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May 25, 2006



Authenticity as Consensual Hallucination

UBERMORGEN.COM's ART FID [F]original - Authenticity as Consensual Hallucination: Hartware MedienKunstVerein at PHOENIX Halle; in the framework of medien_kunst_netz dortmund; in cooperation with [plug.in], Basel, and overgaden, Copenhagen.

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags are small ’passive radio' tags equipped with silicon chips and antennas “to enable them to receive and respond to radio-frequency queries from an RFID transceiver" (Wikipedia). In the very near future, they will replace the barcode and will play an enormous role in logistics, theft prevention and surveillance of individuals. In an installation consisting of a stylized conveyor belt, several large-format pixel paintings (ART FID, 2005) and a mass of RFID tags, UBERMORGEN.COM scrutinizes the promises of a “beautiful new world".

UBERMORGEN.COM has coined the term “[F]originals".“[F]originals" designate any “original" documents or legal papers that in the narrow sense of the word are not originals any more, i.e. such documents which have been created “by the machine" (in German: “maschinell erstellt") and which are “valid without signature". “[F]original" is a neologism from “to forge" and “original". In the end, according to UBERMORGEN.COM, such “[f]original" documents are nothing more than Pixels on a screen and ink on paper. [F]originals claim authenticity but at closer inspection turn out to be nothing more that a “consensual hallucination." (William Gibson).

The presentation at PHOENIX Halle Dortmund is the first solo show of the Swiss-Austrian artists' duo in Germany. In the mid-1990s, the members of UBERMORGEN.COM were co-founders of the radical Swiss net art group etoy which became famous in 1999/2000 for its spectacular action toywar.com.

PHOENIX Halle Dortmund: May 27 - July 16, 2006; Opening: Friday, May 26, 2006, 17:00. Welcome and introduction: Susanne Ackers, managing director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, and Jacob Lillemose, overgaden, Copenhagen.

More information. See here also the text by Domenico Quaranta, “Lilly controls my Foriginals"

In cooperation with Kulturbuero Stadt Dortmund, dortmund-project, LEG, PHOENIX

Generously supported by Pro Helvetia - Schweizer Kulturstiftung; Bundesamt fuer Kultur

Opening hours: Wed 11:00 - 17:00, Thu - Sun 11:00 - 20:00

Admission: 4 Euro, reduced 2 Euro (including admission to the exhibitions “Glamour and Globalization" and “Solar Radio Station")

Catalogue: A book will be published at the end of the year (English).

Guided tours: Free guided tours at PHOENIX Halle each Sunday at 16:00 (in German) (included in the admission)

How to get there relatively quickly >>

Contact: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Guentherstrasse 65, 44143 Dortmund Telefon ++49 (0)231 823 106, info[at]hmkv.de

Posted by jo at May 25, 2006 10:26 AM