Current Events

Urban Art Biennale

26. April – 10. November 2024
Biennial, Völklinger Hüttte, Saarbrücken

The World In My Hand

18. April – 31. October 2024
Group Show, Alexanser Tutsek-Stiftung, München

The World in My Hand explores the smartphone as both object and aesthetic inspiration for artistic creation. It comments on public debates surrounding the many uses of smartphones: from always-on media consumption to digital detox, from swiping and matching to ghosting and blocking, from language atrophy to information overload, from resource depletion to status symbol.

The curators, Dr Jörg Garbrecht and Katharina Wenkler, have chosen a narrative approach to the exhibition. In eight chapters, they summarize various aspects and debates surrounding the smartphone, ranging from the launch date of our daily digital companion to its characteristic touchscreen and the contractions of time and space it enables. Deeply personal moments – such as Ai Weiwei’s selfie at the moment of his arrest or Sergey Melnitchenko’s photograph of his son during a blackout in Kyiv – appear alongside themes of perception and presentation of the self, as realized in the glass sculpture Stability by Julija Pociūtė. Other subjects include: looking for love online, as in Ariane Forkel’s Casanova’s Kabinett or John Yuyi’s Tinder Match; the complexities and pitfalls of digital communication, for example in the works of James Akers or Alejandra Seeber; and the smartphone as a means of staying in touch during pandemic lockdown isolation, for instance in the work of George McLeod. Edward Burtynsky’s photograph of lithium mines in the Atacama Desert calls attention to the topic of raw materials for electronic devices.

With works by:
Tornike Abuladze, James Akers, Ai Weiwei, Kate Baker, Aram Bartholl, Tillie Burden, Edward Burtynsky, Yvon Chabrowski, Julia Chamberlain, Rachel Daeng Ngalle, Erwin Eisch, Ariane Forkel, Shige Fujishiro, Valentin Goppel, David Horvitz, Artem Humilevskyi, Gudrun Kemsa, Zsuzsanna Kóródi, Brigitte Kowanz, George McLeod, Sergey Melnitchenko, Jonas Noël Niedermann, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, Katie Paterson mit Zeller & Moye, Julija Pociūtė, Rebecca Ruchti, Karin Sander, Jeffrey Sarmiento, Alejandra Seeber, JanHein van Stiphout, Jolita Vaitkute, Sascha Weidner, John Yuyi, Jeff Zimmer

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Upcoming Events

25 Jahre Stiftung Springhornhof

21. September – 3. November 2024
Group Show, Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen

Flussbad Berlin

11. – 30. September 2024
Group Show, Roter Saal, Berlin

Recent Events

Killyourphone workshop

13. April 2024
Workshop, Transmediale exhibition hosted by Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

14:00 – 16:00

Killyourphone is an open workshop format. Participants are invited to make their own signal blocking phone pouch. In the pouch the phone can’t send or receive any signals. It is dead! This workshop was run for the first time at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg end of 2013.

Stitch Incoming!!

25. March 2024
Curatorial, Speed Show at Web Cafe, Athens

Monday 25th of March, 7:00 PM at Web Cafe, Eptanisou 40, 113 61 , Kypseli – Athens

with:
!Mediengruppe Bitnik with Selena Savić & Gordan Savičić , Ingrid Hideki, Joanna Bacas, Kyriaki Goni, Maria Mavropoulou, Marina Gioti, Marsunev, Nadja Buttendorf, Theo Triantafyllidis

Curated by Aram Bartholl & Socrates Stamatatos

Speed Show lands in Greece, the country of souvlaki, the sun (yes we can claim that they originated a celestial body), ouzo, feta, an enormous financial debt. Currently, Greece is also trending for all the wrong reasons namely, gentrification, queerphobia, state crimes and more dystopic incidents.
As 2024 unfolds, we find ourselves amidst a whirlwind of confusion, bombarded with a cacophony of online horrors to consume, an attention span further abbreviated by TikTok’s algorithm and the barrage of incoming stitches.

Stitches Incoming serve as a conduit for creators to engage and converse, traversing from one topic to the next. They have evolved into a new social fabric, weaving connections within an ever-shifting digital and physical landscape while also serving as a testament to personal and collective traumas, both past and present.

What unites the participating digital artists? Perhaps everything and nothing simultaneously… Departing from the traditional Speed Show setup, where artworks are carefully stacked inside internet cafe computers, and drawing inspiration from the structure of TikTok stitches, each piece seems to propel the conversation forward, or perhaps uses the next as a springboard for its own narrative.

Stitch this and stitch that, we have everything you ever wanted (maybe) ! Are we stuck in an infinite loop of sh*tposting, valuable content, the highlight of social issues, personal and interpersonal experiences?
Maybe! Come and find out…

More info on Speed Shows at https://speedshow.net/stitch-incoming/

Killyourphone workshop

23. March 2024
Workshop, Transmediale exhibition hosted by Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

14:00 – 16:00

Killyourphone is an open workshop format. Participants are invited to make their own signal blocking phone pouch. In the pouch the phone can’t send or receive any signals. It is dead! This workshop was run for the first time at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg end of 2013.

Killyourphone workshop

9. March 2024
Workshop, Transmediale exhibition hosted by Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

14:00 – 16:00

Killyourphone is an open workshop format. Participants are invited to make their own signal blocking phone pouch. In the pouch the phone can’t send or receive any signals. It is dead! This workshop was run for the first time at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg end of 2013.

Blog Archive for Month: May 2007

Ellipse

May 30, 2007


“Ellipse”, a very beautiful piece by Frederic Geurts in the yard of Voorkamer in 2003. No, it’s not a photoshop. I love this lightness of it. I discovered a poster of this piece during my show last week at Voorkamer.

“WoW” at Voorkamer Lier, BE

May 26, 2007


Today I am doing the “WoW” workshop and performance at “Interventions” at Voorkamer Lier,BE. Rik and Peter running interesting shows in this really beautiful old building next to the cathedral in Lier.

“Interventions”, program for 26.05.2007:

17:00 h “WoW” Aram Bartholl Workshop/Performance
18:00 h “The Island” Christian Hasucha Grote Markt Lier.
19:00 h “The German Revenge” Frank Bölter, Grote Markt Lier.
20:00 h Lezing Helmut Dick Heilige Geest site, Heilige Geeststraat 7, Lier.
21:00 h Drinks + food.

H. Geeststraat 7, B-2500 Lier, Belgium


“VOORKAMER is an artist’s initiative concept that was launched by Rik De Boe and Peter Morrens in October 1996 at Lier (Bril 14). VOORKAMER features a range of solo performances of contemporary visual artists from Belgium and abroad, on a yearly basis.

Group exhibitions/projects are moreover organised in various venues as well as teamwork projects with other artists’ initiative concepts. For these specific “extra muros” projects, different exhibition modules are sought such as venues of architectural, historical and/or social interest.”
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Pic of the day: Mitraillette

May 26, 2007


A Mitraillette is not a cake. It is a classic Belgium sandwich with fries and burger. I really like the way they serve this stuff here in Brussels.

Temporary Institute, the “Grid”

May 25, 2007


I just visited my good old friend David Helbich who lives and works as an performance artist in Brussels. The picture shows the piece called “Grid” which David, Paul Craenen and Laurent Liefooghe realised at the media center Nadine in Brussels during the “Temporary Institute” they founded for their artist in residence this spring. The space at Nadine is quite big with may different levels. The Grid emerged as a slowly growing second layer of space reaching into every corner of Nadine. Nice project!

David’s pieces for guitar and air-guitar “Hallo 1-2-3-4-5” will be performed tonight at Nadine. All Brussel based people are invited to join.

“NADINE
in concert
on sat. 26/05, 21h00

– Helmut Lachenmann “Salut für Caudwell” (1977) for two guitarists
– David Helbich “Hallo 1-2-3-4-5” (2000-2002) for guitar and air-guitar
– Niels Rønsholdt “Wir I” (2004) for guitar & audio playback
– Kobe Van Cauwenberghe & Matthias Koole, guitars

NADINE /PLATEAU & TANI / Herderstraat 30 rue du Berger / Brussel 1050 Bruxelles”

Pic of the day: Sim

May 24, 2007


In Linz, AT I found another marked real Second Life “Sim”.
🙂
see 256

Thanks to Carola for showing it to me …

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“Speech Bubble” movie and documentation

May 23, 2007


The Speech Bubble performance at the party of Plazes last week went very well and it was great fun. Beside some problems to spell words right there were no technical problems. I didn’t even need the second batterie. I edited the video footage some days ago. Thanks again to Ariel for helping me out documenting.
Find more pics, a high res quicktime, full concept and description at the “Speech Bubble” projects page.

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Graffitiprinter

May 20, 2007


GRAFFITI PRINTER, beautiful project by Ariel Schlesinger. I think it’s great that he is using a punch card system to program the machine. nice!
We got to know each other on last tuesday during my 256² intervention where Ariel helped out documenting. Same he did for me day before yesterday during my Speech Bubble performance at the plazes party. nice pics Ariel, vid I’ll still have to edit, thanks a lot!

Designmai: Second Life panel 20.5.07 4pm

May 20, 2007

Everybody who is interested in Second Life is invited to join the discussion at the Second Life panel at Designmai this afternoon. Penelists are Florian Schmidt, Matthias Böttger and myself, moderated by Kay Itting.

Second Life day 20.05, 10 – 18:30h
Panel 16:00 h
DESIGNMAI Forum,
Spandauer Str. 2,
10178 Berlin

New project “Speech Bubble” at plazes Designmai party

May 17, 2007


Everybody is invited to join the plazes party “First Life Extravaganza” tomorrow night. The plazes team is moving to new headquarters on Oranienburgerstrasse/Monbijouplatz and a new version of their service is about to be released.

I will perform a new project called “Speach Bubbles” during the evening. Digital messages posted by visitors will find their way back to them on an analogue real life speach bubble. Be aware of what you are saying. I’ll find you. 😉

may 18th, 9pm
new headquarters
Monbijouplatz 5
Berlin

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GalleryDrive movie

May 17, 2007

I posted some pictures two days ago about Niklas’ GalleryDrive. He asked me about the video footage I did during the presentation. Here it is.

Also see posts about this piece by Regine and Jonah