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A4 – 4A

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Dear Aram Bartholl,

We are writing to invite you to participate in a group exhibition, entitled You Turn Me On and On and On, at EMBASSY Gallery in Edinburgh. The exhibition will run from 26 February to 14 March 2010. Rather than finished works, the exhibition will feature plans for and descriptions of works that are infinite.

The creation of limitless or endless work is a preoccupation for many artists working with computer technology. The intent of this exhibition is to examine how the idea of an infinite artwork might be interpreted by artists working across a variety of media, both digital and analogue. The brief is intentionally broad; we are curious to see what emerges.

We are fans of your work and believe that your approach to art practice suits the nature of the exhibition. If you would like to participate, please send us a plan for an artwork that is infinite. The plan/description can be textual and/or image-based. We ask that all submissions are sent by email and can be printed in black and white on A4 paper.

We very much hope that you will participate in this project. We apologize for the short notice, but require that all submissions be received no later than 20 February 2010. If you require more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch by email or by phone (Angela Beck: +44 (0) 751 ………..).

We look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,

EMBASSY Committee


hi angela,

sorry for the delay.
ok, my setup is be very simple:


i envision a nice big table in the show with a big pile of A4 sheets sitting in the middle ( 6 packs a 500 sheets ) and a couple chairs around.  tools:  scissors, knife, rulers, pencils, glue sticks, stapler, clips … (typical office equipment)

visitors are invited to sit down and to create something/anything with a sheet of A4 and leave in the end on the table (if they want to). probably it would be good to build some objects and to draw some sheets in advance so people get an idea they are invited to do so too. (paper plane, letters/notes, kids drawing, crumpled-up …)
i envision the table to be more and more  covered with paper objects/sheets over the period of the show. traces of work and snippets on the floor are good.  it should look nice but don’t clean it up too much please.

if you have questions or comments feel free to call!
good luck for the show



“You Turn Me On And On And On”

Curated by Angela Beck

2 Roxburgh Pl,
Edinburgh, UK

Opening 26.02.10 7-9pm
27.02.10 – 14.03.10
Thurs – Sun 12 – 6pm

This exhibition features propositions towards infinite art. Rather than completed works, the artists asked to create plans for and descriptions of works that would be, in some sense, infinite. The creation of limitless or endless work is a preoccupation for many artists working with computer technology. The intent of this exhibition is to examine how the idea of an infinite artwork might be interpreted by artists working across a variety of media, both digital and analogue.


Aram Bartholl, Simon Biggs, Benjamin Dembrowski, Michael Demers, Olle Essvik, Claire Evans, Martin Kohout, Margot Krasojevic, The Ludic Society, Kelly Mark, Eva and Franco Mattes, Aaron Oldenburg, Marisa Olson, Katie Paterson, Antoine Schmitt, Nathan Shafer, Jason Sloan, Simon Yuill, Grégoire Zabé

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February 25th, 2010 at 11:25 am

Where is 3G?

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February 25th, 2010 at 9:38 am

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Just received the latest issue of “VIER” a magazine designed and edited by students of the University of Arts Bremen. The whole issue is dedicated to questions around cyberspace and virtuality. Among many interesting articles it also features an interview with myself (german).  Thx to the VIER team Andrea, Caspar & Romas looks good!

andrea, caspar & romas

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February 20th, 2010 at 11:18 am

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“Curating Youtube”

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Love the Curating Youtube show! (online version here, play all clips at the same time!) A pitty we could t make it to that one night event at Basso during TM …

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February 18th, 2010 at 11:36 am

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I agree on most of what he says and many of these questions were raised during the “Friends” workshop I ran at Futuresonic in 2008 . Unfortunately this won t reach my 359 ex-facebook friends any more… haha.  I quit 2 days ago ….

“The End of Solitude” by William Deresiewicz

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February 18th, 2010 at 10:37 am

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“Freedom in the Cloud”

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Very interesting talk by Eben Moglen!

Eben Moglen, Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University, and founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, spoke about “Freedom in the Cloud: Software Freedom, Privacy and Security for Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing” on Friday, February 5, 2010.

Everyone wants a piece of you these days: Google, Facebook, Flickr, Apple, AT&T, Bing. They’ll give you free e-mail, free photo storage, free web hosting, even a free date. They just want to listen in. And you can’t wait to let them. They’ll store your stuff, they’ll organize your photos, they’ll keep track of your appointments, as long as they can watch. It all goes into the “Cloud.”

How we got here is quite a scary story. But nowhere near as scary as getting out again. Eben Moglen, a Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University and the founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center, warned you about privacy and the cloud before. At a public meeting of the Internet Society of New York on February 5, Moglen asked you to consider how much worse things have become since then and explain what you can do to reclaim your freedom in the era of Web 2.0.

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February 17th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

How to build a fake Google Street View car

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<p><a href=”″>How to build a fake Google Street View car</a> from <a href=””>Aram Bartholl</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a>.</p>

Full docu on

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February 15th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

bike = your content

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Love the ‘The More you know’ clips Evan released on during TM last week. I put them together and uploaded them to a safe place ;-). Free beer for the first 3 who manage to embed the vide on on a blog!

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February 12th, 2010 at 10:50 am

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I enjoyed this exhibition by Tag a lot (partner event of CTM10). It’s worth to take a look at and still open till 27th of Feb…

Wednesday 10.02 – Saturday 27.02 – 12:00h – 17:00h
Address: Spandauerstrasse 2, 10178 Berlin
Fee: €3,-

Esemplasticism: The Truth is a Compromise

Our brains are esemplastic. They are perfectly evolved for pattern recognition, designed to shape disconnected elements, like the incomplete or ambiguous information we get from our senses, into the seamless whole of our experience. What we see, hear, touch and feel is folded into an amalgam of data, emotions and cultural baggage. And in the contemporary world, this esemplastic power is pushed to the limit in the sea of information that we are floating in: data-visualizations, scientific studies and computer analyses become increasingly abstract and disconnected from our normal experiences. Are we losing our sense of meaning as we fail to join the billions of dots? What compromises are we making when we try to settle on a particular interpretation?

The works in Esemplasticism – the truth is a compromise are mostly low-tech, using everyday objects and media. Employing sound, objects and synchronicity; relatively ‘old’ technologies like field recordings, music, video, and projection, each piece lifts the curtain on the perceptual tactics that our esemplastic/apophonic/pattern recognising brains employ to negotiate the world; with wit and irony, they have much to say about verisimilitude as each exposes a different fracture between our expectations, our perceptions and our compromises about the objective ‘truth’ that exists ‘out there’.

Participating artists

Artists: Edwin Deen, Daniël Dennis de Wit, Lucinda Dayhew, Anke Eckardt, HC Gilje, Terrence Haggerty, Yolande Harris, Alexis O’hara, Pascal Petzinger, Mike Rijnierse, Willem Marijs, Bram Vreven, Katarina Zdjelar, Valentin Heun, Sagarika Sundaram, Gijs Burgmeijer.

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February 10th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

“Are you evil?”

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How many Google services do you use?

Order now or download the “Are you evil?” printable version here! Based on “Are you social?“. Inspired by Kosmars’ microbutton  collection!

Aram Bartholl 2010

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February 8th, 2010 at 11:49 am

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