„Kleine wendige Truppen“

13. – 14. February 2020
Performance, Brecht-Haus, Berlin

„Kleine wendige Truppen“ Dead Drop installation and lecture at Brecht Haus Berlin. Curated by Cornelius Puschke.

The Supermarket Of Images

11. February – 7. June 2020
Gruppenausstellung, Jeu de Paume, Paris

Art and economics have entertained a complex and decisive relationship since ancient times. But for over a century, what is at stake goes far beyond the mere art market: what we face now is the commodification of all that is visible.

The photographs, drawings, paintings, videos, films, digital works and multimedia installations selected for this exhibition explore the raw materials that go into creating these images, the enormous reserves and databases they accumulate in, the human (or non-human) toil involved in their creation, and the fluctuations in their value as they circulate around the world.
The exhibition offers a critical take and unexpected perspectives on the making of the great image market that structures our gaze.

We live in a world that is increasingly saturated with images. Their number is growing so exponentially – on social networks and on screens of all kinds – that the space in which we live is literally overflowing with images, as if it were no longer possible to contain them, as if there were no more gaps between them. (We could be said to be approaching the limit which, as long ago as 1929, Walter Benjamin described as “a one hundred percent image space”.) Faced with this overabundance and overproduction of images, the question of storing them, managing them, circulating them and transporting them (even electronically), their weight, the fluidity or viscosity of their exchange, fluctuations in their values – in short, the whole business of the image economy – is more pertinent now than ever before. In the book that provided the starting point for this exhibition project (Le Supermarché du visible, published by Éditions de Minuit in 2017), I suggested the word iconomie (“iconomics”) to refer to the economic dimension in the life of images.

The works and artists chosen for the exhibition cast a keen and watchful eye over these issues. On the one hand, they reflect the upheavals that currently affect economics in general, whether in terms of unprecedentedly large storage spaces, scarce raw materials, labour and its mutations towards immaterial forms of work, or in terms of value and its new manifestations, such as cryptocurrencies. At the same time, however, these artists’ works repeatedly interrogate the future of images and things visible in the age of their globalised iconomics.

In the supermarket on display here, images of the economy always involve the economics of the image. And vice versa, as if there were a recto and a verso to all of them.

Curators : Peter Szendy, Emmanuel Alloa and Marta Ponsa
Exhibition organised by the Jeu de Paume

Link in bio

16. December 2019 – 14. March 2020
Gruppenausstellung, MdbK, Leipzig

The use of social media has become part of everyday life, established and young artists cannot and no longer want to do without it. They work with it. They are where their audience is. Once they were websites, now they’re social media, especially Instagram when it comes to visual arts.

After the protagonists of Net Art, the technology utopians of the early 1990s, soon realized that the Net would not undermine classical art institutions as exhibition venues, the next generation of artists who responded to the Internet took over. The buzzword Post-Internet Art quickly spread. The term was coined by the artist and theorist Marisa Olson: „I’m going to toggle back and forth between video and internet because some of the internet art that I make is on the internet, and some is after the internet.“ What sounds like an attitude to life became a collective term for artists who, instead of making art in the browser, again made art for the exhibition space.

Social Media Art, on the other hand, takes up Net Art’s utopia of being able to democratize the art world. The audience can be reached directly via Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and Twitter. Young artists react to social media and their content, to new features and technologies.

The show „Link in Bio. Kunst nach den sozialen Medien“ at the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig curated by Anika Meier presents over 50 works on how the production and reception of art change in the age of social media. The exhibition shows installations, photographs, sculptures, videos and paintings. The show is a follow-up to „Virtual Normality. Net Artists 2.0“ (2018).

Participating artists: Thomas Albdorf, Jeremy Bailey, Viktoria Binschtok, Aram Bartholl, Arvida Byström, Nadja Buttendorf, Petra Cortright, Filip Custic, Constant Dullaart, Hannah Sophie Dunkelberg, Anna Ehrenstein, Oli Epp, Tom Galle, Adam Harvey, Lauren Huret, Andy Kassier, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Olia Lialina, Brandon Lipchik, Jonas Lund, Jillian Mayer, Florian Meisenberg, Marisa Olson, Andy Picci, Sebastian Schmieg, Leah Schrager, Kristina Schuldt, Thomas Webb, Steffen Zillig and many others.

Opening 16.12.2019, 18 o’clock

The exhibition is sponsored by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

Stadstriennale: Screen It

5. October 2019 – 5. January 2020
Gruppenausstellung, Stadstriennale Hasselt Genk, Hasselt, Genk

The main exhibition SCREEN IT takes place on the Corda Campus, currently one of the fast growing tech incubators in Europe. But also the former basecamp of Philips where technologic innovations as audio and videocassettes or Laservision were invented that help spreading the western visual culture over the world. The dominance of this culture, linked to the omnipresence of screens is the starting point of the exhibition. Artist as Nam June Paik or Wolf Vostell already tackled the possibilities of screens in art and culture in the ’60. Paik’s famous quote “Television tortured the intellectuals for a long time… it is about time that the intellectuals torture television” clearly presents this generation ambiguous positions towards screens. This approach can easily be transferred towards our current society filled with buzz words as big data, social media, VR or augmented reality. The exhibition thus will tackle the current status of the arts towards the cultural impact of the screen fueled culture we live in.

Sometimes as a source of inspiration, as a canvas or as starting point for debate, the current and future generation of artists is touching the limits of technology or the impact on contemporary art esthetics, news gathering, politics, social commitment and more. The generation of digital natives, born with their fingers clued on a screen, is investigating a world with or without screens, questioning virtual worlds and augmented realities in an intriguing way.
Artists (22)
Nam June Paik
Hito Steyerl
Rodney Graham
Mounir Fatmi
Wolf Vostell
Bill Viola
Cory Arcangel
Aram Bartholl
Constant Dullaart
Jonas Lund
Tabor Robak
Tabita Rezaire
Rafaël Rozendaal
Carla Gannis
Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion
Karl Philips
Dries de Poorter
Arvida Byström
Molly Soda
Jeroen Van Loon
Olga Fedorova
Tom Galle


10. September 2019 – 28. February 2020
Gruppenausstellung, Maat, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon

The exhibition Playmode offers a reflection on these aspects and on the era of gamification that contemporary societies are now experiencing, bringing together pieces by several artists, such as Brad Downey, Gabriel Orozco and Ana Vieira, who incorporate the theme while exploring new ways of seeing, participating and transforming the world, using gaming in a critical light. Picture: House of Cards #3. Brad Downey, 2007. Photo: Brad Downey

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Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship 2

März 28, 2013

I ll show a new piece „Forgot your password?“ at Eva & Franco Mattes‘ ’stolen‘ show at Carroll/Fletcher next month. (See also where Artie has ’stolen‘ the concept  from before ;))) Nice press release! I took the liberty to OCR it into machine readable format below.  (NOT EDITED!!! 🙂


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Exhibition: Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship

Date: m2 23 April – 11 May, 2013

Opening reception: 3Fhursday-19-July-2012-,-6-8pm Monday 22 April, 8:30 – 9pm
Carroll/Fletcher and Eva and Franco Mattes present Brand Innovations
for Ubiquitous Authorship, a group show of anists whose works frequently challenge
traditional notions of object production and material constraint.

For this exhibition each artist was asked to produce an object using a custom printing or fabrication
service. These services, such as CafePress and Zazzle, exist to provide users a cost-effective way of
producing fully customized products, from t-shirts to iPhone cases, and a host of other objects-
custom 3D printing from companies like Shapeways, full printed books from companies like Lulu, &c.
These services have arisen as the result of increasing consumer demands toward customization and
print-on-demand objects, offering a venue for traditional “self expression” to be imprinted onto
commonplace goods. As the tools for image creation and dissemination have become increasingly
democratized, these services attempt to expand this domain into the realm of objects. They are used
here to transform images from a plethora of authors into a mass of commodities.

Higher-Pietu+es Carroll/Fletcher has not seen a single piece in this show as of the writing of this news
release. We expect this backwards approach to be filled with highs, lows, and hopefully more than a
few transcendent successes. The result will be a gallery of art, artifact and artifice.

For further information wnmct . +44 (0)20 7323 6111

Participating artists andwriters include:

Annabelle Arlie Brian Khek

Andreas Banderas Martin Kohout

Aram Bartholl Bryan Krueger

Body by Body Lindsay Lawson

Chris Coy Jaakko Pallasvuo

Christofer Degrér Jon Rafman

Nick DeMarco Sean Raspet

Constant Dullaart Rafael Rozendaal

Andreas Ervik Borna Sammak

Matt Goerzen Oliver Sutherland

Aaron Graham Daniel Temkin

Toby Huddlestone Brad Troemel

Parker Ito Artie Vierkant

Justin Kemp Andrew Norman Wilson

Exhibition concept stolen from Artie Vierkant’s show by the same title.

Vertical Video DVD

März 28, 2013

DVD Dead Drop vol.6: ‚Vertical Video‘

March 19 – May 7, 2013 at the Museum of Moving Image NYC

by Sakrwoki aka curatingyoutube.net and Aram Bartholl. 2013, 62 mins. DVD.

Vertical Video is a one-hour selection of amateur videos captured in the 9:16 aspect ratio, first compiled for a special screening in Berlin entitled Vertical Cinema. The DVD includes a special How To video with instructions for adjusting a home theater or other viewing environment to properly experience these works.

Fueled by a proliferation of mobile, inexpensive, high quality cameras and free online distribution platforms, self-trained media producers continue to invent creative uses for media technologies that challenge contemporary viewing behaviors and expectations. Even though the 9:16 aspect ratio is often understood to be „wrong“ €“the result of using a camera „incorrectly“ €“videos in 9:16 are being created and distributed online at an increasing rate. Unchained from cinema screens, televisions, and computer monitors, media makers are free to create for viewing experiences outside of traditional horizontal exhibition hardware.

Vertical Video is a compilation of videos with a wide range of subjects including architecture, wildlife, bodies in motion, gaming, eyewitness accounts, and current events whose vertical treatment is a natural and fitting decision. Until now, many of these videos have only been seen online where they have been thickly pillarboxed and shrunk to squeeze into the existing horizontal viewing system. This compilation provides evidence that a new generation of media producers, freed from concerns about conventional screening requirements, reject the arbitrary restrictions of the horizontal screen and maintain a more fluid relationship with the frame.

The selection was originally screened at Vertical Cinema Platoon Berlin on Feb 18 2013, see also http://datenform.de/vertical-video-eng.html

OFFLINE ART: new2 opening speech by Olia Lialina

März 6, 2013

Olia Lialina opening the show at xpo gallery Feb 21, 2013

For the opening of OFFLINE ART: new2, curated by Aram Bartholl at XPO Gallery.

Let me steal a few seconds of your attention to remind you about some obvious facts and terms. The Internet and the Web are not the same. The Internet is older and bigger, it is a distributed network born in 1969 and turned into a global Internetwork at the very beginning of the 80s.

The Web is younger. In two months we will celebrate its twentieth birthday. The first cross-platform browser, Mosaic, was released to the public in April 1993. There are people who date the beginning of the Web to 1989, when Tim Bernes Lee invented the WWW system, but nothing happened between 1989 and 1993. Nothing before the rest of us started to shape it.

The Web is younger and „smaller.“ It began in 1993 as a modest service, one of many. I have a book here with me, “The Whole Internet” – I always have it with me. It has 400 pages and only fifteen of them are about the Web. But it was growing very fast. By 1995, it would make no sense to write a book entitled „The Whole WWW“ or something similar, because it was already immense by this time.

The Web became the Internet very quickly. In the 90s many got to know about the Internet through the Web. Many never ever left the Web, so they haven’t seen the rest of the Internet. In the new millennium, most of the users don’t even know there is a difference. I sometimes get angry at new students who don’t know about it, but at the same time, I’m fine with this because the Web is the best thing that happened to the Internet. The best thing that happened to us. It is the best thing that could happen to artists and to the contemporary art world, though not everybody would agree with this.

Apart from the many doors and windows that it has opened to artists and institutions, the Web gave life to a very important movement: net art – or, as one would have called it during the mid 90s, net.art.

Retrospectively, we can say that it gave life to two art forms: web art and net art. The first was busy with browser, HTML and scripts, with the idea – revolutionary at the time – that a browser IS a place for self-expression, for experimentation, for making art. Net art was busy with networking itself.

In the beginning, web and net art were represented by the same people. They – I mean, we, worked for the Web, on the Web and because of the Web. But we didn’t want to be called web artists; we liked being called net artists. The reason is that, for net artists, visual and coding experiments with browsers were less important than the fact that our works were ONLINE.

Artists of that generation emphasized connectivity, networking, and the distributive nature of the works through several means. There was a great desire to create projects that weren’t visible on a computer that was NOT online. Today, we often hear that there is no difference anymore between offline and online, that they are both real life. True. Twenty, fifteen years ago, we knew very well when online stopped and offline started, where net art stopped and where CD-ROM, interactive or whatever art started.

A show that goes back to the initial idea of net art opens tonight. It focuses on connection, its presence, and its absence. It even starts off with a provocative title. I don’t know what you think about when you read OFFLINE art, but I can only think about ONLINE art.

OFFLINE ART: new2 was curated by one of the most important new media artists, Aram Bartholl. His objects and installations in public places precede today’s art and design trends that play with the relationship between the digital and analog worlds. But he is also a net artist, a classic net artist, because he keeps himself busy with the question “am I on or off?”

This question was and still is central to net art, despite new realities, new devices and generational change.

Aram is also a brave artist, because he is not afraid to enter into one of the most slippery issues related to contemporary and media arts: Does it make sense and is it possible at all to show net art in a gallery or real space?

I have been involved with this discussion for the last fifteen years through my own artistic and curatorial work. I can tell you that the answer has changed from a definite No to Maybe, to Yes, but and finally, to Yes.

It became clearly positive some years ago, when the Web stopped being a new medium and became a mass one. It was quite a difficult moment for net art and web art, because these forms are extremely medium-specific. Web artists and net artists are doing work about the medium, but, as soon as it stops being new – when it a matures, when it becomes a mass medium, it becomes very difficult to have a close connection with it. By the way, many net artists went OFFLINE at that time to make works „about the internet and the web“ from the outside, in order to keep a distance, to keep the relationship alive.

But there was also a bright side to this: the fact that the Internet became a mass medium meant that net artists got bigger audiences, both online and offline. Ten years ago it made sense for net artists to only address people in front of their computers; today, I can easily imagine addressing visitors in a gallery because most of them have just gotten up from their computers. They have the necessary experience and understanding of the medium to get the ideas and jokes, to enjoy the works and to buy them.

What is especially interesting about today’s exhibition is the fact that it counts on people who came not only with knowledge but also with their own mobile devices. So you are here and you are in front of your own computers again.

How to show net art in the real space? Another eternal question

OFFLINE ART is not Aram’s first answer to it. Three years ago, he conceptualized Speed Shows, an exhibition format that suggested renting an Internet café for one evening and opening online works on computers in a standard browser with standard preferences. It was a great gesture and I’m happy that these series of events still happen all over the world, because it is important to go to Internet cafés, to sit at least once in a while in front of a public computer. It was great for net art because a standard computer with a standard browser is a natural atmosphere. It is much healthier than installations and custom built objects around a work that only needs a browser. „Net.art never died! It just moved to your local Internet-shop!“ was the motto of the series. The paraphrased motto of OFFLINE ART could be „net.art never died! It just moved to your local network!“

Once again, Aram suggests showing (distributing) the works through standard devices – Wi-Fi routers. They are modified, though. One router, one artist, one work of art: one network per artist. It is elegant and almost absurd.

This can be very attractive for collectors, who were always warned that you couldn’t buy net art; for this, you’ll have to buy the whole network. Well, here it comes, the artwork and the network.

I’m sorry if it sounds a bit sarcastic, but it is not because I’m against selling. I think, and I have repeated this for fifteen years, that selling web art is easy. Any other art form is more problematic than a web-based one, especially when it comes to pragmatic and legal issues. Additionally, there are so many ways to do it, so many ways to reshape and re-contextualize, to keep and collect. OFFLINE ART is an example of how it can be done.

We can try to see today whether this setting works and how it works. Will you look at the router or will you look at the work it is transmitting? Will you go through one router to another, or stay for hours in front of one? Will you keep the files you’ve downloaded on your devices and transfer them to your nextphone or overwrite them immediately?

You can access the works of twelve artists who belong to the tradition of web art through the routers, and then buy the routers. For OFFLINE ART, Aram selected classic and new works that play with web culture and browser aesthetics. They are all accessible through browsers, not apps. I think it is great to do this in 2013, because at this moment it looks like apps are taking other, but it is not true. Web designers and browsers will adjust to the small screens in the near future and the Web will once again become the environment we are in, even on mobile phones.

As soon as you connect your devices to each of the routers you will get a beautiful piece of web art. The exhibition itself is a wonderful net art project. Thank you for paying attention to both, for keeping both movements alive

Olia Lialina, 21 February 2013

I pass this new2.odt to you. Please scan, spell-check and put it online 🙂

Olia Lialina opening the show at xpo gallery Feb 21, 2013

Thx to Olia for this wonderful and very important opening speech!


März 5, 2013


Aram Bartholl

Solo Exhibition

Aksioma | Project Space
Komenskega 18, Ljubljana
6 – 22 March 2013

Exhibition opening and artist presentation:

WED 6 March 2013 at 7 pm