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WannaCry (Weeping Angels)

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WannaCry  (Weeping Angels)

Hyperpavilion 2017, Venice Biennale 
(Official Extended Program)

Installation/Performance
Medium: printed carpet, tires, steel, wood, mirror glass, phone charger, four special forces performers,
Size: 14 x 8 x 2 m

Aram Bartholl
2017

http://hyperpavilion2017.com/

Curated by Philippe Riss
Produced by Fabulous Pictures

Opening: May 11, 2017, 12:00-3:00 pm
Exhitbtion dates: May 12 – Ocotber 30, 2017

Credits:
Torsten Oetken & Christian Buchmayr

Statement:

The German government is working on a new law to empower immigration offices in extraordinary ways. Asylum seekers without a passport who make their applications in Germany will be required to hand over all of their data. Immigration centers are being equipped with new forensic hardware and software to make complete copies of smart phones and other devices. Forcing immigrants to show their social media profiles is a strikingly efficient way to obtain proof of identity. A Facebook profile is seen as much harder to fake or lose than a passport. When the meta data on your Instagram pictures shows you’ve spent years in Libya, it may be hard to argue that you are actually a citizen of Syria. The difference is that asylum applications from Libya are not accepted. It is supposed to be a “safe country.”

The very basics of human rights and privacy rights don’t apply here any more. We now live in a world in which your social media profile is becoming more important than a passport. What will happen if you don’t have a Facebook account at all, or not even a smart phone?

What asylum seekers will soon have to endure in Germany is already, in a softer form, being implemented for everyone traveling to the Unites States and other countries. The border search exception empowers customs and border protection agents to search any electronic device. Increasingly, customs officers are asking travelers to show their social media profiles, passwords and to unlock their phones. In the future this process could be, very plausibly, automated at the entry-points and borders of many countries.

Social media is the perfect tool for commercial data mining and user tracking for marketing companies. And it also perfectly serves a governmental total control scenario, which is not some far-off, futuristic idea but a reality that is unfolding right now.

WannaCry  (Weeping Angels) at Hyperpavilion, Venice

The installation/performance WannaCry  (Weeping Angels) plays out on an 8×14 meter carpet printed with logos of more than 3000 internet marketing and user tracking companies. On the carpet, a mirror-covered, disguised, anti-riot police tank is parked. Specially-equipped security guards holding mirrored shields patrol the exhibition space and ask the visitors for their smart phone and social media profile.

“Is your phone ok? Does you Facebook still work? This is just a security measure for your safety. We had some attacks around here and just want to make sure your device is ok. … All good, thank you. Please don’t turn it off! This will help us to track any suspicious activities.”

With conversations like this, the guards cover up the fact that they are actually checking visitors’ phones (in the sense of the performance only; no data is collected). Barcodes are stuck on visitors’ phones, which are then scanned by the special unit officer. Visitors are left unsettled and wondering whether the encounter was real or part of the installation. In the context of the heavily patrolled Venice Biennale and the presence of actual armed soldiers in the Giardini, this performance works very well. The guards are present every weekend for the whole show until the end of October, 2017.

This new installation/performance produced for the Hyperpavilion Venice was inaugurated on May 11th 2017 just one day before the break out of the ransomeware virus WannaCry which led to widespread computer failures across the world. Such an uncanny correlation left me little choice but to rename the piece (formerly: Weeping Angels) with the name of the virus.

WannaCry  (Weeping Angels) evokes a dark age that we are on the cusp of entering: ever-increasing surveillance, terror attack fear and cyber-war panic on a daily basis. While we chill on our fluffy carpet at home thousands of companies retrieve and process our personal data. Increasingly military-like police control the cities while government intelligence collects massive amounts of data unnoticed every day. Is it 1984 yet?

Aram Bartholl 2017

 

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All pictures at flickr.com/photos/bartholl/albums/72157683886912096

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May 19th, 2017 at 7:44 am

Hyper Pavilion

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Hyper Pavilion
Venice Biennale, official extended program, Venice
http://hyperpavilion2017.com/

Exhibition dates: 13.5.-31.10.2017
Opening 11.5.2017 12:00 – 15:00h

curated by Philippe Riss, produced by Fabulous Pictures
with: Aram Bartholl, Vincent Broquaire, Claude Closky, Frederik De Wilde, LabNT2, Lawrence Lek, Claire Malrieux, Théo Massoulier, Julien Prévieux, Paul Souviron, Théo Triantaffyllidis

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May 14th, 2017 at 9:07 pm

MAKE IT FIT

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Group Show: MAKE IT FIT 

http://make-it-fit.net

New works by the students and members of the class ‘New Media’, visiting Prof. Aram Bartholl, Kunsthochschule Kassel.

Participating artists:
Nicole Brauer, Echo Canluo, Christopher Casper, Hannes Drescher, Lou Hardt, Saskia Kaffenberger, Hannah Kretzschmar, Jonas Leichsenring, Jasper Meiners, Isabel Paehr, EIEE, Fritz Laszlo Weber, Zhifeng Zhang, Aram Bartholl.

04.02.2017 – 05.02.2017, Opening Feb 4th, 7pm
http://panke.gallery , Gerichtstr. 23, Hof 5, 13347 Berlin —>> RSVP fb-event

Opening: 4th February 7:00 pm

07:00 pm – 12:00 am: Exhibition FREE ENTRANCE!,
09:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Video Screening FREE ENTRANCE!,
10:00 pm – open end: AfterParty, Live Acts, DJs FREE ENTRANCE!
01:00 pm – 04:00 pm 05.02.2017: Exhibition FREE ENTRANCE!

MAKE IT FIT

Kunsthochschule Kassel – The New Media class is proud to present new works at panke.gallery, Berlin. The pieces range from installation, performance, screen-based and interactive works to video and film. ‘Make it fit’ refers to the restrictive cabin baggage rules of budget airlines, including their painfully meticulous control mechanisms. A lifestyle-conscious, hyper-mobile generation rattling trolleys along pavements has become the hallmark of gentrified neighborhoods in travel-hyped European capitals.

Kassel’s New Media students are using the classic travel suitcase as a constraint and metaphorical context for art production to meet the challenge of setting up a group show in Berlin in less than one day. Each work must fit into a suitcase to be transported, and setup time has to be either instant or not more than two hours. Hyper-mobile art also facilitates instant pop-up micro shows and performances in trains, in stations, and in other public spaces.

Curatorial processes often see artists selected on the basis of friendship networks or name dropping rather than actual works. How far can an artwork be ‘bent’ to make it fit an art show? An art market open secret is that paintings and sculpture that are small enough to fit in an ‘Upper Westside’ elevator have a better chance of being sold. Does it fit?

Klasse Neue Medien, Visuelle Kommunikation, Kunsthochschule Kassel, 2017

PROGRAM

Video Screening:

Insert your nipple here,
InternetRestroom Trailers,
LAST CHANCE JUNCTION,
Passt doch,
making waves unmastered,
29°01′53″N 111°41′56″E

AfterParty:

GRUPPE FORMAL (live),
Mo Chan & SEABA$$_T_ύN,
DJ Thunder Touch

LINKS
http://make-it-fit.net
http://newmediakassel.com/
http://kunsthochschulekassel.de/

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All pictures on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bartholl/sets/72157678572549491

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January 24th, 2017 at 5:14 pm

The Glass Room

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Forgot your password? currently on show at “The Glass Room” NYC by Tacticaltech

THE GLASS ROOM: LOOKING INTO YOUR ONLINE LIFE is a pop-up shop with a twist: – a space for reflection, experimentation and play on how our we live our lives online. The Glass Room – 201 Mulberry Street New York, NY – November 29 to December 14, 2016 – https://tacticaltech.org/projects/glass-room

Press:

 

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December 6th, 2016 at 11:15 pm

8k

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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

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@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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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

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

Interview – Dead Drops on Huffpo

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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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Speculative Privacy: Practical and impractical things you can do to your phone

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“Speculative Privacy: Practical and impractical things you can do to your phone” is a lecture-workshop-performance format I presented at the Datapolitics conference track during the annual International Summer festival, Kampnagel, Hamburg on August 20th.

First the audience got stickers on their smart phone cameras at the entrance (in true Berghain manner) and then was instructed to do a few tests and look up settings on their devices during the talk. In the second half of the presentation everyone was invited to the stage to test different tools and materials on their phones while we kept discussing todays privacy questions. Some of the ‘mini workshops’ are useful others don’t really make sense but offer a strong therapeutic moment to ‘grill’ your mobile phone in a non destructive way.  You always wanted to flush your phone in the toilet or bury it in cement? This is your chance! Have it vacuumed in a plastic bag and dip it in paint or through it in other actions!

All slides of the talk and related links here! : http://datenform.de/talks/kampnagel/

Aram Bartholl, 2016

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…more pictures on flickr!!


How to cement in your phone in a non-destructive way!

Aram Bartholl: Speculative Privacy
Aram Bartholl ist Konzept- und Medienkünstler. Im Mittelpunkt seines Interesses steht die kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der zunehmenden Digitalisierung unseres Alltags. In seinen oft humorvollen Arbeiten überführt er Items aus der Netzwelt ins Analoge, um bspw. die Allgegenwärtigkeit von Internetunternehmen wie Google sichtbar zu machen. In seinem performativen Workshop TRANSPARENCY zeigt er welche digitalen Spuren bei der Benutzung von Smartphones entstehen und welche Möglichkeiten es gibt, diese zu verwischen.

Thanks to the Kampnagel team for making all this possible!

http://www.kampnagel.de/de/programm/datapolitics/
20. August 2016, 18:00 – 19:30 (Halle P1)
Kampnagel, Hamburg

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August 24th, 2016 at 11:51 am