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.

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

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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SPECULATIVE CULTURES - A Virtual Reality Exhibition

Matias Brunacci, Virtualshamanism, VR experience, 2018

Matias Brunacci, Virtualshamanism, VR experience, 2018

Artists:  Morehshin Allahyari (IRN/US), Scott Benesiinaabandan (CAN), Matias Brunacci (ARG/DE), Yu Hong (CHN), Francois Knoetze (ZAF), Erin Ko (US) & Jamie Martinez (COL/US)
Curators: Tina Sauerlaender & Peggy Schoenegge (DE), and Erandy Vergara (MX/CA)
At: Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design at The New School , 2 West 13th St, Ground Floor, New York, USA
Opening: February 7, 2019, 6- 8 pm
Artists' Tour: February 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Duration: February 7, 2019 - April 14, 2019.

Cultures have never existed in a set state. They are all in constant flux brought about by social, economic, and technological developments. The global flow of people forges change, adaptation of norms and the creation of new forms for human societies, religions, rituals, or spoken languages. These processes of change lead to the adoption of new tools or practices and therefore can be considered as engine for progress, growth, and innovation. The new tools of the digital age offer new possibilities for cultures to exist, evolve, and consolidate. Virtual Reality allows artists to speculate about new manifestations of cultural expressions within the conditions of the digital realm. Independent of physical surroundings, new spaces spring into existence. Through their works, the artists shape their hopes and desires into virtual environments representing imagined cultures. Their speculative virtual worlds create different perspectives on established narratives and traditions, as well as images and symbols. The artists’ projects thereby open possibilities for leaving accustomed views and familiar structures behind and exploring different notions of one’s own personal surroundings and conditions of human existence.

This show is part of the exhibition series Critical Approaches in Virtual Reality Art, which was developed by Erandy Vergara and Tina Sauerlaender at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut and Studio XX in Montréal. This series brings together Erandy Vergara's engagement with postcolonial and feminist perspectives on media art and theory and Tina Sauerlaender's curatorial engagement with digital technologies and Virtual Reality.  

Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in New York.

Inside Out > Solo Show Of Tatjana Schülke

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peer to space’s curator Peggy Schoenegge curates Tatjana Schülke’s solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Dahlem. The exhibition Inside Out shows 15 recent works, which illustrate the artist's experimentation with different materials. In addition to the relationship between material, form and surface, the tension between internal and external effects is elementary.

The exhibition takes place from January 18th to April 8th 2019.

Further information

August And Everything After

Peer to space's founder Tina Sauerlaender curated the August exhibition August And Everything After for the ACTIVATAR App featuring works by Bianca Kennedy, Faith Holland and Tamiko Thiel. Download the App or check out activatar.org.

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)

More info on: www.iamsterdamyouberlin.com

Group exhibition: WHEN THE CAT'S AWAY, ABSTRACTION

WHEN THE CAT'S AWAY, ABSTRACTION

Works by: Juliette Bonneviot, Manuel Fernández, Philip Hausmeier, Vince Mckelvie, Cecilia Salama

Curated by: Tina Sauerländer

Duration: April 23 – June 4, 2016

At: Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Potsdamer Str 98a, Berlin, Germany

Documentation of the exhibition here.

 

 

Vince Mckelvie,  Site Specific Augmentations , 2016, Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin

Vince Mckelvie, Site Specific Augmentations, 2016, Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin