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: June 2010

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June 29, 2010


(found at U-Bahnhof, Rathaus Reinickendorf, Berlin)

Internetknetzugang

June 28, 2010


(dedicated to Peter Glaser, found on Open Office … )

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USA

June 25, 2010


(Yes, that’s the way american culture is perceived in Europe. 😉 found on Oranieburgerstr, Berlin)

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X1

June 23, 2010


(found on Gerichtstr. Berlin)

Love Parade

June 23, 2010

Sort of spontaneous piano concert in the street during “Fete de la Musique” Berlin I stumbled into two days ago.  Public Space is just the best place for art.

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'Shadow Dance'

June 17, 2010


18 September – 9 January 2011
ShadowDance
‘ShadowDance’ is a group exhibition featuring work by more than thirty visual artists, all operating on the international art scene and all fascinated by the effect of shadow. The exhibits will vary in terms of content and form. The common denominator will be the use of shadow – and more particularly moving shadows – as a crucial means of visual expression. The artists use shadow as a metaphor for a range of (sometimes heavy-weight) themes: time – alter ego – evil – death. But the shadow phenomenon also inspires more light-hearted work involving the creation of illusions and shadow ‘play’.
with:
Vito Acconci (US), Charles Atlas (US), Dirck van Baburen (NL), Aram Bartholl (DE), Christian Boltanski (FR), Jim Campbell (US), David Claerbout (BE) , Haim Elmoznino (IL), Ellis Gallagher (US), Hanna von Goeler DE), Samuel van Hoogstraten (NL), Mella Jaarsma (NL), William Kentridge (ZA), Ralph Kistler (DE), Germaine Kruip (NL), Couzijn van Leeuwen (NL), Gabriel Lester (NL), Zilla Leutenegger (CH), Mark Lewis (UK), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (MX), Munch & Furukawa (DE & JP) , Serge Onnen (FR), Lotte Reiniger (DE), Viviane Sassen (NL), Tomas Schats (NL), Hyo-Jung Seo (KR), Teresa Serrano (MX), Conrad Shawcross (UK), Sam Taylor-Wood (UK), The One Minutes (NL), Dimitri Vangrunderbeek (BE), Kara Walker (US), Andy Warhol (US), Diet Wiegman (NL)
at
Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort The Netherlands ,KAdE

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25m Fire Hose

June 17, 2010


Call for street art city intervention: “What can I (you) do with a fire hose?” I found it in the trash the other day. Post your idea in the comments. You can have it!

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Petersburger Hängung

June 17, 2010


(Petersburg-hanging, random entrance situation, found on Ackerstr. Berlin)

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erigere

June 16, 2010



Best street art of the year. Promesing art scene in Russia…
via Buzzfeed
update: more info on rebelart

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SPEED SHOW docu

June 15, 2010

[First released on F.A.T.]
1. Curate a show, make a call or  invite your friends to show their works.
2. Announce the show all over the internetz!
3. Go to your local Internet shop and rent all machines they have.
4. Exhibit for one night screen based pop.net.art in your city!
Go for it! It’s an open format! Let’s meet up in your local shop!
SPEED SHOW manifest here

SPEED SHOW vol.1 TELE-INTERNET from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

The first SPEED SHOW vol.1 : TELE-INTERNET last Friday was a great success!
We had many more (and even ‘important’!) visitors than expected. The shop owners were totally surprised but loved it (and made the deal of the year :-). Since I didn’t post any links in advance I have the pleasure to publish now the four sheets of printed program(!) including statement for each piece and links below. Check the announcement  including SPEED SHOW manifest and curatorial statement here.
Pics by Kuc, thx! All pictures on fflickr

SPEED SHOW vol.1: TELE-INTERNET
Friday 11th of June 2010, 21:00 – 00:00
Kottbusser Damm 103, Berlin
Participating artists:
MOAR!!! MAKE PAPER DANCE GIF GLITCHEEESSS (for J.Mack, J. Satrom & N. Briz)
Material: HTML, embedded screen capture video,720×486 px,
Jon Cates (US) 2010
MOAR!!! MAKE PAPER DANCE GIF GLITCHEEESSS is the reaction to a Twitter conversation with three friends on a single day. Jon Cates who is well know for his digital punk / raw bytes – style remixed a webpage which was already a reply to a first post by another friend.  In the multitude of layers of the content from his friends animated gifs turn into actual video, color pixel into xerox dirty b/w and the audio results in abstract noise.
Nervous News
Material: HTML, iframe
Constant Dullaart (NL)
2010
Nervous News is a new unreleased piece from Constant Dullaart’s series of website modifications of major famous websites on the Internet like Google or BBC News. By loading the BBC page through an iframe with its very own quality the page itself appears to become a person with emotional an condition . The moving iframe was already applied in the work “The Internet says no“ or “The Internet says yes“ (user reply) a.o.
Education of the Noobz
Material: HTML, mp3,ogg, flac, paypal
Dragan Espenschied (DE)
2010
Contemporary Home Computer Music by Dragan Espenschied
Dragan Espenschied is well known for his radical and consequent 8-bit music compositions for many years. His new music site Noobz represents a highly differentiated mix of plain HTML, amateur page style, custom music player interfaces and sophisticated code hidden in the upper layers.
Thumbing
Material: Youtube video comments
JODI (NL/BE)
2010
Thumbing is an ongoing Youtube intervention. The option to video comment on a Youtube video is used by the artists group JODI as a tool for performance. By holding up the thumb very close to the webcam for a 2-3 second moment the video-site monopoly gets infiltrated by an endless series of useless ‘pokes’. The performance itself is split into thousands short clips on random Youtube videos. The blurred and flesh colored video bits evoke again  harsh reactions from the actual audience on Youtube.
Kopyfamo
Material: HTML, user content, php, fflickr,
Geraldine Juarez (MX)
2009
The project Kopyfamo by Geraldine Juarez offers a web interface to upload images to which then watermarks of well known press agency are added. The initial idea of the watermark to protect and devalue the image by inserting a brand logo is inversed by Juarez’s approach. A lot of water marked pictures of VIPs and famous pop stars can be found at AFP, Getty and Reuters. The watermark in the picture grants importance to the portrait person. By adding a watermark to his/her own picture the user gains instant celebrity status in Juarez’s interactive piece.
Web****** (unreleased piece)
Material: Firefox addon, java script
Tobias Leingruber (DE)
2010
Tobias Leingruber is well known for the Artzilla-platform (artzilla.org) where he collects and curates artistic Firefox browser addons. Webmarker is his own latest unreleased FF addon creation which turns every web page into a canvas for steet-art like tagging . “Mark the web and anyone can see it!! The Webmarker Firefox Add-on allows you to draw or take notes on any webpage. Activate “Street Mode” and find the drawings of others while browsing the web. The Webmarker FF Add-on is fully integrated into 000000book.com, a service for GML based projects.”
Midnight
Material: HTML, java, animated gifs
Olia Lialina (RU) Dragan Espenschied (DE)
2006
The classic zoom and pan interface from Google maps is turned into a firework of amateur gif animations. The symbolic loaded cross on a black background turns from its calm pixel state into a wild animation of little smileys, flowers and hearts on every single touch by the mouse. The hidden beauty of a world Internet monopoly company’s slide interface. Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied are unbeatable experts for the amateur culture of the web since many years. (‘Digital Folklore’ reader recommended)
Suicidemachine
Material: Embedded screencapture, 720p, 8h of unfriending
Moddr [Walter Langelaar (NL), Gordan Savicic (AT), Danja Vasiliev (RU)]
2009-2010
With a very precise super timing Moddr started the webservice Suicide Machine in fall 2009. Facebook has fallen very deep since then and a wide discussion on social networks and privacy is going on currently in the mainstream media. The mix of highly professional appearance and sarcastic video credentials makes the project a sophisticated unmissable statement in the era of privacy violating and direct marketing driven social network monopolies.
Fakebook
Material: HTML
Johannes P Osterhoff (DE)
2010
“People find me in Facebook too easily and many start to use Facebook instead of e-mail. As I do not like this at all and as I do not want to enter the gated community of Facebook everyday, [….] Old acquaintance seem to query my name in Google, find the entry of Facebook and contact me there without checking my website or using the contact possibilities of good ol’ e-mail. So I created a very simple web-page which also shows up in Google search results and looks very similar to the result of Facebook there. I called it Fakebook.”
Animated Gif Mashup – Dance Sequence #001
Material: HTML, php, java and loooong URLs
Evan Roth
2010
A Customizable gif mashup engine. Pop meets gif meets rap. Evan Roth works represent a highly sophisticated mix of net, open source and pop culture. In his often very minimalistic web based pieces he picks up elements from all these sides. Besides the elaborate visual mix plus music the Dance Sequence #001 unfolds its full beauty in the very long URL which is caused by the simplistic concept of arranging independent animated gifs in a single line of browser adress.
superfreedraw
Material: HTML, Java
Ralph Schulz aka rgb3000 (DE)
2010
Super free draw is a strikingly minimalistic and at the same time socially elaborate collaborative drawing platform. All user can  draw on the endless big digital canvas anonymoulsly with a one pixel wide black pen. It is not possible to erase what you have drawn and your creation is not protected for being altered or misused by other users. In a moment of great relief Super Free Draw detaches social web rules and creates a radical almost physical experience of collaboration.
You’re Not My Father
Material: HTML, embedded video 720×480 px
Paul Slocom (US)
2008-2010
“This video project is composed of a sequence of recreations of a 10 second scene from the television show, Full House, overlaid with a set of sound loops from the scene’s original music. The crews who re-shot the scene were recruited through Internet message boards and Craigslist, and each of the original 10 crews were paid $150, using a commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., for Networked Music Review. The project included participants from Austin, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas, Denton, London, and San Francisco….”



Participating artists:

MOAR!!! MAKE PAPER DANCE GIF GLITCHEEESSS (for Jodie Mack, Jon Satrom & Nick Briz)

Material: HTML, embedded screen capture video,720×486 px,

Jon Cates (US)

2010

MOAR!!! MAKE PAPER DANCE GIF GLITCHEEESSS is the reaction to a Twitter conversation with three friends on a single day. Jon Cates who is well know for his digital punk / raw bytes – style remixed a webpage which was already a reply to a first post by another friend. In the multitude of layers of the contend from his friends animated gifs turn into actual video, color pixel into xerox dirty black and white and the audio results in abstract noise.

Nervous News

Material: HTML, iframe

Constant Dullaart (NL)

2010

Nervous News is a new unreleased piece from Constant Dullaart’s series of website modifications of major famous websites on the Internet like Google or BBC News. By loading the BBC page through an iframe with its very own quality the page itself appears to become a person with emotional an condition . The moving iframe was already applied in the work “The Internet says no“ or “The Internet says yes“ (user reply) a.o.

Education of the Noobz

Material: HTML, mp3,ogg, flac, paypal

Dragan Espenschied (DE)

2010

Contemporary Home Computer Music by Dragan Espenschied

Dragan Espenschied is well known for his radical and consequent 8-bit music compositions for many years. His new music site Noobz represents a highly differentiated mix of plain HTML, amateur page style, custom music player interfaces and sophisticated code hidden in the upper layers.

Thumbing

Material: Youtube video comments

JODI (NL/BE)

2010

Thumbing is an ongoing Youtube intervention. The option to video comment on a Youtube video is used by the artists group JODI as a tool for performance. By holding up the thumb very close to the webcam for a 2-3 second moment the video-site monopoly gets infiltrated by an endless series of useless ‘pokes’. The performance itself is split into thousands short clips on random Youtube videos. The blurred and flesh colored video bits evoke again harsh reactions from the actual audience on Youtube.

Kopyfamo

Material: HTML, user content, php, fflickr,

Geraldine Juarez (MX)

2009

The project Kopyfamo by Geraldine Juarez offers a web interface to upload images to which then watermarks of well known press agency are added. The initial idea of the watermark to protect and devalue the image by inserting a brand logo is inversed by Juarez’s approach. A lot of water marked pictures of VIPs and famous pop stars can be found at AFP, Getty and Reuters. The watermark in the picture grants importance to the portrait person. By adding a watermark to his/her own picture the user gains instant celebrity status in Juarez’s interactive piece.

Webmarker

Material: Firefox addon, java script

Tobias Leingruber (DE)

2010

Tobias Leingruber is well known for the Artzilla-platform (artzilla.org) where he collects and curates artistic Firefox browser addons. Webmarker is his own latest unreleased FF addon creation which turns every web page into a canvas for steet-art like tagging . “Mark the web and anyone can see it!! The Webmarker Firefox Add-on allows you to draw or take notes on any webpage. Activate “Street Mode” and find the drawings of others while browsing the web. The Webmarker FF Add-on is fully integrated into 000000book.com, a service for GML based projects.”

Midnight

Material: HTML, java, animated gifs

Olia Lialina (RU) Dragan Espenschied (DE)

2006

The classic zoom and pan interface from Google maps is turned into a firework of amateur gif animations. The symbolic loaded cross on a black background turns from its calm pixel state into a wild animation of little smileys, flowers and hearts on every single touch by the mouse. The hidden beauty of a world Internet monopoly company’s slide interface. Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied are unbeatable experts for the amateur culture of the web since many years. (‘Digital Folklore’ reader recommended)

Suicidemachine

Material: Embedded screencapture, 720p

Moddr [Walter Langelaar (NL), Gordan Savicic (AT), Danja Vasiliev (RU)]

2009-2010

With a very precise super timing Moddr started the webservice Suicide Machine in fall 2009. Facebook has fallen very deep since then and a wide discussion on social networks and privacy is going on currently in the mainstream media. The mix of highly professional appearance and sarcastic video credentials makes the project a sophisticated unmissable statement in the era of privacy violating and direct marketing driven social network monopolies.

Fakebook

Material: HTML

Johannes P Osterhoff (DE)

2010

People find me in Facebook too easily and many start to use Facebook instead of e-mail. As I do not like this at all and as I do not want to enter the gated community of Facebook everyday, [….] Old acquaintance seem to query my name in Google, find the entry of Facebook and contact me there without checking my website or using the contact possibilities of good ol’ e-mail. So I created a very simple web-page which also shows up in Google search results and looks very similar to the result of Facebook there. I called it Fakebook.”

Animated Gif Mashup – Dance Sequence #001

Material: HTML, php, java and loooong URLs

Evan Roth

2010

A Customizable gif mashup engine. Pop meets gif meets rap. Evan Roth works represent a highly sophisticated mix of net, open source and pop culture. In his often very minimalistic web based pieces he picks up elements from all these sides. Besides the elaborate visual mix plus music the Dance Sequence #001 unfolds its full beauty in the very long URL which is caused by the simplistic concept of arranging independent animated gifs in a single line of browser adress.


Super Free Draw

Material: HTML, Java

Ralph Schulz (DE)

2010

Super free draw is a strikingly minimalistic and at the same time socially elaborate collaborative drawing platform. All user can draw on the endless big digital canvas anonymoulsly with a one pixel wide black pen. It is not possible to erase what you have drawn and your creation is not protected for being altered or misused by other users. In a moment of great relief Super Free Draw detaches social web rules and creates a radical almost physical experience of collaboration.

You’re Not My Father

Material: HTML, embedded video 720×480 px

Paul Slocom (US)

2008-2010

This video project is composed of a sequence of recreations of a 10 second scene from the television show, Full House, overlaid with a set of sound loops from the scene’s original music. The crews who re-shot the scene were recruited through Internet message boards and Craigslist, and each of the original 10 crews were paid $150, using a commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., for Networked Music Review. The project included participants from Austin, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas, Denton, London, and San Francisco….”

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