Category Archives: art

How much of this is fiction

A new exhibition at HeK (Basel) explores the radical shift in the boundary between fiction and reality in a world increasingly governed by ‘post-truth’ politics. Yesterday (May 22), a thrilling group show opened at HeK, focusing on critical artistic practices, which … Continue reading

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Räume des Ankommens – Topographische Perspektiven auf Migration und Flucht (#BookReview, german)

Möglichkeiten, sich auf neue Orte einzulassen, gibt es viele. In der Migrationsforschung wird hierbei häufig zwischen zwei bipolaren Modellen unterschieden: Assimiliation und Multikulturalismus. Ersteres zeichnet das Bild einer Gesellschaft, die Neuankömmlinge aufnimmt, welche sich dann kompromisslos an die Aufnahmegesellschaft anpassen. … Continue reading

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Building Gravity: On Gravity in Architecture, Urban Development and Utopia

PROTOCOL Magazine’s recent issue (No. 8) showcases a variety of original works brought together under the theme of “the ground”. In their contribution “Building Gravity” Fernando Luiz Lara* (Austin University of Texas) and Tom Bieling** discuss the concept of “gravity” not exclusively related to the … Continue reading

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Ene Mene Muh und welche Stadt willst Du? (Contribution to the Berlin state election 2016)

“The debates and struggles in Berlin for civic involvement in urban development arise from an increasingly urgent desire for genuine participation. Ene Mene Muh und welche Stadt willst Du? poses questions regarding the theory and practice of participation and paths … Continue reading

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Wessen Wissen?

Das Graduiertenkolleg “Das Wissen der Künste” der UdK Berlin lädt zur Jahrestagung über die Wissenspolitiken der Künste und deren Erkenntnisansprüche. Dem diesjährigen Motto ‘Wessen Wissen?’ sind dabei folgende Leitfragen vorangestellt: “Welche Positionen beanspruchen die Künste im umkämpften Machtfeld des Wissens? Wie greifen … Continue reading

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CAMÉRA(AUTO)CONTRÔLE

Here we are in the era of “happy-selfexploitation” observed by philosopher Byung- Chul Han, who suggests that cognitive capitalism has brought about a paradigm shift. He replaces Michel Foucault’s bio-politics with the concept of psycho-politics, in which we, the “users”, … Continue reading

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Surveillance, Perception and Deception.

[Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, “Pulse Index”, 2010. Photo: Kate Russel] Cameras, tracking systems and biometric techniques have now transformed the public space into a metered matrix where every activity can be registered, stored and analyzed. The mexican-canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer makes use … Continue reading

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GOOD SPACE – politische, ästhetische und urbane Räume

Noch bis zum 21. August ist in der Villa Merkel der Stadt Esslingen die Ausstellung GOOD SPACE zu sehen, in der verschiedene Aspekte des öffentlichen Raumes beleuchtet werden. Zukunftsgestaltung unter der Prämisse eines gelingenden gesellschaftlichen Lebens: Das beinhaltet heute nicht nur die … Continue reading

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Methodologien künstlerischen Handelns

Anlässlich der Buchveröffentlichung “Kunst und Handlung. Ästhetische und handlungstheoretische Perspektiven” (Hrsg. von Daniel Martin Feige und Judith Siegmund) findet am 31. Mai eine öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion am Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Gestaltung (UdK) statt. Es diskutieren Niklas Hebing (“Zur Selbsterkenntnis geschichtlichen Handelns … Continue reading

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Hacking (Book Review, german)

Seit mit Beginn der 1980er Jahre der Typus des Hackers durch Film- und Literatur im popkulturell unterfütterten Mainstream auf der breiten Bildfläche erschien, bewegt sich sein begriffliches Wechselverhältnis zwischen Kriminalisierung und Heroisierung. Mit der Debatte um Sicherheit, Überwachung, Zensur und … Continue reading

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Der Runde Tisch – Gespräch mit ProtagonistInnen

* Am 7. Dezember 2014, dem 25. Jahrestag des ersten Treffens des Zentralen Runden Tischs* der DDR lädt die Galerie im Turm um 19 Uhr zum Gespräch in das Setting der Ausstellung “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures” am Frankfurter Tor. … Continue reading

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Elske Rosenfeld – A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures

Elske Rosenfelds Ausstellungsprojekt “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures”  bearbeitet filmisch und performativ Sequenzen historischer Ereignisse – 1989, 1968 und 2011/12. Ausgehend von ihrem eigenen Erleben der Ereignisse von 1989 in der DDR untersucht sie in ihren Video- und Performancearbeiten den … Continue reading

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BERLIN UNLIMITED (Urban Arts Festival)

  Probably unlike those of any other city the limits of Berlin have changed and evolved throughout the last hundred years, transforming the urban fabric as well as the way the city is used, inhabited and comprehended. Only 25 years … Continue reading

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Forms of Distancing – Repräsentative Politik und die Politik der Repräsentation

Welche Rolle spielen mediale Inszenierungen bei der Steuerung demokratischer Meinungs- und Aushandlungsprozesse? Wie wird Öffentlichkeit von der Politik manipuliert? Die von Stefano Collicelli Cagol und Luigi Fassi kuratierte herbst-Ausstellung „Forms of Distancing“ untersucht, wie sich irreführende politische Strategien auf Alltags- und Arbeitswelten auswirken, und welche alternativen Formen von Gemeinschaftsleben … Continue reading

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Akademie der Asozialität

[“Teilen heißt jetzt share. Gefällt mir nicht!”] Christiane Kühl kuratiert beim Steirischen Herbst die “Akademie der Asozialität”, in deren Rahmen sich Künstler, Historiker und Soziologen mit erzwungener Teilhabe auseinandersetzen. Der Begriff und die Praxis des Teilens werden heutzutage maßgeblich durch die digitale Vernetzung … Continue reading

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Ordnungspolitik und Möglichkeitsräume

Die global zunehmende Reglementieurng von Leben im öffentlichen Raum – etwa durch Raumbeschneidung, Verbotspolitik oder gesellschaftliche Exklusionstendenzen – ist Gegenstand der Ausstellung “Offene Stadt” im Grazmuseum in Kooperation mit der Akademie Graz und dem Institut für Kulturanthropologie der KFU Graz. Die Ausstellung, die als … Continue reading

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Disability Representation and the political Dimension of Art.

Tobin Siebers (University of Michigan) and Tom Bieling (Berlin University of the Arts) thoroughly explore the interconnections between disability, theory, aesthetics, artistic practice, as well as its political dimensions. The discussed elements help in setting the framework to a number … Continue reading

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Policital Interventions (Book Review, german)

Wann immer soziale Protestbewegungen ihr Formenrepertoire erweitern, verschieben sich auch die Grenzen von politischem Aktionismus und Kunst. Historische Beispiele finden sich etwa im Kontext der Arbeiterbewegung der 1920er, der Friedens-, Frauen-, Studenten- und Bürgerrechtsbewegungen der 1960er, oder der Öko-Bewegung der … Continue reading

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Mensch Raum Maschine – Bühnenexperimente am Bauhaus (Book Review)

Dass es im Bauhaus als Hochschule für Gestaltung nicht ausschließlich um den alltagsrelevanten, ganzheitlichen Gestaltungsansatz ging, zeigt bis zum 21. April die Dessauer Ausstellung »Mensch Raum Maschine – Bühnenexperimente am Bauhaus«. Begleitend dazu skizziert der von den Kuratoren Torsten Blume … Continue reading

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ART’S HOME IS MY KASSEL (german Trailer)

“Engagierte Mitarbeiter und unzählige Helfer, neugierige Schaulustige und um Verständnis bemühte Besucher, »weltgewandte Begleiter« und weitgereiste Kunstgäste: In Kassel treffen sie 2012 alle auf die Documenta – Weltkunstschau mit höchster internationaler Aufmerksamkeit und Heimat in Nordhessen. Katrin und Susanne Heinz … Continue reading

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Bildnis eines behinderten Mannes

Vor geraumer Zeit berichteten wir über über das Projekt “Bildnis eines behinderten Mannes” und die dazugehörigen Publikationen über die Geschichte und Perzeption eines bisher wissenschaftlich nicht bearbeitetes Ölgemäldes aus dem 16. Jahrhunderts in der Kunst- und Wunderkammer von Schloss Ambras bei … Continue reading

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Sloterdijk, Steiner und die Alchemie des Alltags

   Vor ungefähr drei Jahren berichteten wir von der Ausstellung “Rudolf Steiner – Die Alchemie des Alltags” über die Ideenwelt und den weitreichenden Einfluss des Begründers der Anthroposophie. Der folgende Video-Mitschnitt dokumentiert ein Gespräch Peter Sloterdijks mit dem damaligen Ausstellungskurator Mateo Kries über … Continue reading

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Art Blind at Sommerblut

“Sommerblut“, the cologne-based festival of multi polar culture sees itself as inclusive culture Festival, which combines different social, political and social positions and identities. We found a short video from last year’s vernissage of the “Art Blind” Exhibition, which took place … Continue reading

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F L U G M U S I K (Kollisionen 2014)

Eine Woche lang arbeiteten Studierende aus verschiedenen Fachbereichen der Berliner Universität der Künste (UdK) zusammen an fliegenden Klangobjekten und klingenden Flugobjekten. Objekte, die schweben, gleiten, geworfen oder katapultiert werden. Objekte, die klingen, singen, knattern und flüstern. Einzige Grundbedingungen: kein Strom, … Continue reading

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PACHA — Kollisionen von Tanz und Design

Im Rahmen der “Kollisionen 2014” (UdK) sah das Projekt PACHA eine Serie von Experimenten und Improvisationen vor. Ziel des Projektes und seiner Teilnehmer war es, sich mit Objekten und Materialien in RaumZeit-Konstellationen zu befördern, deren Wechselwirkungen Klang erzeugen. Aufgrund der … Continue reading

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Theometrica

Our dear friends and colleagues Oscar Palou and Alexander Müller-Rakow – both experts in the field of generative sound synthesis – came up with this adorable sound interface. By fixing specific pins into a spinning disk, “Theometrica” can control sound … Continue reading

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Exhibition in Edinburgh/UK

On friday, 21st of June, an interesting exhibition starts in Edinburgh/UK. It also includes 3 works, developed in the DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY Project,that was supervised by Tom Bieling in Cairo and Berlin last semester. 21.06.2013 | Opening 6.30 pm | Short Art … Continue reading

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Body Architecture by Lucy & Bart

Another perspective can of course be found in the “absurd” human enhancement works of LucyandBart (Lucy McRae and Bart Hess) that is often described as an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body. Both share a fascination with genetic manipulation and beauty expression, … Continue reading

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Human Enhancement – The Role of Art and Design

Already mentioned before, but in context of certain art and design positions in terms of human enhancement technologies we would like to draw attention again to some of the RCA (Royal College of Art, London) projects in this field: The Methods Network was … Continue reading

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Victorian Freakshows

For centuries the word ‘freak’ has been used cruelly to describe people born with ‘abnormal’ features, or those able perform extraordinary physical acts by contorting or misshaping their bodies. Freak shows were a particularly popular form of entertainment during the … Continue reading

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Rebecca Horn (Video, 1974)

After we have reported on Rebecca Horn’s project here recently, especially about here project “Finger Gloves”, we found one of the videos we were actually looking for. Here it is:

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Three Recent Books on Disability, Aesthetics, Art and Film.

Three releases around the body, from three different perspectives. In the first one, “Re-Presenting Disability: Activism and Agency in the Museum”, the Editors Richard Sandell, Jocelyn Dodd and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson broach the issue surrounding disability representation in museums and galleries. [Richard … Continue reading

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Book Review (german): Fritz Kahn – Man Machine

[BuchCover: Fritz Kahn – Man Machine;  Springer Wien New York, 2009] Halb Wesen und halb über Ding Tom Bieling Was haben eine Fabrik und ein Penis gemeinsam? Worin liegt die Parallele der menschlichen Verdauung zur Eisenbahntechnologie? Synchron zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung … Continue reading

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‘Speech Is Blind’ – Jacques Derrida On ‘Echo And Narcissus’

In this video document, Derrida discusses the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus, linking ideas such as Echo’s repeating of Narcissus’ last words (in whatever he spoke), to the non-transparency, the ‘blindness’ that he feels characterizes all speech … however, … Continue reading

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Derrida: Memories of the Blind.

»Ich schreibe, ohne es zu sehen. Ich bin gekommen. Ich wollte Ihnen die Hand küssen. Es ist das erste Mal, das ich im Dunkeln schreibe, ohne zu wissen, ob ich Buchsta­ben bilde. Überall, wo nichts auf dem Blatt stehet, sollen … Continue reading

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Rebecca Horn – Finger Gloves

German contemporary performance artist and filmmaker Rebecca Horn, performing her “Finger Gloves” in 1972. The image below shows her performance piece in which she wears long balsa extensions on her fingers, an example of her body-extension creations, which play with ideas … Continue reading

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Man Machine – Fritz Kahn’s Körperbilder der Moderne

Tonight starts the exhibion on Frith Kahn, entitled “Fritz Kahn – Maschine Mensch”, at the Berlin Museum of Medical History of the Charité (university hospital), presenting more than 100 illustrations of this incredible visionary. We are looking forward to see and report … Continue reading

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Access Denied – Making a Statement with Sculpture

Interventional 3D Street-Art found through Woostercollective. “My sculptures look at access and disability in the built environment. My aim is simply to get people talking about disability, using symbolism not as a design element that dictates to us what to … Continue reading

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Visual Activism – Disability Rights Movement on the banner

Here is some from our collection of activism graphics around the disability rights movement. As far as we know, all authors are unknown. [“Ich bin/werde behindert” by Dieter Werdel] In Germany, in 1981 (the UNO year of the Disabled), the “Krüppelbewegung” (“Cripple Movement”) started … Continue reading

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Braille Jewelery

Swiss Jewely Artist Eva K. Bruggmann comes with a collection of braille adaptions for rings. Via Spandow

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Calligraphy

The term calligraphy usually evokes an image of beautiful writing and lettering. The series in Jolanta Lapiaks photocalligraphy body of works called Photospeaking and/or Photowriting inspects the notion of calligraphy and deconstructs this notion. “a splendid flash of concrete poetry”, Photospeaking … Continue reading

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Lick the Sun – Beauty and the body modification

Sydney-based digital artist Brian Walker creates scenes that meld illustration and fashion with an element of surprise. Stemming from a passion for illustration to depict his ideas and concepts of surrealist landscapes and characters, Walker uses photography as a tool … Continue reading

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Body and mind modifications

[Le therapie de Elodie; Graphic via milkandcookies] This shall only be some kind of visual input to our thoughts on the corelation of “disabilities” and “abilites”, and re-inventing and re-evaluating the body. Both pictures come from the amazing output of the belgium-based … Continue reading

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When Need meets technology and graf art

“Eye vandalism” in real elapsed time, using a GRL MBU, two wireless broadband USB sticks, the mytobii eye tracking systems and custom software Zach. Check this out: EYEWRITER Video (from james powderly on Vimeo). Found via CreativeMomentum or this one:

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Unvollkommen schön (imperfectly beautifull)

The german newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” published a review on Tobin Siebers’ latest book and on Christian Mürner’s and Udo Sierck’s Book about the “Krüppelzeitung. Here’s the article…

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Wildwuchs

For the 4th time, this june Basel (Switzerland) saw the Cultural Festival “Wildwuchs – Kulturfestival für solche und andere” (which could be loesely translated as “Proliferation – Cultural Festival for such and others”). An interesting festival between Art, Theatre, Media … Continue reading

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Sandberg’s “Hairy Children”

Somehow disturbing, but still beautifull: Erik Mark Sandberg sees his illustrations as a counterdraft to glossy picture aesthetics of advertisement and magazines. With the “Hairy Children”, he broaches the issue of uniqueness of ‘abnormal bodies’. The pictures can be seen … Continue reading

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Disability Aesthetics

In Tobin Siebers’ Paper we mentioned earlier (see also the description of our colloquium’s talk in the dates section) , he gives an introductory definition of Disability Aesthetics: “What I am calling disability aesthetics names a critical concept that seeks … Continue reading

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Deaf Music – Gehörlose Musik (by DIE TÖDLICHE DORIS)

In November 1998, many hearing-impaired people – and an equal amount of those who could hear just fine – made their way to the Prater der Berliner Volksbühne to witness a process as part of a series of events called … Continue reading

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Disability Culture

(Picture from Bruce Conner’s video for Devo’s “Mongoloid”) ———————————————————————- “Yes, the doctor told me, boy, you don’t need no pills. Just a handful of nickels, the juke box will cure your ills.” Carl Perkins, disabled rockabilly pioneer ———————————————————————- As in … Continue reading

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Braille Tatoos

Nothing wrong with a bit of fun. That is why we also want to share Klara Jirkova’s (UdK, Berlin) idea of the Braille Tatoos with you. And here is, how Jirkova describes the realization: “implants creating embossed text in braille … Continue reading

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Diaspon

As one of five rather poetic projects for blind people, italian designer sovrappensiero presents this one. Diaspon is supposed to “translate” sunlight into sound. How and if that works, he does not really tell. We still find it worth it, to show … Continue reading

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Tactile Photography

We somehow still like this project of James Patten, that he presented with in collaboration with Mariliana Arvelo as part of a project about the deafblind community in Boston in 2005.  Patten and Arvelo created tactile photographic prints, produced through a CNC … Continue reading

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