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Born: 1972, Bremen, Germany
Education: UdK – University of the Arts Berlin, 2002

Aram Bartholl uses sculptural interventions, installations, and performative workshops to question our engagement with media and with public economies linked to social networks, online platforms, and digital dissemination strategies. He addresses socially relevant topics, including surveillance, data privacy and technology dependence, through his work by transferring the gaps, contradictions, and absurdities of our everyday digital lives to physical settings. The effect is twofold. The works create an at-times bizarre confrontation with our own ignorance of globally active platform capitalism, and they renegotiate network activities as political forms of participation on an analog level using the potential of public space. Bartholl thus initiates a performative process to catalyze a renewed understanding of individual action within a collective and self-determined network discourse. Conceptually and technically, he uses the same aesthetics, codes, and communication patterns that users are familiar with from YouTube, Instagram, and video games. A purposeful contextualization employs the logic of the Internet while at the same time undermining it with individual strategies.

Bartholl has exhibited at MoMA Museum of Modern Art NY, Skulptur Projekte Münster, Palais de Tokyo, Hamburger Bahnhof, Seoul Museum of Art and the Thailand Biennale among other as well as conducting countless workshops, talks and performances internationally. Aram Bartholl is a professor for art with digital media at HAW Hamburg, he lives and works in Berlin.





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Roehrs & Boetsch

Professor at

HAW Hamburg

Solo Shows

2019 Roehrs & Boetsch, Zurich, Open
panke.gallery, Berlin, Strike Now!!
SMAC, Berlin, True Depth
2018 Emmanuel gallery, Denver, Your shopping cart is empty
La Chaufferie, H.E.A.R., Strasbourg, France, Is this you in the video?
Import Projects, Berlin, Your parcel has been delivered (to your neighbour)
2017 Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland, SITUATIONS #91
2016 Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg, Germany, Remind Me Later
2015 Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Dead Drops at Palais de Tokyo
Babycastles, New York, Point Of View
2014 DAM Gallery, Berlin, Hurt me plenty
2013 Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Hello World
xpo gallery, Paris, Retweet if you want more followers
Aksioma, Ljubljana, Go!Go!Go!
xpo gallery, Paris, OFFLINE ART: new2
2012 DAM Gallery, Berlin, Germany, Reply All
2009 5 Minute Museum, STRP, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Random Screen
2006 Project space “Ceci n’est pas un restaurant”, Berlin, Germany, Gamestar

Group Shows (selection)

2019 The Glass Room, Tacitical Tec, San Francisco
Asuntos De Nuestro Espacio, Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas, Buenos Aires
Stadstriennale: Screen It, Stadstriennale Hasselt Genk, Hasselt, Genk
Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Coventry, Coventry
Immortality – The Ural Bienniale, uralbiennale.ru, Ekaterinburg
Playmode, Maat, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon
Kunstsommer Arnsberg, Arnsberg
Speed Show: FACE THE FACE, Internet Cafe, Berlin
One night stand, Horse and Pony, Berlin
Please don’t stand in the middle of the road waiting for me to get you on camera, isthisitisthisit.com, Online
Metanatural Landscapes, panke.gallery, Berlin
Vienna Biennale 2019, MAK Design Labors, Vienna
Modell und Ruine, Werkleitz Festival, Dessau
Kunst und Kapital, Kunstraum Bogenhausen, München
If birds in a truck fly, does the truck get lighter?, Drugo More, Rijeka, Croatia
SF MOMA: Snap + Share, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
2018 Biennale d’art contemporain de Strasbourg, Hotel des Postes, Strasbourg, France
Monitoring, Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, Germany
Thailand Biennale, OCAC, Krabi, Thailand
Without Nature, Nicoletti Contemporary, London
W&W: Miete, Strom, Instagram, Walch & Winkler, Berlin
Gallery.Delivery, Gallery.Delivery, Berlin
All Changes Saved, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca
Die Informale, Videoramas - The Pool at Night, Buenos Aires
The Seoul Mediacity Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Le Grand Monnayage, 8e biennale internationale d'art contemporain de Melle, Melle, France
Otra Visita A La Escultura, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico
#DATAMAZE, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
Ein gemachter Mensch – Künstlerische Fragen an Identitäten, Kallmann Museum, Ismaning, Germany
2017 SITUATIONS #91, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Festival of Futurenows, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Escaping the Digital Unease!, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, Switzerland
Odysey, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Möhnesee, Germany
immaterial, Kunstverein Bochum, Bochum, Germany
Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, LWL, Münster, Germany
Hyperpavillion, Venice Biennale, official extended program,
BoCA Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Lisboa & Porto, Portugal
2016 The White Room, Tacical Tech, New York
Alle Achtung! ACC Galerie, Weimar
Invisible Threads: Technology and its Discontents NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
CAMÉRA(AUTO)CONTRÔLE, TRIENNIAL 50JPG, Centre de la photographie, Geneve
Regeneration Movement, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipeih
FROM BITS TO PAPER* du pixel au papier, Le Shadok,, Strasbourg
Shifting Optics, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam
2015 Wie leben? Zukunftsbilder von Malewitsch bis Fujimoto, Wilhelmhack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein
Save the Data! Kunstpalais Stadt Erlangen, Erlangen
Operation Mindfuck, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Das Netz (Dauerausstellung), Deutsche Technikmuseum Berlin
Infossphäre, ZKM, Karlsruhe
Poetics and Politics of Data, HeK, House of Electronic Arts Basel
Art In The Age Of Planetary Computation, Witte de With, Rotterdam
PBKAC – IMHO ,Haus der Elektronischen Künste, LISTE art fair, Basel
Offline Art: Are you still there? Museum Angewandte Kunst; Frankfurt
NEULAND Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Germany
2014 End User Hayward Gallery Project Space, London
The Darknet Kunsthalle St.Gallen, Switzerland
Cuban Contemporary Art Salon Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Cuba
SNEL HEST Alingsås Kosthall, Denmark
Archipel in√est, Urbane Künste Ruhr, Recklinghausen
net.art Painters and Poets, Mestna galerija Ljubljana, Solvenia
Hyperresemblances: REALITY FX, The Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, NYC
FULL SCREEN, xpo gallery, Paris
MOTI HOTEL MOTI Museum of the Image, Breda, Netherlands
UNPAINTED Media art fair at Postpalast , Munich
2013 30C3: 30th Chaos Communication Congress, Hamburg
The Influencers Festival Barcelona, Spain
YIA ART FAIR with xpo gallery, Paris, France
Todaysart, festival, The Hague, Netherlands
FACELESS, quartier 21 Museums Quartier, Vienna
In Medias Res, Galerie Verney-Carron, Lyon, France
Public Abstraction Private Construction VI VII, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany
Summer Splash 2, DAM Gallery, Berlin
Fußnoten zum Aufbruch, Motorenhalle Dresden, Germany
Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship, Carroll / Fletcher, London
FAT GOLD, Eyebeam, New York
From here on , Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona, Spain
2012 Rock the Block, Backjumps, Berlin, Germany
Meine Wunderkammer, DAM Gallery Berlin, Germany,
Co-Re-Creating Spaces, centralTrak, UT Dallas, USA
DVD dead drop, Museum of Moving Image, New York
Megacool 4.0, Künstlerhaus, Wien, Österreich
Cantastoria, UMOCA Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, USA
Invisible Maps, Luis Adelantado Mexico, Mexico City, Mexiko
It‘s a small small world, Family Business, New York
Playtimes, Maison d‘Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains, Schweiz
Curious Minds, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Signals: For Real, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Niederlande
Tranceiver, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, USA
2011 Dada New York II, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich, Schweiz
Tracing Mobility, HKW, Berlin
 Quasi Cinema, Video_Dumbo, New York, USA
 Experience Space, [DAM] Berlin, Berlin
 Social Media, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA
 Ready for upgrade, [DAM] Cologne, Köln
Talk to me, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
From here on, Les Rencontres d‘Arles 2011, Arles, Frankreich
The Uncommon Portrait, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, USA
Alternative Controllers, Devotion Gallery, New York, USA
Identités précaires, Jeu de Paume, Virtual Space, Paris, Frankreich
Gateways. Kumu, Tallinn, Estland
2010 ShadowDance, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Niederlande
Locate Me, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin
Gamezone, Desingel, Antwerpen, Belgien
GOOD TIME, Public Art Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
Sterne Sehen, Art Space Riga, Riga, Lettland
Space Invaders, NIMK Netherlands Media Arts Institute, Amsterdam, Niederlande
ISEA2010 Exhibition, ISEA, Dortmund
2009 Space Invaders, FACT, Liverpool, Großbritannien
Nature Transformer, Microwave, Hong Kong
BLK River Festival, Gallery Ofroom, Vienna, Österreich
Mirror Mirror: Contemporary Portraits and the Fugitive Self, Brigham Young, MoA, Utah, USA
Lack of electricity, Gallery Space CAN, Seoul, Korea
WoW: Emergent Media Phenomenon, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA, USA
InnMotion, Biennial International Festival Of Visual And Performing Arts, Barcelona, Spanien
Springt!, Bremer Kunstfrühling, Bremen
Inspiracje art festival, MUZ, Szczecin, Polen
DADAMACHINIMA, Planetart, Amsterdam, Niederlande
2008 Video Award Bremen, Weserburg | Museum of Modern Art,Bremen
Time to Play, eARTS, Urban Space, Shanghai, China
Avatar, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australien
Hack the City, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Südkorea
Try again, Koldo Mitxelenam, San Sebastian, Spanien
Public Privacy, NIMK Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, Niederlande
Offline Social Networks, Futuresonic, Manchester, Großbritannien
Try again, Casa del Encendida, Madrid, Spanien
Cardinal Points, Richman Gallery, Baltimore, USA
Being Bold, Club Transmediale, Berlin
2007 Sandbox Berlin, Skulpturenpark, Berlin
Goodbye Privacy, Ars Electronica, Linz, Österreich
Our Cyborg Future?, Newcastle’s Discovery Museum, Newcastle, Great Britain
Gameworlds, Laboral, Gijon, Spanien
Open City, Eyebeam, New York City, USA
Time’s up, Vooruit, Gent, Belgien
Unfinish!, Transmediale, Berlin
Borderline Behaviour, TENT, Rotterdam, Niederlande
2006 First Play Berlin, HAU2, Berlin
Plattform Bohnenstrasse, Public Space Exhibition, Bremen
Simplicity, Ars Electronica, Linz, Österreich
Viper, Basel, Schweiz
3rd (A) r4WB1t5 micro.fest, ENEMY Gallery, Chicago, USA
2005 22C3, Chaos Communication Congress, Berlin
2004 21C3, Chaos Communication Congress, Berlin


2018 Don’t show again, REAKTOR, Vienna
2017 Make it fit · Panke Gallery, Berlin
34C3 · Chaos Communication Congress, Leipzig,Co-curation Art&Culture track
2016 Speed Show · LA: Manifesto, Korea town, LA
33C3 · Chaos Communication Congress, Hamburg, Co-curation Art&Culture track
2015 Offline Art: ‘Your are not checked in’ at ‘Capture All!’ · Transmediale, Berlin
Offline Art: Are you still there? · at Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
2014 FULL SCREEN · xpo gallery, Paris, Frankreich
2013 Offline Art: new2 · xpo gallery, Paris, Frankreich
Offline Art: Hardcore · Kasseler Kunstverein
2012 Speedshow · GML, Berlin
DVD DeadDrop vol.2 ·MMI New York, USA
DVD DeadDrop vol.1 · MMI New York, USA
2011 Speedshow · Evan Roth, New York, USA
Speedshow · Constant Dullaart, Berlin
Speedshow · Fun is back, Stuttgart
Speedshow · Open Internet, Paris, Frankreich
2010 Speedshow · Super Niche New York, USA
Ars Electronica · TeleInternet, Linz, Österreich
Speedshow · Peace, Amsterdam, Niederlande
Speedshow · who the fuck do you think you are talking to?, Wien, Österreich
Speedshow · TELE-INTERNET, Berlin
2007 Second City · Ars Electronica, Linz, Österreich

Collections (selection)

City of Paris – Le Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris

Collection Schroth

Collection Johannes Teiser

Collection Victor Le Broussois

Collection Marc Andre Nantais

Collection Walter König


Since 2019 Professor for art, focus digital media at HAW Hamburg
2016-18 Substitute professor: Klasse Neue Medien, Kunsthochschule Kassel
2016 Visiting professor Design & Media Art, UCLA Los Angeles, Winter & Spring quarter
2014 Substitute professor: New Media, Merz Akademie, Sommersemester

Grants / Commissions

2018 Stiftung KUNSTFONDS, project grant
FLACC foundation, Belgium, residency
2017 Innogy Stiftung, Skulptur Projekte Münster, stipend
2015 ACA, Atlantic Center of the Arts, Florida, residency (Master)
Senatskanzlei / Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, City of Berlin, stipend
2012 Museum of Moving Image, New York, commission, Harpo Foundation, Los Angeles, USA, stipend
2011 Rhizome, New York, USA, commission
Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department, stipend
2010 Eyebeam, New York, USA, Artist in residence,
2009 V2 Institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam, artist in residence,
2008 Stiftung KUNSTFONDS, stipend
IFA Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V., stipend
2007 Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department, project grant


2011 Honorable mention, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
2007 17th Video Art Award, Bremen
Transmediale Award, Berlin, Honorable mention
2001 Browserday, Berlin, Competition

Talks (selection)

2019 James-Simon-Galerie, Berlin, ASAP – transferring the immediacy of the digital to culture
HeK, Basel, Panel Discussion
Drugo More, Rijeka, Croatia, BYOD
Hotel de Poste, Strasbourg, Biennale de Strasbourg
ETH, Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur, Zurich, Digital Matters
2018 Jugendtheater Parkaue, Berlin, MACHT.CODE
NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, G23-Summit
Volksbühne, Berlin, Das ist Netzpolitik
Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Your shopping cart is empty
Panke Gallery, Berlin, eGames – die Kunst des ernste Spiels
HEAR, Strasbourg, Is this you in the video?
2018 Reaktor Wien, Österreich, Speculative Privacy
2017 Bard College Berlin, Artist Talk, Never Worry Again
BoCA Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Lisboa & Porto, Portugal, Artist Talk
Universität Bremen Symposium 2017, Bremen, Re-Configuring Anonymity
Technische Sammlungen Dresden, When machines are dreaming, Artist Talk
2016 MCAD, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, USA, Artist Talk
LACMA Art & Technology Lab, Los Angeles, USA, Offline/Online

Convergences: Aram Bartholl and Kathy Rae Huffman

Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel, Hamburg, Datapolitics
KIKK Festival, Namur, Belgien, Artist Talk
2015 Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien,  Berlin, HATE – Kongress der Möglichkeiten
re:publica – finding europe, Station Berlin, Berlin, Artist Talk
We are Museums, Conference Panel, Berlin, Museums: after the Internet?
ACUD, Panel Discussion, Image is a Virus – On activism
2014 TU Berlin, Intergraph, Masterstudiengang Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum,
Berlin, Hello World!
re:publica, Into The Wild – Konferenz, Berlin, Artist Talk
Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst, Luzern, Schweiz, Wegen der Produktion
Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Schwindel der Wirklichkeit, Lecture Series
Urbane Künste Ruhr, Duisburg, art / space / public
31. Chaos Communication Congress, Hamburg, A New Dawn – 31C3
2013 FHNW, Basel, Schweiz, Synthesize!, Symposium
The Influencers Festival, Barcelona, Spain
2012 Play & Make, Conference, Düsseldorf
Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Digitale Kultur: GameTalks
Graphic Design Festival Breda, Netherlands, Artist Talk
Next Berlin, Berlin, Conference for digital industries
Rhizome at the New Museum, New York, Seven on Seven
FITC Conference Amsterdam, Netherlands
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Trampoline – Agency for Art & Media, Tracing Mobility
2011 Smithsonian‘s Hirshhorn Museum, DC, USA, Panel, Lunch Bytes (3) –
Digital Material
DAZ, Berlin, Lecture Series, Macht im Öffentlichen Raum
Open World Forum, Paris, France, Konferenz, Art & Open Source
The Pace Gallery, New York City, USA, Panel Discussion, Social Media
Broadway, Nottingham, Großbritannien, Panel, Making Future Collaboration
SFAI, San Francisco, USA,Panel, Transit///Stasis
ShareConference, Belgrad, Serbien, Offline Networks, Artist Talk
2010 ISEA 2010, Dortmund U, Conference, Artist Presentation
Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Artist Talk, Locate Me
GDFB – Graphic Design Festival Breda, Netherlands, Artist Talk, Are you human?
HAU2, Berlin, Think Tank, Jean Luc und die Singularität vorm falschen Fenster
2009 Graphic Design Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Symposium, me you
and everyone we know is a curator
BTK, Berlin, Drop Shadow Talks
F.A.T. Lab, Berlin, Konferenz, Atoms & Bits
ICST, Berlin, FaVE Konferenz, Keynote
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, USA, Artist Talk, WoW: Emergent
media phenomenon
V2_ Institut for unstable Media, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Test_Lab:
Fashionable Technology
2008 Cynetart, Dresden, MB21, Panel, Between the Private and the Public
ISEA, Singapore, Konferenz, Artist Talk
Werkleitz Gesellschaft, Halle, Artist Talk
Inspired F.A.Q., Lisbon, Portugal, Konferenz, Artist Talk
GeneratorX, CTM, Berlin, Artist Talk
2007 Telefonica, Madrid, Spain, confrence, Ambassador for Innovation
Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, panel, Second Life
Designforum, Freiburg, Artist Talk
reboot 9.0, Copenhagen, Denmark, Konferenz, Artist Talk
Designmai, Berlin, Panel, Second Life
re:publica, Berlin, Germany, Konferenz, Offline symbols in the offline world
Transmediale, Berlin, Second Life panel
2006 Mediacity, Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Konferenz, Digital Layers in Urban Space
2005 Transmediale, Berlin, Open.Plan, Daten am Ort
2002 TU Cottbus, Cottbus, Vortragsreihe, Crossover Architektur
V2_ Institut for Unstable Media, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Panel, Infotopia the infogolem

Workshops (selection)

2019 0 Likes, HeK, Basel
Digital Matters, ETH, Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur, Zurich
2018 netzkunst.berlin, Panke Gallery, Berlin
G23 Gipfel, NRW Forum, Düsseldorf
Aluhut workshop, NRW Forum, Düsseldorf
Because Internet, Universität Köln, Köln
Is this you in the video?, HEAR, Strasbourg
2017 MAIF Social Club, Paris, France, Iconomania
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Großbritannien, Friday Late
Skulptur Projekte, Münster, Killyourphone
Technische Sammlungen Dresden, When machines are dreaming Aluhut
Workshop & Lecture
2016 Tribeca Film Festival, New York, Killyourphone
Machine Project, Los Angeles, USA, Killyourphone, Workshop mit STAT-US
33rd Chaos Communication Congress, Hamburg, Geheim-Camera
2015 Parsons School Paris, Paris, France, KILLYOURPHONE.COM
Kunstakademie Münster, Survival
2014 30C3 – 30th Chaos Communication Congress, Hamburg, killyourphone.com
Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland, The Darknet – From Memes to Onionland. An Exploration, Killyourphone
DIAS – Digital Interactive Art Space, Vallensbaek, Denmark
EYEBEAM, New York, PAINT figure drawing class
2013 F.A.T. Lab GOLD – 5 years of fffffat!!
The Influencers Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, Killyourphone
2012 Baltanlabs & MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands, The Future of offline filesharing
University of Cologne, Symposion at What‘s next?
Künstlerhaus k/haus, Wien, Austria, Megacool 4.0
2011 Broadway, Nottingham, Great Britain, Future Work
Kumu, Tallinn, Estland, Gateways
Merzakademie, Stuttgart, Wahlwoche
Edith Russ Haus, Oldenburg, Phaenomenale
Willem de Kooning Akademie, Rotterdam, Netherlands, CrossLab
2010 KHM Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Point & Click
Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, TeleInternet
2009 AHO – School for Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA, USA, WoW: Emergent
Media Phenomenon
Merzakademie, Stuttgart, Wahlwoche
University Gallery, Essex, Great Britain, Socially Active
2008 eARTS, Shanghai, China, Urban Space, Time to Play
Futuresonic, Manchester, Great Britain, Offline Social Networks
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Corea, Hack the City
Creative Gaming Initiative, Potsdam, play08
2007 Lab30, Augsburg, Analog
Skulpturenpark, Berlin, Sandbox Berlin
Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, Goodbye Privacy
Eyebeam, New York City, USA, Open City
Vooruit, Gent, Belgien, Time’s up
2006 Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, Simplicity
Project space ‚Ceci n‘est pas un restaurant’, Berlin, Adaptations