Aram Bartholl

WorksExhibitions Blog Upcoming Press&Text CV Contact


Recent and upcoming activities: new works, shows, talks, workshops, press, speed projects, pictures ...

Archive for the ‘exhibition-conference-lecture-event’ Category

Talk at LACMA Lab

without comments


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

Written by Aram

April 10th, 2016 at 3:41 am

Regeneration Movement

without comments


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

Written by Aram

March 8th, 2016 at 6:50 am


without comments


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

Written by Aram

March 8th, 2016 at 6:27 am

Nervous Systems

without comments

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.

Written by Aram

March 8th, 2016 at 6:19 am

Calendar Update

without comments

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


Written by Aram

January 7th, 2016 at 12:35 am

How to Live? Visions of the Future Yesterday and Today

without comments


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,

Written by Aram

November 24th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Absolut Aram

without comments

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.


Written by Aram

November 24th, 2015 at 3:47 pm

123456 (projection)

without comments



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!

Written by Aram

October 11th, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Save The Data

without comments



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)

Written by Aram

September 24th, 2015 at 4:50 pm


without comments

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.

Written by Aram

August 26th, 2015 at 2:46 pm