Current Events

Olympics x Art

25. September – 10. October 2020
Group Show, Co Gallery, Paris

Faster? Higher? Stronger?

This group show explores aesthetic and mentalities related to sports: to go beyond your limits, to feel part of a community, to be tied to a territory and to try to take care of it as we are taking care of ourselves. Marketing, major brands and sponsors of the Olympics induce us to think that sports are also a way of life: adapt your style, improve your fitness, optimize your performance, transform your body.

In times of mass circulation of images, these injunctions influence our canons of beauty and our behaviour, leading to obsession with self-optimization, driving us to be always more competitive and more productive. But this year, the Olympics have been postponed; no competition, time out.
So: Faster? Higher? Stronger?*

curated by Alexis Loisel-Montambaux
conceived by Victor Le de Doisy & Jonathan Schurdevin

The Sea Is Glowing

21. August – 1. November 2020
Group Show, Exportdrvo, Rijeka

An international group exhibition which deals with the invisible economics linked to the sea. With their works, world-respected artists deal with unusual and radical phenomena, from strange online shops to the empires of amateur pornography and other golden coasts.

In the geographical sense, Europe is a maritime continent: considering the ratio of the length of the coast to the total land surface, Europe has more contact with the sea than any other continent. For Rijeka, the port, as well as the sea, is not only a place of loading and unloading or the arrivals and departures of boats. The port is the heart of the city and symbolically important for the identity of the city. This is why the sea, i.e. new forms of work and economy which are connected to the sea, is extremely important for both Rijeka and Europe.

The Sea is Glowing exhibition focuses primarily on new invisible economies that are inextricably linked to the sea, such as the exploration of oil and ores in the depths of the sea, the establishment of offshore tax havens on the coasts and the launch of libertarian start-ups in self-sufficient colonies which float in international waters. All of the mentioned activities are part of the new economies which include new forms of work (such as care and welfare) or new forms of capital circulation (such as free ports). Considering the (occasional) specificity of their tax models, port cities such as Rijeka are very important for such types of economies. The exhibition brings together the works of artists who investigate unusual Amazon shops, the increasingly present outsourcing of healthcare, “the black chimneys” and deep-sea mining, the hidden offshore havens, the dark empires of amateur pornography and other golden coasts.

The curator of the exhibition is Inke Arns (DE), famous for her work in media art. She is the artistic director of the Dortmund Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) organisation and the curator of numerous international exhibitions that have been shown around Europe and the world – from Berlin, Glasgow and Warsaw, from Ljubljana and Nova Sad, all the way to Moscow, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong.

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Upcoming Events

A Brief Inquiry Into Empty Space

3. – 7. October 2020
Group Show, ZhdK, Zurich

ArtTech Talk: Technology Off Screen

27. September 2020
Talk, Vienna Contemporary, Vienna

Sunday, 27 September 2020, 1:30-2:30 pm

ArtTech Talk: Technology Off Screen

Artists are increasingly using new techniques and materials that address our relationship to a technological world. Artist Aleksandra Domanovic emerged with work that directly addressed a screen context with her collaborative project vvork.com before establishing a largely sculptural practice that incorporates 3D printing and ideas around the use of technology and biological innovations. Aram Bartholl is a Berlin-based conceptual artist whose work unpicks the digital and the physical in inventive ways.

Speakers:
Aleksandra Domanovic, artist
Aram Bartholl, artist
Moderated by Francesca Gavin, art theorist, curator and writer

Recent Events

The Days Are Just Packed

18. – 20. September 2020
Group Show, THE POOL, Istanbul

THE POOL is a new artist run initiative organized by Ece Cangüden and Marian Luft.
Our aim is to speculate, develop and display new dynamic, collaborative, interdisciplinary
aesthetics and attitudes. THE POOL is meant to function as an independent and
international platform for exhibitions, research and residency.

THE POOL is based in Heybeliada, an island in Istanbul, Turkey. The place itself is an old
villa with a huge abandoned property including an old pool which will function as the main
exhibition space. It has a beautiful view to the asian skyline of Istanbul. Wild horses hanging
out of the property.

EC(centri)CITY – Die exzentrische Stadt

10. September 2020
Talk, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

urbainable – stadthaltig
EC(centri)CITY – Die exzentrische Stadt

Gespräche, Filme, Performance, Installation

Das von Nadim Samman (KUNSTWERKE BERLIN e.V.) kuratierte Veranstaltungsprogramm lädt bildende Künstler*innen, Architekt*innen und Wissenschaftler*innen ein, über die europäische Stadt des 21. Jahrhunderts als Kompressor und Zentrifuge für die bildenden Künste zu diskutieren. Mit Audiobeiträgen, Podiumsgesprächen und einem ausgewählten Filmprogramm reagieren die Akteure auf Themen der Ausstellung „urbainable – stadthaltig“. Sie weiten das Spektrum hin zu Schnittstellen der bildenden Kunst und zeigen Visionen für ein neues – globales – städtisches Leben.

Talks: 16 Uhr: Die letzte Schritt: Mikromobilität, Städte & Privatisierung

Globale Startups haben in den letzten Monaten europäische Städte mit Leihfahrrädern und -E-Scootern überschwemmt. Da Fußwege zunehmend von parkenden Fahrzeugen eingenommen werden, entschließen sich einige Bürger dazu, ihrer Frustration durch Vandalismus-Aktionen Luft zu machen und entsorgen die Leihgeräte. In der Tat ist diese Form von Zerstörung und Verlust ein durchaus kalkulierter Teil dieses Geschäftsmodells mit de Ausleihe.

Kann diese Form von alternativen, nicht nachhaltigen Transportmodellen die städtische Verkehrslösung der Zukunft sein? Was kommt als nächstes? Wie verhalten sich diese Modelle zu unserem Verständnis vom öffentlichen Raum? Welche Debatten müssen über den öffentlichen Raum und dessen Wandlung geführt werden?

Mit Regine Keller (Landschaftsarchitektin), Aram Bartholl (Künstler), Ludwig Engel (Futurist), Peter Haimerl (Architekt)

Tap To Edit

10. – 14. September 2020
Group Show, Renk Rosenblat Alexa, Berlin

TAP TO EDIT

The exhibition Tap to Edit draws on a postmodern reality in which the pursuit of absolute freedom has shaped an omnipresence of powerlessness and exhaustion; Tap to Edit is both an exploration of and a search for some of the many ways ‚in‘ and ‚out‘ of todays static relationship between society and the self. In an array of works displayed over white cube, dark room and outside areas, symptoms of neoliberal ideals are set to juxtapose the individuals abilities in proposing change for such system itself.

VALERIA ABENDROTH
ARAM BARTHOLL
DISTRIBUTED GALLERY
MHER BRUTYAN
OLIVIA WALSH
DANIELLE ORCHARD
ERIC WINKLER
LUCIA BERLANGA
SOPHIA KELLY – KEEGAN
ALEXANDER GNÄDINGER

11 – 14 SEPT 2020
OPENING 10 SEPT 2020 — 6 PM
MARIENBURGER STR . 18/19
10457 BERLIN

Better Off Online

9. – 13. September 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.

“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

Blog Archive for Tag: unlocklife

Fossilien des Spätkapitalismus – Monopol

July 18, 2020

Aram Bartholl has salvaged rental bikes and scooters from the Spree River—and is now exhibiting them as material relics of the platform economy in Berlin

It takes a second to recognise these two-wheeled artefacts for what they really are: electric scooters and cheap rental bikes that are usually scattered around the city, their poisonous colours vying for our attention. The greenish layer of mud and algae coating them gives them the look of historical relics. Currently on view in the Journey into a Living Being exhibition at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, they could almost be objects from a fictional history, treasures recovered from Damien Hirst’s 2017 Wreck of the Unbelievable.

They have, in fact, merely been fished out of the Spree after being thrown in by people in a destructive rage. Perhaps out of frustration with the uncomfortable rickety wheels, or anger at how invasive the electric scooters have become, spreading through the city on a pretext of more environmentally friendly transportation. Artist Aram Bartholl has dredged them up again. In the brightly lit exhibition space, the bikes and scooters, now home to innumerable small crabs and worms, reveal themselves to be material outgrowths of platform capitalism dominated by web providers like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.
Calculated destruction.

The scores of scooter and bicycle suppliers in major international cities are currently faced with tough competition. Damage to the stock, which is treated with so much less care than private possessions, kicked, broken, thrown into rivers and canals, is factored into turnover calculations. The e-scooters in particular, with their resource-intensive lithium-ion batteries, lay bare the fact that sustainable, shared private transport turns out to have been an empty promise. Digital capitalism also produces huge piles of rubbish.

As a post-internet artist, Bartholl explores how the logic of the internet and the new economy is changing consumer behaviour and self-perception, and deconstructing our concept of privacy. Bicycles from companies like Nextbike, Mobike, and Lidl were featured in Bartholl’s 2017 work Your parcel has been delivered (to your neighbour). At that time, he collected them from public areas around the city, stacking them into a huge pile to create a sculpture in the private space of a gallery.

Article in german at ->

https://www.monopol-magazin.de/aram-bartholl-fossilien-des-spaetkapitalismus

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Radio Spätkauf: Interview

June 29, 2020

This mini episode features Daniel Stern interviewing artist Aram Barthall about his recent installation “Unlock Life” which utilizes remnants of the recent bike share boom.

Find out more about at Aram Bartholl at https://arambartholl.com and see the exhibit until the 16th of August at https://www.kunstraumkreuzberg.de.

http://www.radiospaetkauf.com/2020/06/rs-mini-unlock-life/

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