Current Events

Out Of Bounds

1. February – 2. March 2024
Group Show, SEAGER gallery, London

The first in a four-part exhibition series exploring how artists make work with and about video games, Out of Bounds is an exhibition investigating the architecture of game spaces. The exhibition will reflect upon how artists use game development software within their practice to comment upon the video game landscape, alongside our collective fascination with seeing what’s beneath the surface of both the games we play and the spaces we encounter on a daily basis.

Each exhibition in the series will be accompanied by a reading list of books that inspired the ideas behind the exhibition, as well as a number of books selected by the exhibiting artists that inform their practice, available to read within the gallery space.

With artworks from Aram Bartholl, Bob Bicknell-Knight, Alice Bucknell, Mario Mu, Rosa-Maria Nuutinen, Everest Pipkin, Amba Sayal-Bennett and Mathew Zefeldt, curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight.

Curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight

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.


Ihr Paket ist abholbereit

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.


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



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.


Upcoming Events

Urban Art Biennale

26. April – 10. November 2024
Biennial, Völkinger Hüttte, Saarbrücken

Killyourphone workshop

13. April 2024
Workshop, Transmediale exhibition hosted by Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

14:00 – 16:00

Killyourphone is an open workshop format. Participants are invited to make their own signal blocking phone pouch. In the pouch the phone can’t send or receive any signals. It is dead! This workshop was run for the first time at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg end of 2013.

Killyourphone workshop

23. March 2024
Workshop, Transmediale exhibition hosted by Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

14:00 – 16:00

Killyourphone is an open workshop format. Participants are invited to make their own signal blocking phone pouch. In the pouch the phone can’t send or receive any signals. It is dead! This workshop was run for the first time at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg end of 2013.

Killyourphone workshop

9. March 2024
Workshop, Transmediale exhibition hosted by Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

14:00 – 16:00

Killyourphone is an open workshop format. Participants are invited to make their own signal blocking phone pouch. In the pouch the phone can’t send or receive any signals. It is dead! This workshop was run for the first time at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg end of 2013.

Home Smart Home

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”.

Killyourphone workshop

24. February 2024
Workshop, Transmediale exhibition hosted by Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

14:00 – 16:00

Killyourphone is an open workshop format. Participants are invited to make their own signal blocking phone pouch. In the pouch the phone can’t send or receive any signals. It is dead! This workshop was run for the first time at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg end of 2013.

#linkchain – workshop by Nadja Buttendorf

22. February 2024
Workshop, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück

BYOP – Bring Your Own Pulli and print it! Besucher:innen sind eingeladen einen Pullover oder T-Shirt mitzubringen, um diese vor Ort bedrucken zu lassen. Mit der Robotron #linkchain. Die #linkchain ist ein YouTube-Link. Der Link führt zu Nadja Buttendorfs Webserie Robotron: Robotron – a tech opera SEASON 3D. [Eine Webserie ist eine Serie im Internet.]. Robotron – a tech opera ist die erste Seifenoper, die in der Computerindustrie der DDR spielt. Sie beschäftigt sich mit der Computerentwicklung und dem Alltag in Ostdeutschland. [Eine Seifenoper ist eine Serie. Oft geht es um Liebe und um Beziehungen.]

Der Workshop ist kostenfrei. Du musst dich nicht anmelden.
Bring einen Pullover oder ein T-Shirt mit!

Teil des Vermittlungsprogramms zur Ausstellung Ihr Paket ist abholbereit(08.07.2023–25.02.2024) von Aram Bartholl in der Kunsthalle Osnabrück.

Recent Events

Warum sind Daten poltisch? – Von digitalen Diensten zu realen Ungerechtigkeiten

14. January 2024
Workshop, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück

15:00 – 17:00 Uhr

Jeden Tag produzieren wir alle Unmengen an Daten. Doch was passiert eigentlich damit? Und was haben unsere Daten mit sozialer Gerechtigkeit zu tun? Damit beschäftigt sich das Studienprojekt Data Ethics Outreach Lab. Masterstudierende der Universität Osnabrück richten den Blick auf die gesellschaftlichen Auswirkungen von Daten. Es beleuchtet, wie durch die Verarbeitung von Daten Machtungleichheiten entstehen. In dieser interaktiven Veranstaltung zeigt das Forschungsprojekt, warum Daten und Datenschutz uns alle etwas angehen.

Die Veranstaltung ist kostenfrei. Du musst dich dafür nicht anmelden.

Die interaktive Informationsveranstaltung ist Teil des Vermittlungsprogramms zur Ausstellung Ihr Paket ist abholbereit (08.07.2023–25.02.2024) von Aram Bartholl in der Kunsthalle Osnabrück.

Reparatur- und Nachhaltigkeitsmesse „2.Chance!“

13. January 2024
Workshop, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück

13:00 – 18:00 Uhr

Bei der Reparatur- und Nachhaltigkeitsmesse 2. Chance! stellen die verschiedenen Reparatur-Gruppen aus Osnabrück und Umgebung sich und ihre Ziele vor. Interessierte Besucher:innen können gebrauchte, reparierte Elektro-Geräte kaufen. Dazu gibt es verschiedene Informationsangebote und eine Einladung zum gemeinsamen Gespräch über das Thema Nachhaltigkeit. Zusammen denken wir auch über unsere eigene Verantwortung nach.

Die Veranstaltung ist kostenfrei. Du musst dich nicht anmelden.

Teil des Vermittlungsprogramms zur Ausstellung Ihr Paket ist abholbereit(08.07.2023–25.02.2024) von Aram Bartholl in der Kunsthalle Osnabrück.


27. – 30. December 2023
Workshop, 37C3 Chaos Computerclub Congress, Hamburg

10 years anniversary 🎉🎉 workhop, at 37c3!!

The 37th Chaos Communication Congress (37C3) takes place in Hamburg, 27.-30.12.2023, and is the 2023 edition of the annual four-day conference on technology, society and utopia organised by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) and volunteers.

Congress offers lectures and workshops and various events on a multitude of topics including (but not limited to) information technology and generally a critical-creative attitude towards technology and the discussion about the effects of technological advances on society.

For 37 years, Congress has been organized by the community and appreciates all kinds of participation. You are encouraged to contribute by volunteering, setting up and hosting hands-on and self-organized events with the other components of your assembly or presenting your own projects to fellow hackers.

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


Blog Archive for Tag: press

Kunstforum Interview

February 19, 2024

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Interview – Friendly Reminder – rbb

February 13, 2024

“Diese leicht passiv-aggressiven Erinnerungen findet man hin und wieder in seinen Mails. Eine Sache, die wir uns aber sehr deutlich und zu jeder Zeit verdeutlichen sollten ist der Klimawandel, der gerade unsere Atmosphäre anheizt. Dafür hat der Medien- und Konzeptkünstler Aram Bartholl einen ganz besonderen Reminder geschaffen: einen QR-Code als Emoji, der am Eingang der Ausstellung „this is perfect, perfect, perfect” im Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien lodert. Was es damit und dem seltsam anmutenden gerahmten Bild auf der gegenüberliegenden Seite auf sich hat, erklärt uns Aram Bartholl etwas genauer.”

(Anti-)Konsumtempel – Foto des Monats, art Magazin

November 15, 2023
Radar: Bild des Monats, art Kunstmagazin, Oktober 2023

Radar: Bild des Monats, art Kunstmagazin, Oktober 2023


Schneiderei oder Zeitungskiosk: Was in den letzten Jahren alles zur Paketstation wurde, ist absurd genug. Der deutsche Künstler Aram Bartholl setzt für “Ihr Paket ist abholbereit!” (bis 25.2.2024) noch einen drauf und macht das Kirchenschiff der KUNSTHALLE OSNABRÜCK zum DHL Shop. Sein Kommentar zu unserem grenzenlosen Güterkonsum – Elektroschrott türmt sich da in der Halle – soll aber auch neue Besuchergruppen erschließen: Der DHL-Shop wird bis Laufzeitende wirklich bedient.

(Anmerkung: Es handelt sich lediglich um eine Packstation 😉

Why Berlin, Why? ;)

January 7, 2020

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Näh mir ein Funkloch

September 9, 2019

Näh mir ein Funkloch
Aram Bartholl zeigt mit „Strike Now!!“, wie unser Leben stetig, aber unaufhaltsam mit dem Internet verschmilzt
Anika Meier | Ausgabe 36/2019 |  der Freitag


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Interview #RTIYWMF

May 28, 2013

An interview I gave at the opening of ★RETWEET★IF★YOU★WANT★MORE★FOLLOWERS★ by Yvette Neliaz THX!!
XPO gallery, Paris
17.5.-26.6.2013, opening May 16, 7pm

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arte Tracks

June 17, 2012

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June 4, 2012
 Article by Max Schreier, photos by Chloé Richard in Berlin; Saturday, June 2, 2012

Aram Bartholl is a tech artist who makes objects by capturing electronic moments, developing them into classical forms, and using the most analog processes to create digital forms. His work falls into the avant garde not by its innovative methods, but rather by its means of handling the often difficult-to-tame medium of the Web. When I visited Bartholl in his studio he humbly downplayed how innovative his work is, choosing instead to discuss the more abstract ideas that inform his process. For Bartholl the duality of analog and digital is a false exclusivity; his art is digital in its concepts but analog in its presentation, an execution that sets him apart from many of his peers in the tech art world.
Aram Bartholl, photo Chloé Richard
Bartholl moved to Berlin in 1995 to earn a degree in the architecture department of the UdK. After his initial two years of study he found himself more excited by the T1 connection in the computer lab than the plotters in the architecture studios. Unlike many of the programmers who were discussing the newfound wealth of information and visual possibilities of writing code to develop art, Bartholl was primarily interested in the front end of the Internet; the user experience with, and the presentation of, the aesthetic of the web. Instead of designing websites and becoming a student of online presentation, Bartholl started to observe the visual trends of the web and to interpret these tropes into handmade art works.
Aram Bartholl, photo Chloé Richard
The openness of the Internet is integral to the physicality as well as the philosophy of Bartholl’s work. He posts detailed instructions for the recreation of his works online, and some of his works are the instructional videos themselves. While many of Aram’s works question where the inherent value of an artworks lies, that is not the primary intention of his creations. Posting the intricacies of the work to the Internet is “obvious” to Bartholl; the fact that his work exists in three dimensions and in space, does not preclude it from also having the interactive and open elements that are intrinsic to the web. Just as an artwork posted on YouTube is viewed thousands of times, a physical work of Bartholl’s also has the same accessibility. It is this well-established openness along with the content that sets him apart as such a unique web artist.
Aram Bartholl, photo Chloé Richard
The ubiquitous conversation of how the Internet decreases our attention spans and thoughtfulness is universally accepted and derided, while at the same time we all participate in this perceived decline. Bartholl sees this haste as opportunity, creating Speed Projects — time restricted art events, self-monitored and self-approved — that are assigned their artistic merit by their completion and often uploading to the web. Bartholl calls these small works “freeing”, as he also considers the brevity of online media. Often he will work months on a work that is only appreciated for a second on the web before it is clicked through, and steadily decreases in viral significance because it is no longer new. The response is Speed Projects, some of which pick up Internet steam and find themselves trending on various forms of social and real media, and others that fall away as quickly as they were made.
Aram Bartholl is showing his work Online Gallery Playset at the group show, 404 Not Found, opening on Friday, June 8 at Berlin project space, Sur la Montagne.

Additional Information

See more of Aram Bartholl’s work:
Exhibition: Jun. 9, 2012; 12-5pm
Opening Recption: Friday, Jun. 8; 7-11pm
Torstrasse 170 (click here for map)
Max Schreier was born in 1985 in New York City. He is an independent curator and the Associate Director at DUVE Berlin.
Chloé Richard is a Berlin-based French photographer and a regular Berlin Art Link collaborator. Her portrait work is internationally published.

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September 13, 2010

Documentation on ISEA 2010 by featuring ‘0,16‘ a.o. works. The umbrella is nice!

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