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Prototypen und andere seltsame Dinge

1. December 2023 – 28. January 2024
Group Show, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg

Wenn Künstler*innen nach neuen Ideen suchen, erforschen sie Formen und Gestalten, um ihre Gedanken auszudrücken. Oft lassen sie sich von bestehenden Dingen inspirieren und bringen sie in unerwartete Konstellationen. Neue Bedeutungen und Verständnisse der Welt, in der wir leben, kommen so zum Ausdruck. Kunst entwickelt sich zur Formbehauptung. Das Erstellen eines künstlerischen Prototyps oder ein Prozess, den wir Materialisierung nennen, ist dafür ein Schritt zwischen der Formalisierung und der Bewertung einer Idee. Sie ermöglichen die Projektion und Imagination in etwas, das viel größer ist als die Dinge selbst. Für die diesjährigen Jahresgaben 2023/2024 hab en wir eine Auswahl von Arbeiten getroffen, die sich mit dieser Materialisierung künstlerischer Alternativideen befassen und sowohl nach innen als auch nach außen schauen. Sie sind Gedankenkörper und Schritte, um Ideen neue Formen zu geben, die wiederum neue Anfänge und Orientierung in einer Welt erm ö glichen, in der wir uns in zu vielen Bedeutungen verloren haben.

With: Aram Bartholl, Rana Hamadeh, Neda Saeedi, Marco Bruzzone, Aaajiao, Malte Bartsch, Thomas Kiesewetter, Jeewi Lee, Farkhondeh Shahroudi, Viron Erol Vert, Solweig de Barry, Sarah Kirsch

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8. July 2023 – 25. February 2024
Solo Show, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the Kunsthalle Osnabrück is showing Aram Bartholl’s most comprehensive solo exhibition to date. Aram Bartholl is one of the pioneers in Germany who deals with socially relevant conflicts of digitality and automation through art. Originally coming from the field of architecture, he uses his performative interventions, sculptures and workshops to question our current media behaviour as well as the public economies that are linked to social networks, online platforms or digital distribution strategies. He puts socially relevant topics such as surveillance, data security or dependency on technology up for discussion by transferring the gaps, contradictions or absurdities of our digital everyday life into spatial settings.

For the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Aram Bartholl transformed the Kunsthalle´s church space into a walk-in recycling yard for electronic waste. The scenery is illuminated by three sculptures hanging from the ceiling, reminiscent of chandeliers that are made from recycled televisions. The result is a sensual as well as functional installation of complementary exhibition parts that invite us to reflect on the cycles, consequences and future perspectives of our daily consumption of media and goods. The walk-through parcours made of piled up electronic waste makes the amount of recycled material of our belongings visible and creates a unique environment for a diverse art mediation programme  including workshops, plena by local climate activists, repair cafés, excursions, lectures and film screenings. Oversized QR codes on the church walls frame the setting and raise critical questions about our handling of energy resources, raw materials and labour rights in the digital society. Opposing the electronic waste, the exhibition contains a 30-metre-long DHL Packstation, which is put into operation during the exhibition period. Osnabrück citizens and visitors are able to pick up their parcels at the Kunsthalle Osnabrück and drop them off in the respective lockers.

Curators: Anna Jehle and Juliane Schickedanz
Curators public programme: Louisa Behr, Joscha Heinrichs, Anna Holms and Christel Schulte.

Funded by the Stiftung Niedersachsen (Foundation of Lower Saxony) and the Niedersächsische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur (Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture). The VGH Stiftung (VGH Foundation) is funding the accompanying exhibition’s art mediation programme. With the kind support of Deutsche Post AG, Lerec Elektrorecycling GmbH and Osnabrücker ServiceBetrieb.

Credits:

Curated by: Anna Jehle, Juliane Schickedanz (duo team, directors of Kunsthalle)
Curatorial assistance: Anna Holms
Public Programming: Aram Bartholl, Louisa Behr, Joscha Heinrichs, Anna Holms, Christel Schulte
Installation team: Norbert Hillebrand, Timo Katz, Andreas Zelle
Exhibition office: Natali Märtin
Visitor service: Frank Berger, Ulla Brinkmann, Harcharan Gill, Sina Lichtenberg, Kaan Ege Önal, Josef Wegmann
Finances: Viktoria Puskar
Janitor: Wilfried Wienstroer
Janitorial assistance: Frank Berger
PR: Kristina Helena Pavićević
Art mediation and education: Christel Schulte

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Enigma

25. February 2023 – 25. February 2024
Group Show, Museum of Communication, Kopenhagen

Communication pervades our lives more than ever before. With the digital channels, we are constantly accessible and can publish ourselves wherever and whenever we want. But despite the many great opportunities, the tide of information may often appear confusing, polarizing or hateful, and our public conversation is challenged.

On November 19, 2022, ENIGMA will open new exhibition areas and a large children’s area, in which we look forward to welcoming everyone.

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8. March – 30. May 2024
Solo Show, Kunstverein Rotenburg, Rotenburg

Der Kunstturm
4 Etagen – 122 Stufen – 24 m

Eigentlich sollte der nicht mehr benötigte Schlauchturm der Feuerwehr Mitte der 90er Jahre abgerissen werden, um Parkraum für das Erlebnisbad “Ronolulu” zu schaffen. Aber Peter Möhl, damaliger Geschäftsführer der Stadtwerke und damit Eigentümer des Turms, schwebte eine sinnvolle Nachnutzung vor. Zusammen mit dem 2. Vorsitzenden des Kunstvereins, dem Architekten Jürgen Lohmann, wurde die Idee geboren, den Turm zu einer Galerie umzubauen.
Lohmann entwarf einen modernen Anbau als Entree, ließ vier Ebenen in den Turm einbauen und führte die erforderlichen Sanierungsmaßnahmen mit viel Rücksicht auf die vorhandene Bausubstanz durch. Seit 1996 ist der “Kunstturm” Domizil des Kunstvereins Rotenburg e.V. und, wie es der Kulturminister des Bundes (Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien), Bernd Neumann, anlässlich eines Besuchs seinerzeit formulierte, “ein Leuchtturm der Kunst in Niedersachsen”.

Transmediale Exhibition: you’re doing amazing sweetie

31. January – 29. February 2024
Group Show, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

Exploring the horror of content, the 37th edition of transmediale you’re doing amazing sweetie questions how logics of content production determine and frustrate our relations to technology. The festival takes place from January 31 to February 4, 2024 at silent green Kulturquartier, Akademie der Künste, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The festival’s main exhibition will be on view at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien.

Decoding the Black Box

27. January – 2. June 2024
Group Show, Galerie Stadt Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen

Die Ausstellung Decoding the Black Box bringt Künstlerinnen und Künstler zusammen, die Licht in diesen dunklen Raum und die Prozesse werfen, die sich in ihm ereignen. Sie legen dabei nicht nur die Funktionsweisen digitaler Technologien wie beispielsweise von künstlicher Intelligenz offen, sondern visualisieren zugleich die Auswirkungen, die sie auf unsere Wahrnehmung von Realität und unser In-der-Welt-Sein haben. Während sie die ökonomischen und machtpolitischen Strukturen der digitalen Technologien und insbesondere des Internets transparent machen, zeigen sie Gegenentwürfe für eine dezentralisierte, humanere und demokratischere Nutzung ebendieser auf.

Street 3.0

23. – 28. December 2023
Group Show, Osaka Kansai International Art Festival, Osaka

Osaka Kansai International Art Festival Vol.3

Ai Hasegawa / AQV-EIKKKMA / Algorythmic Perfumery / Aram Bartholl / BYNAM / ETAT LIBRE D’ORANGE /FISHKOM / Goo Nakayama / Hisashi Yamamoto / Kimihiko Hino /Makoto Aida / MOCAF / NEANDERTAL / II / Rintaro Hashiguchi / @shashinn / STORA SKUGGAN / Takehiro Ishitani + Chim Pom from Smappa!Group / Thomas Vautier / Tomotosi / VERYONE / Simon Weckert / Yuichi Inoue / YAP / ZOOLOGIST

Recent Events

Perspektiven von Kunst im öffentlichen Raum

21. October 2023
Talk, Fachtagung der Kunstkommission Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf

Kunst im öffentlichen Raum – Wirken in der Stadtgesellschaft

5 Jahre Kunstkommission Düsseldorf
Fachtagung zu Perspektiven von Kunst im öffentlichen Raum der Stadt
Zur Sicherung künstlerischer Qualität und um eine neue Planungskultur sowie eine aktive Teilhabe an der Diskussion um die Kunst im öffentlichen Raum zu ermöglichen, hat der Rat der Stadt Düsseldorf die Kunstkommission Düsseldorf etabliert. Diese hat vor fünf Jahren ihre Arbeit aufgenommen und bereits diverse Projekte im öffentlichen Raum realisiert. Aus diesem Anlass lädt die Kommission am Samstag, 21. Oktober 2023, herzlich ein zur Fachtagung zum Thema

Perspektiven von Kunst im öffentlichen Raum.

In Podiumsgesprächen mit Impulsvorträgen sollen die verschiedenen Facetten von Kunst im öffentlichen Raum erörtert werden. Welche Bedeutung hat Kunst für die Stadtgesellschaft? Wie kommt Kunst in den öffentlichen Raum? Oder wie gehen wir mit Bestandskunst um? Das sind nur einige Fragen, die in diesem Zusammenhang diskutiert werden sollen.

Die Veranstaltung ist in zwei Blöcken gegliedert: vormittags werden Strukturen zur Organisation und Realisierung von Kunst für den öffentlichen Raum betrachtet werden, nachmittags liegt der Fokus auf “best practice” mit der Beleuchtung von Herausforderungen an beispielhaften Projekten.

Die Fachtagung findet statt von 10:00 – 18:00 Uhr im Palais Wittgenstein, Bilker Str. 7-9, 40213 Düsseldorf.

*cringe*

29. September – 8. October 2023
Group Show, HGW STD, Athens

The term “cringe” has resurfaced on the internet in recent years. According to Google Trends statistics, there has been a significant increase in searches for this term, which has been steadily rising since 2016. “Cringe” refers to a reaction of embarrassment or social awkwardness. This feeling arises when we become aware of our own uncomfortable actions or when we empathize, or even mock, someone else’s behavior that causes us secondhand embarrassment.

The term “cringe” encompasses a wide range of emotions, making it a versatile word to describe various incidents. However, its usage and application have been shaped by internet communities. Not only is it widely known and used, but it has also managed to bridge divergent identities.

People of different ages, races, genders, political affiliations, and other backgrounds find a common language of communication through “cringe” online. Similar to the existence of metaphorical languages for artistic subjects, “cringe” has spawned a metaphorical language for artistic expression. This is evident in many contemporary works, both digital and non-digital, and has given rise to new artistic media such as memes. “Cringe” has become an overarching concept that encompasses a broader range of social embarrassments.

The universality of identifying with “cringe” when faced with discomfort or socially awkward situations could position it as a contemporary Sublime. Historically, the Sublime has been associated with aesthetic theories heavily influenced by the social dynamics of the time. However, does “cringe” represent a modern form of the Sublime? Has it emerged in response to a shift away from a prescribed aesthetic? We currently exist in a time where collective digital languages are being created to understand a wider range of identities and where a diversity of aesthetic influences is prevalent.

Considering that aesthetics today are multifaceted due to the World Wide Web and the widespread dissemination of information, this exhibition aims to explore these ideas. Through artworks that construct an intimate fusion of references to our digital identity, it presents a familiar chaos that challenges viewers to organize it, while deeply engaging with their present human identity.

*cringe* Curated by: Socrates Stamatatos, Dimi Kalabo 29 SEPTEMBER-08 OCTOBER 2023

Artist talk

16. September 2023
Talk, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Nürnberg

Aram Bartholl stellt im Gespräch mit Kuratorin Susann Scholl seine aktuelle Installation auf dem Klarissenplatz vor. Anhand von weiteren Beispielen gibt er darüber hinaus einen vertiefenden Einblick in sein Werk, in dem Analoges und Digitales häufig auf feinsinnig-absurde Weise aufeinandertreffen.

Kunst Basis Ebertplatz vol.2

15. September – 6. October 2023
Group Show, Ebertplatz Köln, Köln

Zwischen Unort und Denkmal – KUNST BASIS EBERTPLATZ

Un-möglich! Un-verschämt! Un-geheuerlich! So einfach und prägnant wie sich das ‚Un‘ den Worten voran- stellen lässt, voller Überzeugung und Empörung über einen Sachstand, so schnell ist es auch ausgespro- chen und damit in der Welt.

Im Hinblick auf den Eberplatz, den wir in den vergan- genen Jahrzehnten als einen mehr oder weniger un-gepflegten, un-instandgehaltenen und mit un-funk- tionierenden Rolltreppen und un-installierten Beleuch- tungssystemen kennenlernen durften, ist es ein Leichtes, das ‚Un‘ vor den Ort in der Kölner Neustadt
zu setzen. Der Un-Ort ist damit gemacht. Fertig. Und während seit Jahren auch die Empörung über das Un- Mögliche an der Präsenz des Ebertplatzes kultiviert wird – es braucht eben immer einen, der herhält und über den leicht zu schimpfen ist –, so stellt sich hier und da die Frage, wer denn nun genau gescholten wird.

Der Platz selbst kann nichts für sich, aber wer war es dann? Die un-mögliche Stadtverwaltung! Die Vernachlässigung des Platzes ist eine größere Sünde als die Architektur selbst!

Curated by Stefanie Klingemann

Blog Archive for Month: January 2012

'How To Vacuum Form'

January 31, 2012

How To Vacuum Form from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

http://youtu.be/eE26y-r63vY, track byDanny Dive Thru
I am very pleased to finally publish this new project I’ve been working on the last couple months (def. not a Speed Project 😉 It was premiered last week at my solo show opening ‘Reply All’ at [DAM] Berlin. If you are in town drop by, check out the show and make your own mask! FOR FREE!!
‘Reply All’
Solo show: Aram Bartholl, January 28 – 10th March 10 2012
[DAM] Berlin, Neue Jakobstr. 6/7, 10179 Berlin


Materials:

  • polysterol 1-1,5 mm, 23 x 33 cm
  • plaster
  • hose, hose connectors
  • clamps
  • vacuum hand pump, (camping supply)
  • toaster
  • wooden board, rods
  • stop watch
  • original, prototype or master mask to make copies from

Tutorial:

  1. positive plaster cast from mask
  2. additional plaster modeling (chin and forehead) optional
  3. negative plaster cast from model to obtain master mold
  4. include hose, hose connector and holes for decompression in the cast
  5. toaster parts rearranged to heating board, mounted on stand
  6. heat 1mm polysterol approx. 2 min in 6cm distance
  7. and keep pumping !!


all pics on flickr!
Vacuum forming is a quite old technique and is used a lot in mass industry especially packaging and such. The lid of your coffee cup is vacuum form i.e. Students in product design are used to vacuum form their prototypes, it’s a very common technique in that field. You also find all kinds of tutorials on the web how to build your own DIY vacuum former (Instructables). The one I am proposing is less flexible in what you can produce but are able to produce the same piece in a rather fast cycle (2:30 min) The setup above was inspired by this video.
I think we live in a super interesting era. This is just the start of a paradigm shift from mass industry production to self DIY fabrication. And it s going to get very interesting with all the patents and copyright issues for physical objects very soon. Like Cory Doctorow puts it: “… to fight what we thought was the final boss at the end of the game, but it turns out it’s just been the mini-boss at the end of the level, and the stakes are only going to get higher.” I am super curious to see someone print a pair of Nike sneakers on the new makerbot replicator or just imagine Apple would sue everyone because your DIY tablet looks like an iPad. It might happen soon. – Aram Bartholl 2012
Build your own vacuum forming gear today. Copy, experiment and remix! Start coping physical things! And keep pumping!! 😉


Transparent Guy Fawkes


“You don’t know the power of the dark side! We are Legion. The force is with you. Expect us. Join the dark side !”

Darth Fawkes
“How To Vacuum Form”
by Aram Bartholl 2012

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Solo Show Opening & Book Launch at [DAM] Berlin, Jan 27

January 11, 2012

… the announcement below is stolen from the [DAM] Berlin website. Expect a couple new pieces, exclusive offline art for the opening!! (… to be published online soon after), lots of DIY and the ARAM BARTHOLL book launch!! I am very excited about all this, hope you can make it!! CU in 2 weeks !! 🙂

Aram Bartholl
Reply All

January 27th, 7–9 pm Opening + Book-Release Aram Bartholl – The Speed Book, Gestalten-Verlag, 2012
[DAM] Berlin, Neue Jakobstr. 6/7, 10179 Berlin
Performance “How to Vacuum Form” by Aram Bartholl
19:30 Uhr: Book launch of Bartholl’s first monograph Aram Bartholl – The Speed Book, which will be published by Gestalten Verlag. The publisher, art critic and curator Domenico Quaranta gives the introduction.
Exhibition: January 28th – March 10th 2012
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Gallery [DAM]Berlin presents Berlin based artist Aram Bartholl (*1972, Bremen) in his first solo exhibition, whose works create a dynamic tension between online- and real-life. In 2011 Bartholl was partaking in exhibitions by MoMA, Pace Gallery New York and [DAM]Cologne.

His pieces are cutting-edge – not just product of observation, but formed by thought-provoking impulses that Aram gives and by the subsequent independent existence of the artworks created by the user. His interventions in public space, his readymade-like installations and sculptures are based on a do-it-yourself-culture with regard to personal creation and responsibility as well as the Internet’s popular icons with whom Bartholl confronts us in reality. But Aram Bartholl’s artworks are not to be seen as entirely digital: they deal too much with space, are too haptic in their approach, and the awareness of potential political influence is too intense – his pieces push out of gallery and museum surroundings into the city space, into society.

Things, that seem to be trivial parts of the internet, irritate the viewer as soon as they confront him in the physical world: In Are you human? a CAPTCHA-code, used by web services to differentiate between human request and automated scripts, is applied in aluminium form onto murals and gallery walls. A screen with illuminating pixels turns out to be a hand crafted object operated by a candle. In a subtle but accurate way Bartholl reveals discourses concerning the power of a digitally affected world, e.g. in his successful, often quoted project Dead Drops, consisting of USB-sticks, mured into city walls, that refuse data exchange via the internet structures established by big global companies.

‘Everything develops extremely fast on the net. I have the urge to create something that deals with the topic, but that endures anyway,’ says Aram Bartholl about this de-digitalisation of the digital. Where media art, urban intervention and interactive performance meet he asks basic sociocritical questions, thinks about our cultural memory. The rapid development of the digital age is slowed down in his artworks, it is liberated of its technological appeal and exposed for intentional examination. For example his new project Dust: Bartholl wants to convey the worlds most played computer game landscape from Counter Strike – a virtual space, a place seen by millions of people that is fixed in their visual memory even though they were never able to really ‘enter’ it – into an accessible 1:1 model made of concrete.

With the performance and installation shown at the exhibition for the first time, Bartholl, who is active in net political circles like the Chaos Computer Club, turns towards the symptom of an already existing frontier crossing of digital and analogue world: The Anonymous-movement and its characteristic comic-inspired Guy-Fawkes-masks, that are its distinctive mark and protection of identity. They have gained huge media presence thanks to the civil movement Occupy Wallstreet as well. The Anonymous-movement pushes forward the idea of a free, net-based information- and creativity-collective – a kind of global brain, that develops political capacity to act without hierarchic organisation and without determined identity.

The exhibition ‘Aram Bartholl. Reply All’ is part of the associate programme of Transmediale 2012.

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ARAM BARTHOLL
The Speed Book

Perceptive and entertaining investigations of digital culture.
Publisher: gestalten
Editor: Domenico Quaranta
Design: Manuel Bürger
Release Date: January 2012
Format: 21,6 x 28 cm
Features: 268 pages, full color, hardcover
Language: English
https://shop.gestalten.com/aram-bartholl.html

With essays by:

Josephine Bosma,
Jonah Brucker-Cohen,
Jon Cates,
Lindsay Howard,
Alessandro Ludovico,
Evan Roth,
Bruce Sterling,
Brad Troemel

About This Book

Aram Bartholl’s work explores the power structures, the social systems, the cultural innovations, the inner dynamics, the languages, and the products that are shaping our age. This first comprehensive monograph offers entry to an oeuvre in which space and cyberspace mingle and mangle each other, a realm that uses as little technology as possible while still speaking a digital language.
Aram Bartholl: The Speed Book features savvy experiments with transitions from the virtual to the physical: USB sticks embedded into walls, buildings, and curbs; giant real-life versions of Google’s red map markers positioned in public spaces; portraits generated from search results. An introduction by editor Domenico Quaranta as well as essays by science fiction writer Bruce Sterling, art critics, and fellow artists guide readers through a wonderfully skewed version of reality under the influence of the internet, something Sterling refers to as Bartholl’s “self-created twilight zone.”

More About This Book

For a growing number of people, virtual activities on the internet are becoming more significant than the lives they actually lead in the real world. Others are skeptical or even alarmed by the seemingly inevitable technological developments in our digital age. In his work, Aram Bartholl investigates this dichotomy and the blurred dynamics in between with a playfully ironic ingenuity.
This first comprehensive monograph offers entry to Bartholl’s entertaining art in which space and cyberspace mingle and mangle each other—a realm that uses as little technology as possible while still speaking a digital language.

Aram Bartholl: The Speed Book features savvy experiments with transitions from the virtual to the physical: USB sticks embedded into walls, buildings, and curbs; giant real-life versions of Google’s red map markers positioned in public spaces; portraits generated from search results. An introduction by editor Domenico Quaranta as well as essays by science fiction writer Bruce Sterling, art critics, and fellow artists guide readers through a wonderfully skewed version of our society under the influence of the internet, something Sterling refers to as Bartholl’s “self-created twilight zone.”

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Book Glasses

January 8, 2012


A new piece from the glasses series and one of my favorite pages of my upcoming book! 🙂 To be in the shelves very soon!
ARAM BARTHOLL
The Speed Book

Perceptive and entertaining investigations of digital culture.
Edited by Domenicio Quaranta
Design by Manuel Bürger

'S Bahn'

January 7, 2012

S Bahn from Zeitbezogene Medien HAW Hamburg on Vimeo.

Great low(high)tech cartoon reality mix by Markus Neidel, student at HAW Hamburg

Super!

January 4, 2012


Just moved into my new temporary work space at Supermarkt, Brunnenstrasse, Berlin. (untill the fire-ashes-mess in Gerichtstr. is cleaned up …) Handwritten wifi passwords are awesome!! (and always wrong 😉

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Offline Bookmark

January 3, 2012


(Birthday present from/by Nico Princen, great read that post, thx man!! 🙂

'The coming war on general computation'

January 2, 2012

Happy new year everyone!!  One of my New Year Resolutions is to get more active on this blog again. ‘Sorry I haven t posted …’ 😉
The anual congress by Chaos Computer Club germany (#28C3, the 28th year) last week was great. I had a lot of fun with a new piece in progress there and as ususal many interesting dicussions. Cory Doctorrows talk on ‘The coming war on general computation’ turned out to be the unofficial keynote. 🙂 He draws a very good picture how closed hardware will affect the freedom in computation. Check it out below!

Check all talk recordings at https://www.youtube.com/28c3 or direct and torrent downloads at FEM. I also recommend How governments have tried to block Tor or Politik hacken

In a Pecha Kucha Lightning talk I present Dead Drops on day 3!

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