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


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

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 2009

Unicorn iPhone

May 31, 2009

The Unicorn iPhone Tutorial from Tobias L on Vimeo.

The Unicorn iPhone Tutorial by tobi-x produced during the ‘How to DIY‘ workshop week.

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'Nice to see you'

May 31, 2009

It’s kind of natural nowadays that a meeting point is monitored by a surveillance cam. But in this particular case (at airport Tegel, Berlin, DE) it is interesting that the logo of the meeting point looks exactly like the cam itself.

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How to how to

May 30, 2009

A five day workshop on the culture of DIY and How to tutorials at New Media Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, DE 25.-29.5.2009.

DIY How to – Tutorials Selfmade Culture History of tutorials Craft Teaching Not off the shelf Appropriation by DIY Open Source Sharing Culture Open licence models Creative Commons GPL Knowlege transfer Evolution Variations Authentic / Real life Simplicity Video tutorials Youtube Fast Electronics Rapid Prototyping Arduino Show Print Internet Fame Views DIY – Kits Peer 2 Peer Free Exchange TPB Unexpected Entertainment Laser cutting Self-staging DIY Store Software Fun Tools Forbidden / dangerous Digital fabrication Radical TV Formats Self purpose Social Screencasts Hackinglow cost Recipes Trick Combining Building Learning Guidebooks 90sec

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'How to DIY'

May 27, 2009

I am currently guest teaching for a week at the new media pathway of the Merzakademie Stuttgart. We have a lot of fun researching and discussing the huge field of DIY and How to’s. My favorite video of the day: IKEA BILLY. how to assemble the doors.
‘How to DIY’
Sharing Culture, ‘Do-It-Yourself’, and ‘How to’ tutorials. About the sense and nonsense of DIY. Youtube video how to’s and as a new entertainment format.

What are the basic rules of the DIY genre and how did it develop in history? Which one are the best, funniest, most stupid and most useful ‘how to’s’? Where does the development lead to? What role plays Open Source and digital fabrication in this context?
How to’s for the sake of how to’s. Amateur, professionel and kids. Fame, views and hits. Fast and simple. 4 steps or 90 seconds. Teaching, sharing, show off and the technology driven society.

How to smoke smarties.
How to save the world.
How to order a coffee in Berlin/Vienna/NYC/Beirut.
How to build a bomb.
How to Sneak Into the Venice Guggenheim.
How to do a kickflip.
How to run a revolution in 5 easy steps.

Stay tuned for the results!

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May 23, 2009

Check Jodis edition 2009. I love that stuff! And this is a very nice minimal one too:

AMS -> TXL ?

May 22, 2009

Hey everyone! I lost an important item at Amsterdam airport. I am looking now for someone who is travelling from Amsterdam to Berlin anyway and who could collect it at lost&found Schipohl on this weekend. Any ideas? Thx for help!

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Full Metal

May 19, 2009

(Obstacles-to-prevent-doors-from-closing-series, found at V2 Lab, Rotterdam, NL)

Tweet Bubble Series

May 15, 2009

At the Testlab: ‘Fashionable Technology’ event next week I’ll present a new project: the Tweet Bubble Series, result of my excellent residency period at V2 Lab. In a couple versions we have been exploring different ways to display and ‘wear’ Twitter feeds in public. Come and check it out.

Test_Lab: Fashionable Technology

May 20, 2009
20:00 to 23:00
V2, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Come and Twitter your tweets with the Tweet Bubble Series, witness The Perfect Human performance, send a hug with the Hugshirt, and debate those experiences with experts in techno-ethics and wearable technology.

Featuring: Sabine Seymour (AT/US), Mark Coeckelbergh (NL), Aram Bartholl (DE), Cutecircuit: Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz (UK), and KOBAKANT: Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson (JP/AT).

*The term Fashionable Technology is coined by Sabine Seymour.

Clothing is an aspect of the human physical appearance with considerable social significance. Styles, logos and prints mediate our self-expression and publicly communicate our personal tastes and preferences. Popular ways of doing so reflect what is in fashion, which is under constant change due to new developments in fabrics, construction methods, ancillary objects, and their (re-)combination by fashion designers. ….. read on

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Let Me Twitter Dat

May 15, 2009

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May 15, 2009

(Chat during 25c3. NOOOO, @Bre !!!!!!! THAT’S SUPER COOOOOOL !!!!!! ;;;;;;-))))))

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