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

I am not a Robot

16. September – 27. November 2022
Group Show, Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest

I am not a Robot. On the Borders of the Singularity.

As a harbinger of the (supposedly) imminent arrival of the Singularity, the exhibition explores the powerful impact of technological development on our daily lives.

One of the defining global phenomena of our time is digitalisation, which has transformed human life in an evolutionary leap over the past decades, rewriting centuries of fixed habits, forms and behavioural patterns. The digital turn is still ongoing, with our lives moving from offline to online, and the digital presence growing rapidly. Digital technology in its current state is a new normativity that is part of work and life: not an enemy, not a friend, but a natural part of life…

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: November 2009

“Map” – City Centre Series

November 27, 2009

“Map” City Centre Series , Szczecin, Poland 2009 from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

It took me a while but finally I managed to edit the Map documentation from Szczecin, Poland.
Map – City Centre Series
5,50 x 3,40 x 0,15 m
pine wood, paint
2009
inSPIRACJE Festival 19.3.-25.3.2009
Map installation March – June 2009
Szczecin, Poland

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Intrusion Detection

November 25, 2009

punched-table
( found this nice sculpture today on Invalidenstr, Berlin. It reminded me of a TV set from a while ago. Any ideas for a name to start flickr group? ;- )

Zweinull fürs Web: Mythos, Mode oder Medienhype?

November 18, 2009

I’ ll participate in a radio panel discussion tonight.  “Myth and media hype of Web2.0” Info Radio RBB.
Feel free to join at the Film and TV museum, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, 7:30 pm.

Zweinull fürs Web: Mythos, Mode oder Medienhype? ( Update: incl. Podcast)
51. Zukunftsgespräch am 18.11.2009

Beim kommenden Zukunftsgespräch soll es um das Web 2.0 gehen.
Welche Anwendungen gibt es und wer nutzt sie? Wie werden Informationen verbreitet und wahrgenommen? Wie hat es das Verhalten der (aktiven und passiven) Nutzer verändert? Kann man damit Geld verdienen? Wie sehen Arbeits- und Lebenswelten im Zeichen von Web 2.0 aus? Und was kann und soll Web 3.0?

Für das Podium sind angefragt:
Regine Haschka-Helmer, Consultant interactive media
Aram Bartholl, Medienkünstler und -aktivist
Markus Beckedahl, newthinking communications
Sven Assmann, interface Berlin
Moderation: Harald Asel, Inforadio

Öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion und Aufzeichnung einer Radiosendung. Im Museum für Film und Fernsehen. Beginn: 19:30 Uhr. Eintritt frei. In Zusammenarbeit mit Inforadio des rbb.

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How to build a pair of “First Person Shooter” glasses under consideration of health & safety regulations

November 17, 2009


This video addresses all curators and production managers who are interested in showing Aram Bartholl’s art piece “First Person Shooter” in a public exhibition but who are at the same time concerned about health and security issues. Yes, it is possible to show this piece with all it’s features and DIY part in a public place! Some simple rules and classic tools will prevent that exhibition visitors run amok or commit suicide in the show.
First released on fffff.at

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Senior Citizen Tagging A Train

November 13, 2009


Hilarious!!! Did you encourge them Ariel!?!! haha …
found by Ariel

A grandpa is tagging a train with his wife lipstick, on his way to visit his grandchildren somewhere in Poland.

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4 Google self-portraits

November 12, 2009

g-portraits-9
A Google Portrait is a drawing which contains the Google URL search string of the portrayed person in encoded form. Any camera smart phone is capable to decode the matrix-code with the help of barcode reader like software. The result points the mobile phone browser to a a search on the portrayed person’s name at Google…
full text and more pictures on Google Portrait series project page.
4 Google self-portraits commissioned by Microwave Festival, Hong Kong , 2009
‘Aram Bartholl’, search german
75 x 75 cm, transparent paper, edding 850
‘Aram Bartholl’, search english
75 x 75 cm, transparent paper, edding 750
‘Aram Bartholl’, search chinese
75 x 75 cm, transparent paper stamp, stamp ink
‘Aram Bartholl’, search korean
75 x 75 cm, transparent paperpastel chalk

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“Nature Transformer”

November 12, 2009

Web
I am showing 4 new self-portraits of the ‘Google portrait series‘ commissioned by Microwave at the project room exhibition, Microwave festival, Hong Kong. Visitors are invited to draw their own Google self-portrait in a drop-in workshop during the festival.
“Nature Transformer”
Microwave festival
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Hong Kong

13.11.-11.12.2009
Participating Artists:
Aram Bartholl / Germany
Petko Dourmana / Bulgaria
Tiffany Holmes / USA
Colin Ives / Canada
Natalie Jeremijenko / USA
Akio Kamisato, Satoshi Shibata, Takehisa Mashimo / Japan
Kult / Singapore
Joao Vasco / Hong Kong
Victoria Vesna / USA

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KILLING ALIENS IN LOSE/LOSE WILL DELETE FILES ON YOUR HARDDRIVE PERMANANTLY

November 12, 2009

lose/lose from zach gage on Vimeo.

Haha very nice! Love it! …
via @philipsteffan

Lose/Lose
by Zach Gage
Lose/Lose is a video-game with real life consequences. Each alien in the game is created based on a random file on the players computer. If the player kills the alien, the file it is based on is deleted. If the players ship is destroyed, the application itself is deleted……

“How to make money out of an empty fridge”

November 10, 2009

DIY-fridge-vending-machine
Check Ariel’s new VVANK project! A DIY fridge vending machine for your shared studio! The beauty of simplicity! Nice!
Hey Ariel, F.A.T. could use that machine to cover some costs during Transmediale 2010  selling drinks … haha

The Drop Shadow Talks

November 9, 2009

take a look at the The Drop Shadow Talks page Johannes setup for the talk series. It is much nicer than my copy-paste post here …

Artistic practice in the age of user experience

The digital drop shadow is the most popular effect in computer graphics today. Easily applied, it made its way to modern graphic design and advertising. It raises typography and objects from a flattened background into three-dimensionality—and thus significance.
With the current generation of operating systems the drop shadow effect entered the graphical user interface to a new extent. In this context it raises not only windows from background wallpapers; it also stands for a visually enriched interface that strives towards three-dimensionality. Loaded with rich imagery, photorealistic icons and pseudo three-dimensional configurations the graphical user interface yet remains tied to its flat medium.
Bewildered by this paradox, the graphical user interface leaves the office it was made for and becomes a pop culture phenomenon.
This semester the Drop Shadow Talks reply to current developments on the visually enriched layer for machine interaction. In the shades of evening lectures the Drop Shadow Talks will present art and projects influenced and inspired by the baroque graphical user interface.

Artist talk, Nov 10 Tuesday 19:00
‘Fuck 3D’ Aram Bartholl, Datenform, Berlin

BTK’s campus is located at Bernburger Straße 24-25, very close to Potsdamer Platz.
U-Bahn: U2 to station Potsdamer Platz or to Mendelsson-Bartholdy-Park.
S-Bahn: S1, S2 or S25 to station Anhalter Bahnhof or to Potsdamer Platz.
Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule at Google Maps.
All talks will take place in room J/K on the second floor.
Admission is free.