Current Events

The Glass Room

18. January – 26. November 2022
Group Show, MOD, Adelaide

The Glass Room MOD
The Glass Room is a public intervention that aims to educate about technology. With a sleek tech shop vibe, visitors can freely and critically discuss their relationships with data privacy.

Having toured Europe and the US, it will be visiting Australia for the first time in 2022.

From the tech boom to tech backlash, our understanding of the digital has become both deeply personal and deeply political. Our desire for convenience has given way to questions about the trade-offs for how much we can control our data and our understanding about how it is used.

The Glass Room is a place to explore these ideas. The objects here bring to life the hidden aspects of everyday technologies and examine how they are changing the way we live. The objects in The Glass Room provide unconventional and unexpected ways of seeing your relationship with your data.

As technology becomes embedded in every part of our lives, The Glass Room helps you look deeper into the digital: Does your personal data say everything about you, or is it an imperfect portrait? Do more tools, apps, and information make us better and more efficient, or are we giving away more than we want in return? What goes on behind the screens and inside the black boxes of the devices we interact with everyday? If we knew, would we still sign in or click ‘I agree’? How much trust do users invest in big tech companies, and what can be done if that trust is broken? If you want to learn more, you can visit our Data Detox Bar to pick up our Data Detox Kit, which offers you simple tips to enhance your digital privacy, security, and wellbeing.

Featured Artists:

Dries Depoorter, Aram Bartholl, Kiki Mager, Bengt Sjölén, Danja Vasiliev, Sebastian Schmieg, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Tega Brain / Sam Lavigne, Kyriaki Goni, La Loma, and Tactical Tech

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Upcoming Events

On Equal Terms

15. – 25. September 2022
Group Show, Uferhallen, Berlin

From September 15 to 25, the Uferhallen will present the group exhibition On Equal Terms.

A large majority of Berlin-based artists are trying to resist the eco‐ nomic displacement of spaces for artistic experimentation. However, their language is sometimes forced to conform to a similar logic, as workplaces and artistic networks are labelled as “creative hubs” and “cultural capital.” In the struggle against the gentrification of spaces for living and working, these same spaces necessarily become subject to the cultural economy’s valorization process. What is the price to pay for entering the political bidding war for space? What is the relationship between cultural and monetary capital? Are both sides of the conversation on equal terms?

The group show examines, among other things, how art deals with mechanisms of the partly voluntary, partly forced commodification of cultural and artistic values. The exhibition will showcase works by approximately 25 artists from Uferhallen

Recent Events

DFG-Schwerpunktprogramms „Das digitale Bild”

7. – 9. July 2022
Talk, Online, Munich, Marburg

Metapolitisches Hüpfen

10. June 2022
Performance, Grosse Bergstrasse / Goetheplatz, Hamburg

Symposium und antifaschistische Hüpfburg
Große Bergstraße/ Goetheplatz, Hamburg
13:00-19:00 Uhr

Mohamed Amjahid (Vortrag & Diskussion)
Wie aus der Parallelgesellschaft herausspringen?
Über homogen weisse Räume in der Stadt

Aram Bartholl (Performance & Gespräch)
Greetings from Hamburg!
Wie umgehen mit geschichtsrevisionistischer Architektur?

Eduard Freudmann (Vortrag)
Kontextualisierung, Umgestaltung, Weggestaltung
Künstlerische und aktivistische Auseinandersetzungen mit geschichtspolitischen Manifestationen im öffentlichen Raum

Cornelia Siebeck (Thesen & gemeinsames Nachdenken)
Was wir „vergessen“ haben, oder:
Für eine Erinnerungsarbeit ohne Selbstvergewisserung

Nora Sternfeld (Vortrag)
Errungene Erinnerungen
Kontaktzonen umkämpfter und geteilter Geschichte

Gegenwärtig sind wir mit einer rechten Metapolitik konfrontiert, die mit kulturellen Setzungen versucht zivilgesellschaftliche Überzeugungen und kulturelle Diskurse jenseits von Parlamenten nach eigenen Vorstellungen zu verändern. Während das Konzept der Metapolitik eigentlich für den Aufbau einer demokratischen Zivilgesellschaft gedacht war, zielt die Neue Rechte darauf ab, gesellschaftliche Komplexität auf essentialistische Vorstellungen von Kultur, Nation und Volk zu reduzieren. Mit Rekonstruktionen historischer Architektur, ideologischer Inanspruchnahme von Orten, aber auch Angriffen auf Parlamente versucht sie abgeschlossene Identitäten zu konstruieren. Im Ringen um die kulturelle Hegemonie entwendet die Neue Rechte auch den Künsten ihre Strategien, mit denen zuvor noch für eine offene und vielfältige Gesellschaft eingetreten wurde. Sie richtet die performativen Methoden nun gegen die vielfältige Kultur selbst. Dafür dreht sie das kritische Potential der Künste in eine affirmative Symbolhaftigkeit um und verwendet das progressive Moment der Künste für ihre regressiven Ideen.

Obwohl die permanente Gefahr besteht, die entwickelten künstlerischen Praxen in den Händen von Personen mit autoritären und völkischen Vorstellungen wiederzufinden, besteht nach wie vor die Notwendigkeit mit Kunst Ideen davon zu entwickeln, wie wir als Gesellschaft gerne zusammenleben wollen. Metapolitisches Hüpfen bietet den Anlass, rechte Metapolitik zu diskutieren und schafft zugleich den Raum, um Gegenstrategien zu entwickeln. Um die Frage nach dem Umgang mit symbolischen Räumen so zuzuspitzen, dass sie sichtbar und diskutierbar wird, wird das Hambacher Schloss als Symbol für Demokratie aber auch nationalistische Vereinnahmung in eine antifaschistische Hüpfburg transformiert. Die Architektur wird zur Infrastruktur für ein eintägiges Symposium im öffentlichen Raum, das Widersprüchlichkeit zulässt und auf dem nicht nur theoretisch, sondern auch praktisch und performativ Strategien gegen rechte Metapolitik entwickelt, erprobt und debattiert werden.

Mit: Mohamed Amjahid, Aram Bartholl, Eduard Freudmann, Cornelia Siebeck und Nora Sternfeld
Konzeption: Frieder Bohaumilitzky
Grafikdesign Flyer & Plakat: Torben Körschkes

www.metapolitisches-huepfen.de

DeadDrops in H4v4n4

23. – 31. May 2022
Group Show, El Paquete Semanal, Havana

DeadDrops in H4v4n4 and !!!Sección ARTE [No. 37], Paquete Semanal, collaboration with Nestor Siré [May, 2022] Cuba.

Video des Monats

1. – 31. May 2022
Solo Show, HMKV, Dortmund

In the series HMKV Video of the Month, HMKV presents in monthly rotation current video works by international artists – selected by Inke Arns”

“TOP25”, 2018, video, 5:44 min

TOP25 is a series of short 3D animation sequences featuring the 25 most used passwords in the world. Standard, easy-to-guess passwords like ‘123456’ or ‘admin’—frequently the default preset passwords for routers and other devices in the past—still pose a significant security threat to computer systems in general. This collection of well-known passwords is presented in a style of 3D animation often used for YouTube intros. It is very common practice among YouTubers to use short and very to-the-point 3D animations of their logo and name to introduce their channels, and a whole scene of young YouTubers exchange and share the 3D source files (Blender 3D) online to help new channel producers generate their own intros. Though the animations are remixed and altered, the general aesthetics follow a very clear visual concept. All sequences in this video are original designs and arrangements by different creators; the text has been altered to match the top 25 passwords.

 

Blog Archive for Month: May 2008

BeggingBot

May 30, 2008

Bettelbot / BeggingBot by Alexander Gurko from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

The “Bettelbot”/”BeggingBot” by Alexander Gurko plays music just by floppy and hard drive mechanics. A 3,75 and 2,5 inch floppy drive and a very old hard disk represent different instruments playing a nice tune by just moving their heads and motors. When the tune is finished the CD drive opens asking for money :-). Just pay some cents and the bot plays again.
Very nice piece. 🙂
Alexander Gurko is student at the New Media class Kunsthochschule Kassel.

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2HD

May 30, 2008

At Kaiser Supermarkt, Central Station Berlin you can buy floppy disks at the checkout. I could’t believe what my eyes saw there. Floppy disk?!?!? I wondered if this was an artistic intervention and talked to the cashier at the checkout. She said they had the discs since they openend in 2006 (!!!) and never sold one pack. Hehe nice. Ok, whenever you are in Berlin and might need some floppys for a DIY project just check Kaisers. They are totally up to date 😉

Talk at KHK

May 30, 2008


Yesterday I had a talk at the Art School Kassel. I enjoyed my one day trip to Kassel quite a lot. A nice modern concrete school from the 70ties is sitting right in the sunny parc in Kassel. It was a good experience to present and then really to discuss my work. An art school poses some more and critique questions then a usual audience in a conference. Afterwards the New Media class of Prof. Joel Baumann showed me some of their projects and we had more discussion.

Thanks a lot to Olaf Val, (assistant of the New Media class) for the invitation and good conversation. See you around Olaf!

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MÖRDER

May 27, 2008


I like the way how Tönjes serves coffee.
[and it s really good, hmm…]

German Finger

May 27, 2008


I already had a pic of the official german finger print scanner in my blog lately.
But this time I had to get a new passport which includes a scan of my left and right index finger.
~I am really so happy that I can help my country to save us from terrorism by having my fingers scanned, wonderfull ~ …. [hehe, but I didn t tell them they were scanning a Schäuble (Minister of Internal Affairs) replica ;-)]

More details about the fake fingerprint of german Minister of Internal Affairs on edri.org

UPDATE:
Before this goes out of control! I didn’t really do it. I haven’t used a Schäuble replica for my passport finger scans. But I just wanted to point out the possibility (as suggested by CCC last 24c3) .

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Hey NYC !

May 27, 2008


The very cool project “International Dance Party” by Niklas Roy and Addad Hannah was shown lately in Montreal at the Elektra festival.

Hey NYC, before this nice piece will be shipped to europe (ZKM) in Autum 2008 Ihighly recommend to get it to the US. Still fresh! Low cost shipping! Great artists! Buy now!
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Inflated Metal

May 23, 2008

Inflated Metal Chair from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

Yesterday I went to see the 8.1 Pechakucha Berlin at this year DMY organised by my good friend Joachim and Iepe (famous for chess boxing in DE). I enjoyed an excellent list of 20:20 talks. Best I did like the live presentation of Oskar Zieta. Hilarious! Two welded metal plates blown up to a chair. I like that a lot. Just think of all the possibilities.

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Sex And The City

May 23, 2008

untitled-1

May 21, 2008


“untitled-1”
mixed media: wood, stone
dimensions: 120 x 120 x 40 cm

by
unknown construction site worker

(Grosse Hamburger Str. , Berlin)

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Fake Real – Real Fake

May 21, 2008


I take it as a compliment like in chinese culture when I find reproductions of my work on the net. This Google Map marker is a nice and very subtle variation of my “Map” installation. And Paul The Wine Guy has a whole series of web/computer symbols in public space in his flickr set. Some well known graffiti artists are cited there, too. But the irony of the collection showed up while I was taking a closer look at the “photographs”. Most of them (or even all) turn out to be photoshoped. In case of the map marker is some 3D involved. Well done, good job, hehe.

The digital to real translation has become so much mainstream that it doesn’t need to be accomplished in physical space any more. Maybe time has come for me to change the plan and to go back into architecture again. 😉

Pic by Paul The Wine Guy cc

Thanks for the link Peter!

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