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Urban Art Biennale

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

The World In My Hand

18. April – 31. October 2024
Group Show, Alexanser Tutsek-Stiftung, München

The World in My Hand explores the smartphone as both object and aesthetic inspiration for artistic creation. It comments on public debates surrounding the many uses of smartphones: from always-on media consumption to digital detox, from swiping and matching to ghosting and blocking, from language atrophy to information overload, from resource depletion to status symbol.

The curators, Dr Jörg Garbrecht and Katharina Wenkler, have chosen a narrative approach to the exhibition. In eight chapters, they summarize various aspects and debates surrounding the smartphone, ranging from the launch date of our daily digital companion to its characteristic touchscreen and the contractions of time and space it enables. Deeply personal moments – such as Ai Weiwei’s selfie at the moment of his arrest or Sergey Melnitchenko’s photograph of his son during a blackout in Kyiv – appear alongside themes of perception and presentation of the self, as realized in the glass sculpture Stability by Julija Pociūtė. Other subjects include: looking for love online, as in Ariane Forkel’s Casanova’s Kabinett or John Yuyi’s Tinder Match; the complexities and pitfalls of digital communication, for example in the works of James Akers or Alejandra Seeber; and the smartphone as a means of staying in touch during pandemic lockdown isolation, for instance in the work of George McLeod. Edward Burtynsky’s photograph of lithium mines in the Atacama Desert calls attention to the topic of raw materials for electronic devices.

With works by:
Tornike Abuladze, James Akers, Ai Weiwei, Kate Baker, Aram Bartholl, Tillie Burden, Edward Burtynsky, Yvon Chabrowski, Julia Chamberlain, Rachel Daeng Ngalle, Erwin Eisch, Ariane Forkel, Shige Fujishiro, Valentin Goppel, David Horvitz, Artem Humilevskyi, Gudrun Kemsa, Zsuzsanna Kóródi, Brigitte Kowanz, George McLeod, Sergey Melnitchenko, Jonas Noël Niedermann, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, Katie Paterson mit Zeller & Moye, Julija Pociūtė, Rebecca Ruchti, Karin Sander, Jeffrey Sarmiento, Alejandra Seeber, JanHein van Stiphout, Jolita Vaitkute, Sascha Weidner, John Yuyi, Jeff Zimmer

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Flussbad Berlin

11. – 30. September 2024
Group Show, Roter Saal, Berlin

Recent Events

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.

Stitch Incoming!!

25. March 2024
Curatorial, Speed Show at Web Cafe, Athens

Monday 25th of March, 7:00 PM at Web Cafe, Eptanisou 40, 113 61 , Kypseli – Athens

with:
!Mediengruppe Bitnik with Selena Savić & Gordan Savičić , Ingrid Hideki, Joanna Bacas, Kyriaki Goni, Maria Mavropoulou, Marina Gioti, Marsunev, Nadja Buttendorf, Theo Triantafyllidis

Curated by Aram Bartholl & Socrates Stamatatos

Speed Show lands in Greece, the country of souvlaki, the sun (yes we can claim that they originated a celestial body), ouzo, feta, an enormous financial debt. Currently, Greece is also trending for all the wrong reasons namely, gentrification, queerphobia, state crimes and more dystopic incidents.
As 2024 unfolds, we find ourselves amidst a whirlwind of confusion, bombarded with a cacophony of online horrors to consume, an attention span further abbreviated by TikTok’s algorithm and the barrage of incoming stitches.

Stitches Incoming serve as a conduit for creators to engage and converse, traversing from one topic to the next. They have evolved into a new social fabric, weaving connections within an ever-shifting digital and physical landscape while also serving as a testament to personal and collective traumas, both past and present.

What unites the participating digital artists? Perhaps everything and nothing simultaneously… Departing from the traditional Speed Show setup, where artworks are carefully stacked inside internet cafe computers, and drawing inspiration from the structure of TikTok stitches, each piece seems to propel the conversation forward, or perhaps uses the next as a springboard for its own narrative.

Stitch this and stitch that, we have everything you ever wanted (maybe) ! Are we stuck in an infinite loop of sh*tposting, valuable content, the highlight of social issues, personal and interpersonal experiences?
Maybe! Come and find out…

More info on Speed Shows at https://speedshow.net/stitch-incoming/

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.

Blog Archive for Tag: sandbox

Burning Man – Sandbox

September 7, 2008


Sandbox Berlin” is one of the Second Life projects I did last year analyzing the digital space – real life relation.

Sascha who just came back from the Burning Man festival did send me this picture. A litteral sandbox where everything is build from scratch. No more questions on how Linden Lab came up with the idea of the Second Life sandbox. 😉

Sascha’s Burning Man flickr set.
Thx for the pic!

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“Sandbox Berlin” movie

October 23, 2007

The Sandbox Berlin took place 3.-14.10.2007.
Better quailty quicktime here.

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Sandbox Berlin – Pics

October 10, 2007


Sandbox Berlin workshop last week was great fun. Before we started I gave a lecture on Second Life sandbox phenonemon at NewBerlin flaggstore at brand new Alexa shopping center. Tobias an Jan have a great off space within this bizzar shopping mall. The following 2 days we were busy building a series of different geometrical objects relating to Second Life sandbox. The formerly part of Berlin Wall is a classic non defined space and perfect spot to create a Sandbox. We had many interesting conversations and reactions with people from the neighbourhood. I also took the opportunity to put up my Google map pin from project Map which I still had in my inventory 😉

It’s fun to see how objects are moved or manipulated over the night. The yellow cube became a house with a “door” and four “windows” in the first night. I am curious for the result on sunday.

Gino who is living next to the sandbox offered me to reuse the sandbox wood after the exhibition for his 100 meter, 4 tracks slotcar racing track he is setting up with some friends. Perfect transformation for theSandbox Berlin.

Sandbox exhibition is still running till sunday 14.10.07. Don’t miss it.

All the pics of Sandbox Berlin on flickr.

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Sandbox Berlin – Workshop and Exhibition 3-5.10.07

October 2, 2007


Grab your tools and join the Sandbox Berlin! Use your hands and create!

In a two day workshop 4.-5.10.07 everybody is invited to work with their keyboard/mouse spoiled hands in Real Life. 😉

Let’s create a Sandbox. What are we able to invent and create in two days? There is no plan and no rules! Log off from Second Life for two days and enjoy the Sandbox Berlin.

Tonight we will start with an introduction and discussion.
What is the sandbox in Second Life? What is so special about it? Why I am doing this?

7 pm Wendsday 3.10.2007
at NewBerlin Flagstore,
ALEXA shopping centre,
Alexanderplace 10178 Berlin.

Workshop itself will start on thursday 10 am and ends with the exhibition opening friday evening 7 pm. Everybody is invited to drop by and get involved. There will be materials and tools provided but feel free to bring your own stuff. See you around!

Sandbox Berlin
Two-day workshop in the public space
4th – 5th October, 10 am – 7 pm
Skulpturenpark Berlin

Exhibition
How will the city react to a Sandbox?
6th – 14th October
Skulpturenpark Berlin

Opening and workshop wrap party
5th October, 7 -10 pm, Skulpturenpark Berlin

Skulpturenpark Berlin
Google Map
Former Berlin Wall area opposite Bundesdruckerei (Federal Printing Works)
Alte Jakobstrasse 45, on the corner of Kommandantenstrasse.
10969 Berlin

Link – More info on Sandbox project site

Credits

A project by:
Aram Bartholl – www.datenform.de

Funded by:
Senatskanzlei / Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, City of Berlin

Project management:
Susa Pop / Public Art Lab – www.publicartlab.de
Gordana Jovetic

Supported by:
NewBerlin – www.berlininsl.de
Creosa Interior – www.lex7.com
KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V. – www.skulpturenpark.org
KUBIX – www.kubix-berlin.de
Renolit – www.renolit.de
Celing – www.ciling.de
PVC-Plus – pvcplus.de


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Sandbox in Berlin

July 6, 2007


Unfortunately my concept for Second City “Sandbox” at Pfarrplatz in Linz won’t be realised for Ars Electronica. But I am thinking of doing this project after Ars Electronica in Berlin in autum. In fact I shouldn’t design a whole Sandbox like I did in this image for Linz. I think it’s better to invite people for 3 days to build own objects in sandbox style. I wonder how greefing attacks could look like in RL? 😉 I love sandboxes. It’ll be fun.

Find some typical Second Life sandbox pictures on flickr.

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