ÖRJÄT – Festival PLX / Participative Art – performance as game

August 20th, 2018 § 0 comments

August 31 – Sept 1, 2018 / Tjarö Island, Sweden

ART WERK, PLAIN HEARTY FARE and OCTOPOS 018 are happy to announce ÖRJÄT, a 48 hour performance realized with 20 participants. Through a fictional scenario and gaming characters, the participants enter a mindset that allows them to simulate travel through time. This live mind experiment takes place in the frame of the PLX festival on the island of Tjarö in the Blekinge Archipelago, Sweden (UNESCO world heritage site), using the island as a bridge between fictional and physical experience. With the festival on site, the travellers can merge into the vibrant party culture of 2018, as art and music performances provide a live soundtrack to the game.

Based on the principle of an artistic LARP (Live Action Role Play) – a narrative game in which the players pursue their characters’ goals within a fictional setting presented in the real world. The scenario of ÖRJÄT was designed to prompt reflection on the dependency on technology, the potential of a transhumanist future, and the meaning of free will facing the urgency of environmental change. Developed by three American and German artists Becket MWN, Carina Erdmann, and Anna Kindermann, and Swiss curator Bernard Vienat, these questions bring the participants to several negotiations staged in the setting of the island, before the final performance designed as a political meeting on one of the festival stages.

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There Will Come Soft Rains

April 5th, 2018 § Comments Off on There Will Come Soft Rains

For modern man, experiencing certain scenarios often turns out to be an effective way of opening up new perspectives on ourselves and the world around us. Bearing this in mind, the exhibition There Will Come Soft Rains tests a particular experiential context by initiating a fictitious journey through time. To this end, a group of international artists remove themselves to the year 2318, where they find themselves in a new kind of world, one without the human species.

Taking this fictitious leap in time as their starting point, artists Marcela Armas, Carolina Caycedo, Julian Charrière, Andreas Greiner & Tyler Friedman, Jeronimo Voss and Pinar Yoldas are invited to investigate the characteristics of a non-human world through a range of newly conceived installations, videos and objects. The exhibition also includes a separate projection room featuring filmic works by Hicham Berrada, Galina Leonova, Uriel Orlow, Mario Pfeifer and Superflex. The program of films looks, in an associative way, at the dystopic potential of the present day inherent in current developments in the fields of ecology, society and politics. The presented films explore possible reasons behind a future disappearance of humankind.

Uriel Orlow, Remnants of the future

Uriel Orlow, Remnants of the Future, 2010, Installation view basis 2018, Photo: Günther Dächert


Superflex -Flooded McDonald's

SUPERFLEX, Flooded McDonald’s, 2009, film still, HD video, colour, sound, 21:00 min., copyright the artists


Andreas Greiner and Tyler Friedman, The Molecular Ordering of Things

Andreas Greiner & Tyler Friedman, The Molecular Ordering Of Computational Plants, 2018, Installation view basis 2018, Photo: Nathalie Zimmermann


Marcela Armas, TSINAMEKUTA

Marcela Armas, TSINAMEKUTA, 2018, Installation view basis 2018, Photo: Frithjof Kjer

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Design Labs. Science, Art and Design Thinking

March 22nd, 2018 § 0 comments

Designlab Frankfurt

In the two-day workshops, teams of six people constituted of citizens, scientists and artists develop so-called “prototypes”, which develop sustainable solution for the city of Frankfurt. Those designlabs are part of a new workshop’s format, which explore the connection between art and science in the resolution of complex problem of sustainability. This research and development is led by Dr. Nicola Schuldt-Baumgart responsible of the scientific communication department of the ISOE-Institut für sozial- ökologische Forschung and Bernard Vienat director of art-werk.

Those first Design Labs were organized as part of the accompanying program of the exhibition “There Will Come Soft Rains” in Basis-Frankfurt and coached by experts from the HPI School of Design Thinking. Since the exhibition designed a dystopian future for the year 2318, in which the earth has become hardly habitable for the human species, the Design Labs aimed to find solutions for the present to prevent such an apocalyptic scenario.

Topics of the previous Designlabs:

“Multi-optionally mobile” (06.-07.03.2018 )
“Ways out of the world of plastics” (09.-10.03.2018)
“For more quality of stay in our cities” (11.-12.04.2018)
“Consuming together” (13.-14.04.2018)


Beobachtungphase in Frankfurt Bahnhofviertel




Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller – Edition

January 25th, 2018 § Comments Off on Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller – Edition

End of Life – Contribution to the Inefficiency of Poetry

End of Life – Contribution to the Inefficiency of Poetry

Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller, Christina Hemauer et Roman Keller, END OF LIFE (Contribution to the Inefficiency of Poetry),
2013, inkjet on archival paper, 59 x 42 cm, Ed. 10 + 1 ec. + 2 ea., Price on request.

Between 1924 and 1939 Rue de la Rôtisserie 2 in Geneva was home to one of the largest cartels in economic history. The ‘Phoebus S.A. Compagnie Industrielle pour le Développement de l’Éclairage,’ controlled the manufacture, marketing and pricing of light-bulbs. The market share of the united companies was over 80%. General Electric, Osram and Associated Electric Industries played a leading role in the syndicate. Later, several companies were legally held to account and convicted of exerting undue influence on the market.

The fact that the Phoebus Cartel had fixed the average lifespan of a light-bulb at 1000 hours was branded ‘planned obsolescence’: the artificial wearing out of a product in order to exact greater profits. Our research can neither refute nor substantiate this accusation with absolute certainty. It seems likely that a compromise between longevity and light efficiency was a key factor in this decision. The longer a lightbulb burns the less light per unit of energy is produced. It is for this reason that even now, seventy-four years after the disbanding of the Phoebus Cartel, conventional light-bulbs still do not glow any longer.  The 150-year long efficiency problem has finally brought about the lightbulb’s demise. Our society can no longer sustain an effectiveness of only 5%. Lightbulbs are being replaced by fluorescent lamps and LEDs.

(text by the artists)

The Real Kiss: Art and Architecture: An Ongoing Dialogue

February 9th, 2017 § 0 comments

However long or short, however socially constrained or erotically desiring, a kiss is the coming together of two similar but not identical surfaces, surfaces that soften, flex, and deform when in contact, a performance of temporary singularities, a union of bedazzling convergence and identification during which separation is inconceivable yet inevitable.

Silvia Lavin

Il-Jin Atem Choi (DE), Yara Feghali (FR), Viviane Komati (LE), Miriam Kuhlman (DE), Ivan Murzin (RU), Rebecca Nayagam (MY), Iulia Nistor (RO). curated by Bernard Vienat (CH)

Based on a collaboration between four artists and four architects from the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main the exhibition explores the complementarity of specific interests and skills to design and develop an own understanding of the notion of what an exhibition module could be.

The Real Kiss

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