Aram Bartholl
english / deutsch

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OPEN INTERNET
public intervention
2011

video: 4:06 min

material: LED signs, DC/AC converter, 12V battery, card board, belt
dimensions: 43 x 40 x 4 cm

In a consumer society, LED signs are often used to advertise cheap or affordable services and products in store windows and flea markets because their low-res aesthetics and eye-catching colors easily attract the attention of passers-by.

Appropriating and combining two readymade LED signs that read “OPEN” and “INTERN@T,” Bartholl refers to the frequent use of neon signs in contemporary art as a medium to express messages that can be intimate and/or philosophical (“Open Internet” as a manifesto for a better and wider Internet infrastructure and net neutrality). He also turns himself into a sandwich man by advertising his own service—an open internet network available for everyone in the surrounding area through a 3G hotspot on his mobile phone.

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I ve been looking at these cheaply produced, super low resolution LED signs (the IRL animated gif ;-) for a while already. End of last year I filmed this meaningfull pair in a kiosk window in Berlin and fell in love with them. First I used the picture for the SPEED SHOW 5 title in Paris but I had to take it a bit further. :) You find LED signs in any shopping window especially in EU these days. There are also many OPEN signs in US but hardly any INTERNET signs. I had to change that! :)

Aram Bartholl
2011

OPEN INTERNET was produced during a residency stay at EYEBEAM.

camera: Tim Clark, Claire Lacoste, Kaho Abe, thx!

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