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!Mediengruppe Bitnik: Is anybody home lol

!Mediengruppe Bitnik, Ashley Madison Angels at Work in Berlin, 2017. Five channel video installation, Full HD, 16:9, sound, loop 10:07; LCD screens, trolley stands, cables, pink neon lights; dimensions variable; exhibition view. Courtesy of the artists and EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin. Photo: Otto Felber.

Although the “lol” in the title of the exhibition at Berlin’s EIGEN + ART Lab, Is anybody home lol, might suggest that the themes of the works on view are casual and playful, the four works by !Mediengruppe Bitnik (the duo of Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo) are anything but. Each asks salient questions about contemporary human relationships in today’s increasingly digitized landscape. !Mediengruppe have[…..]

Adrian Piper at Hamburger Bahnhof

Upon entering the grand central hall within Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum, the visitor views Adrian Piper’s exhibition from a distance. From this vantage point, The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1–3, an installation and performance piece, resembles the sparsely furnished lobby of a prosperous but unidentifiable corporate institution. Deceptively simple at first glance, The Probable Trust Registry is in fact a total[…..]

Gary Simmons: Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark at Southern Exposure

Gary Simmons. Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark, 2014; installation view, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, 2017. Courtesy of the Artist and Southern Exposure, San Francisco. Photo: Shahrzade Ehya.

Depending on when one visits Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark, the current exhibition by the visual artist Gary Simmons at Southern Exposure, one will experience two very different, equally worthwhile shows. A visitor attending the show during regular gallery hours on any given day will face a work of installation art: An impressive tower of speakers sits, along with a boxy old television, on a[…..]