Newsarchive 2012

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Seducing Time

Exhibition at Kunsthalle Bremen from 2nd of June to 19th of August 2012

From 2nd of June to 19th of August 2012 Kunsthalle Bremen is presenting the exhibition "Seducing Time" by Lynn Hershman Leeson (* 1941) on the occasion of the 4th DAM DIGITAL ART AWARD |DDAA| . The US-american artist and filmmaker is regarded as a pioneer of interactive art.

Placing an emphasis on interactive works, "Seducing Time" comprises photographs, installations and videos. Approximately 55 works outline a creative period of more than 40 years, giving insights into both her development and diversity as an artist. Following the spirit of her own interest in interaction and the relations between memory, identity and technologies, the works are distributed around the permanent collection of the Kunsthalle. In this way, masterpieces from 600 years of art history meet with 21st century media art.

see also more info about Lynn Hershman Leeson in the 'Featured Artist' section

Gateways. Art and Networked Culture

Exhibition at The House of Electronic Arts Basel

The House of Electronic Arts Basel presents a selection of works from the exhibition gateways. Art and Networked Culture, which was shown at the Kumu Art Museum as part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme, from 13 May to 25 September 2011. Curated by Sabine Himmelsbach.


Ryoji Ikeda - data.anatomy [civic] in Berlin

New audiovisual installation @ Kraftwerk Berlin - 1st May

Ryoji Ikeda
data.anatomy [civic]

Exhibition: 19th April - 1st May 2012

Kraftwerk Berlin
Köpenicker Str. 70
10179 Berlin

Opening hours: 2 - 10 pm
Free entrance

data.anatomy [civic] is a powerful audiovisual installation by Japanese artist and composer Ryoji Ikeda, arising from a collaboration with Mitsuru Kariya, the development leader of the new Honda Civic car. Exhibited as a 3-screen video projection, data.anatomy [civic] is an intense minimalistic audiovisual composition derived from the entire data set of the car.
Ikeda recently showed a large installation at Hamburger Bahnhof. He is one of the foremost international composers and artists in the realm of cutting-edge digital technologies and their integration into visual and acoustic presentations. His works are based on spatiotemporal compositions in which the musical and visual material is reduced to a minimum.


Ars Electronica - Out of Control

Exhibition in cooperation with the Secure Information Systems of Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences exploring traces we leave and the loss of our control of data on the Web.

Out of Control

Ars Electronice Center

Preview: 18th April, 7 pm
Exhibition: 19th April - December 2012

What do we have to click on to keep from always getting caught with our proverbial pants down as soon as we go online?

A digital identity is something taken completely for granted nowadays. Everybody has an e-mail address, uses search engines, visits websites—we all make our respective rounds on the internet. But in doing so, we leave behind traces and reveal—often intentionally, sometimes inadvertently—information like our address, contact data, recreational interests and marital status. Thus, the Web knows a lot about us.

The Ars Electronica Center’s new exhibition demonstrates what exactly is being captured in conjunction with telecommunications data retention and all the interesting information about us that online services like Facebook and Google just happen to be amassing. Exhibition visitors will also find out what steps they can take to protect their privacy. At an array of installations, you can personally experience how simple it is to falsify information or news items on the internet, and marvel at how quickly you can end up in an online dating site.

This and lots more are on display in an exhibition that, like the internet itself, will be constantly changing.


Image credit: Ars Electronica Futurelab, Stefan Eibelwimmer

An exhibition produced jointly by the Ars Electronica Center and the Department of Secure Information Systems at Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences’ Hagenberg Campus.

Electron Festival, Geneva

Geneva's Electronic Cultures Festival is on until April 8th!

Electron Festival

Geneva's Electronic Cultures Festival
Music - Dance - Contemporary Art - Conferences - Workshop - Projections
April 5th to 8th 2012


JODI: Street Digital

The Museum of the Moving Image in New York presents the JODI exhibition 'Street Digital', opening March 31st.

JODI: Street Digital

Museum of the Moving Image, New York
March 31–May 20
Exhibition preview: Friday, March 30, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Working under the moniker JODI, the artist duo Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans rose to prominence in the mid-1990s as pioneers of “,” an artistic movement that explored the nascent World Wide Web as an alternative exhibition space and a creative medium in its own right. JODI quickly became notorious for eyepopping websites and software that seemed to take over one’s computer, earning a reputation as the enfants terribles of the early Web.

Today, digital technology has left the desktop computer behind and moved into the world at large. Paralleling this shift, this exhibition brings together a range of works made by JODI between 1999 and the present that explore the way that media technologies frame our experience of the street.


Image: Untitled (mobile app) by JODI, taken from

before mario

Read about Nintendo's game development past on 'before mario.'

before mario

Nintendo Toys & Games

This blog showcases and celebrates the toys and games Nintendo created in the period from the mid 60s to the early 80s, starting with the first board games up to the launch of the Family Computer in 1983.


Image: The 'Love Tester', taken from

Laptop Battle, Austin Museum of Digital Art

Austin Museum of Digital Art will host a 'Laptop Battle' on 10th of March as part of its March Digital Showcase.

Talk to Me

Austin Museum of Digital Art
Saturday, 10th of March

Once again, AMODA will present a Laptop Battle as part of its March Digital Showcase. This event will feature eight of Texas' most skilled electronic musicians competing for the title of champion.

The battle revolves around contestants using their laptops to musically outperform one another in a tournament style event. Each performance must be 3 minutes or less and the only equipment permitted is a laptop and one external controller. Judged by a panel of music and art experts, the outcome of each match is decided based on a combination of emotional impact, originality, stage performance, live manipulation, and crowd response.

Visit the museum online:

Image taken from

Collect the WWWorld, Haus für Elektronische Künste

The Haus für Elektronische Künste in Basel presents the exhibition 'Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age'.

Collect the WWWorld

Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age
9th of March - 20th of May 2012

Das Haus für elektronische Künste Basel präsentiert die von Domenico Quaranta kuratierte und speziell für Basel adaptierte Ausstellung Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age, welche am Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age produziert und vom 24. September bis 15. Oktober 2011 im Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia (Italien), gezeigt wurde.
Im letzten Jahrzehnt hat die Produktion und Verbreitung von Bildern einen unglaublichen Anstieg verzeichnet. Einerseits nahm die Kreativität von Amateuren durch den Zugang zu günstigen Produktionswerkzeugen exponentiell zu, andererseits stellt das Internet eine ideale Distributionsplattform für Bilder dar, die früher privat blieben. Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age fragt nach dem Einfluss dieser Entwicklung auf die künstlerische Praxis und den Künstler.

Read more on:

Image: Kari Altmann (USA), HHELLBLAUU, 2008–2010

The Oil Show, HMKV

'The Oil Show' is on view until March 18th 2012 at Hartware MedienKunstVerein.

The Oil Show

The Oil Show, Hartware MedienKunstVerein
12 November 2011 - 18 March 2012

We have reached Peak Oil – the maximum capacity of global crude oil extraction and production. After Peak Oil, the total global oil production cannot be increased. In the future, demand will always exceed supply. The global struggle for resources will intensify. Despite this our dependency on oil is growing further. We cannot, or do not seem to want to do without oil. We are seriously dependent.

The works in the exhibition deal with our dependency on oil and the economic, political, and social entanglements and consequences of this growing dependency.

Read more on:

Image: Exhibition poster taken from

transmediale 2K+12, in/compatible

transmediale 2K+12, festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, will take place from 31st of January to 5th of February under the title in/compatible.

transmediale 2K+12

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Berlin

Incompatibility is the condition that arises when things are not working together. Given the current worldwide crises, be they political, financial, technological or environmental, it may seem as if incompatible elements are everywhere. Ironically, it is the supposedly ever-more compatible media-scape that renders such crises visible. Where do incompatibilities arise and how are they integrated in a world-order predicated on convergence, but also leading to divergence?

The festival includes exhibitions, competitions, conferences, film and video programmes, live performances and a publication series called 'transmediale parcours'. Moreover it cooperates with club transmediale (CTM), which deals with electronic music and club culture.


Image: Joshua Light Show,


CTM.12 Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Visual Arts will open January 30th and take place in various venues in Berlin until February 5th.


Various venues, Berlin

With an extensive program of concerts, discourses and an exhibition space, CTM.12 – Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts is appropriating the festival theme SPECTRAL to explore the current reemergence of all things ghostly and dark in experimental music, avant-pop, and art – and to speculate about its possible causes and inherent potentials.

The thirteenth edition of the Festival will be held from 30 January to 5 February 2012. As always, CTM runs parallel to and in cooperation with Berlin’s festival for art and digital culture, transmediale, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012.

In addition to a comprehensive music program at HAU, Berghain, Passionskirche, Gretchen, Kater Holzig and Horst Krzbrg, a discourse series developed in collaboration with the philosopher, psycho-historian and author Andreas L. Hofbauer will address the festival’s theme by pursuing questions concerning art, theory, and music.

Ghosts Off the Shelf is an exhibit created by the curator, art critic, and architect Thibaut de Ruyter at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, and explores the artistic use of the exponentially growing capacities of technical archives and their “inherent ghosts”. The exhibit opens on 27 January as part of Vorspiel, a comprehensive partner program within which a number of independent Berlin art, music, and media spaces will present their activities.


Image: Festival logo taken from


transmediale and CTM's Vorspiel is a pre-festival program taking place January 26th to 29th.


Art / sound / digital culture at 21 venues across Berlin

transmediale and CTM's Vorspiel is a pre-festival program where over 20 partner venues invite you to a series of exhibition openings, performances, artist talks, and special events that take place beyond   the main venues of either festival.

Vorspiel will take place on the weekend prior to both festivals, from Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 January 2012, at independent organizations, galleries, project spaces and other venues across Berlin. The Vorspiel program partners have been selected by transmediale and CTM   according to one of the following criteria: content that relate to the in/compatible and/or Spectral thematic frameworks of the festivals, key collaboration partners, and high artistic quality. Experience some of Berlin's best experimental arts, music and sound via this unique, pre-festival weekend.


Image: Vorspiel's venues,