Exhibition
Heavy Matter

ISEA2010 RUHR & Academy of Media Arts Cologne /
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
20–29 August, daily 10:00-20:00h
Westfalenforum Dortmund
Opening: 19 August, 18:00h

At the turn of the 21st century, New Media has become a matter of course and the technology of electronic data processing is constantly being perfected. The promise that all spheres of life will be digitalised and made immaterial seems to have been fulfilled. Just how immaterial is data really? Does it not carry a certain amount of weight, after all? What role does the subject play in the virtual data space? In this exhibition, we will question the arrival of the virtual future and, as the exhibition title suggests, expose the immaterial as "Heavy Matter".
The question of whether the New Media can access reality is explored in the form of complex processes of transformation, embodiment, sound and localisation. By purloining scientific explanatory models for artistic purposes, applying extrasensory methods and devising poetic processes, the complex virtual world will become accessible and will be, literally, made tangible.
Heavy does matter: objectively, physically and financially. Matter is an autonomous (disruptive) factor between transmitter and receiver.

"Heavy Matter" has been developed by members of the teaching staff and students of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM).
Initiated, supervised and coordinated by Prof. Mathias Antlfinger, Dr. Gabriele Gramelsberger, Echo Ho, Prof. Ute Hörner, Dr. des. Anneka Metzger, Lasse Scherffig, Prof. Dr. Georg Trogemann.

Exhibition with the participation of:
Céline Berger, Jongwon Choi, Tobias Daemgen, Anna Gonzalez Suero, Akiro Hellgardt, Echo Ho/Lasse Scherffig, Derek Holzer, Hörner/Antlfinger, Sion Jeong, Sunjha Kim, Theresa Krause, Karin Lingnau, Ji Hyun Park, Jun Park, So Young Park, Laura Popplow, Martin Rumori, Miri Shin, Wonbaek Shin, Tine Tillmann

Further project support:
Martin Rumori, Derek Holzer, Martin Nawrath, Martina Mrongovius, Jonas Hansen, Verena Friedrich and Bernd Voss

 
Programme

Westfalenforum Dortmund, 20-29 August, daily 10:00-20:00


19 August, 18:00

  • Heavy Matter, Exhibition Opening
  • Welcome Adress, Andreas Broeckmann, Artistic Director ISEA2010 RUHR
  • Introduction, Prof. Ute Hörner, KHM
  • Presentation, off topic: beschweren + Heavy Matter


23 August, 20:00

  • Performances & Presentations
  • Welcome Adress, Klaus Jung, Rector of the KHM
  • Yacht Kaiserstuhl, Performance by Echo Ho and Lasse Scherffig
  • fromPointtoLinetoPlanetoSpaceinTime, Performative Interventions by Tobias Daemgen
  • Cthonian Cell Observation I (Continuous Pressure Wave for Elevator Car), Sound Performance by Derek Holzer
  • Release: off topic: beschweren, the newest issue of off topic, the KHM Magazine for Media Art
  • Schwerkraft und Schwermut, Lecture by Sebastian Jochum


24 August, 11:00

  • Guided Tour
  • The meeting point is at the main entrance.
 
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