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



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

!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

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: September 2007

Rudolf Bartholl 100st birthday

September 30, 2007

My grandfather Rudolf Bartholl turns 100 years today. Unfortunately he died already in1970 before I was born. Never the less I feel very connected to his work and life as an artist, painter and fabric designer.

Rudolf Bartholl studied fine arts / painting at the Akadamie of Breslau and Berlin at Prof. Willi Jaeckel till 1930. In the spirit of the Arts and Crafts movement in the 1920’s (Bauhaus) he founded the “Werkgemeinschaft Michelsdorf”(Arts & Craft Community Michelsdorf) in 1939. This collaboration with other artists focused on manly fabric design, carpender’s workshop, upholstering and smithy. After the war in 1949 he built up a hand-loom weaving workshop in Bad Oldesloe (close to Hamburg, DE) which has been continued by my grandmother Norah Bartholl (1908-1998) after his death.

He took part in many aplied arts exhibitions with the Textile Society Schleswig-Holstein in:

– Hamburg,
– Hannover,
– Munich: Handwerksmesse and Neue Sammlung;
– Frankfurt,
– Stuttgart,
– Ostende,
– Sidney (1965),
– Paris (1967),
– Lyon,
– Nizza,
– Bordeaux and Lissabon (1967),
– Tokio and San Franzisko (1964).


– Kunstgewerbeverein Hamburg 1966
– Bavaria State award, Munich 1967
– Hessischer State Award, Frankfurt 1967

Book “Der Maler Rudolf Bartholl”

Lexicon of textile design University Paderborn

Bartholl, Rudolf

30.9.1907 in Bad Oldesloe, + 1970 in Bad Oldesloe; Maler, Weber, Entwerfer für Textilien, Keramiken u.a.

Studium der Malerei an den Akademien Breslau und Berlin bis 1930. Nach Auslandsreisen seit 1931 Atelier in Hamburg. 1934 Übersiedlung nach Midelsdorf/ Schlesien und Gründung der „Webgemeinschaft Midelsdorf für Textil-, Tischlerei-, Polsterei- und Schmiedehandwerk“. Dort erste Webarbeiten. 1939 Webmeisterprüfung. 1949 Aufbau der Handwebereiwerkstatt in Bad Oldesloe, die seit seinem Tod von seiner Frau Nora Bartholl geleitet wird. Vorwiegend Textilien für den Inneneinrichtungsbedarf, wie Vorhangstoffe, Teppiche und Decken, in enger Zusammenarbeit mit Architekten und Handwerkern. 1968/69 Beteiligung an der Ausstellung „Gestaltendes Handwerk“. Ausgezeichnet u.a. mit dem Preis des Kunstgewerbevereins Hamburg 1966, und 1967 mit dem Bayrischen Staatspreis (Goldmedaille) sowie dem Hessischen Staatspreis für das Kunsthandwerk. Ein Dekostoff (1959, Inv. Nr. 53/59) in der Neuen Sammlung München.

Lit.: Deutsches Handwerks-Institut Bonn (Hrsg.): Gestaltendes Handwerk 1968/69. Dortmund 1969; Wichmann, Hans: Von Morris bis Memphis. Textilien der Neuen Sammlung Ende 19. bis Ende 20. Jh.= Band 3 der Sammlungskataloge der Neuen Sammlung (München). Basel 1990, S. 252; Beder, Jutta: „Zwischen Blümchen und Picasso“ Textildesign der fünfziger Jahre in Westdeutschland. Münster 2002, S. 140

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“SpeechBubbles” at Picnic07

September 26, 2007

I am still waiting for my crate. But as soon as the Speech Bubbles arrive I’ll perform them here at Picnic 07 Amsterdam. See you around.

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Talk at Pecha Kucha Berlin

September 25, 2007

25.09. at Tape Gallery


Shiro Masuyama
(Künstler, spricht über seine Arbeit ‘Parky Party’)
Katja Sambeth (Filmemacherin, erzählt von ihrer Arbeit)
David Brown Junior (Künstler, zeigt eine Fotoserie)
Ralf Barsties (Zahntechniker, zeigt uns Bilder aus seinem Arbeitsalltag)
Cosima Reif (Illustratorin, klärt uns auf über das ‘Neue Frauenbild’)
Aram Bartholl (Künstler, erzählt Einzelheiten zu dem Projekt ‘Second City’ auf der diesjährigen Ars Electronica)
Tobias Leingruber (Designer, erklärt uns sein ”Timemachine Plugin’ für Firefox)
Julia Reinecke (Kulturwissenschaftlerin, spricht über ihr kürzlich erschienenes Buch über Street Art)
Matthias Böttger und Ragna Körby (überraschen uns mit einem Vortrag mit dem Titel ‘6633 Meter Fernsehturm – beeindruckend, bestiegen, bestürzt’)
Aka-Aki (Florian Hadler und Lukas Hartmann: die Instant Community Plattform fürs Handy im Elchtest)
Dirk Krechting (Künstler, zeigt seine Arbeiten)

+ Surprise-Gast: Gewinner der Ebay-Auktion

“Tree” during Ars Electronica, documentation & movie

September 21, 2007

A forest, half virtual, half real, on Marienstraße, Second City, Ars Electronica 2007. As in most computer games and 3D worlds, objects from the real world are “copied” or simulated in simplified form and in accordance with programming constraints. Textures are applied to 3D structures and, depending on lighting conditions, the images making up the virtual scenery are computed in real time during the game. Most trees are constructed out of two interlocking surfaces, each of which is covered with the same tree-view texture. The transparency of the gaps between the leaves and branches is provided by a so-called alpha channel in the graphics file. From a certain distance and the corresponding perspective, this abstracted form of a tree in virtual space doesn’t stand out as a simplification.

…read on & more pics on project page

Better quality quicktime movie here.

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Exhibition “Public Play” Leipzig 07

September 20, 2007

“Public Play” took place during the Games Convention Leipzig DE, europe biggest game fair end of August. A nice selection of Game Art pieces involving public space curated by Andreas Lange has been shown at the GC07. “WoW” workshop/performance was part of the show.
Full documentation of “Public Play” on Compter Game Museum Berlin.

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2nd City Carpet

September 19, 2007

This piece of carpet in front of my studio (classic berlin style) reminded me of a great loss. For 2nd City – Ars Electronica I planned a really big carpet covering whole Marienstrasse in Linz. Unfortunately city authorities didn’t allow us to realize this important element of 2nd City. Just imagine this carpet covering the street completely. Next time! 🙂

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“Chat”, full documentation.

September 18, 2007

Chat documentation completed!

The Chat project is a mobile performance installation that can be played by two people at a time. Just like in World of Warcraft or Second Life, the two participants communicate with each other in the form of brief text messages input via keyboard. Immediately after they’ve been entered, the written communiqués appear in comic-strip-like dialogue balloons projected above the speaker’s head.

read on, more pics and movie on projects site.

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Map pin commercial

September 18, 2007

Map marker seem to be quite popular lately. Take a look at this Kia-ad. Is there any relation to my “Map” project? 😉
Thx for the link, Jonah!

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2nd City on Linden Labs Blog

September 18, 2007

Robin Harper blogged some pics of 2nd City – Ars Electronica on the Linden Labs blog. I would like to share two fotos showing here phoning from RL into SL in Peter Harlanders phone booth at 2nd City.

Thanks for your visit and talk at 2nd City – Ars Eletronica, Robin!

We make money … WoW!

September 16, 2007

Good friend Mirjam just skyped me this nice picture. Sorry, I had to blog this. I did’t noticed Regine walked her Blog in WoW-Style at 2ndCity – Ars Electronica. Hehe, not bad!

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