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Behind the screens. 50 years of computer art.

22. January – 4. June 2023
Group Show, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn

Online, interactive and endless ones and zeroes in algorithms and coding; digital art, in all its forms and designs, is occupying an increasingly important place. And not only that. The growth and developments in the field of digital art also force us to think about the definition and meaning of concepts such as ‘unique’ and ‘authentic’. With more than 50 works by 29 artists, the group exhibition Behind the screens – 50 years of computer art shows the various forms of digital art and the developments from the 1970s to the present. A large part of the works of art in this exhibition come from a private collection from Apeldoorn, which includes a number of iconic works of art and gives an impression of the development of digital art.

 

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Upcoming Events

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8. July 2023 – 25. February 2024
Solo Show, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück

2023 👋🏻 I am looking fwd to this solo. It will be the 30th anniversary of the Kunsthalle and 375 Jahre Westfälischer Friede 2023. The Kunsthalle is partly located in a former church. It’s quite a space to work in 😮😅 looking fwd to this! It will be a fun project. 🙂 Stay tuned! ✨

Tilt / Shift

28. April – 7. May 2023
Group Show, Darmstadt

Let’s Do It All!

11. March – 21. May 2023
Group Show, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Kiel

with:
ARAM BARTHOLL, ALICE CREISCHER, FANTASTIC LITTLE SPLASH, FREDERIK FOERT, SOPHIE GOGL, BARBARA HAMMER, MIRIAM JONAS, RALF MEYER, MICHAEL SAILSTORFER, PHILIP SCHEFFNER, CONSTANTIN SCHRÖDER, ALEEN SOLARI

Enigma

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.

:-#

25. February – 12. March 2023
Group Show, Kunstverein Rotenburg, Rotenburg

Social Media prägt unseren Alltag und unsere Gesellschaft. Messenger-Dienste, Plattformen zum Teilen von Bildern und Videos, bis hin zu Dating Plattformen sind Teil unserer Kommunikation geworden. Auch aus den Künsten sind die Sozialen Medien nicht mehr wegzudenken. Einerseits genutzt als Website, andererseits als Ort der Selbstdarstellung, scheint das eigene Publikum nur einen Klick entfernt.

Die Ausstellung „:-#“ zeigt Arbeiten zum Thema Social Media in der Kunst und stellt die Frage was sozial an den Sozialen Netzwerken ist und inwiefern diese unser Verhalten und Gesellschaft verändern. In unterschiedlichsten Medien setzen sich Künstler*innen damit auseinander, was es bedeutet in einer digital geprägten Welt künstlerisch zu agieren.

Recent Events

Kunst gegen Rechts

18. November 2022 – 8. January 2023
Group Show, https://www.haeselburg.org, Mieze Südlich, Häselburg Gera

Eingeladene Künstler:innen:
Ulf Arminde, Stefan Alber, Aram Bartholi, Fehmi Baumbach, Marc Bijl,  Jessica Buhlmann/Zao, Zuzanna Czebatul, Moritz Frei, Jana Gunstheimer, Christian Henkel, Verena Issel, Zoe C. Miller, Anne Mundo, Rainer Neumeier,  Angelika Nguyen, Thomas Prochnow, Regina Schmeken, Schroeter&Berger, Kristina Schuldt, Raul Walch, Christian Werner, Ina Wudtke

Die siebte Ausstellung der Reihe KUNST GEGEN RECHTS nimmt den 30. Jahrestag der Pogrome von Rostock-Lichtenhagen als Anlass, um kritisch auf aktuelle, gesellschaftliche Konflikte einzugehen.

Deutschland ist eine postmigrantische Gesellschaft der Vielen. Immer noch wird diese Tatsache viel zu wenig zur Kenntnis genommen. Der Wiedervereinigung am 3. Oktober 1990 folgten rassistische Ausschreitungen und Mordanschläge in Rostock, Mannheim, Hoyerswerda, Mölln und Solingen bis zur Terrorserie des NSU. Es folgten Anschläge auf jüdische Friedhöfe und emanzipatorische Projekte. Eine wiedererwachte deutsche Volksgemeinschaft kroch aus den Löchern hervor.

Der rechte Populismus, der die Kultureinrichtungen als Akteure einer gesellschaftlichen demokratischen Vision angreift, steht der Kunst der Vielen feindselig gegenüber. Die Neue Rechte hat die Kulturpolitik als Kampffeld entdeckt, um ihre völkischen Vorstellungen umzusetzen. Rechte Gruppierungen und Parteien stören Veranstaltungen, verhindern Ausstellungen, greifen in Theater-Spielpläne ein, polemisieren gegen die Freiheit der Kunst, gegen Dekoloniale Erinnerungsprojekte und arbeiten an einer Renationalisierung der Kultur. Es wird einFeldzug gegen zeitgenössische, „undeutsche“ Kunst geführt, die als „neumodische Extravaganzen“ und „exzentrische Randgruppenkunst“ bezeichnet wird, wie aktuell gegen den Kunstverein in Zwickau.

Seit dem Ausbruch der Pandemie, stehen viele Dinge auf dem Prüfstand. Es zeigte sich, wer ein solidarisches Miteinander praktiziert und wer als Pandemiegewinnler oder Coronaleugner die Krise für eigene Interessen nutzt. Bei den sogenannten Querdenken-Demonstrationen kommt es zu einer fatalen Zusammenarbeit verschiedener Akteure. Rechte Gruppierungen und Parteien gewinnen immer mehr an Einfluss. Antisemitismus ist in der neuen Bewegung stark vertreten, wie auch eine Verharmlosung der Shoa und der Gleichsetzung der NS-Zeit mit der aktuellen Situation.

Playmode

26. October 2022 – 16. January 2023
Group Show, CCBB – Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Sao Paulo

Since very early on, artists have understood the power of transformation of play, integrating it into their works with distinct purposes -evasion of reality, social construction and transformation, subversion or criticism of the very mechanisms of play and games. The exhibition Playmode proposes a reflection on these aspects and on the period of ludification that contemporary societies are going through, bringing together the work of several artists who adopt the theme and explore new ways of seeing, participating in, and transforming the world, using play in a critical manner.

with:

Aram Bartholl, Bill Viola + Game Innovation Lab, Bobware, Brad Downey, Brent Watanabe, Coletivo Beya Xinã Bena + Guilherme Meneses, David OReilly, Filipe Vilas-Boas, Harum Farocki, Isamu Noguchi, Jaime Lauriano, Joseph DeLappe, Laura Lima + Marcius Galan, Lucas Pope, Mary Flanagan, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Milton Manetas, Molleindustria, Nelson Leirner, Pippin Barr, Priscila Fernandes, Raquel Fukuda + Ricardo Barreto, Samuel Bianchini, Shimabuku, Tale of Tales (Auriea Harvey e Michaël Samyn) e The Pixel Hunt.

Curators: Filipe Pais and Patrícia Gouveia.

 

Safe Mode: Amplified Realities

8. October 2022 – 8. November 2022
Group Show, TILT Platform, The Project Gallery, MISC, BHD Hub Athens, Athens

The current mutated “epidemiological” societies within which we exist reveal that any previous indication we had about the term “safety” is now in limbo. TILT Platform has started exploring and developing the concept “Safe Mode” likening it to the indication safe mode appearing on our computers and smart devices, when they stop functioning properly after a major technical crisis. The process of safe mode emerges as the only possible solution. Comparing this state of technological malfunction to the processes of contemporary life, psychology and human behaviour, the term safe mode acquires an anthropological character.

Participating Artists
Nikos Arvanitis (GR), Aram Bartholl (DE), Browser Based (Zsolt Mesterhazy & Alex Zakkas) (NLD / GR), Sofia Caesar (BR), Paolo Cirio (IT), Manja Ebert (DE), Adrianos Efthymiadis (GR) & Iria Vrettou (GR), For Cancel (Makis Faros, Zoi Pirini, Takis Zerdevas) (GR), Elisa Giardina Papa (IT), Basim Magdy (EGY), Theophanis Melas (GR), Simon Menner (DE), Yorgos Papafigos (GR), Michalis Zacharias (GR), Apostolos Zerdevas (GR)

Curated by
Foteini Vergidou in collaboration with TILT Platform (Makis Faros, Zoi Pirini, Apostolos Zerdevas, Takis Zerdevas)

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Bridging Differences

1. – 30. October 2022
Group Show, T3 Photo Festival Tokyo, Tokio

T3 PHOTO FESTIVAL TOKYO is a photo festival that develops three pillars: (1) photo exhibitions, (2) talks and events, and (3) student projects, with the vision of becoming “an Asian hub for nurturing the next generation of photography culture. After holding its predecessor “Tokyo International Photography Festival” in Jonanjima, Ota-ku, Tokyo in 2015, the first festival was held in Ueno Park in 2017 as Tokyo’s first outdoor international photography festival. From 2020, the Tokyo International Photography Festival will be held as an urban outdoor photography festival using public open spaces in Tokyo Station and the east side area (Yaesu, Nihonbashi, Kyobashi). The festival will take the margins of the city as a medium to challenge new interpretations of urban space and the possibilities of photography by exhibiting works by photographers and developing events that will generate new human interaction.

 

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Blog Archive for Tag: second life

“The Vikings at Helgeland”

January 19, 2008


Schauspielhaus Hamburg shows The Vikings at Helgeland” by Henrik Ibsen in a mix of stage play and Second Life play, streaming video in and outside Second Life at the same time. Visitors can enjoy the piece at the theater as well as in Second Life. I haven’t seen it yet but there is one feature I really like. In general in the theater as well as in Second Life the audience has its individual view/ camera position. Different to the fixed view in real life theater the user in Second Life can move his view/ camera position independetly from the avatar. But while watching the Ibsen piece in Second Life a script is controlling the camera position of the audience. This is interesing. All viewers in Second Life have the same view on the set in a more likely cinematic way. A movie camera position shows close ups, totals etc. according to the situation. Play and Cinema are merging.

Imagine, in 10 years we won’t go to the movies to see “Lord of the Rings” but we will see in Second Life (or similar) as a play in real time from preset (and also free choosen) camera positions. This thought opens up for a wide range possibilities. 🙂

upcoming shows:

24.01.2008, 8 pm (11 am PST)
25.01.2008, 8 pm (11 am PST)
26.01.2008, 8 pm (11 am PST)
07.02.2008, 8 pm (11 am PST)
10.02.2008, 8 pm (11 am PST)

Island in Second Life SLurl:
Helgeland (176, 130, 31), Hamburg North Beach

Blog of the play:
www.nordische-heerfahrt.blogspot.com/

More infos on the piece at Schauspielhaus Hamburg website:
www.schauspielhaus.de

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Happy Birthday NewBerlin!

December 9, 2007


Exactly one year ago on 7.12.06 Tobias stepped randomly into Jan’s Gallery/Livingroom on Hannoverschestr.3, Berlin (today NewBerlin headquarter). Although they met for the very first time the idea of NewBerlin was born after 1 hour. Today they are running 3 sims with a RL-team of 5 employees constantly developing NewBerlin.

From business to freakshow everything is possible. You meet the most diverse kind of people at RL NewBerlin events. Thx for the nice party on friday, boys!

www.berlininsl.de

Jan is sunbading in his (minimum) 8 screen Second Life cockpit. I like the way they do business but still living the cyberpunk attitude.

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“Reinventing the Virtual City”

December 5, 2007


The very successful Shrinking Cities exhibition is still touring worldwide (where are they right now?). Recently they had a call for Second Life. Since the press anounced that Second Life shrinks Shrinking Cities took the opportunity to set up a competition on shrinking Second Life, sure they just had to :-). Florian Schmidt, a good friend won the first price with his proposal “SEMANTIC TECTONIC”. I am curious for his ideas on how to safe the virtual world 😉

Btw, yesterday Christian Scholz aka Mr.Topf aka Tao Takashi held a very interesting talk on the new Second Life grid architecture development at ComMeta convention center. Everybody will be able to set up a grid when the time has come…
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Synthetic Performances

November 12, 2007


Eva und Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, who I invited to 2nd City Ars07 are showing there Synthetic performances again. Don’t miss it!

“As part of PERFORMA07 we are doing three Synthetic Performances live at Artists Space, in New York, and in Second Life. Here are the details:

November 13
EVA AND FRANCO MATTES aka 0100101110101101.ORG
Synthetic Performances
6:30-8pm (performance begins at 7pm)
Artists Space, New York

In Second Life at Odyssey – 4 pm (SL time)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Odyssey/35/41/24/?title=Odyssey

We are reenacting live seminal works of performance history through our avatars in Second Life, including a new reenactment of Marina Abramovic.
More info: http://07.performa-arts.org/artists.php?id=38&detail=true

Curated by Benjamin Weil, presented by Artists Space for PERFORMA07.
Produced with the generous support of Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana.

Please RSVP to rsvp@artistsspace.org and include the date and title of the
event in your subject heading.

Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG”

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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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2nd City on Linden Labs Blog

September 18, 2007


Robin Harper blogged some pics of 2nd City – Ars Electronica on the Linden Labs blog. I would like to share two fotos showing here phoning from RL into SL in Peter Harlanders phone booth at 2nd City.

Thanks for your visit and talk at 2nd City – Ars Eletronica, Robin!

“L$” NewBerlin in trouble.

September 12, 2007

We had a lot of fun at 2nd City. Jan is a must have entertainer for SL related events. 🙂

Second Life documentation screening

August 29, 2007


Susanne Jäger und Joachim Stein show the documentary film:

“MEIN WUNDERBARES ICH – Der andere Alltag in Second Life”/
“Wonderfull Myself – different everyday life in Second Life”

produced for WDR.

August 29, 10:30 pm
Doors open at 9:30 pm
at
GALERIE 35
Simon-Dach-Str. 35
10245 Berlin

The film will be aired on WDR at the same time and we are planing to have a premiere in Second Life simultanously at NewBerlin.

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“Tree” at Ars Electronica

August 21, 2007


I posted already serveral times about the Tree project. Finally this project will be produced by Ars Electronica 07 for 2nd City Marienstrasse. And it’s going to be not just one Second Life tree but a small forest 🙂 , 4-5 trees (less than in the image) will rezz on a empty space in Marienstrasse.

Second Life Default Crate

August 21, 2007


I am finally back from vacation and offline time and now fully dedicated to preparation and production of all my projects, workshops and stuff at 2nd city Marienstrasse Ars Electronica 07. Ars Electronica team here in Linz is working under full steam to get everything done till the festival starts 5.9.-11.9. 2007.

First samples and objects from the all over design I did for Marienstrasse are already done. On the left you see a 50x50x50 cm default Second Life crate. In total there will be at around 25 plain and also printed cubes scattered over Marienstrasse. I love the default wood version! You find these standard cubes in Second Life everywhere.

I’ll keep you posted about progress of production of Ars Electronica 2007. It’s going to be big and fun!