Group Show Colliding Humans On How We Communicate Online

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COLLIDING HUMANS. Social Interaction on the Internet

Artists: Jonas Blume, Manja Ebert, Aron Lesnik, Lauren Moffatt

Curated by Tina Sauerlaender and Peggy Schoenegge (peer to space)

Organized by medienkunst e.V. – Verein für zeitgenössische Kunst mit neuen Medien

Opening: September 27, 2019, 7 pm  

Duration: September 28 to October 6, 2019

Artist Talk: October 2, 2019, 7 pm

(With the curator Peggy Schoenegge and the artists Jonas Blume, Manja Ebert and Aron Lesnik)

At: Raum für drastische Maßnahmen, Oderstraße 34, 10247 Berlin, Germany

"Good relationships make us happier and healthier." That is the conclusion of two Harvard studies that spent 75 years researching with over 600 people what makes people really happy. But what happens to our relationships when we communicate mostly over the Internet?

Online communication bridges physical distances and connects us. We can easily send messages across continents and get an answer within a few seconds. However, the physical vis-à-vis is missing. The other's body, facial expressions and gestures are no longer part of interpersonal exchange. We are alone with the screen while interacting socially. Like a mirror, the screen echoes us back at ourselves. We share our space only with our own view of the world, while that of others remains out of sight. This one-sided perception can lead to a loss of empathy and—in the end—to disrespectful, hateful comments. As soon as we publish personal information on the Internet, we are exposed to the scrutiny of others, and on the other hand we are free to scrutinize in return.  

Read the full text here.

The participating artists are members of medienkunst e.V.

In cooperation with Raum für drastische Maßnahmen and medienkunst e.V.

Image credits: Lauren Moffatt, The Tulpamancer, 2019, immersive video installation (detail) // Jonas Blume, Rhythm Zero Los Santos, 2019, video still // Aron Lesnik, ISOLATION, 2018, video still // Manja Ebert, sleepingsquad, 2016, video sculpture // All images © the artists

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RADIOSANDS - exhibition curated by Tina Sauerlaender

RADIOSANDS - Installation by Thom Kubli

We live in a filter bubble online. Algorithms sort through the daily flood of information so that we can select fragments to build our reality. Just as grains of sand, we assemble the pieces until they make sense as a whole. The installation Radiosands reflects the generation, distribution and perception of information in the digital age.

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Thom Kubli, Radiosands, HeK Basel, 2019, Image © Aya Imamura

Radiosands is comprised of sixteen identical radios specifically designed for the installation. They float upon delicate pedestals as if on radio waves through the space. The audio fragments emitted from the radios are based on search results algorithms found in analog FM radio frequencies in the area. The search terms were predefined by the artist. They refer to political entities, emotions as well as perception and reflect life in today’s society. Like Facebook’s algorithms, they select information to be heard on the radios in real time. Audio excerpts from various broadcasts come together simultaneously in the exhibition and create a spatial installation of sound. Sentence fragments from different sources form new meanings together. The installations of Radiosands are always site-specific, because the events taking place in the surroundings are transmitted via radio into the exhibition space.

Radio or Internet—despite the medium, all information is repetitively filtered until the receivers perceive it. The starting point is the intention of the senders, who decide on the content, formulation and channel. The selection of the medium, its range and distribution determine how visible the information will be to specific groups. The recipients’ selective perception and cultural imprint makes them more open to some information than to others. Out of the fragments they receive, they generate a meaningful narration of our reality.

How many building blocks do we actually need to make our reality convincing? And how truthful is it? These questions are reminiscent of world building in science fiction and fantasy literature. It describes the construction of an imaginary, holistic cosmos with many single components necessary for a consistent, credible world. The end product is what the artist Thom Kubli calls “granular reality.” In novels as in reality, it is important that we embed these small pieces of information in a narrative both coherent and consistent to make it ring true. We may then forget the single parts and see only the big picture, like sand on the beach. 

The exhibition Radiosands at the Haus am Lützowplatz is curated by Tina Sauerlaender (peer to space).
The project is a collaboration between Thom Kubli with the research team of Dr. Sven Hirsch the Institute for Applied Simulation at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Artistic Idea, Composition: Thom Kubli
Research Direction ZHAW: Dr. Sven Hirsch
Computer Language: Dr. Manuel Gil, Dr. Martin Schüle
Audio analysis: Prof. Dr. Thilo Stadelmann, Daniel Wassmer, Tobias Schlatter
Programming: Lydia Ickler, Norman Juchler
Technology and mechatronics: Florian Guist, Marek Olkusz
Assistant: Christian Maximilian Blasius

 With the helpful support of:  Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Hasler Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences), HeK Basel and Haus am Lützowplatz.

Special thanks to Speechmatics for making the Speech Recognition Engine available.

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So Far, Still So Close during Gallery Weekend Berlin 2019

Nikita Shalenny, The Bridge, 2017 // Yu Hong, She’s Already Gone, 2017 // Courtesy of Khora Contemporary

Nikita Shalenny, The Bridge, 2017 // Yu Hong, She’s Already Gone, 2017 // Courtesy of Khora Contemporary

So Far, Still So Close - A VR Art Exhibiton

Yu Hong & Nikita Shalenny 

April 26th - 28th, 2019

peer to space’s director Tina Sauerlaender curates together with George Vitale (Synthesis Gallery) the exhibition So Far, Still So Close. This is the first collaboration between Khora Contemporary (Copenhagen, Denmark), Radiance VR (co-founded by Sauerlaender) and Synthesis Gallery (Berlin, Germany). 

Both artists, Yu Hong and Nikita Shalenny, in their artistic practice deal with the altering passage of time. In Hong’s ‘She’s Already Gone’, the narrative follows differing timelines as the life and aging of the protagonist moves forward while history goes backwards. Nikita Shalenny’s work is mentally extended to infinity. The bridge and the horizon are set between two places. The horizon disappears within space, yet the strong conviction that there is a better world beyond the horizon lives on. Both artists create drawings and paintings by hand that are later transferred into the virtual space to become animated artworks. The visible brush strokes add a layer of physicality to the virtual world.

Opening reception:  April 26th 2019, 6-9pm
Private view: April 26th 2019, 5pm (by invitation only)
Exhibition dates: April 26th - April 28th 2019, 1am-7pm
At: Synthesis Gallery, Kopernikusstrasse 14, 10245 Berlin, Germany

peer to space’s curator Peggy Schoenegge at A MAZE Festival

Peggy Schoenegge will be part of this year’s jury for the A MAZE AWARD together with Sarah Northway (CA), Robert Yang (US); Jack King-Spooner (UK), and Leena Kejriwal (IN) and participates in the panelDigital Exhibits and the 2nd Spring of Virtual Art Spaces“ moderated by Torsten Wiedemann on Friday, April 27th, 11 to 12 am.

A MAZE. 7th International Games and Playful Media Festival

April 25th to April 29th at Urban Spree, Revaler Straße 99 10245 Berlin

A MAZE. is an international festival focusing on the art and culture of games and playful media. It invites the general public to experience inspiring talks, workshops, music, and an exhibition.

Further information and program




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January 31, 2018, 7.30 pm at Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

Ein Abend. 12 Vorträge à 6 Minuten 40 Sekunden. Je 20 Bilder.

Moderiert von:
Yvonne Zindel (geb. Reiners) und Tina Sauerländer

Netzwerke sind in der Kunstwelt omnipräsent. Sie manifestieren sich in der Form von Kooperationen, Vereinen, Verbänden oder interaktiven, partizipativen sozialen Skulpturen, Salons sowie ihren Äquivalenten in der virtuellen Welt. Aber was bedeuten Netzwerke für KuratorInnen, KünstlerInnen, KunsthistorikerInnen und andere Akteure der Kunstszene eigentlich? In Kurzvorträgen im Pecha Kucha-Format beleuchten die SprecherInnen aus der (Berliner) Kunstszene die Bedeutung des Netzwerks als Plattform für Austausch, gegenseitige Stärkung und nicht zuletzt als eine (produktive) Metapher für menschliche Zusammenarbeit.

Die Veranstaltung wird organisiert von Performing Encounters und peer to space

Further information and speaker's list

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?*

This event is co-organized by peer to space's director Tina Sauerlaender who also founded the SALOON, a network for females working in the art scenes in Berlin, Paris and Vienna. This public event entitled Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? after an essay by LInda Nochlin (1971) introduces 8 SALOON members who will speak about females in art in short presentations.

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TALK: Virtual Reality in Art

With Philip Hausmeier, Tina Sauerländer, Sven Slazenger, and Dr. Ursula Ströbele

Virtual Reality technologies are almost omnipresent, but what does this mean for art? Are those technologies capable of expanding our visions of art and design? Can Virtual Reality bring together the digital and physically-spatial experiences? 

April 12th, 2017, 7 pm
Eigen + Art Lab, Berlin
Event on Facebook
Image: Eigen and Art Lab

PECHA KUCHA ART NIGHT: Art in the Age of Earthquakes ?!

For the 3rd time, peer to space and Performing Encounters organize the PECHA KUCHA ART NIGHT that will take place at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin on November 6, 2016, at 4 pm.  


Die Euphorie über die Möglichkeiten des Internet und der Share Economy hat sich in eine allgemeine Skepsis verwandelt. Haben Erschütterungen wie die Enthüllungen Edward Snowdens auch der Aufbruchstimmung in der Kunstwelt zugesetzt? Oder haben deren Akteure das Potential des Internets noch gar nicht erkannt? Wie gehen sie mit der analog-digitalen Hybridität um? Wie kreieren und kommunizieren sie Kunst im virtuellen Zeitalter? Was sind Chancen und Risiken für Künstler, Galeristen oder Museen? Welche Bilder sind heute wichtig und wie funktionieren sie? Was bedeutet der digitale Wandel für die Kunst – und im Besonderen für das Bild?


Katharina Lee Chichester, kuratorische Assistentin, +ultra. gestaltung schafft wissen
A.R. practice / Agnieszka Roguski und Ann Richter, Ausstellungskollektiv
Michael Haas, Sonice Development
Thomas Heidtmann, Künstler und Kurator, Lacuna Lab
Paul Wiersbinski, Künstler
Anja Henckel, Kuratorin, Import Projects
Carina Lueschen, Künstlerin

Ute Marxreiter, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin für Bildung und Vermittlung im Ethnologischen Museum und Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Sophia Gräfe, Medien- und Kulturwissenschaftlerin
Aram Bartholl, Künstler
Oliver Zauzig, Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Koordinierungsstelle für Universitätssammlungen in Deutschland
Philip Hausmeier, VR-Künstler
Sarah Hermanutz, Künstlerin und Entwicklerin

Artist as Curators. Panel Discussion at Finnish Institute in Berlin

Panel discussion on curating at Finnland-Institut in Deutschland with the artists and curators of Black Market Berlin, Marcus Eek and Olli Piippo, and Anja Lückenkemper, artistic director of Kunstverein Göttingen and peer to space's curator Tina Sauerländer, moderated by the head of the Finnish Insitute, Dr. Laura Hirvi! 
Photo by Carlotta Meyer

More on Facebook or the website of the Finnland Institut.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

peer to space's director Tina Sauerländer speaks about her curatorial approach and introduces the European Premieres of the Video Documentations of the Hello Selfie Performances by Los Angeles-based artist Kate Durbin, Hello Selfie NYC (2015), Hello Selfie Men (2016) and Hello Selfie Miami (2016).

BEYOND selected by Tina Sauerländer

Line Gulsett, It's out of your hands, 2015

Line Gulsett, It's out of your hands, 2015

Organized by: I Amsterdam You Berlin | Contemporary art from Amsterdam and Berlin

At: St. Johannes Evangelist Kirche, Auguststraße 90, 10117 Berlin

Friday April 29, 2016, noon-10pm, Saturday April 30. 2016, noon-8pm, Sunday May 1, 2016, noon-7pm

Exhibition BEYOND

Participating Artists – selected by Tina Sauerländer:

Raquel Maulwurf (Livingstone gallery, The Hague), Nicole Ahland (Wichtendahl Gallery, Berlin), CianYu Bai (Gallery AdK Actuele Arts Amsterdam), Line Gulsett (TORCH gallery, Amsterdam), Silvia Aditi Levenson(@lorch + seidel contemporary, Berlin), Grigori Dor (janinebeangallery, Berlin),Eva Schwab (Petra Rietz Salon Galerie, Berlin), herman de vries (Wit Gallery, Amsterdam), Luca Grimaldi (Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam), Madeleine Altmann (Petra Rietz Salon Gallery, Berlin), Johannes Regin (Inga Kondeyne Gallery, Berlin), Anne Forest (Bart Gallery, Amsterdam), Jörg Klaus (Galerie Carsten Seifert, Berlin)

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