Current Events

Seasons of Media Arts

9. September 2020 – 31. March 2021
Group Show, ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe

Seasons of Media Arts. Stadt der partizipativen Visionen
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien

Light installations, media projections on building facades and streets, artistic interventions, and experimental events will transform Karlsruhe during the »Seasons of Media Arts« into a stage for innovative, cooperative, and networked media art. Since September 11, 2020, a variety of media-based artistic projects has been on show in the urban space of Karlsruhe. These projects, accompanied by special programs designed by various institutions and initiatives in Karlsruhe, invite the public to interact and explore our information- and media technology-based reality.  Here, »media« are understood literally as expressive tools that open up artistic access to current issues such as the climate crisis or democracy in the age of social media.

with:
Aram Bartholl, Michael Bielicky, Jonas Denzel, Holger Förterer, Walter Giers, Mira Hirtz, Eva Judkins, Ulf Langheinrich, Alexander Liebrich, Christian Lölkes, Betty Rieckmann, Sabine Schäfer, Marie Sester, Ulrich Singer, Pong.Li Studios, Xenorama, Marco Zampella,

Better Off Online

9. September – 30. November 2020
Group Show, KÖNIG GALERIE / KÖNIG DIGITAL, Online

#KönigDigital: The international group show „better off online“ is presented by @koeniggalerie as part of @arselectronica. Enter the exhibition by typing ars.webb.game in your browser.

https://www.koeniggalerie.com/exhibitions/31662/world-wide-webb/
https://ars.webb.game/

“It is increasingly necessary to be able to think new technologies in different ways, and to be critical of them, in order to meaningfully participate in that shaping and directing“, writes James Bridle in his book “New Dark Age. Technology and the End of Future“. During the lockdown nearly everything that was left for the art world to connect, share and experience were digital devices and new technologies. The digital boom was hit by a wave of criticism of technology. Artists have always worked with new technologies, and at the same time critically question them.

Experiencing a global lockdown is an excuse for utopian escapism into a game environment as the only place left to experience and interact with art. The British artist Thomas @Webb built a virtual world for new media artists to share their thoughts on what technology is and could be.

The WORLD WIDE WEBB is a virtual world the digital visitor enters through the browser on a smartphone. It is a multiplayer video game, a digital exhibition space and a world full of art and characters the visitor is invited to interact with. Webb recreates the social spontaneity of the world pre-Covid-19. Net art is presented in its genuine medium, the digital realm, where video art is also easily accessible. The visitor meets AI avatars designed by Webb, to reflect the human nature and to question the use of technology in the digital age.

Artists: Koo Jeong A, Aram Bartholl, Alice Bucknell, Arvida Byström, Stine Deja, Keiken, Kesh, Jonas Lund, Rachel Maclean, Tabor Robak, Manuel Rossner, Nicole Ruggiero, Sebastian Schmieg, Thomas Webb

Concept: Anika Meier & Thomas Webb

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Upcoming Events

Mind Over Matter

11. December 2020 – 15. March 2021
Group Show, Technische Sammlungen Dresden, Dresden

MIND OVER MATTER, eine englische Redewendung, die mit der deutschen Volksweisheit DER WILLE VERSETZT BERGE verglichen werden kann.

Die Redewendung wird ebenso in der Parapsychologie für die Beschreibung von paranormalen Phänomenen, wie z.B. der Psychokinese verwendet. Es sollen im Rahmen der Ausstellung und des Vortragsprogramms vor allem Fragen der Bewusstseinsforschung, des Machine Learning und der Struktur des Selbst und Selbsterlebens nachgegangen werden. Seit jeher werden diese Fragen im Rahmen von Science-Fiction Literatur, aktuellen Filmreihen wie Matrix oder Westworld in Zukunftssettings projiziert, die mittels fortschrittlicher Technologie die Frage zu lösen versuchen, wie sich Geist und Bewusstseinsphänomene innerhalb von komplexen Materieansammlungen, die aus kleinsten, atomaren Bestandteilen zusammengefügt sind, entwickeln und manifestieren
kann. Diese aktuellen philosophischen Fragen, die sich anhand unserer technischen Errungenschaften in Hinblick auf elektronische Datenverarbeitung und umfassende Massenkommunikation mit neuer Vehemenz stellen, sind aber bereits seit Jahrhunderten auch in unseren Breiten im Zentrum der philosophischen Spekulationen, angefangen beim Bewusstseins- und Gottesbegriff von Rene Descartes und Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz im 17. Jahrhundert. Es werden unterschiedliche philosophische Grundfragen nach der Struktur des Seins, der Materie und der Zeit aufgeworfen, die mittels technologischer und künstlerischer Versuchsanordnungen erforscht werden.

Die Frage nach der Natur unseres Bewusstseins, und wie es möglich ist, dass es in unserem Universum existiert und es erlebt, ist wohl das faszinierendste Rätsel, mit dem wir konfrontiert sind. Das Forschungsgebiet der Künstlichen Intelligenz (KI) wurde nicht zuletzt ins Leben gerufen, um darauf eine Antwort zu finden. Die Medienkunst bezieht sich seit ihren Anfängen auf die Erforschungen dieses Verhältnisses von Mensch, Technologie und Bewusstsein, unter Zuhilfenahme technologischer und künstlerischer Modelle und technischer Hilfsmittel. In dem Versuch, auf Computern die kognitiven Prozesse des Menschen zu realisieren, entwickeln wir ein testbares Verständnis und Begriffe davon, wie elementare Informationsverarbeitungsprozesse zu komplexem Erleben führen, es handelt sich um nicht weniger als dem Versuch einer Theory of Everything , mittels der Spiegelung und Überführung in ein maschinell-abstraktes Informationsverarbeitungssystem, welches aber nach dem Vorbild der menschlichen Informationsverarbeitung modelliert wurde.

Was unterscheidet heutige KI-Systeme vom menschlichen Geist? Die heutigen Anwendungen der KI konzentrieren sich vor allem auf die Klassifikation von Daten und die Steuerung technischer Systeme. Unser Geist ist jedoch mehr als ein Klassifikator: er erschafft aktiv ein dynamisches Modell der Umwelt, einen Traum, der in den sensorischen Daten verankert ist, und den er erlebt und reflektiert. Künstlerische Arbeiten, die diese Modellierung in technischer wie humanistischer Hinsicht exerzieren und reflektieren sollen vorgestellt und diskutiert werden, dabei sind lokale, nationale und internationale Beiträge eingeladen.

Recent Events

Zeitmaschine

12. November 2020
Talk, FH Potsdam, Potsdam

Zeitmaschine: A mini conference at FH- Potsdam

with:
Kim Albrecht
Aram Bartholl
Dorit Mielke

Imagine you Wake Up and There is no Internet

22. October – 16. November 2020
Group Show, Romantso, Athens

What will happen if one day you wake up and there is no Internet?

The exhibition Imagine you wake up and there is no Internet explores the effects of ubiquitous connectivity and technology in everyday life. Starting from our obsession with digital technologies, the exhibition seeks to enhance the debate about the coexistence of human and machine in the 21st century.

13 artists and 5 art collectives showcase scenarios from the present time and the near future, strategies of disconnection and disorientation, evacuation and escape plans from the city, studies on the information society, snapshots from digital life and the infrastructures that allows us to be connected to the network, and new readings for the political period we are going through. Any sense of certainty for the present and the future seems to have been destabilised.

31 years after the creation of the world wide web, concepts such as space, time, value and labor have acquired new meaning. And these concepts will continue to take on new meaning as the technology that we use the most, changes at great speed leaving us -often- in the position of the observer with little space for manoeuvring. The levels of control and surveillance in the networks we navigate, whether resulting from political decisions or market trends, are often obscure. At the same time, everyday life and personal data have acquired a particular economic value within networks and our obsession with constant connectivity, can only accelerate a technological future where human behaviour becomes predictable or can be predicted to meet political or/and economic trends.

The works in the exhibition highlight moments and fragments of our digital life surfacing issues related to the human-machine relationship and its impact on the public sphere. The exhibition aims at contributing to the discussion on the constantly accelerating dynamics of the Network, our position within it, and finally, the boundaries between a human-driven versus a machine-driven technological world.

The exhibition presents new commissions and works from: Marina Gioti, Vaggelis Deligiorgis, Antonis Kalagkatsis, George Moraitis, Manos Saklas, Alexandros Tzannis, Jono Boyle and the new version of the work “Tracing Information Society – A Timeline” by Technopolitics group.

Participating Artists:
!Mediengruppe Bitnik & Low Jack (DE/FR), Aram Bartholl (DE), Jono Boyle (UK), Heath Bunting & Kayle Brandon (UK), Vaggelis Deligiorgis (GR), Exonemo (JP), Marina Gioti (GR), Antonis Kalagkatsis (GR), George Moraitis (GR), No Más / No More (GR), Manos Saklas (GR), Molly Soda (U.S.), Superflux (UK), Technopolitics (AT), Alexandros Tzannis (GR), Filipe Vilas-Boas (PT)

Curated by Katerina Gkoutziouli & Voltnoi Brege

 

Opencoil

16. October – 1. November 2020
Group Show, Berlin, Berlin

you are hereby invited to the opening of OPENCOIL.show

with most cities pavements flooded by ‘dockless sharing vehicles’, OPENCOIL presents works by 10 artists specially selected to fill the vacuum between private and public space. this show is an experimental attempt to physically engage with the rise of ‘landfill capitalism’ by reclaiming ‘micro-mobility’ infrastructure. decentralised and climate neutral. helmets not included.

concept & curated by Dennis de Bel & Anton Jehle

participating artists: Aram Bartholl, Constant Dullart, Dennis de Bel & Anton Jehle, JODI, Jonas Lund, Martin Howse, Mediengruppe Bitnik!, Rosa Menkman, Sarah Grant, Sofya Aleynikova

opening:
oct 16th, 7pm / zentrum f netzkunst, haus der statistik

showcase:
oct 17th / ko-markt, haus d statistik

roaming speedshow:
oct 26th – nov 1st / berlin

 

german:

OPENCOIL – The roaming Speedshow

Die Ausstellung OPENCOIL setzt sich mit den Auswirkungen von Mikro-Mobilitätsdiensten auf den Stadtraum auseinander, indem sie ihre dezentrale Infrastruktur als Ausstellungsraum nutzt und gleichzeitig die Bedingungen und Auswirkungen dieser Infrastrukturen auch zum Thema macht.

10 Künstler*innen wurden eingeladen, ihre Arbeiten auf einem kleinen Wifi Controller mit ~2MB Offline-Speicher zu präsentieren.

Diese „digitalen Galerieräume“ werden an 10 zufällig ausgewählten E-Scootern angebracht.
So fährt die Ausstellung, von den Nutzer*Innen der Roller unbemerkt, als „roaming Speedshow“ durch die Stadt.

Der aktuelle Standort der Kunstwerke kann ab dem 26 Oktober über diese Website verfolgt werden. Damit die Werke betrachtet werden können, muss die „Roller-Galerie“ im Stadtraum gefunden werden.

Sobald der Roller angemietet ist, erhalten die Besucher*innen über ihr persönliches Smartphone, Zugang zu dem 2MB großen Galerieraum und den ausgestellten Werken.

Während Kapazitätsbeschränkungen und die bevorzugte Vermeidung von Zusammenkünften in geschlossenen Räumen, traditionelle Galerien und Museen vor Herausforderungen stellen, zielt OPENCOIL darauf ab, die Ortsunabhängigkeit des Online mit der Materialität des Offline (und umgekehrt) zu verbinden. Die Infrastruktur der „Mikro-Mobiltitätsdienste“ wird übernommen – klimaneutral und dezentral.

Die Gehwege vieler Städte auf der ganzen Welt wurden in den letzten Jahren von sogenannten ‘dockless sharing vehicles’ regelrecht überflutet. Mit Versprechungen von Umweltfreundlichkeit und Elektromobilität, besetzten diese Risikokapitalismus Aktivisten die Grauzone zwischen privatem und öffentlichem Raum auf den Straßen unserer Städte. Diese gewissenlose Gewissenhaftigkeit der “Mikro-Mobilitätsdienste” wirft jedoch wichtige Fragen zu städtischem Raum, Eigentum, Agentur, Produktion, Ökologie und sehr spätem Kapitalismus auf.

Wie umgehen mit der Inbesitznahme öffentlichen Raums?
Welche Werkzeuge und Wege gibt es sich diesen zurückzuerobern?

OPENCOIL soll nicht nur ein Pandemie-tauglicher Weg sein, um Kunst im öffentlichen Offline-Raum zu zeigen. OPENCOIL ist auch eine kreative (Um-)Nutzung von E-Scootern, ein Versuch, sich ihnen mit künstlerischen Mitteln zu nähern.
Gezeigt werden Arbeiten, die sich mit Fragen der Überschneidung von öffentlichem und privatem Raum, dem Umgang mit Ressourcen sowie mit Greenwashing, Risikokapitalismus und Vandalismus befassen.

 

Blog Archive for Tag: fffffat

YOUR ART!! Party at F.A.T. GOLD at Eyebeam

April 9, 2013

YOUR ART Party – FAT GOLD at Eyebeam from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

YOUR ART!! party at Eyenbeam last Saturday was super cool!! As part of the F.A.T. GOLD program visitors were invited to build a golden necklace to show art from their phones.  The concept is based on an intervention I did with Khoi Vinh during the Seven on Seven conference at Rhizome 2012.  More documentation about the F.A.T. GOLD exhibition at Eyebeam to come.









http://www.flickr.com/photos/bartholl/sets/72157633205582132/

‘Express Yourself’ intervention with Khoi Vinh during the Seven on Seven conference at Rhizome 2012.

Prior YOUR ART!! party at my birthday party in Berlin Dec 2012



http://www.flickr.com//photos/bartholl/sets/72157632425447016/
 

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TPB AFK bootleg

February 12, 2013


Last Friday I made a cam bootleg of the world premiere of the TPB AFK film at Berlinale. Whole story and video etc can be found on FFFFFAT :))

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YOUR ART!!

October 25, 2012

!!! POSTPONED TILL MARCH13 DUE TO STORM SANDY !!!

http://fffff.at/your-art/

FAT LAB WANTS YOUR ART!!

Participate!! Be part of FAT GOLD at EYEBEAM Nov 2012!!

The YOUR ART!! killer exhibition series includes:
YOUR ART!! KARAOKE ARTIST PANEL
YOUR ART!! GOLDEN NECKLACE PARTY
YOUR ART!! DEADDROP SHOW
YOUR ART!! ENDLESS SCREENING
Submit your ART today and be part of this awesome series!! FAT will show all your pieces during FAT GOLD!! Be included in the YOUR ART!! DEADDROP SHOW. Everything will be uploaded onto this DeadDrop and will be available to the public 24/7. (You can also upload your works there any time yourself)!! Also, your files will be projected in YOUR ART!! ENDLESS SCREENING in maximum size in the FAT GOLD exhibition. If you are in NYC drop by and make your own YOUR ART!! GOLDEN NECKLACE. Show off your works on your personal phone necklace at the FAT GOLD closing party or participate in the YOUR ART!! KARAOKE ARTIST PANEL discussion. Present and discuss works ( you’ve never seen before as if their where your own 🙂 and win a YOUR ART GOLDEN USB DRIVE!! It s gonna be KILLER!!
Aram Bartholl 2012

YOUR ART!! GOLDEN NECKLACE test run with Khoi Vinh during Rhizome Seven on Seven

SUBMIT your art here  YOURART@datenform.de

(links preferred!!)

!!! POSTPONED TILL MARCH13 DUE TO STORM SANDY !!!

include: name, titel, year, website
deadline: Nov 5, 2012
FAQ in the comments
F.A.T. GOLD: Five Years of Free Art & Technology
AT EYEBEAM
November 5–17, 2012,
Grand opening Nov 7, closing party Nov 11, more TBA soon
www.gold.fffff.at

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YYEAAAHHH FFFFFAT 5 GOOOOLD

October 24, 2012

!!! POSTPONED TILL MARCH13 DUE TO STORM SANDY !!!

HANG ON!! 2 WEEKS TO GO! BE READY FOR THE MONSTER!!

F.A.T. GOLD: Five Years of Free Art & Technology
curated by Lindsay Howard
AT EYEBEAM
November 5–17, 2012
www.gold.fffff.at/

I am very much looking fwd to the upcoming FAT lab show FAT GOLD  at Eyebeam NYC in 2 weeks. CU there!!

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ONLINE GALLERY PLAYSET

May 23, 2012

[first published on fffff.at/online-gallery-playset]

Make your own gallery today! Curate awesome art from the Internetz and run your first show in 5 min!

ONLINE GALLERY PLAYSET from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

You always dreamt to run your own gallery? This is your chance! Make your
own gallery in less than 5 minutes. Curate the best online shows ever!

  1. Dowload the ONLINE GALLERY PLAYSET (A3 or 2 pages A4)
  2. Print, cut and make your very own white cube.
  3. Curate awesome art from the Internetz.
  4. Develop a precise hanging layout. (…cut some frames)
  5. and install the art! (…match browser windows with frames)

BANG!! You just made your first show! Invite your
friends and play together. It‘s super easy and sooo much fun!!
Aram Bartholl 2012 for TAXI art magazin






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How To Avoid Facial Recognition

May 15, 2012

or ‘YOU GOTTA FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PAAARTY (ANONYMOUSLY!!)

How To Avoid Facial Recognition from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

This is not a hoax! It really works! But you ll need some extra training for your neck muscles 😉 Don’t be worried about party pictures any more. Just keep your head tilted when ever a friend pulls a camera or you travel to the UK. You’ll be safe! In case you are not an expert in software like Kyle’s ofxFaceTracker you can also test this just with your phone or camera. Facial recognition is default nowadays (especially on all the Faceboogles….)!!


by Kyle McDonald & Aram Bartholl
Berlin 2012
first posted on fffff.at/how-to-avoid-facial-recognition May 9 2012

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How To Turn Code Into Art

October 12, 2011

[1st published on fffffat]

Art aware hackers!! Your code can be art! Yes, no kidding!!!

Recent events have shown again that computer code and its power is still underestimated by the public and governments. The way software is written, it s quality, openess, closedness etc. has a very high impact on which way society is taking.  Some small changes or features in code can result in an enormous loss of democratic values or lead to a hidden surveillance state.  Because comparably only few people can read and understand code it is so important we communicate it, discuss it in public and make it art! 🙂
Congrats to the CCC for revealing and revers engeneering this incredible piece of software and to FAZ (a leading german news paper, circulation of 360.000) which went of the charts by printing 5 full pages assembler code. Awesome!

BOINGBOING: Chaos Computer Club cracks Germany’s illegal government malware, a trojan that spies on your PC and lets anyone off the street hijack it
Germany’s Chaos Computer Club published the sourcecode for a piece of malware used by the German government to spy on citizens. The software was discovered in the wild and reverse engineered. It can be used to spy on or control remote PCs. Because of flaws in the software, anyone who was infected with this by German police was vulnerable to spying by “anyone on the street.” The German supreme court banned the use of trojans to spy on German citizens in 2008. ….

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Free Ai Weiwei – glasses !!

June 17, 2011

[first released on fffff.at]

Make your own FREE Ai Weiwei glasses today!! Download the post card PDF, print double sided, cut and mount the parts!! Show off your pair of FREE Ai Weiwei glasses!!
Aram Bartholl 2011

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Ai Weiwei – FUCK OFF – Bookmarklet

May 26, 2011

[1st released on fffff.at]

Say it like Ai Weiwei!! Make some noise!! Free Ai Weiwei!!


Drag and drop the link below to your bookmarks tool bar above (tutorial below). Hit the FUCK OFF – Bookmarklet in desired situation while you surf the web! Say it like Ai Weiwei!! Post your screen shots in the comments!

Ai Weiei – FUCK OFF – Bookmarklet

FUCK OFF !! Deutsche Bank, BMW and Siemens for keeping their mouths shut about Ai Weiwei’s arrest. Yes, just keep sponsoring art shows and culture in China and pretend nothing has happend …. FUCK OFF !!!



Based on the awesome

>> Kanye Vision Bookmarklet <

by Evan Roth & Tobias Leingruber 2009

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The Legendary Night at Roter Krebs 2010

May 26, 2011

[1st released on fffff.at]

FAT at Roter Krebs, Ars Electronica 2010 from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

Last year I curated the program for the category Digital Communities at Ars Electronica 2010. The whole thing was called TELE-INTERNET and a mix of talks, workshops, lab, hacker space and performances. We also had a night program at Roter Krebs (which is definately the best party place in Linz!!). Looking back this night was very special and became one of my personal highlights in F.A.T. history !! (…besides the TM fake G-car 🙂 Finally I managed to get it documented! Enjoy!!
[VIDEO links: TELE-INTERNET, evan-roth.com/cream, tortureclassics.com and Theo’s awesome mixes ]

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