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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.

 

 

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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

BND-tweet-photoshopedhttps://twitter.com/tomben2512/status/434334766155202560

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

BND-nyt-linkhttps://twitter.com/Palladin6/status/434414165176750080

…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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March 5th, 2014 at 11:17 am

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UPDATE: Awesome opening yesterday night!! Thx to everyone for showing up! Thx to all the artists participating in this show!! & thx to xpo gallery making this possible!! Full press release and descriptions of the works below. More documentation to come!

Full-Screen-rozendaalRafaël Rozendaal,  2013, everything always everywhere .com website, courtesy xpo gallery

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flickr set. All pictures courtesy xpo gallery, 2014. Images by Vincianne Verguethen. Thx!!

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I am very pleased to announce another show I curated for xpo gallery Paris to place in March 2014. Looking fwd to this!! :))

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Rafaël Rozendaal,  2013, everything always everywhere .com website, courtesy xpo gallery

FULL SCREEN
Wear art on your wrist! A group show on very big and very small screens!

‘What time is it?’ – ‘It’s art!’

FULL SCREEN celebrates the evolution of the screen in its most extreme developments. Soon screens will disappear from physical view and will be replaced by laser light projected directly into the eye’s retina. Pixels crammed into a rectangle will soon be considered history just as a medium like oil painting is history today. For this exhibition, twelve internationally renowned artists have produced screen-based artwork to be shown on the screens of 12 small smart watches and one large LED screen. Now is the time to go FULL SCREEN!

Each watch contains a single art piece. The common function of the watch has been replaced by an artwork. Visitors to the gallery are urged to ‘Wear art on your wrist!’ and try on the watches themselves. In juxtaposition with the high-resolution (320 x 320px, 275ppi) screens of the watches, a ten-meter wide low-resolution (816 x 96px, 2,54ppi) LED screen spans the wall leading into the exhibition space. This bright, massive screen will display artworks referencing each of the pieces on view on the small watch screens.

Despite the current hype about wearable devices, the latest designs of smart watches feel incredibly dated, as if digital watches of the 80’s have come back in style. The same seems true for giant LED displays that are aggressively bright but very low in resolution, as if desperately trying to seek contact with the viewer. Over the years, the prime dimensions of screens have changed from small, to big, to small again – increasingly moving closer and closer to our eyes. Most importantly, recent developments in digital screen technologies suggest an imminent extinction of the use of physical screens, bringing a sense of urgency to the important questions that the creation and use of digital screen based artworks pose. Let’s celebrate the good old screens as long as we still have them! Let’s celebrate the new retro in a time when society comes to realize its impending digital metamorphosis. ‘Excuse me, but do you have the time?’

Curated by Aram Bartholl

Opening March 13, 2014 Save the date!
March 13 – April 4, 2014
XPO gallery, Paris

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

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Vincent Broquaire, Minute after minute (2014), video, 01:00 min.
Using unique hand drawn animations, Vincent Broquaire questions our viewing habits with surprising simplicity. With a few animated strokes he creates small, beautiful universes about the relationships between society, machines and technology. “The screen fills like a sand glass. But is it empty in the first place? Considering that each flowing grain of sand corresponds to a pixel, the work questions the process of appearance and disappearance of the screen and its basic states as a white screen or black screen. But what is the outcome for these small objects? Is there an entire world involved? Can a hidden technical device and a complex mechanical system join together on a mission to make the screen disappear?“

Jennifer Chan, Deep Burn (2014), video, 00:52 min.
Jennifer Chan works with video, performance, and web-based media. She deliberately creates kitschy remix videos as a form of social commentary on the topics of post-internet art and gender. “Collaging Internet pop-culture is a way to appreciate it as artifacts in a complex light, and to be critical of it by ‘acting out’ within its language. Deep Burn represents “the need to act calm in a state of constant anxiety depicted by anime eyes over inverted, time re-mappedexplosions. Sources are from the anime series Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Tabor Robak’s Explosions (2010), and free riser sound effects by Deficio.”

Petra Cortright, buggin out (2013), video, 02:03 min.
“The videos are what first got Cortright noticed. Descended from the moving-image work of Alex Bag and Pipilotti Rist, they’re limited to about two minutes — because no one wants more than that, she reasons — and usually feature her on a webcam, displaying a guileless SoCal demeanor that has become her personal brand. In “buggin out,” a recent piece, she uses digital trickery to change the size of her eyes each time she raises and lowers a pair of sunglasses, so that they go from teensy to anime-character enormous. “It’s half very sincere,” she says, “and then, of course, it’s also a performance as well.” – NYT Magazine Nov. 2013.

Constant Dullaart, The Sleeping Sunset (2014), screengrab from http://thesleepinginternet.com, 5:00 min.
In January 2014, a picture of a sunset from an advertisement in Tiananmen Square went viral on the Internet. In the image, the sun is caught in a moment between coming and going but never setting on the huge LED screen during any time of the day. The sunset is sleeping and it is slowly breathing. Inhale. Exhale. In 2011, Dullaart created the website work thesleepinginternet.com based on the sleep mode light used on Apple computers. When viewing this page, the full website fades to black and then returns to full brightness within the cycle of a few seconds like the rising and setting of the sun. The work, The Sleeping Sunset, is a screen grab of that rising and setting website, a reflection on the desperate attempt to stop and capture the rising and setting of the light of time.

Oliver Laric, Nymph Untying Her Sandal (2013) , animated gif, 320 x 320px,
The rotating Nymph Untying Her Sandal is digital artwork from a series of 3D scans of objects from the Usher Gallery and The Collection in Lincoln. The project started in 2012, when Ashley Gallant from The Collection in Lincoln invited artist Oliver Laric to propose an idea for the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Award for Museums. Laric’s proposal to create 3D scans of the collection and subsequently publish all data for free was chosen as the winning project.  Nymph Untying Her Sandal, Artist: Gibson, John, Period: 19th Century, Material: Stone, marble, Inscription: I Gibson ne fecit Roma, Object Number: LCNUG: 1927/142

Sara Ludy, Mist (2014), video, 60:00 min.
Sara Ludy is interested in the logic of spaces and the digital constructions of nature. In her work, she often compares physical and virtually generated nature. Mist is a one hour computer generated animation of slowly changing cloud structures. With the help of algorithms it is possible nowadays to simulate mist movement in a very naturalistic way. However, Ludy tricks the viewer. The cloud structures only seem to change shape and color in chaotic, random ways. Only after a longer study of the work, it becomes apparent that the shapes and movements are consistently symmetrical, unlike natural clouds. The mystical and calm movements promise the freedom and uniqueness of nature while the underlying truth is pure calculation.

Raquel Meyers, Aztec Ballad (2013), video, 01:44 min.,  music by Goto80
Raquel Meyers follows a very unique way to create her carpet woven like digital animations. She draws her colorful geometric tableaus ‘by hand’ in typewriter mode on a classic Commodore C64, which was a popular personal computer from the 1980′s. With a system of old software and the special character format PETSSCI (similar to ASCII), one can follow Meyers ‘live’ as she unfolds the amusing play animation of Aztec Ballad. With great speed, the cursor moves over the drawing on screen, changing and rearranging symbol by symbol. “I call it “keyboardslöjd” which means drawing/crafting by typing. It’s a mix between traditional techniques like embroidery and typewriting. Basically, you have to type everything in one go and then save it. There is no load function, no copy paste, and no undo.”

Evan Roth, http://christopher-george-latore-wallace.com (2014), website, variable
US copyright law protects the work of an artist for 70 years after their death before it is allowed to become public domain. The rapper Christopher George Latore Wallace, also known as The Notorious B.I.G. was shot in March 1997. Evan Roth’s website piece http://christopher-george-latore-wallace.com is a clock counting down the time left until The Notorious B.I.G.’s artistic work becomes public in March 2067. Only then can the DJs and musicians of the world officially play and remix his music. The existence of this website questions the highly protective copy right laws of the music industry which appear outdated when seen through the lens of the vibrant remix culture developed through the Internet – especially because the culture of remixing and sampling was first invented in rap music.

Rafaël Rozendaal, everything always everywhere.com (2013), website, variable
Rafaël Rozendaal is well known for his ongoing series of abstract, colorful websites with an intriguing combination of shape, movement, sound and interaction. With striking simplicity, the viewer’s imagination is catalyzed by the optical illusions made using basic elements of sound and color. Soon Rozendaal will reach his hundredth website. The project everything always everywhere.com is made up of progressively expanding blue gradient tones that draw the viewer’s attention towards a fixed horizon.

Paul Souviron, Sémantique du présent non exhaustif  (2014), video, 06:25  min.
The clock is ticking. Second after second. But wait, what does is say? Paul Souviron confronts us with questions of the passing of time by accumulating a wide range of symbols from various religions, secret societies, stone-cutters, internet sources and more. Some symbols seem very familiar while others are unknown. Could one be from an ancient culture? Or does is it a design for high-tech electronic parts? In his works, Paul Souviron often investigates the process of deconstruction, the unfinished and how time leaves its traces on man-made culture. In a trance-like stream of black and white lines and patterns Sémantique du présent non exhaustif  constantly poses questions in place of telling the actual time.

Addie Wagenknecht, Lasertits (2014), video, 00:36 min.
In her screen-based works, Addie Wagenknecht often combines powerful icons of viral pop-culture on the web with animated gif tableaus. In her digital collages, figures slowly accumulate. The initial image begins with the famous Super Mario clouds (originally used by artists Cory Arcangel), set against a pink background. Soon, a whole mob of animated gifs are attracted to the scene and proceed to interact and enjoying themselves. The effect is so likeable that even the attack of the space invaders will not even cause trouble for these joyful characters.

Ai Weiwei, Dumbass (2013), video, 05:13 min.
Ai Weiwei is one of the few internationally acclaimed artists who concertedly engage with the powerful outreach that the internet offers and incorporates this understanding into his own practice. In addition to his highly active twitter account with more than 260.000 followers, he recently created a couple of web based projects such as http://weiweicam.com/ or http://www.moonmoonmoonmoon.com/ which was in collaboration with artist Olafur Eliasson. In the project Dumbass, Weiwei chose to utilize another pop-culture format as a method of reaching out to a large audience.  He created a music video to talk about his period of detention by the Chinese government in 2011 when he was also banned from speaking. To date, the 5 minute clip on YouTube has more than 300.000 views.

Credits for Android code Dan Moore!!

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January 17th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Unpainted

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I m showing works with DAM Gallery at the new UNPAINTED media art fair in munich coming weekend. On Sunday 1pm I ll be part of a panel discussion about online/offline art. CU there!

“OFFLINE/ONLINE” UNPAINTED talk. A dialogue with Philippe Riss (xpo gallery, Paris), Aram Bartholl (artist, Berlin), Kim Asendorf (artist, Berlin), Rory Blain (s(edition, London), Elizabeth Markevitch (ikono TV, London), Klaus vom Bruch (new media professor)
moderator: Florian Mueck

UNPAINTED
Jan 17 -20, 2014Munich

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January 17th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Killyourphone press

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ARD Mittagsmagazin

http://www.daserste.de/information/politik-weltgeschehen/mittagsmagazin/sendung/handy-funkloch-tasche-100.html

Funkloch fürs Handy selbst basteln.
Immer und überall haben wir das Handy dabei – und immer und überall könnte unser Handy auch abgehört werden. Es sei denn, man bastelt sich sein eigenes Funkloch. Der Künstler Aram Bartholl zeigt, wie einfach es ist. Metallbeschichteten Stoff nehmen, an den Seiten zusammen nähen, Handy rein und zuklappen.

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http://www.sueddeutsche.de/digital/aram-bartholl-ein-funkloch-zum-selbernaehen-1.1855574

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January 16th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

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My talk at CCC congress

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJBv-4uDdmY

My talk at 30C3 congress in Hamburg last weekend. You can find all recordings of all talks also here http://media.ccc.de/browse/congress/2013/index_1.html Good stuff!

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January 2nd, 2014 at 10:55 am

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Kill Your Phone! workshop at #30C3

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I had a lot of fun running this workshop at the congress last week. Visitors were invited to make their own blocking pouch. We had tons of interesting discussions at the table and it showed a lot of people know much about radio waves and frequencies but often have a hard time working the sewing machine :))
Thx for joining! to be continued…

 

“Open workshop to passively block your phone from sending and receiving. Make your own signal blocking Faraday pouch! How to wrap your phone to kill any wireless connection? How to pack your phone so it can’t record any sound? Which materials work best? Where to get them? What are the cheapest and fastest solutions? We have cloths, tools and a sewing machine. Feel free to join! Bring your own stuff!

http://killyourphone.com/

https://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/wiki/Projects:Kill_Your_Phone!

at 30C3: 30th Chaos Communication Congress
December 27th to 30th, 2013 Hamburg

 

 

 

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January 2nd, 2014 at 10:53 am

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January 2nd, 2014 at 10:42 am

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Hello World! at 30C3

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I’m very pleased to announce my talk ‘Hello Work!’  at #30C3, the hacker congress by Chaos Computer Club. I love this annual event and I’ve been coming here since end of the 90′s. The congress is the place where I actually started to show my art 10 years ago, a perfect place to test prototype interventions or last minute workshop ideas :)). It is an honor to have the opportunity to present a full length talk with such an exquisite audience in this special year 2013. Thx to the art&beauty team Gregor & Mey!

https://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/Fahrplan/events/5611.html

Hello World!

How to make art after Snowden?

Day 2: 2013-12-28
Start time: 11:30 am

 

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December 26th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

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Dropping the Internet

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Dropping the Internet
Aram Bartholl
2013

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October 31st, 2013 at 5:56 pm

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