To passers-by, The Glass Room looks like another slick, clean-lined store offering the latest shiny consumer products. Step inside, and you’ll discover something more unusual but nothing for sale. 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?
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Asuntos De Nuestro Espacio
Asuntos De Nuestro Espacio (Matters of our space)
“Matters of our space” is an exhibition of art that is built around social dynamics, ways of living and technologies that are used and built collectively today.
Seduced by clicks, forms and applications, we update our data without being aware of it. Day by day we carry out actions that are integrated into a set – no longer local but global – of information. Our daily experiences are transformed into links in a process that happens on a global scale and of which we do not know its logic and functioning.
Curated by Cristian Reynaga (Argentina), Asuntos de nuestro espacio presents the works of Aram Bartholl (Germany), Varvara Guljajeva (Estonia) and Mar Canet (Spain), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico), Martín Nadal (Spain), Nayantara Ranganathan (India) and Manuel Beltrán (Spain), that by means of techniques, devices and strategies that they themselves construct, make visible protocols and technologies that form part of our contexts both in the digital and physical environment, involving a critical perspective on these same media.
Along with a program of talks, with the participation of Margarita Martínez, Valentín Muro, Victoria Papagni and Manuel Beltrán among others, workshops and interventions in public space, this exhibition proposes the city as an environment for discussion on the place we give to technologies in our intimate space and in our public, physical and digital space.
Artists: Aram Bartholl (Germany) – Varvara Guljajeva (Estonia) and Mar Canet (Spain) – Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico) – Martín Nadal (Spain) -Nayantara Ranganathan (India) and Manuel Beltrán (Spain). Curated by Cristian Reynaga. Production and coordination of workshops: Candela del Valle. Curatorial assistance: Carolina Aliotta. Audiovisual production: María Laura Morán.
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Stadstriennale: Screen It
The main exhibition SCREEN IT takes place on the Corda Campus, currently one of the fast growing tech incubators in Europe. But also the former basecamp of Philips where technologic innovations as audio and videocassettes or Laservision were invented that help spreading the western visual culture over the world. The dominance of this culture, linked to the omnipresence of screens is the starting point of the exhibition. Artist as Nam June Paik or Wolf Vostell already tackled the possibilities of screens in art and culture in the ’60. Paik’s famous quote “Television tortured the intellectuals for a long time… it is about time that the intellectuals torture television” clearly presents this generation ambiguous positions towards screens. This approach can easily be transferred towards our current society filled with buzz words as big data, social media, VR or augmented reality. The exhibition thus will tackle the current status of the arts towards the cultural impact of the screen fueled culture we live in.
Sometimes as a source of inspiration, as a canvas or as starting point for debate, the current and future generation of artists is touching the limits of technology or the impact on contemporary art esthetics, news gathering, politics, social commitment and more. The generation of digital natives, born with their fingers clued on a screen, is investigating a world with or without screens, questioning virtual worlds and augmented realities in an intriguing way.
Nam June Paik
Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion
Dries de Poorter
Jeroen Van Loon
Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art
The highly anticipated second Coventry Biennial will unfold across the city from the 4th October to the 24th November 2019 and we invite people to learn, look, make, talk, think and walk with us.
The biennial’s title this year is The Twin and it comprises a series of exhibitions, events and activities about relationships.
We are an international city; Coventry and Volgograd, Russia, were the first modern twin cities in the world and this year marks the 75th anniversary of that historic bond of friendship.
The core programme of The Twin will unfold across the city in medieval and modernist buildings as well as in artist studios, galleries and museums. We will be exhibiting new and existing artworks by individual artists, duos and groups from Coventry, across the UK and from many of our international twin cities as well as other international locations. We are delighted to be exhibiting the artists listed below and will be announcing a small number of additional practitioners over the coming weeks and months:
Isobel Adderley & Jazz Moreton, Tully Arnot, Art & Language, Jonny Bark, Aram Bartholl, Jordan Baseman, James Birkin, Simon & Tom Bloor, James Bridle, Lorsen Camps, Paul Chan & Badlands Unlimited, David Cheeseman, James Clarkson, Anna Columbine, Maud Cotter, Paul Crook, Matthew Darbyshire, Joseph DeLappe, Lisa Denyer, Jacqueline Donachie, Caitriona Dunnett, EVOL, Anne Forgan, Dylan Fox, Darryl Georgiou & Rebekah Tolley, Zuza Golinska, Noémie Goudal, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Mona Hatoum, Corey Hayman, Nicky Hirst, Clare Holdstock, Fred Hubble, Andrew Jackson, Juneau Projects, Navi Kaur, Smirna Kulenović, Liz Lake, Ollie Ma, Ioana Marinescu, Tony McClure, Lorna Mills, Anna Molska, MTAA, Alexandra Muller, Edie Jo Murray, Uriel Orlow, OUTLINE & Smirna Kulenović, Paper Rad, Bharti Parmar, Parmar & Piper, Partisan Social Club, Mathew Parkin, Matthew Picton, Duncan Poulton, Adele Mary Reed, Lis Rhodes, Rafaël Rozendaal, Ana Rutter, Richard Scott, Shirana Shahbazi, Larissa Shaw, Thomson & Craighead, Leonid Toprover, Chidera Ugada, Mhairi Vari, Nilupa Yasmin
For his first solo exhibition in Switzerland, Aram Bartholl delves in to origins, effects and legacies of our daily usage of social media through portable devices. Built on the ashes of a scaled, thin-paper model of the Facebook HQ front sign in Menlo Park, California, which burned down in a fire before the opening, the exhibition brings together in a cohesive installation a new set of printed, sculptural and video works.
A recent study reported on the New York Times by writer and journalist Benedict Carey, found that phone users switched screen activities every 20 seconds on average, and rarely spent more than 20 minutes uninterrupted doing any one of them. With the daily screen time of an adult being 8 to 10 hours today, scientists have started to look into our habits and screen-shifting patterns. Adapting the concept of genome, the genetic code that determines the characteristics of a living beings, experts feel now able to identify a “screenome”, as each individual screen-time experience appears to be sequential, disjointed and unique.
A series of floating open hands, the images of which are photos from an online stock agency, gesture towards one another in a semi-open position, as a sign of collaboration and participation as well as leading back to the way we hold our smartphones. The withstanding frame of the burned-up work remains on its ashes at the center of the room, while a video of the fire – apolitical act of protest against what is today the largest sharing platform, is playing on a screen. A number of disused phones lies on the ground on a pile of fire-retardant debris, some of which have come to cover copies of a free local newspaper on a nearby table. Inside, an article denounces swimmers’ difficulties in separating from their smartphone while in the waters of the river Aare, Switzerland.
The personal computer, the internet and, most recently, the smartphone represents a paradigm shift in the way we communicate today. The promise of openness and equality of the World Wide Web has now been superseded by gigantic sharing platforms such as Facebook which, together with our devices, collect and contain the most intimate track record of our emotional and personal history. Shading light on a society of which interactions are shaped and controlled by machines we cannot fully understand neither control, making us in fact controlled by them, Bartholl addresses electronic waste as a moment of emotional detachment from our past experiences though equally liberating from the slavery of control to which we are involuntarily subjected.
Immortality – The Ural Bienniale
The Ural Industrial Biennial is the largest regional art project with international participation among those existing on the territory of the Russian Federation. The Biennial takes place at former industrial and non-exhibition spaces in Ekaterinburg and other cities of the Ural region.
In its 5th edition, the Ural Biennial explores concepts behind the Immortality, both secular and sacred; it is seen as a powerful utopist idea, as technocratic obscurity, as a symbolic tool and as a condition which might cause evident ethical schisms.
Zarouhie Abdalian & Joseph Rosenzweig | Agency of Singular Investigations (Stanislav Shuripa, Anna Titova) | Carlos Amorales | Petr Antonov | Evgeny Antufiev & Lyubov Nalogina | Elena Artemenko | Aram Bartholl | Yin‑Ju Chen | Anya Cherepanova & Vitalik Cherepanov | Ali Cherri | Bruce Conner | Danilo Correale | Vladislav Efimov | Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov | Cyprien Gaillard | Claudia Martínez Garay | Felix Gonzalez-Torres | Gorod Ustinov | Ivan Gorshkov | Ilya Grishaev | He Xiangyu | Francisco Camacho Herrera | James T. Hong | Chia-Wei Hsu | Geumhyung Jeong | Tarik Kiswanson | Egor Kraft | Gabriel Lester | Liu Chuang | Liu Qingyuan | Qinmin Liu, Pan Lu & Bo Wang | Cristina Lucas | Tala Madani | Jill Magid | Ksenia Markelova | Chris Marker & Alain Resnais | Sara Modiano | Yuko Mohri | Christian Nyampeta | Adrian Piper | Pavel Pepperstein | Ivan Petrokovich | Gala Porras-Kim | Charlotte Posenenske | Diana Fonseca Quiñones | Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook | The Recycle Group | Ana Roldán | Roee Rosen | Maria Safronova | Aki Sasamoto | Kirill Savchenkov | Masha Sedyaeva | Lieko Shiga | Shimabuku | Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai | Timur Si-Qin | Nikolay Smirnov | Maria Taniguchi | Diana Thater | Anastasiya Tsayder | Franco Vaccari | Stan VanDerBeek | Anton Vidokle | Peter Watkins | Wong Ping | Ustina Yakovleva | Yan Xing | Arseny Zhilyaev
The exhibition Playmode offers a reflection on these aspects and on the era of gamification that contemporary societies are now experiencing, bringing together pieces by several artists, such as Brad Downey, Gabriel Orozco and Ana Vieira, who incorporate the theme while exploring new ways of seeing, participating and transforming the world, using gaming in a critical light. Picture: House of Cards #3. Brad Downey, 2007. Photo: Brad Downey