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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

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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 rorschmap.com, 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 0100101110101101.org
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 Pokerstars.com, 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

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Offline Art: hardcore, Kasseler Kunstverein 2013

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


German:

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 rorschmap.com, 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 0100101110101101.org
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 Pokerstars.com. 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

You are not checked in

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Offline Art: ‘Your are not checked in’

at ‘Capture All!’, Transmediale, Berlin, 28.1.-1.2. 2015
curated by Aram Bartholl

Six positions capturing the state of social, mobile and post anything.

High Retention - Slow Delivery!!
Constant Dullaart, video 10:00 min, 2014
Artificial quantified social capital redistributed, Social media Socialism. 2.5 million Instagram followers were bought and distributed amongst a personal selection of the art-world active on Instagram.

A Letter To Young Internet Artists
Emilie Gervais, website, 2014
Art movements are as irrelevant as categorizing art under medium labels, because 2014 is about life.

Anti-social media protest
Citizens Against Social Media, protest, 2014
PROTEST AT THE SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK ROTTERDAM 2014

*PLSS
Claudia Mate, video, 2:12min,  2014
Portable Life Support System for the contemporary man.

lotru-on-hotpink.com – No Original Research series
Evan Roth, website, 2014
A series of websites, each created from a single animation and audio file found on wikipedia.org

Excellences & Perfections Video Essay
Amalia Ulman, video, 10:31min, 2014
A scripted online performance on Instagram and Facebook.

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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 i tself becomes visible only on the visitor’s private screen.The pieces are locally widely accessible but disconnected from the Internet.

prior show in the offline art exhibition format at xpo gallery 2013


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THX everyone! The show came out really cool! Perfect setup and beautiful hardcore Netart!! :)) More about the OFFLINE ART exhibition format can be found here and an opening speech by Olia Lialina for the first edition is here.

OFFLINE ART: Hardcore

Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
August 30  – October 13 2013

curated by Aram Bartholl

‘Hardcore’ features a selected group of artists representing a wide range of radical approaches contrasting the mainstream idea of the digital image and web culture. Referring to subcultures in music during the 80s & 90s todays hardcore attitude can be found in various media and genres on the Internet. In the glossy controlled era of Facebook, Apple, and Google hardcore artists challenge conventions with radical points of view and hard core works.

production: Klara Pietrzak
code: Matthias Strubel
credits: xpo gallery

All pictures on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bartholl/sets/72157635466755374/

with:

CONSTANT DULLAART
TOS (2013)
video

DEANNA HAVAS
Found Abstract Renders (2012)
Digital Image, .PNG

EI JANE JANET LIN in collaboration with MIAO JIAXIN
Collaborations #3 (2010)
video

EVA AND FRANCO MATTES aka 0100101110101101.org
Emily’s Video, extract (2012)
video

EVAN ROTH
http://kamasutra-on-dimgray.com (2013)
website

JODI
???? Representing  6′  Rainer Brendel  (2013)
website

JON CATES
(k)NEW.ERR▷ (2013)
HTML

LORNA MILLS
PUNCH (2013)
found animated gif collage

JEREMIAH JOHNSON
Enduring Potential (2013)
Website

PENELOPE UMBRICO
TV from Craigslist (2008- ongoing)
digital files of various sizes

ROSA MENKMAN
Beyond Resolution (2013)
website

SAKROWSKI aka. CuratingYouTube
CM-Version 2013 (2013)
video 18 min

UBERMORGEN
YouTube Comments (2013)
PNG, MKV

VUK ĆOSIĆ
Documenta DONE (1997)
website

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 i tself becomes visible only on the visitor’s private screen.The pieces are locally widely accessible but disconnected from the Internet

Aram Bartholl 2013

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OFFLINE ART: Hardcore

OFFLINE ART: Hardcore

Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
August 30  – October 13 2013
Opening August 29, 7pm, rsvp on fb

curated by Aram Bartholl

‘Hardcore’ features a selected group of artists representing a wide range of radical approaches contrasting the mainstream idea of the digital image and web culture. Referring to subcultures in music during the 80s & 90s todays hardcore attitude can be found in various media and genres on the Internet. In the glossy controlled era of Facebook, Apple, and Google hardcore artists challenge conventions with radical points of view and hard core works.

with:
Constant Dullaart
Deanna Havas
Ei Jane Janet Lin
Eva & Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.org
Evan Roth
JODI
Jon Cates
Lorna Mills
Jeremiah Johnson
Penelope Umbrico
Rosa Menkman
Sakrowski aka curatingYouTube
UBERMORGEN
Vuk Ćosić

production: Klara Pietrzak
code: Matthias Strubel
credits: xpo gallery

The show will take place parallel to Aram Bartholls solo show “Hello World!” at Kasseler Kunstverein in the same period of time.

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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 i tself becomes visible only on the visitor’s private screen.The pieces are locally widely accessible but disconnected from the Internet

see also the documentation of the first OFFLINE ART show new2 at xpo gallery Feb 2013 http://datenform.de/offline-art-new2-eng.html

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Also as text at http://www.ecrans.fr/Offline-Art-il-faut-savoir-reseaux,16024.html
Thx to Marie Lechner for the great piece!!

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February 28th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

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Flickr picture set of OFFLINE ART: new2 opening at xpo gallery in Paris last Thursday. The opening was magic! Thx to all the artist taking part in this experiment! Thx to xpo gallery for making this possible! Thx to Olia Lialina for the fabulous opening speech! Thx everyone!

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bartholl/sets/72157632855770234/show/

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February 26th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

OFFLINE ART: new2

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Upate: Picture documentation of the show here

I am very pleased to announce this upcoming show I curated for xpo gallery. The exhibition format is inspired by David Dart’s Piratebox. OFFLINE ART is some sort of cross-over of Speed Shows and Dead Drops bur still very different :)). Tech specs and software to be released soon! Credits to Matthias Strubel for code! Thx!!
CU there everyone!!

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21st February
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SAVE THE DATE
Xpo Gallery is pleased  to announce the next exhibtion

OFFLINE ART: new2

curated by Aram Bartholl

participating artists : Cory Arcangel, Kim Asendorf, Claude Closky, Constant Dullaart, Dragan Espenschied, Faith Holland, JODI, Olia Lialina, Jonas Lund, Evan Roth, Phil Thompson, Emilie Gervais & Sarah Weis

Opening Thursday 21st  February, 6.30-9.30pm
7:00pm Introduction by Prof. Olia Lialina

exhibition until Saturday 14th March  2013

XPO GALLERY  17, rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth – 75003 Paris

new2 is the first show realized in the OFFLINE ART exhibition format.
Web based art works will be accessible via wireless network but disconnected from the internet .A high profile selection of 14 artists of various ‘Internet generations’ – who are all working digitally and online – will present  recent and new works. OFFLINE ART: new2 is a group show all about files, versions and copies that questions the endless ‘new’ in our era of the daily remix on the Internet. A digital file can be copied endlessly, without any loss of quality, and the web culture of nonstop creation, sharing and remixing of files has influenced a whole generation of artists.Over the last two decades, internet artists have been constantly and prolifically creating web-based works.  Often files are collected online, reused, recycled and remixed in varied and numerous ways. The next version is called ‘…-new.gif’ but is already outdated 5 minutes later, with the arrival of  ‘…new2.gif’. Computers and the Internet don’t require a final version. ‘I still need to make some changes….’.What is the current state of net art and what happens when works are taken offline??

What is the correct format in which to show a piece of art in a gallery space that has only previously existed on the web? And what is the relationship between internet art and the ever-growing number of mobile devices?OFFLINE ART: new2 reflects recent discussions among artists and curators on how and if pieces should be available offline. All pieces in this show are browser based and at the same time only locally accessible. In the end it is the decision of each artist how and which version will also be available on the INTERNET.

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 i tself becomes visible only on the visitor’s private screen.The pieces are locally widely accessible but disconnected from the Internet

Aram Bartholl 2013

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January 19th, 2013 at 4:30 pm