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: September 2013

Are you human? (steel)

September 23, 2013

Are you human?
(ongoing series 2009 – 2013)
550 x 130, 10mm steel
2013
Shown at ‘Hello World!! solo show at Kasseler Kunstverein, Sept 2013






CAPTCHA codes are small images we encounter on the internet almost every day. To prove to the server that we are human we have to decode the distorted random letter-number word. CAPTCHA is the acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart” and was developed in 2000. While at the Turing test humans were to decide if they chat with a program or another human. Today the computer is asking us if we were human. At the same time often it is quite difficult to decode these bend letters and numbers but spammers write specialized software which still is capable to do so. Are you human?
It is also interesting that CAPTCHA codes are generated by a script in the very moment a website is requested. In fact each code is unique but forgotten in digital nirvana very quickly. Once used (or failed) it will never appear as alike again. While many other files on the Internet are being copied and multiplied CAPTCHA codes stay in an ephemeral blind spot. They seem light, sometimes like a micro poem but they ask us the very existential question in an era of digital life.
This code was found on yahoo.com in spring 2013.
 

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'Hello World!' Pictures & Tour, Kassel

September 9, 2013

Hello world!
Aram Bartholl
August 30 – October 13, 2013
Kasseler Kunstverein


Dust Excpert 2 – Counterstrike Dust map life size gate situation made from card board.










All pictures:

press:

 
pictures by Nils Klinger

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OFFLINE ART: Hardcore – documentation

September 9, 2013

THX everyone! The show came out really cool! Perfect setup and beautiful hardcore Netart!! :)) More about the OFFLINE ART exhibition format can be found here and an opening speech by Olia Lialina for the first edition is here.

OFFLINE ART: Hardcore
Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
August 30  – October 13 2013
curated by Aram Bartholl
‘Hardcore’ features a selected group of artists representing a wide range of radical approaches contrasting the mainstream idea of the digital image and web culture. Referring to subcultures in music during the 80s & 90s todays hardcore attitude can be found in various media and genres on the Internet. In the glossy controlled era of Facebook, Apple, and Google hardcore artists challenge conventions with radical points of view and hard core works.
production: Klara Pietrzak
code: Matthias Strubel
credits: xpo gallery








All pictures on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bartholl/sets/72157635466755374/
with:
CONSTANT DULLAART
TOS (2013)
video
DEANNA HAVAS
Found Abstract Renders (2012)
Digital Image, .PNG
EI JANE JANET LIN in collaboration with MIAO JIAXIN
Collaborations #3 (2010)
video
EVA AND FRANCO MATTES aka 0100101110101101.org
Emily’s Video, extract (2012)
video
EVAN ROTH
http://kamasutra-on-dimgray.com (2013)
website
JODI
???? Representing  6′  Rainer Brendel  (2013)
website
JON CATES
(k)NEW.ERR▷ (2013)
HTML
LORNA MILLS
PUNCH (2013)
found animated gif collage
JEREMIAH JOHNSON
Enduring Potential (2013)
Website
PENELOPE UMBRICO
TV from Craigslist (2008- ongoing)
digital files of various sizes
ROSA MENKMAN
Beyond Resolution (2013)
website
SAKROWSKI aka. CuratingYouTube
CM-Version 2013 (2013)
video 18 min
UBERMORGEN
YouTube Comments (2013)
PNG, MKV
VUK ĆOSIĆ
Documenta DONE (1997)
website
The OFFLINE ART exhibition format:
Browser-based digital art works are broadcast locally from wifi routers which are not connected to the Internet. Each art work is assigned a single wifi router which is accessible through any device, like smart-phones, tablets or laptops. To access the different art works, the visitor has to connect to each network individually. The name of the network reflects the name of the artist. No matter what URL is opened, only the specific artwork appears in the browser. A small web server holding the art piece is installed on a USB flash drive which is connected to the router. Like frames holding the art, the routers are hung in the exhibition space which is otherwise empty. The art i tself becomes visible only on the visitor’s private screen.The pieces are locally widely accessible but disconnected from the Internet
Aram Bartholl 2013

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In Media Res

September 9, 2013


Georges et Archibald Verney-Carron
vous prient de bien vouloir assister
le 10 septembre 2013 à partir de 11 h
au vernissage de l’exposition
In medIas Res
Rodrigo arteaga (Chili)
aram Bartholl (allemagne)
Patricia Camet (Pérou)
Gloria Friedmann (France)
eva Jospin (France)
Benjamin mecz (France)
Genêt mayor (suisse)
simon nicaise (France)
Curateur : Alexis Jakubowicz
Du mardi au vendredi de 14 h à 19 h et sur rendez-vous
Le samedi de 14 h 30 à 19 h
45, quai Rambaud – 69002 Lyon
Tram T1 Montrochet – Bus S1 Confluence – La Sucrière
www.galerie-verney-carron.com

'Per Tweet ins Museum'

September 7, 2013


‘Per Tweet ins Museum’

Zwanzig Jahre ist es her, dass Künstler die ersten Arbeiten für das Internet entwickelt haben. Diese sogenannte Netzkunst aber blieb der Kunstszene bis heute fremd und fand kaum je Eingang in Institutionen. Das allerdings könnte sich in den kommenden Jahren ändern.

Tilman Baumgärtel
http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/feuilleton/kunst_architektur/per-tweet-ins-museum-1.18145506#

Interview: 'Hello World!', 'OFFLINE ART' and cyber-sprawl @ aqnb.com

September 5, 2013


An interview I gave about my solo show ‘Hello World!’, and the group show ‘OFFLINE ART‘ I curated, both at Kasseler Kunstverein on aqnb.com by Jean Kay. THX!!
Full interview http://www.aqnb.com/2013/09/05/an-interview-with-aram-bartholl/
 

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'Ein Flackern in der Cyberwirklichkeit'

September 5, 2013


Article in taz.de about my solo show ‘Hello World!’ in Kasseler Kunstverein and quotes from a conversation we had before. THX!!
Ein Flackern in der Cyberwirklichkeit
Die Kolonialisierung des Alltags durch das Internet: Aram Bartholl untersucht, wie Daten unsere Wahrnehmung der Welt beeinflussen.
by Tilman Baumgärtel
Zoom in or read online!  http://taz.de/Medienkunst-Ausstellung-in-Kassel/!123085/

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Fridericianum Drop

September 2, 2013


Fridericianum Drop part of Hello World!

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