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: August 2008

“AVATAR the new you”

August 31, 2008


I’ll show “First Person Shooter” at the Australian Centre for Photography in the exhibition “AVATAR the new you”.

5 September – 4 October 2008
Australian Centre for Photography
www.acp.org.au
257 Oxford Street Paddington NSW 2021
Sydney

Pic: Daniel Handal “Anita and Pink Wall” 2006

AVATAR the new you

MYFANWY ASHMORE (CANADA), ARAM BARTHOLL (GERMANY), TOBIAS BERNSTRUP (SWEDEN), ZENG HAN & YANG CHANGHONG (CHINA), DANIEL HANDAL (USA), CLAUDIA HART (USA), CEES-JAN KIEWIET / WYRIHAXIMUS (NETHERLANDS), DAVID MELÉNDEZ (MEXICO), STEVE MILLER / ARAHAN CLAVEAU (UK), MELISSA RAMOS & , RHYS TURNER (AUSTRALIA), JUSTIN SHOULDER (AUSTRALIA) TALE OF TALES GAME DESIGN FORUM (BELGIUM). CURATED BY MALCOLM SMITH

The original Avatars came from Indian mythology; they were the bodies the Gods used when they chose to walk upon the earth. Today the term Avatar is more commonly associated with the graphical action figures we use when we play games in online worlds. Like virtual alter-egos, our avatars can be whoever we want them to be; musclebound commandos, lithe blood elves, penguins or Pokemon. If you are on Facebook, Myspace, a dating site or if you can Google yourself, you have a virtual identity. As more and more of our time is spent online; socialising, conducting business, broadcasting our opinions or looking for love; the way we are perceived there is becoming as important as in real life. Avatars are more than a puppet or a plaything; they are the new you. The artists in this exhibition are inspired by Popular Culture rather than High Art, through games such as World of Warcraft or Half Life, virtual environments such as Second Life or the Sims, or content sharing sites such as Flickr, and Youtube. They question conventional attitudes towards gender, spirituality, violence, technology,sexualitt and identity, examining how these issues have been transformed by online technologies.

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MinorUrbanDisasters

August 31, 2008


Hi all! I am back from holidays and finally online again. On the left a souvenir from the baltic sea / Rügen. A beautiful detail of ‘pavement art’.

Of course this pic is now part of the famous MinorUrbanDisasters flickr pool, founded by Ariel.

Mörder Closed!

August 16, 2008


Oh my good! Toenjes closed the cafe and took off for holidays till end of August. How can he do that to us?!? Where are we supposed to hang out all day while we ‘work’ ? 😉

The only solution is to take some days off too. The beach is waiting. Talk to you in September!

Playing Revolution

August 16, 2008


(The burning car series in Berlin is on again. Found on Gartenstr. , Berlin)

Stumbling Blocks / Stolpersteine

August 15, 2008


Since I blog quite a lot about “street”-art I would like to point out one of my favorite public art projects (which is maybe not so well known out of germany/europe). This is beyond the current streetart-craze …

As an ongoing project the german artist Gunter Demnig is installing since 1994 “Stolpersteine” (Stumbling Blocks) as individual locative mini-memorials for the Holocaust victims in Germany during the second World War. Each 8 by 8 cm brass plate installed in the pavement represents a woman, man or child which has been deported by the Nazis from that specific location (house) to one of the concentration camps. More than 15.000 of these “Stolpersteine” (Stumbling Blocks) were installed in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Hungaria since 1994. A documentation of this ongoing work will be shown in November 2008.

Actually words fail me to express how much I like this project. But “Stolpersteine” (Stumbling Blocks) shows in a very good way how to remember individual victims of that horrible time in our day to day life. There would be a lot more to say …

more info
“Stolpersteine” – Wikipedia
“Holocaust” – Wikipedia
Offical site (german)
Upcoming movie documentation article (german)

(pic found again on Gipsstr. Berlin)

Indoor Streetart

August 14, 2008


(An Oxymoron found on Gipsstr. Berlin. Gallery Circleculture , Artist?)

Talk to the wood!

August 14, 2008



Yesterday I visited Ariel in his studio and he gave me a sneakpreview on his latest works. Nice!!!

But suddenly he was talking to a piece of wood!?!?
Crazy artist?
Not yet. 😉 But the piece of wood turned out to be actually a very nice cell phone case mod.

Ariel Schlesinger
his blog with great DIY projects www.vvank.com, his beautiful pictures on flickr.com, Gallery Gregor Podnar represents him and his Graffiti Printer.

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Pile of trash

August 13, 2008


A very nice piece by Arend deGruyter-Helfer student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. All the trash of Facebook. 🙂

facebook gifts arranged in a pile, 2008

via Jon Cates (no, it s not a broken link. his website just does look like this)
thx for the link Jon!

The Suspect Backpack

August 13, 2008


Another interesting urban intervention. Somaya Langley presented her Suspect Backpack at ISEA two weeks ago.

Disclaimer: Don’t try this at the Airport. 😉

“The Suspect Backpack is a wearable media sound art experience – inspired by post-2005 London Underground bombing events, including the arrest of innocent civilian David Mery, for suspected terrorism. Further information see: www.criticalsenses.com/suspect/ or the blog: suspectbackpack.blogspot.com”

de-Gentrify

August 12, 2008


Yeh, a nice new project by urban hacking expert and Eyebeam research fellow Geraldine Juarez.

“Dissident infrastructure for make yuppie neighborhoods look ghetto. 🙂
de-Gentrify!!!”

I am looking forward to see some pics of wrapped up urban landscape, Jerry!