Current 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.

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,

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Upcoming Events

Decision Making – L’instant décisif

9. December 2021 – 13. March 2022
Group Show, Canadien Cultural Centre, Paris

Decisions are the result of complex cognitive processes. Considering them collectively when they involve our shared futures makes them harder to make. But, more and more often, we include machines into such processes through algorithms qualified as decisional. Of course, it raises questions that artists know how to put into perspective. Because of the age that we are currently living in, a brief instant regarding the whole history of our planet, is decisive considering the choices available to us for a responsible development of Artificial Intelligence. Therefore, it is now that human rights are at stake, for instance, about what will emerge from the use of our personal data. The consideration of artworks coming from decisive processes connecting humans to machines could only spring us into an immediate future that still belongs to us.

Curated by Dominique Moulon & Alain Thibault

Museum of Cryptography

5. September – 31. December 2021
Group Show, Museum of Cryptography, Moscow

2021 году в Москве откроется первый в России Музей криптографии.

Широкой аудитории будет представлено прошлое, настоящее и будущее криптографии, математики и смежных дисциплин. Музей криптографии станет новой точкой притяжения на карте города — местом, где доступно и просто говорят о развитии современных технологий.

Здание, в котором будет расположен Музей криптографии, впервые откроет свои двери для широкой публики. В советские годы это была знаменитая «шарашка» в Марфино, где ученые разрабатывали аппаратуру для шифрования телефонной связи.

Важной частью музея станут мультимедийные экспонаты, инфографика и интерактивные островки формата look&feel, а также редкие экземпляры научных трудов.

Внимание! Молодежная команда Музея криптографии сформирована. Подробности

Recent Events

Owned By Others

1. – 31. December 2020
Group Show, Museum Tropicana, Berlin

Owned by Others is an artistic endeavor uncovering narratives, places, and artifacts from, around, and on Berlin’s Museum Island. The dialogical initiative fosters actions, interventions, research, performances, and social encounters in the public realm which link the island’s multi-layered history-scapes to global contemporary artistic practices. The project unfolds in fall 2020 through a series of interventions, a map-based website, and a publication. As collaborations span from Baghdad to Guatemala City, from Addis Ababa to Tijuana, and from Singapore to Dakar, the démarche revolves around the structures of Museum Island. The Initiative translates ongoing political discussions into contemporary, post-national collaborations, relations, and methods that negotiate globality, historicity, and the present.

OWNED BY OTHERS
Fremdbesitz and tracing narratives of an island

Owned by Others is an artistic endeavor uncovering narratives, places, and artifacts from, around, and on Berlin’s Museum Island. The project assembles methods for thinking about and tactics for claiming the site as a new city center of the commons. Who is responsible for telling the story of this place, and where might they be stuck in times of the pandemic?

RE-INVENT CENTRALITY
A map-based website www.ownedbyothers.org and public archive as well as events, exhibitions, and weekly gatherings complete the project. The physical center of all processes is the newly established Museum Tropicana at Spreeufer 6 opposite the Berliner Schloss. It accommodates the Owned by Others offices; hosts a supporting program with exhibitions, presentations, and lecture performances; and convenes a weekly Tuesday evening get-together strictly following the latest hygiene regulations.

a project by Lutz Henke & Raul Walch

With contributions by:
Adam Kraft, Andreas Gehrke, Anna-Sophie Springer, Albrecht/Wilke, Alvaro Urbano, Aram Bartholl, Arijit Bhattacharyya, Cinema Lada, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Ina Weise & Marcus Große, Jeewi Lee & Aliou Badou Diack, Kasia Fudakowski, K-Verlag, Lutz Henke, Miguel Buenrostro, Peter Behrbohm,  Raul Walch, Regina José Galindo, Santiago Sierra, Tarkib, Teresa Margolles, Yuichiro Tamura, Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin, Zoë Claire Miller, Zuzanna Czebatul

Zeitmaschine

12. November 2020
Talk, FH Potsdam, Potsdam

Zeitmaschine: A mini conference at FH- Potsdam

with:
Kim Albrecht
Aram Bartholl
Dorit Mielke

Blog Archive for Tag: performance

Speculative Privacy: Practical and impractical things you can do to your phone

August 24, 2016

“Speculative Privacy: Practical and impractical things you can do to your phone” is a lecture-workshop-performance format I presented at the Datapolitics conference track during the annual International Summer festival, Kampnagel, Hamburg on August 20th.
First the audience got stickers on their smart phone cameras at the entrance (in true Berghain manner) and then was instructed to do a few tests and look up settings on their devices during the talk. In the second half of the presentation everyone was invited to the stage to test different tools and materials on their phones while we kept discussing todays privacy questions. Some of the ‘mini workshops’ are useful others don’t really make sense but offer a strong therapeutic moment to ‘grill’ your mobile phone in a non destructive way.  You always wanted to flush your phone in the toilet or bury it in cement? This is your chance! Have it vacuumed in a plastic bag and dip it in paint or through it in other actions!
All slides of the talk and related links here! : http://datenform.de/talks/kampnagel/
Aram Bartholl, 2016
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…more pictures on flickr!!


How to cement in your phone in a non-destructive way!
Aram Bartholl: Speculative Privacy
Aram Bartholl ist Konzept- und Medienkünstler. Im Mittelpunkt seines Interesses steht die kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der zunehmenden Digitalisierung unseres Alltags. In seinen oft humorvollen Arbeiten überführt er Items aus der Netzwelt ins Analoge, um bspw. die Allgegenwärtigkeit von Internetunternehmen wie Google sichtbar zu machen. In seinem performativen Workshop TRANSPARENCY zeigt er welche digitalen Spuren bei der Benutzung von Smartphones entstehen und welche Möglichkeiten es gibt, diese zu verwischen.
Thanks to the Kampnagel team for making all this possible!
http://www.kampnagel.de/de/programm/datapolitics/
20. August 2016, 18:00 – 19:30 (Halle P1)
Kampnagel, Hamburg

Text To Speech

June 30, 2008


Good friend Christoph Meierhans shows a piece called: “Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation, and Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States. Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Africa 2006 Cape Town, South Africa July 11, 2006″ at UPDATE II, biennal for digital art Gent, Belgium.

Wow, what a long title. But probably just the name of the file he is ripping with this nice installation. If you are around Brussels just take a look at this by machines reenacted conference before the exhibititon is closing.

UPDATE II, biennal for digital art
kunstenplatform zebrastraat
zebrastraat 32/001, 9000 Gent, Belgium

exhibition: 20/04/2008 until 06/07/2008
opening hours: wed-sun 14:00-18:00

“Remarks by…” is a re-enactment by computers of a conference on the evolution of computer technology and itʼs assumed benefits for the african continent. Originally taking place in Cape Town, south Africa, on July 11 2006, the conference features Mr. Bill Gates, Mr. Bill Clinton, Mr. Cheik Diarra, Chairman of Microsoft Africa and moderator of the talk, Ms. the Minister of Education of South Africa, a minister from Kenya, as well as three audience members asking questions.
The installation includes eight computers of different brands, generations and types, all comfortably placed on the chairs of a conference room. Each computer plays the role of one of the lecturers or audience members, speaking their respective lines with their generic synthetic voice. The words are heard through the integrated loudspeakers of the computers.
As a computer talks, itʼs screen flashes according to the rhythm of the voice, from black to white, respectively from white to black, depending on the skin color of the person speaking.
Throughout the 80 minutes loop of the re-enacted conference, the visitors may enter the conference room and take place on one of the free seats in order to listen to the speakers, next to the computers playing the roles of their fellow audience members.
As is usual in long lectures, some listeners ocasionally get sleepy. When computers get sleepy, their screensaver turns on. When this occurs for a longer period of time, soft snoring sounds might be heard.

(original transcript of the conference available at: www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2006/07-11GLFAfrica.mspx)

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LANDREFORM movie

June 11, 2008


The Landreform carousel yesterday was great fun. In the beginning the fire was really big and we thought for a moment the event might end up in SUPERFLEX style. 😉
Best piece I’ve seen so far at BB5.
Some more pics on trendbeheer.com through comments by kolonel. Thx!
LANDREFORM Carousel
by Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst, Markus Lohmann, Harry Sachs, Daniel Seiple
www.skulpturenpark.org/
www.berlinbienniale.de

Landreform from Aram Bartholl on Vimeo.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

June 8, 2007


At the “Nachtcafe” series of Schaubühne Berlin is tonight a Second Life involving performance “Wonderland” on the program.

Update:
Pics of the event on flickr.

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“Mitting” performance by Oliver Hangl during Urban Interfaces Berlin

April 25, 2007

The ongoing Urban Interface exhibition in Berlin features some really nice public space pieces and performances. Tomorrow I will definately check out the Mitting performance by Oliver Hangl. I saw his talk at TESLA some days ago and his wireless headphone walk concept for 70 people seamed to be very promising. Who wants to join? By the way I like the name Mitting. A nice combination of Mitte and Wedding.

Thu, April 26, 6 pm Performance-tour Mitting, starting point: uib headquarters. Torstraße 161, Berlin-Mitte. The tour lasts 2-3 hours. the number of participants is limited to 70. Please bring your ID for deposit.

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