Opening event: 24.01.2019 | 19h
Duration: 25.01 – 10.03.2019
Opening Hours: Friday – Sunday, 13h – 19h
For his upcoming solo show True Depth at SMAC Aram Bartholl creates a new set of works discussing the changing circumstances of personal space in today’s screen based, app connected world. While the smartphone introduced new ways of very intimate communication, Internet advertising companies monetize in large scale on these interactions. Traveling alone in public space became the perfect situation for personal interaction on small screens. “Don’t sit next to me on the bus. I am watching gay porn.” (quote Twitter). While out with friends the restaurant bathroom turns into a place to check the phone instead of actually going there to relieve one self. Post social spaces.
The title True Depth refers to the latest iPhone camera 3D scanning technology to improve face recognition. Invisible infrared patterns questions the personal space between eyes and screen. “Where are you?”
Security Personal Information Protection High Strength Spring Anchor Collapsible
Interview for SMAC: http://smac-berlin.de/interview-aram-bartholl
“Life is a beach and then you die.”
Installation: chair, 4C flag print, fiberglass rod, oven, aluminum exhaust pipe, cable, tablet, video
The ‘Webaround’ webcam background is a round, chroma key blue screen made of neoprene that fits over the back of an office chair. It blocks out the background behind a seated person during webcam sessions. In Berlin, old, worn-out and broken chairs are often dumped on the street. For “Life is a beach and then you die” Aram Bartholl scanned various Berlin neighbourhoods for these lonely, sad chairs abandoned in public space. In a gesture of compassion, each found chair receives a blue halo to honor the trillions of hours humankind spends in front of screens these days. These office chairs represent the time-consuming and often precarious work at computer desks. Like a parasite, the false background clings to the chair with an unredeemable promise.
Material: industrial print on plastic board
“Digital First, Bedenken Second” (Digital First, Misgivings Second) was the slogan for Germany’s liberal FPD party election campaign in 2016. Obviously, society generally, and particularly politics, are having a hard time keeping up with the rapid changes and digital developments overall and in light of recent events in Germany with politicians and celebrities being ‘doxed’, the FDP motto has aged particularly badly.
Installation: CCTV surveillance cameras, disco ball, chain, laptop PC, cables
Two surveillance cameras lie on the floor beneath a disco ball hanging from the center of the ceiling. One camera projects invisible infrared light onto the mirrored ball, the other auto-tracks movements in the room. A laptop on the floor streams real-time night vision video from the second camera. The title True Depth refers to the latest iPhone camera 3D scanning technology, developed to improve face recognition. Invisible infrared patterns are projected onto the face of the phone owner to calculate a precise 3D model of it. Phone and computer users today are subject to a big party of data flow that is only visible to machines and software.