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Jean-Paul Sartre en Libération

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During the fiac art fair the newspaper Libération had a special edition (October 24, 2013)  in which all pictures where replaced by pictures of art pieces. Ususally Liberation features every day on their last page a portrait of a person. I had the honor to draw the Jean Paul Sartre portrait for this special edition…

Aram Bartholl, «Portrait Google de Jean-Paul Sartre», 2013, fusain, 1m x 1m. Courtesy XPO GALLERY, Paris.

La 40e édition de la FIAC coïncide avec les 40 ans de Libération. Il fallait à cette occasion lier la création contemporaine à l’histoire du quotidien fondé en 1973 sous l’égide de Sartre.
L’artiste allemand Aram Bartholl signe un hommage à l’auteur des Mots, sans en écrire un seul. Ce QR code tracé au fusain, une fois scanné sur un smartphone, renvoie automatiquement vers les dix premières pages Google de la recherche «Jean-Paul Sartre». Aussitôt archivé et sans cesse actualisé, le visage du philosophe est sanctuarisé par l’information.

Alexis Jakubowicz et Jean-Brice Moutout Fondateurs de NonPrintingCharacter

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October 28th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Google Portrait: Kate Middleton

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Google Portrait: Kate Middleton
Charcoal on Paper
100 x 100 cm

Aram Bartholl, 2013

On display at DAM Berlin at Art13 London  March 1-3 2013

Good by Kate! Was cool hanging out! :))



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February 26th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

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Google portraits at ‘Reply All’

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3 new Google Portraits currently on show at ‘Reply All’ [DAM] Berlin

Petra Cortright – eng., ink on paper, 80 x 80 cm

Vera Molnar – eng., ink on paper, 80 x 80 cm

Olia Lialina – eng., ink on paper, 80 x 80 cm


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February 10th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Pieces at Pace

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Google Portrait series at ‘Social Media’ Pace gallery NYC, Sept. 2011, 70 x 70 cm, edding, edding, char coal, stamp ink, all on paper

Are You Human? series at ‘Social Media’ Pace gallery NYC, Sept. 2011, dimension variable, up to 100 x 45 cm, 3 mm aluminum anodized, laser cut

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September 21st, 2011 at 3:49 pm

‘Social Media’

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I’ll show new work from the ‘Google Portrait’ series and ‘Are you human?’ series at ‘Social Media’, Pace Gallery, opening mid September… CU there!

“Social Media”
The Pace Gallery & Pace/McGill
510 West 25th Street, NYC
from September 16 through October 15, 2011.

Opening, on Thursday, September 15 from 6–8 p.m.


September 16 – October 15, 2011

Video stills from I Love Your Work, 2011, by Jonathan Harris

NEW YORK, August 22, 2011—The Pace Gallery, Pace/MacGill Gallery and the MFA Photography, Video
and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts are pleased to present Social Media. The
exhibition focuses on contemporary artists exploring public platforms for communication and social networks
through an aesthetic and conceptual lens. In an era of increasingly omnipresent new technologies, Social Media
examines the impact of these systems as they transform human expression, interaction, and perception. The
exhibition will feature works by Christopher Baker, Aram Bartholl, David Byrne, Jonathan Harris, Robert
Heinecken, Miranda July & Harrell Fletcher, Sep Kamvar and Penelope Umbrico

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September 5th, 2011 at 9:13 am

Art Amsterdam

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The Google Portraits Series is currently on display at Art Amsterdam 26.-30. of May represented by Multiple Gallery XX (via Walter thx!)

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May 27th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

4 Google self-portraits

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A Google Portrait is a drawing which contains the Google URL search string of the portrayed person in encoded form. Any camera smart phone is capable to decode the matrix-code with the help of barcode reader like software. The result points the mobile phone browser to a a search on the portrayed person’s name at Google…

full text and more pictures on Google Portrait series project page.

4 Google self-portraits commissioned by Microwave Festival, Hong Kong , 2009

‘Aram Bartholl’, search german
75 x 75 cm, transparent paper, edding 850

‘Aram Bartholl’, search english
75 x 75 cm, transparent paper, edding 750

‘Aram Bartholl’, search chinese
75 x 75 cm, transparent paper stamp, stamp ink

‘Aram Bartholl’, search korean
75 x 75 cm, transparent paperpastel chalk

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November 12th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

“Nature Transformer”

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I am showing 4 new self-portraits of the ‘Google portrait series‘ commissioned by Microwave at the project room exhibition, Microwave festival, Hong Kong. Visitors are invited to draw their own Google self-portrait in a drop-in workshop during the festival.

“Nature Transformer”
Microwave festival
Hong Kong


Participating Artists:

Aram Bartholl / Germany
Petko Dourmana / Bulgaria
Tiffany Holmes / USA
Colin Ives / Canada
Natalie Jeremijenko / USA
Akio Kamisato, Satoshi Shibata, Takehisa Mashimo / Japan
Kult / Singapore
Joao Vasco / Hong Kong
Victoria Vesna / USA

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November 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

More Google Portraits

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Being busy with my new project Google Portrait Series I found this nice drawing by MIT student Ben Dalton who did an analysis on portraiture in general and related to internet development.

“I decided to produce a portrait sketch based on a google search. Google only provides an outline of an individual if their name is very well know on the web, or it is unusual. I chose the ‘guru’ and web celebrity Jacob Nielsen, who’s website provides his thoughts on design and usability.

In searching for someone’s name, text that uses the persons full name is retrieved. This tends to result in formal descriptuions of the individual. I wanted to contrast a style that used distraction and detail with the stark refined simplicity of google and Jacob’s own design style.

By picking out words, and reforming them into my own phrases I have tried to alter the meaning of the search results to reflect my own interpretations and bias. This form of artistic sketching and wordplay has been explored by an artist who took a whole book, drew on each page (highlighting new phrases to produce a new narrative), and republishing the book (Unfortunately I cannot remember the details of this project to link to it).

Below is the final sketch. i couldn’t help putting a recognisable face in there (after much debate). I think it would be enhanced with the addition of colour wash, coffee cup stains or colour pencil marks.”

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June 21st, 2007 at 2:00 pm

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New Project: "Google Portrait Series"

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Finally I have this new project online. I am using the same technique as in the Tagging project but on a different and very appropriate topic.

“A Google Portrait is an interactive painting which contains the Google search string of the portrayed person in encoded form. Every java enabled camera phone is capable to decode the “Semacode” called 2D-code by taking a picture of the portrait. The result leads the mobile phone browser to Google doing a search on the portrayed person’s name…”

read on at project page Google Portrait Series

Thx to Daniel, my first victim. ;-)

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June 20th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

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