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Dadara: “Like 4 Real”

“Likes sind das neue Opium für das Volk”, behauptet der niederländische Künstler Dadara und hat deshalb einen neuen spirituellen Weg zum “Enlikement” entworfen – inkl. Zeremonien, Predigt/Manifest und einem ganz eigenen optischen Universum. “I thought you might Like this. Yesterday we organized the funeral of the Like in Amsterdam. A ceremoney led by Eddy Reefhuis, the reverend of the Oude Kerk, the oldest church of Amsterdam. With a choir and a movie made at the Like 4 Real installation at Burning Man. And then we went into town with a procession following the Like coffin. One of the highlights was our detour through the Apple store.” Via: Mail, thx!

Watchlist: Tomáš Moravec


Video: “Pallet”, 2008: “The space between the tram tracks in Bratislava is 435 mm narrower than the gauge of tracks in Prague or Pilsen (1435 mm). The wooden europallet, a basic feature of any warehouse or storage hall, with its standartized 1200×800 mm dimensions, when modified can only run on the tracks in Bratislava. A new transport vehicle brings change into the spatial perspective of a passenger in motion and generally changes the life of the city, through which the pallet can run, guided by a map of the city lines.”


“Marked out”, 2008, “definition of the game in the inappropriate places”, with Matěj Al-Ali


“False grounds”, 2011, together with Matěj Al-Ali: “Visually expectable nonsense object in an unfinished building passages. Sliding excavation as a symbol of the constant transformation of the space. The planned choreography of everyday shift to another position.”


“White man disease”, 2008: “Images created by light in the public space.”


“Situation: Question of superficial affection”, 2013, “a processual series of sculptures that will be ‘served’ to the audience.”

Eine wunderbare Entdeckung: Der tschechische Künstler Tomáš Moravec. “Tomáš Moravec gained his Master in Arts (MgA.) at the intermedia department of Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic in 2012. His works could be described as “spatial situations”, mostly realized by means of object, video and installation. Interventional gesture, altered dispositions of surroundings, deflecting the viewers perspective, temporary objects or subtle installations are among the most significant points in his outcomes. The production of “change”, perceived both as a natural quality and the striving need, could be the unifiing subject matter of his previous works. Often realized common projects with Matěj Al-Ali, Petr Dub or Roman Štětina than promote the open space to thematize the artistic colaboration or react towards public and exhibition space.” Via: Mail, danke Robin!

Fra.Biancoshock & Guildor: “Flying trash”

Die neue Performance von Fra.Biancoshock & Guildor in Mailand. Via: Mail, thx!

Jani Leinonen: “Hunger King”

Trotz massiver Proteste hat das Budapester Stadtparlament umfangreiche Sperrzonen für Obdachlose beschlossen. Die Betroffenen dürfen demnach alle Orte, die zum Weltkulturerbe zählen, nicht mehr als Aufenthaltsort benutzen, ebenfalls tabu sind zudem 29 Unterführungen und der Umkreis von 100 Metern um Kinderspielplätze, Schulen und Friedhöfe. Der finnische Künstler Jani Leinonen hat dies nun für seine neue Aktion “Hunger King” thematisiert: “Máté Kocsis, the mayor of the 8th district of Budapest has said that “if we don’t push homeless people out, we will end up being pushed out by them”. The sentence crystallizes the new political attitudes towards poverty not just here in Hungary but also in many other Western countries that used to promise to protect those who could not protect themselves. It crystallizes other things too. First, Hungarian governments wide campaigns to criminalize homelessness is a diversion to draw attention away from the states failure to achieve the promises of the regime change. Hungarys economy is today in a worse state than it was during state socialist regime: more than 1 million people, or 12% of the population, live below the poverty line (Ferge 2012), one million Hungarians cannot heat their homes properly and the occurrence of cold-related deaths is 10 times higher than in other developed countries (Habitat for Humanity Magyarország 2012:10).

Second, those who dismiss the homeless and dependent as “parasites” fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society. Hungarian situation depicts a global problem. The political and economical elite has screwed things up, and now they are using every trick in the book to ensure their power even though another world is becoming inevitable. You can sell oppression as emancipation, impoverishment as enrichment and the formalities of participation as substantial democracy only for so long until people notice.

The ruling system is doing its best to paralyze our capacity to think about alternatives. Although majority of Hungarians think the country is on the wrong track, they also believe there is nothing they can do to change the direction of the politics. My view is very limited but I was surprised how many journalists, academics or social workers I interviewed working in institutions funded by the government cannot speak out in public because they fear loosing their job or funding. I am not saying Hunger King will speak for them but at least it draws attend to one of the most pressing issues in contemporary Hungary. It shows in a very direct way how in equally people are treated based on their social and economical status. Its my job as an artist to encourage people to imagine alternative social and political arrangements. Hunger King is a call for social and political engagement, a call for change.

Whether you love them or hate them, in Hunger King everybody can send their greetings directly to the rulers of Hungary. We will deliver the messages. 6.6.2014 in Budapest, Jani Leinonen

PS. For the information and quotes thanks to Éva Tessza Udvarhelyi, Jason Read and Slavoj Zizek.”

Peng Collective: “Google Nest”

Google stellt auf der re:publica vier neue, absurd privatsphäre-feindliche Produkte vor. Politiker und Bürgerrechtler reagieren empört. Doch es war alles nur Show aka das Peng Collective. “Kurz danach erhielten die Pengs eine nette Mail von Google voller Markenrechts-Bullshit. Nun haben die Pengs die Copyright-Spezis der Electronic Frontier Foundation an Bord geholt und die antworten mit ziemlich einleuchtenden Fair Use-Argumenten“. Darum geht´s: “Drohnen, die auf Menschen aufpassen, Programme, die die Bedürfnisse der User erkennen. Google stellte am zweiten Nachmittag der re:publica seine neuen Produkte von Google Nest vor. „Google Trust“ soll bei Hacking informieren, „wir wollen das Vertrauen der Nutzer zurückgewinnen“, sagten die Moderatoren Paul von Ribbeck und Gloria Spindle. Die Funktion „Google Hug“ soll durch die Analyse der digitalen Kommunikation des Nutzers, seinen Bewegungen und dem Klang der Stimme, seine Stimmung erkennen und helfen. Und die Drohne „Google Bee“ soll nicht nur via Livestream auf die eigene Familie aufpassen können, sondern auch noch Müll aufsammeln. Glauben Sie nicht? Dann liegen Sie richtig. Hinter der Show steckt unter anderem Jean Peters, Berliner Aktionskünstler und früherer taz-Kolumnist.” Via

Watchlist: Karl Philips


“Genk-Blankenberge-Genk”, 2014: “The performer sits down in the luggage space of a railway carriage. Wearing a sweater knitted in a pattern resembling the seats of a regular NMBS train, he travels from the east of Belgium to the west and back for free. He pretends to pretend he’s a piece of luggage or furniture.”


“Colruyt”, 2014: “The seemingly circular relationship between customer and market gets an extra loop when the performer brings a food tray into a supermarket and attaches it to a shelf. He buys food in the store, comes back in and puts the food on the tray, free for people to take.”


“Wedge”, 2014: Opening up a bank by placing a wooden wedge under the door, the space evolves from semi-private to public. This intervention was performed by circa 20 people at the same time on different locations in Brussels.


“No Title”, 2013: “In No title, a street lantern is hacked. The structure is suspended by wooden wedges, supported by gravity and the weight of the installation. The wedges used in this piece gain a monumental aspect by offering a counterforce to the downward pull of gravity. Recalling a PA-tower as well as a prison watchtower, this structure is a pirates nest for its inhabitant, offering free wif and power.”

“7 Square Metres (Roskilde)”, 2013: As part of the bigger project 7 Square Metres, Karl Philips staged a performance at the Roskilde Festival 2013, hiding a caravan on the festival grounds and unveiling it right before the concert of Metallica. The organisation was not notified in advance. The resulting experimental documentary (expected for the end of 2014, in collaboartion with director Pascal Poissonnier) explores the question whether there is still such a thing as underground.


“Good / Bad / Ugly”, 2012: “Three mobile living units – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – adopt the language and shape of advertising to blend into and temporarily occupy the public space. The modules were inhabited by nomadic performers, who financed their living by the sale of the advertising space that literally encapsulates them.”


“Shed”, 2011: Extending the environment, a basic open living space with its own power supply was sculpted onto the back of an existing billboard. Everybody was free to take place in this brightly lit, social sculpture.


“Concierge”, 2010: A homeless shelter, made on size of a Clear Channel billboard. Mia lived there for four months and acted as a spokeswoman for the work.

WOW! Meine Neuentdeckung des Monats! I ♥ Karl Philips! “Karl Philips is an emerging young Belgian artist for whom a mild kind of activism is inextricably linked to his work. With his ‘performing art’, he explores the distinctions between public and non-public, common- and underground, ‘us’ and ‘them’. To capture and represent his actions, Philips uses various disciplinary methods, often assembled into one (unconventional) monumental installation, where he firts with the boundaries of what is possible or even legal. His work is the result of the interconnectedness of his practice and way of life – for Karl Philips, art is never non-committal.” Via

QR-Code-Hacking: “Liebe kennt keine Grenzen”

QR-Code der FDP-Wahlplakate gehackt: “Eigentlich sollen sich Wähler, die sich für die Arbeit von Alexandra Thein interessieren, über den QR-Code auf ihrem Wahlplakat über die Arbeit der FDP-Politikerin informieren können. Doch Unbekannte haben die Bilder überklebt – und die Wähler landeten auf einem Sex-Film mit dem Namen “Liebe kennt keine Grenzen”.” Via/Via

New York Rescue Mission: “Make them visible”

Schönes Projekt der New York Rescue Mission: “In this social experiment, unsuspecting people walked by relatives pretending to be homeless. Would they notice their family members? Or have the homeless become invisible?” Via

Und sonst so? : 27. 03. 14


Foto: Euromillions

* Nicht verpassen: 4. Month of Performance Art in Berlin. “MPA-B is a 31 day, city-wide and artist-run platform for independent performance art practices, running annually in May, that connects and brings together hundreds of artists, spaces, networks and initiatives who collectively contribute to a unique and radical month-long programme, featuring: indoor and outdoor performances, site-specific interventions, talks, workshops, screenings, public encounters and interactions, dinners, durational and days-long actions and other formats and projects which do not have, or reject, any definition.”

* Buchtipp: “Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? Memes, Design and Politics

* Tolles Graffiti-Fanzine: “ZUGRIFF! – Schriften zum visuellen Ungehorsam

* “Er näht sich den Mund zu oder nagelt seine Hoden an den Roten Platz: Pjotr Pawlenski provoziert mit seiner Performancekunst Putins Russland.”

* Hans Ulrich Obrist & Co: the art of curation. Via

* Brad Downey was here: Die Einzelausstellung “Sculpture, Leftovers and Documentation” im Haus am Lützowplatz’s Studio Galerie, Fördererkreis Kulturzentrum e.V. (HaL), Lützowplatz 9, 10785 Berlin, läuft noch bis zum 27. April.

* ilovegraffiti & ARTE Creative präsentieren in der Serie 5Min diesmal “Jenseits von Photoshop und Werbelügen: Unterwegs mit dem urbanen Guerrillero Vermibus

* Einchecken: “Das größte Hotel der Stadt: HOTEL HAMBURG. Eine Stadt besucht sich selbst. Im Sommer 2014 lädt das HOTEL HAMBURG zwei Wochen lang Hamburgerinnen und Hamburger ein, in ihrer eigenen Stadt zu reisen und in einer fremden Wohnung Urlaub zu machen. Die Teilnahme ist einfach und steht jedem offen. Ein Schlüssel für einen Schlüssel: Für die Bereitstellung eines Zimmers oder einer Wohnung kann ein fremdes temporäres “Hotelzimmer” kostenfrei gebucht werden. Von Blankenese bis Bergedorf, von Poppenbüttel bis Wilhelmsburg, ob WG, Penthouse, Loft oder Bungalow das HOTEL HAMBURG erstreckt sich über alle Stadtteile und hat Zimmer jeder Hamburger Art.”

* NetArt Girls Trading Cards. Via

* Wildsytle: Strange Public Art from Russia 1 & 2. Via: Igor, спасибо!

* “Tag Audio Loops“: Audio-Tags von Jean-Philippe Renoult. Via

* “Anti-Social Network” Provides An Incognito Mode For Real Life: Cloak

* Livr: Die Community für Betrunkene ist ein Fake

* The Art Place, noch eine neue Kunst-Community im Netz

* DE:BUG (sniff, ade) hat Diedrich Diederichsen im Interview

* Ausstellungstipp: “Smart New World” (5. April – 10. August 2014) in der Kunsthalle Düsseldorf mit Xavier Cha (US), Simon Denny (1982, NZ), Aleksandra Domanović (1981, SI), Omer Fast (1972, IL), Christoph Faulhaber (1972, D), Kenneth Goldsmith (1961, US), International Necronautical Society, Korpys/Löffler (1966/1963, DE), Trevor Paglen (1974, US), Laura Poitras (1964, US), Tabor Robak (1986, US), Santiago Sierra (1966, ES), Taryn Simon (1975, US): “In der digitalen Gesellschaft ist Information zum Rohstoff geworden und die Menschen zum konsumierenden Datenpaket. Dabei wird, wie wir mittlerweile wissen, jede unserer Spuren aufgezeichnet, ob wir wollen oder nicht. Die Ausstellung Smarte Neue Welt untersucht die Auswirkungen des „Datenkapitalismus“ auf unser tägliches Leben. Dazu gehören die permanente Überwachung jedes einzelnen ebenso wie die Verschiebung von Privatheit und Öffentlichkeit, die Berechenbarkeit und Kontrolle durch Datenerhebung, veränderte Strukturen von Identitätsbildung oder der Zwang zur permanenten Selbstoptimierung, aber auch Fragen nach Macht und Zensur im Internet und einer demokratischen Verteilung von Wissen. Die Schau versammelt Arbeiten von internationalen Künstlerinnen und Künstlern einer jüngeren Generation, welche die rasanten technologischen Entwicklungen der digitalen Welt nicht nur als Inspiration für ihre Bildwelt oder als formalen Referenzrahmen nutzen, sondern vor allem deren kulturelle, gesellschaftliche und politische Dimension reflektieren.”

* “Die Wirkungsmacht der Klobürste“. Via: Mail, thx Steffen!

* Andrew H. Shirley: “Wastedland” – four friends paint graffiti in a post-apocalyptic purgatory. While on the hunt for beer and weed they encounter a dead baby, and invite him along for the party… Via

Filmtipp: “The Institute”

Doku über das “Jejune Institute” von Jeff Hull in San Francisco: “Their mission is to provoke discovery through visceral experience and pervasive play. As creators of the Jejune Institute, an award-winning immersive narrative experience, Nonchalance was successfully able to re-engineer the way audiences interact with media, the space around them, and each other. Utilizing automated environments, pirate radio broadcasts, guerilla masonry, and lock boxes within lock boxes, Hull’s work represents a warp zone that transports audiences between hyper realized fantasy worlds. Previously as a street artist with an ambition to infuse more variability and play into the civic realm, Jeff created Oaklandish; a decade-strong community arts organization with 20 consecutive “Best of the East Bay” Awards to it’s credit. He is also the founder of inner city playground activities such as the Urban Capture the Flag League, the Lake Merritt Radio Regatta, and the Liberation Drive-In which spawned an international movement of rogue parking lot movie screenings.” Via: Laurence, merci!