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I will be speaking at Cornell tonight. 5:15 in Milstein Auditorium. Since it is Halloween, I will be wearing the below — first appearance of my gingham lab coat I have been dreaming of for several years now.

coat

During the fiac art fair the newspaper Libération had a special edition (October 24, 2013)  in which all pictures where replaced by pictures of art pieces. Ususally Liberation features every day on their last page a portrait of a person. I had the honor to draw the Jean Paul Sartre portrait for this special edition…

Aram Bartholl, «Portrait Google de Jean-Paul Sartre», 2013, fusain, 1m x 1m. Courtesy XPO GALLERY, Paris.

La 40e édition de la FIAC coïncide avec les 40 ans de Libération. Il fallait à cette occasion lier la création contemporaine à l’histoire du quotidien fondé en 1973 sous l’égide de Sartre.
L’artiste allemand Aram Bartholl signe un hommage à l’auteur des Mots, sans en écrire un seul. Ce QR code tracé au fusain, une fois scanné sur un smartphone, renvoie automatiquement vers les dix premières pages Google de la recherche «Jean-Paul Sartre». Aussitôt archivé et sans cesse actualisé, le visage du philosophe est sanctuarisé par l’information.

Alexis Jakubowicz et Jean-Brice Moutout Fondateurs de NonPrintingCharacter

http://www.liberation.fr/culture/2013/10/23/aram-bartholl_941821

Edward Snowden,  Google Portrait series shown at YIA art fair 2013, Paris with xpo gallery.

Google Portrait – Edward Snowden
charcoal on paper, 120 x 120 cm
2013

YIA ART FAIR / PARIS

XPO GALLERY participates at YIA ART FAIR

23-27  October 2013

Espace Comines / Aram Bartholl

 

We have just bagged some really great smelling compost for Artshop!, Franklin Street Works’ popup shop to celebrate its 2nd year anniversary. This is our summer compost that has been curing in our Crown Heights lot for several weeks & recently got a shot of inoculum from Rodale Institute.

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Wat is Dada? – reaction piece I made for MOTI HOTEL

MOTI HOTEL September 28th 2013 until June 1st 2014 at the Museum of the Image, Breda, Netherlands – http://www.motimuseum.nl/en/exhibitions/current/moti-hotel/2199

MOTI, Museum of the Image, possesses a very unique collection, which provides the basics for the visual culture we live in. Therefore, the museum wants to show its historic collection in a special way, this fall.

MOTI will invite 20 international and national artists to be their guests in the rooms in MOTI HOTEL. Among these guests are Antoine Peters, Hendrik Vibskov, Piet Parra and Philips Design. All guests will react to highlights of MOTI’s collection. What will be done to the I Love New York-logo by Milton Glaser? What reaction will be given to Anthony Burrill’s Work Hard & be Nice To People? You will be able to see the answer in MOTI HOTEL!

The participating designers are: Aram Bartholl, Anthony Burrill, Juul Hondius, Noortje van Eekelen, Paula Scher, Akatre, Martijn Engelbregt, NL Architects, Pinar & Viola, Niels Schrader, Antoine Peters, Dawn, Maurer United, Honey & Bunny, Atelier Ted Noten, Harmen Liemburg, MVRDV, AKV|St.Joost, Pictoplasma, Herman van Bostelen and Lucky TV - Sander van de Pavert.

The public may choose three of their favourite new works from the exhibition. MOTI will purchase these three works to be part of the museum’s collection. Thus, because of this exciting exhibition, we expand our beautiful collection even further.

 

Interview I gave beginning of 2012 at my solo show ‘Reply All’  at DAM Gallery, Berlin published at http://querbinder.com/

Stefan Bast introduces 0,16 to a school class during a tour of ‘Hello World!‘  at Kasseler Kunstverein, October 2013.

Are you human?
(ongoing series 2009 – 2013)
550 x 130, 10mm steel
2013

Shown at ‘Hello World!! solo show at Kasseler Kunstverein, Sept 2013

CAPTCHA codes are small images we encounter on the internet almost every day. To prove to the server that we are human we have to decode the distorted random letter-number word. CAPTCHA is the acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart” and was developed in 2000. While at the Turing test humans were to decide if they chat with a program or another human. Today the computer is asking us if we were human. At the same time often it is quite difficult to decode these bend letters and numbers but spammers write specialized software which still is capable to do so. Are you human?

It is also interesting that CAPTCHA codes are generated by a script in the very moment a website is requested. In fact each code is unique but forgotten in digital nirvana very quickly. Once used (or failed) it will never appear as alike again. While many other files on the Internet are being copied and multiplied CAPTCHA codes stay in an ephemeral blind spot. They seem light, sometimes like a micro poem but they ask us the very existential question in an era of digital life.

This code was found on yahoo.com in spring 2013.