until 28.04. | #2397ARTatBerlin | EIGENHEIM Berlin presents from 16th March 2019 the group exhibition “From the Lab to the Studio – New Technologies and Materials in Art” with works by 14 artists. In 2019, EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin is the official showcase of the Bauhaus University Weimar for the 100th anniversary of the BAUHAUS. Various exhibitions on current themes will take place at both locations. This exhibition in Berlin marks the start of this exhibition series.
“From the Lab to the Studio – New Technologies and Materials in Art” – this is the title of the first exhibition of the Berlin gallery EIGENHEIM in cooperation with the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and other institutions to open on 16 March 2019 at 7 pm. As “Schaufenster Bauhaus 100” the gallery presents works by students, teachers and alumni from all four faculties of the Bauhaus University Weimar in its rooms in Berlin-Charlottenburg.
The series presents the artistic and scientific work of the Bauhaus’s founding site in Weimar today and shows which contemporary issues currently play a role in the disciplines and demonstrates the scientific and artistic examination of them.
“From the Lab to the Studio – New Technologies and Materials in Art” marks the start of a series of exhibitions that will serve as a temporary showcase to make Weimar University accessible to a wider public. The gallery EIGENHEIM, which with its in-house artists primarily represents alumni of the Bauhaus University Weimar, with its two locations in Berlin and Weimar creates ideal conditions for the shop window and in this context becomes a laboratory, network node, communication and action space.
The four 2019 exhibitions are dedicated to current themes such as digitality in everyday life, economics and social issues, sustainability and environmental awareness, as well as new technologies and materials in art. In the search for answers to questions of the 21st century, science, technology, art and design are combined. The basis for the first exhibition was a cross-university Open Call for artists and scientists on new technologies and materials in art. Based on technological leaps in development and the resulting social changes, new developments in art are taken up and works from the fields of fine art, product design, media art and media design, human-computer interaction and the design of media environments are brought together. Experimental set-ups and experiments merge into a laboratory and thinking space, combining craftsmanship, technology and new materials.
The exhibition series is funded by the Bauhaus University Weimar “Bauhaus100”, the Thuringian State Chancellery, the Thuringian Cultural Foundation and the City of Weimar. Cooperation partners include the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems, the F. A. Finger Institute for Building Materials Science and the company Poly Care from Gehlberg.
»From the Lab to the Studio – New Technologies and Materials in Art«
In recent decades, extensive technological leaps have been made, be it in information technology, materials science or medicine. With these new technologies and materials many hopes are associated to find solutions for the challenges of the future. These exponential developments bring about profound social changes. Exactly these situations of radical change are the guidelines for these and the following exhibitions of EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin as a showcase for the Bauhaus University Weimar on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus.
Previously undreamt-of possibilities exist in these social leaps in development, also for new developments in art. A creative and playful way of dealing with art, as it is the basis of art, broadens the view of the innovations of our time and can thus help to develop new approaches. Virtual realities, 3D prints, robotics, mobile computing, image recognition software or telephone applications have been new fields of activity in art for many years.
The exhibition From the Lab to the Studio – New Technologies and Materials in Art brings together the work of students, alumni and staff in the fields of Free Art, Product Design, Media Art and Media Design, the Chair of Human-Computer Interaction and the Chair of Media Environment Design. Experimental set-ups and experiments merge into a laboratory and thinking space and unite craftsmanship, technology and new materials into one unit.
The goal of depicting the various disciplines and subjects of the Bauhaus University Weimar is deepened in the form of exhibition architecture. Unconventionally, we collaborate with various institutes of the university and developed presentation areas made of polymer concrete from the F. A. Finger-Institut für Baustoffkunde & the company PolyCare from Gehlberg. We integrate the work of graduates who have worked together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems or who are currently working on the Shenzen New Media Art Festival. Two workshops will be held to accompany the exhibition, in which a new printing technology can be used to produce pneumatic objects or small machines can be built using sensor and computer technology.
Gökçen Dilek Acay
Gökçen Dilek Acay, an Istanbul-born artist, graduated from Yıldız Teknik University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in music with a major in violin. In 2012 she graduated from Bauhaus University Weimar with a diploma in Fine Arts and in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Media Art. She has realized projects in various countries together with musicians, dancers and visual artists. She has also participated in solo and group exhibitions in Europe and America. Acay collaborated with experimental theatre director Robert Wilson in 2013. She participated in the “17th International Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean” in Milan in 2015. In the same year, Acay was a scholarship holder of the Cité internationale des Arts Paris with the support of the IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Art and Culture). 2016 followed a stay in Baku with the Yarat Artist Residency Program. She has received a 3rd Honorable Mention at the competition ”New Generation Young Contemporary Artists in Turkey”. Acay is represented by the Nev Galery at the ‘Art Fair Brussels’ and at ‘Contemporary Istanbul’.
Jörg Brinkmann is a performance, video and installation artist. In view of his experimental practice, unusual exhibition situations arise at the interface of society and technology. Brinkmann searches for new forms of expression by deliberately abusing everyday web-based media such as Google, YouTube, Twitter and the Deep Web. His work adapts and recontextualizes the content and aesthetics of web-based data archives such as blogs, photo collections, and Twitter feeds. Digital technologies, web presence and, above all, the current development of virtual reality glasses are topics to which he devotes himself. His works have been presented in art institutions such as the Louvre, Paris, the Watermill Center, New York, at the European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück and at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg. Since May 2017, he has worked as an artistic assistant at the Bauhaus University Weimar and heads the Critical Virtual Reality Laboratory.
Timm Burkhardt teaches designers and artists the basics of electronics at the Bauhaus University Weimar. In his artistic activity he builds participatory installations that live from the voluntary or unconscious participation of the visitors. He studied Visual Communication and Fine Arts, received awards from the LAG Soziokultur, the International Festival of Cinema & Technology and the Art Directors Club. In 2017 he founded the artist collective Gonzomechanics together with Kathryn Gohmert. www.gonzomechanics.com
Christian Claus’ works oscillate between objects, installations and collage-like painting. They often refer to the staged images of shop windows, Ikea showrooms and digital advertising media. The supposedly pleasing aesthetics conveyed by these fictitious images become a play bow in his work. His works are thus often reminiscent of interiors of apartments, offices, shops, but also of architectural elements and can be understood as simulacra of these. Objects reminiscent of houseplants or palm trees often open up a form of idyll, similar to the world of advertising, and are thus promises of paradisiacal places. But patterns and surfaces with design properties also play an essential role in his work, and so he likes to make use of the means to direct perception.
Christian Doeller, born 1987 in Darmstadt, experiments at the interface of art, philosophy, science and technology. His work deals with human self-perception in relation to scientific and technological developments. Using interactive installations and machines, Doeller visualizes ubiquitous processes that normally lie hidden. In this context, he examines the significance of so-called “errors” in digital technologies. In other projects, Doeller develops narrative environments, performances and public events that playfully confront our empirical abilities with abstract scientific concepts and research methods. He studied physics (TU Darmstadt), photography and media (FH Bielefeld), sculpture and object (Chung-Ang-University Seoul) and media art (Bauhaus-University Weimar). His works have been shown at various locations in Germany and abroad, including the Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg, the Neue Galerie Kassel and the NKNU Art Space in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Since 2013 he has also realized various workshops, events and performances. Doeller lives and works in Weimar.
Leoni Fischer was born in Freiburg in 1996. Since 2016 she has been studying product design at the Bauhaus University Weimar. After a stay abroad in Milan, she lives in Berlin and gains new experience at Studio Olafur Eliasson. In her work, she deals with the catalytic properties of objects, to grasp the supposedly invisible within themselves and to make it possible for the viewer to experience it in a new way. She believes in the inseparability of object and context and is currently investigating the interplay between the symbiotic relationships of the object and the space in which we move.
Enrico Freitag was born in 1981 in Arnstadt in the Thuringian Forest. From 2002 to 2007 he studied fine art at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Since 2007 he belongs to the regular artists of the gallery Eigenheim. Enrico Freitag lives and works in Weimar. In 2009 he was Artist in Residence at the Bauhaus Lab in Marseille, in 2015 he received the working scholarship of bart invites in Amsterdam and in the same year he was a scholarship holder for contemporary art of the Free State of Thuringia.
Mindaugas Gapševičius, born 1974, is an artist, presenter and curator. He lives and works in Berlin, London and Vilnius. Gapševičius completed his studies at the Vilnius Dailes Akademija in 1999 with a Master of Arts degree and began his doctoral studies at Goldsmiths University in 2010. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and is an active participant in various conferences and workshops on net culture, including Re-Approaching New Media (RAM) in Vilnius, Interfiction in Kassel and Plektrum in Tallinn. www.o-o.lt has been involved in the initiation of several major international cultural and educational projects, including o-o Institutio Media (Gapševičius), Migrating Reality (www.migrating-reality.com) and the Migrating Art Academies. Mindaugas Gapševičius is an artistic collaborator at the professorship Design of Media Environments.
Kristian Gohlke, M.Sc. Digital Media, born in Bremen, lives and works as an interaction designer, software developer and media creator in Weimar and Halle (Saale). His works investigate the interactions and contact surfaces between people and technology – in the context of perception and action. Gohlke teaches as deputy professor for Interaction Design & Product Design at the Bauhaus University Weimar, where he develops interactive prototypes and publishes on the future of tangible user interfaces – among others based on pneumatic textile systems – as part of his ongoing doctoral research ‘Exploring Bio-Inspired Fluidic Soft Actuators and Sensors for the Design of Shape Changing Tangible User Interfaces’ at the Digital Bauhaus Lab. Gohlke is co-founder of the interdisciplinary lecture series Bauhausinteraction Colloquium, which brings together renowned speakers from the fields of design, human-machine interaction, technology development and the human sciences. As part of his ongoing freelance engagements, he designs and realizes interactive installations for companies such as Native Instruments GmbH, Red Bull Studios (Tokyo) or LEGOLAND Deutschland GmbH and works as a consultant in the development of interaction processes and user experiences (UX).
Robert Seidel was born in Jena in 1977 and studied media design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown at numerous international festivals, galleries and museums, including the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille, ZKM Karlsruhe, Art Center Nabi Seoul, Museum of Image and Sound Sao Paulo, Young Projects Los Angeles, MOCA Taipei and the German Pavilion at EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. His works have been awarded several prizes, including the Honorary Prize of the KunstFilm Biennale Cologne, the Visual Music Award Frankfurt and the prize for the best experimental film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
José Tabordas was born in Lisbon (Portugal) in 1994. He attended the Escola Secundária Artística António Arroio and studied Fine Arts at the Bauhaus University Weimar. In 2017 he was awarded the Bauhaus Essentials Prize. In 2018 he received the Arte Jovem Millennium BCP Prize. José Taborda lives and works in Lisbon.
Hannes Waldschütz (born 1979 in the Black Forest) lives and works in Leipzig and Weimar. He studied digital media at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen and media art at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, where he graduated as a master student of Prof. Günther Selichar. He is currently a research assistant at the Chair for Human-Computer Interaction of the Faculty of Media at the Bauhaus University Weimar. In his artistic works Hannes Waldschütz deals with machines and people, with technology and society and shows installations, objects and performances.
Christiane Wittig, born 1978 in Zwickau, lives and works in Leipzig. In 2003 she studied media design at the Bauhaus University Weimar with Prof. Dr. Jill Scott and Prof. Robin Minard. As part of her studies, she received a scholarship to the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia. After finishing her studies in Weimar she went back to Sydney and worked there for 2 years. To further deepen her artistic work, she studied at Sint Lukas University in Brussels from 2005, where she received a postgraduate master’s degree in Art, Design and Media. Christiane Wittig received a scholarship from the Else-Heiliger-Fonds of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Berlin in 2006. From 2007 to 2010 Christiane Wittig worked as an assistant for Digital Media and Art in Transmedia at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas in Brussels. Christiane Wittig’s works show the viewer the fragile cycle of emergence and decay, and thus it is primarily about the poetry of life, in the vehicle of mechanical construction.
Sebastian Wolf, born 1989 in Altdöbern, Germany, is a media artist and designer working with new technologies and their aesthetic and emotional potential. He completed his media art studies with distinction at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and has since presented his works worldwide, most recently in Tokyo, Shenzhen and Brussels, where his installation Brume received the New Technological Art Award. He is currently studying under Professor Joachim Sauter at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Vernissage: Saturday, 16th March 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 16th March to Sunday, 28th April 2019
Workshops: Saturday, 23rd March and Saturday, 30th March 2019 Timm Burkhardt, Useless Wish Machines – Electronics for Artists
Friday, 29th March 2019 Kristian Gohlke – Bauhaus Apparate – pneumatic 3D-prints
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