Netzwerks ist zugleich der Name des Künstlers. Es spielt keine Rolle, welche URL im Browser geöffnet ist, es erscheint immer nur das jeweilige Kunstwerk. Die Kunstwerke sind auf einem USB-Stick, der direkt am Router angeschlossen ist gespeichert. Vergleichbar mit Bilderrahmen, die Kunstwerke umschließen, hängen die Router in der Ausstellung, in der ansonsten nichts zu sehen ist. Das Kunstwerk wird damit immer nur für jeden Besucher individuell auf dessen privatem Bildschirm sichtbar. Die Kunstwerke sind lokal erreichbar, aber nicht mit dem Internet verbunden.

Sie auch Dokumentation:
Offline Art: new2 bei xpo Galerie, Paris 2013


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March 20th, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Calendar Update

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Current & upcoming shows / talks / workshops


Keep Alive
Springhornhof Neuenkirchen, Germany
with Leuphana, curated by Andreas Broeckmann

16.6.-21.6. 2015
LISTE – Art Fair Basel with HeK , House of Electronic Arts Basel
with: Aram Bartholl, Constant Dullaart, Raquel Meyers, Evan Roth

50 Years of Computer Generated Art
DAM Gallery Berlin
with: Aram Bartholl, DE, Horst Bartnig, DE, Peter Beyls, BE, Vuk Cosic, SL, Hans Dehlinger, DE, Patrick Lichty, USA, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, MEX-CAN, Manfred Mohr, DE, Vera Molnar, F, Frieder Nake, DE, Georg Nees, DE, Casey Reas, USA, Sommerer & Mignonneau, A – F, Roman Verostko, USA, Mark Wilson, USA and more….

Poetics and Politics of Data
HeK , House of Electronic Arts Basel

Human Futures: Shared Memories and Visions
Quartier des spectacles & MUTEK, Montreal

22.5. – 23.8.2015
Art In The Age Of… Planetary Computation
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
with: Bartholl, Aram; Biscotti, Rossella; Canell, Nina; Gerrard, John; Herregraven, Femke; Hirsch, Antonia; Khan-Dossos, Navine G.; Mundy, Owen; Paglen, Trevor; Raven, Lucy

at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco
by F.A.T. lab, curated by Lindsay Howard

Bonifaziusturm A, Mainz, Essenheimer Kunstverein

finding europe
re:publica conference, Station Berlin

Kongress der Möglichkeiten
HATE, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien

Forum For Digital Arts, Frankkfurt

Hamster und Hipster: Zur Konsumästhetik des Mobiltelefons
Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt

Offline Art: Are you still there?
Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt
curated by Aram Bartholl
with: Alma Alloro, Anthony Antonellis, LaTurbo Avedon, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart, Claudia Mate, Eva & Franco Mattes aka, Niko Princen, Sebastian Schmieg, UBERMORGEN, Addie Wagenknecht

Motorenhalle. Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden

Urban Games Festival, Universität Siegen

workshop at Parsons School Paris

FMAC à l’école
FMAC, primary school 19°, Paris

at Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Germany
with: Aram Bartholl, JODI und Evan Roth

Point Of View
solo show at Babycastles, New York City


Past shows / talks / workshops …

Written by Aram

March 18th, 2015 at 5:34 pm