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Group show: Aram Bartholl & Jodi - Ready For Upgrade (over)

10 September 2011 until 29 October 2011
  Aram Bartholl & Jodi - Ready For Upgrade
JODI, Folding Screen Study, 2011, performance video, 13:36 min DAM GALLERY Frankfurt

[DAM] Frankfurt
Gutleutstraße 7
60329 Frankfurt/Main
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Preview: 9th September, 6 – 10 pm
The artists will attend the preview.

Exhibition: 10th September – 29th October 2011

Special opening hours DC-OPEN:
Saturday, 10th September, 12 – 8 pm
Sunday, 11th September, 12 – 6 pm

[DAM]Cologne presents Ready for Upgrade, the first joint group exhibition of three artists, who are dealing with internet culture and the appearance of the internet. The artist couple JODI belongs to the most important net artists. Since the early days of the internet they have irritated and fascinated the viewer with their disturbing and suprising works and performances. Their oeuvre belongs to the avant-garde of the computer age representing a milestone in contemporary art. Aram Bartholl summarizes his work with his statement: “net data world versus everyday living space”. The tension between public and private, online and offline, technology infatuation and everyday life creates the core of his production. In predominantly public interventions and installations Bartholl examines which and how parts of the digital world can reach back into reality.

Beside his successful and much talked about project DeadDrops (2010), which will be simultaneously shown at the MoMA exhibition Talk to Me, Aram Bartholl (*1972, Bremen) will present Are you human?. The work consists of CAPTCHA codes made of aluminium. These codes form an integral part of online bookings and inquiries. CAPTCHA can be understood as an attempt of a machine to detect if their counterpart is human. Web based services decide by means of a correct or incorrect typing of a random character-digit-sequence whether they encounter a human being or an automated script, without grasping the sense of the signs developed for communication.
The videogame Counterstrike is played by millions of people worldwide. The idea of the project Dust is to reconstruct a real-life replication of the game setting, that only consist of a small number of rooms, as a place of our collective memory which no one has entered so far. Dust is a long-term project. A 3D-Model and c-prints of the drawings give a first impression of the setting.
Beside numerous workshops and performances Bartholl exhibited at the Portsmouth Museum of Art, USA, KUMU Art Museum, Tallin, NIMK Netherlands Media Arts Institute, Amsterdam, Eyebeam, New York, Kunsthal Amersfoort, Netherlands, FACT, Liverpool and at Kunstverein Hamburg. Aram Bartholl lives and works in Berlin.

„Fighting back computer“ - Nam June Paik's motto „Fighting back television“ transferred into nowadays – that could be a basic description of JODI's work, a strong reflection on the most powerful media of our generation. Alex Galloway is pointing out in his brilliant essay “WrongBrowser” the aggression and the destruction, that are the basis of many of JODI's pieces – the decomposition of the accustomed user-friendly graphic surface, the evocation of automatised processes in the computer – but also the birth of something new and unexpected out of these destruction processes. JODI is breaking up the structure of the internet, they penetrate the core of the computer and treat the internet even physically in their performances, as they did in Folded Screen Series by scrunching up a flexible screen built with LEDs and connected to the internet or by wrapping a body into it. Galloway is writing about Wrong Browsers: “In the early web there was, for all practical purposes, only a small number of these extensions, including “.com”, “.net”, and “.org”. But in parallel with these extensions, inarguably tainted as “American” by default, there began to grow in importance the various extensions assigned to specific nation-states. Hence “.br” for Brazil, “.fr” for France, and so on. But rather than signaling a newfound opportunity for nationally-specific web presences, the collision of the offline world with the online world sowed a profound disappointment in Jodi, as if these special national contexts had become standardized and limp, simply by virtue of being raised to the same semantic level as all of the dot-com domains. If “.com” and “.de” are essentially equivalent then what's the point of specifying one over the other? This is part of what drove Jodi to embark on Wrong Browser. They wanted to register their disappointment with the newfound standardization wrought by the national domain extensions.”
JODI has i.a. exhibited at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Guggenheim Museum, New York, SFMOMA, San Francisco, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Nam June Paik Center, Korea, Hartware Medien Kunst Verein, Dortmund, NTT/ICC, Tokyo, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Witte de With, Rotterdam, as well as at documenta X, Kassel. They live and work in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

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