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Global Control and Censorship
KARLSRUHE  •  ZKM’s  •  3 October 2015 - 1 May 2016

As part of the ZKM Globale event, the exhibition Global Control and Censorship investigates the inexorable penetration of surveillance and censorship into our everyday lives. The exhibition is based on collaboration with correspondents from twenty-six countries. It is realized in collaboration with the Arbeitsgruppe Netzpolitik [Internet Governance Group] at the Institute of Political Science of Heidelberg University and the Kompetenzzentrum für angewandte Sicherheitstechnologie (KASTEL) [Center of Excellence for Applied Security Technology] at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Other important partners in this endeavor are the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM) [Academy of Media Arts Cologne], Reporters Without Borders, the artists residence Villa Aurora Berlin, the Chaos Computer Club e.V. (CCC), and

At Global Control and Censorship over one hundred artworks by seventy artists, scholars, and scientists are on show in the entire spectrum of artistic formats. Interactive exhibits stand alongside video works, paintings, drawings, photographs, installations, and sculptural objects, and films are next to Sound art, performances, and workshops.

For a long time now the Five Eyes states as well as other nations have granted themselves the right to spy on all other nations: in all military, economic, and social areas, and at all levels – government, organizations, business concerns, activists, NGOs, and individual citizens. The motto is: If it’s technically possible to do, it will be done. Issues of legality, ethical scruples, or friendly relations between states or business concerns have ceased to exist.

Besides the mass analysis of communications metadata in electronic networks and direct interception of the data of individuals, open or clandestine censorship through interference, manipulation, and shutdown is on the increase. A certain awareness of these actions always results in enhancing a background scenario of all-pervasive threat and in a tendency to self-censure. When fear of imminent censorship as a control mechanism does not work, secrecy is implemented to withhold important information from the general public: by keeping out journalists and controlling them (embedded journalists), preventing the publication of specific items, or impeding reporting on entire thematic complexes. The range of reprisals faced by journalists, photographers, writers, and filmmakers in many countries includes personal intimidation, prohibition from exercising their profession, arrest, abduction, incarceration, torture, and murder. Such practices are not restricted to authoritarian systems, but are also found in states that regard their exercise of power as democratically legitimated.

Besides knowing that state agencies are conducting far reaching, politically motivated spying activities, we have also known for a long time about the massive influence of commercial companies on the public and the private sphere, on political and economic decisions, and on our real everyday behavior. Globally operating companies, whose stock trades at high prices on the stock exchanges, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Twitter, and very many others, profit from the data on individual and social dependencies they acquire from their users of all forms of social media. The newly awakened need for communication and entertainment that never stops has all the hallmarks of an addiction. While even very small children are being introduced to a brave new world of digital amusement to enhance their little lives, at the same time their future profiles as consumers are being explored and developed. The latest project of this branch of the industry is “Hello Barbie,” a talking version of the eponymous doll that kids are supposed to talk to and tell about their secrets and dreams – the doll is connected to a central server of the manufacturer which then analyses and evaluates the data collected by eavesdropping Barbie.


Bernhard Serexhe (Curator)
Lívia Rózsás (Co-Curator)

ZKM | Karlsruhe Website


ZKM | Karlsruhe
Lorenzstraße 19
76135 Karlsruhe

Tel: (49) 721/8100-0

Cyprien Gaillard: Nightlife
DÜSSELDORF  •  K20 Grabbeplatz  •  30 January - 20 March 2016

Rodin’s famous bronze sculpture The Thinker, standing in front of the Cleveland Museum; exotic Hollywood Juniper trees in the urban milieu of Los Angeles, blown by the wind; fire­ works above Berlin‘s Olympiastadion; a bare oak tree caught in the search-light of a helicopter – these nocturnal outdoor shots from the film Nightlife (2015) feature places that are devoid of people, yet teeming with life. This cinematic composition, underlain by a suggestive sound mix (»I was born a loser«), will be presented as a wall-filling 3D projection in the K20.

Taking the form of a continuous loop, it is a continuation and crowning conclusion of a solo exhibition by the French artist Cyprien Gaillard (*born 1980, lives in Berlin and New York) currently on view at the Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (extended until July 31, 2016)

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Website

Contact: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
Grabbeplatz 5
40213 Düsseldorf
Tel: 49 (0)211. 83 81-204

Japan's love for impressionism from Monet to Renoir
BONN  •  Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland  •  8 October 2015 - 21 February 2016
At the end of the nineteenth century Japanese collectors began to put together Impressionist collections of outstanding quality. This development began with the industrialist Kojiro Matsukata, who was a close friend of Claude Monet. Today there are several distinguished collections that are shown in renowned public and private museums. A selection of exquisite of some 100 works from these Japanese museums now returns exclusively to Europe.

At the heart of the exhibition are masterpieces by French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists, among them Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Bonnard, Pissarro, Renoir, Signac, Sisley and van Gogh. The exhibition sets out to present these works in Europe, where they have not been seen since they went to Japan. The paintings are complemented by a selection of works by Japanese artists from the period before 1920 that laid the foundation for modern, Western-inspired Japanese art.

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Website

Contact: Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
Bonn D-53113
Tel: (49 ) (0) 228 91 71

Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age
MUNICH  •  Museum Brandhorst  •  14 November 2015 - 30 April 2016

Featuring over 230 works by 107 artists, Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age claims to be the first exhibition to tell the story of painting’s adaptation, absorption and transformation of information technologies in Western Europe and the United States since the 1960s. Its historical starting point in Pop Art and Nouveau Réalisme’s programmatic appropriation and re-contextualization of commercial imagery precedes the advent of digitalization and the Internet by some thirty years. Painting’s capacity to absorb and transform other media became explicit at the same moment as its legitimacy was fundamentally challenged by cultural forms of mediation which Guy Debord theorizes in his influential critique as The Society of the Spectacle (1967).

Artists include:
Kai Althoff, Ei Arakawa/Shimon Minamikawa, Monika Baer, Nairy Baghramian, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis, Sadie Benning, Judith Bernstein, Joseph Beuys, Ashley Bickerton, Cosima von Bonin, KAYA (Debo Eilers & Kerstin Brätsch), Günter Brus, Daniel Buren, Merlin Carpenter, Leidy Churchman, William Copley, René Daniëls, Guy Debord/Asger Jorn, Carroll Dunham, Mary Beth Edelson, Thomas Eggerer, Michaela Eichwald, Nicole Eisenman, Jana Euler, Louise Fishman, Andrea Fraser, Isa Genzken, Mary Grigoriadis, Philip Guston, Wade Guyton, Raymond Hains, Harmony Hammond, David Hammons, Keith Haring, Rachel Harrison, Mary Heilmann, Eva Hesse, Charline von Heyl, Ull Hohn, Jacqueline Humphries, Jörg Immendorff, Jasper Johns, Joan Jonas, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Yves Klein, Jutta Koether, Michael Krebber, Manfred Kuttner, Maria Lassnig, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Lee Lozano, Konrad Lueg, Michel Majerus, Piero Manzoni, Kerry James Marshall, Hans-Jörg Mayer, John Miller, Joan Mitchell, Ree Morton, Ulrike Müller, Matt Mullican, Elisabeth Murray, Cady Noland, Hilka Nordhausen, Albert Oehlen, Laura Owens, Steven Parrino, Ed Paschke, Howardena Pindell, Sigmar Polke, Seth Price, Stephen Prina, R.H. Quaytman, Robert Rauschenberg, David Reed, Gerhard Richter, Mimmo Rotella, Niki de Saint Phalle, Mario Schifano, Amy Sillman, Sylvia Sleigh, Josh Smith, Joan Snyder, Reena Spaulings, Nancy Spero, Gruppe Spur, Frank Stella, Walter Swennen, Paul Thek, Rosemarie Trockel, Cy Twombly, Jacques de la Villeglé, Kelley Walker, Andy Warhol, Sue Williams, Karl Wirsum, Martin Wong, Christopher Wool, Heimo Zobernig, u.a.

Museum Brandhorst Website

Contact: Museum Brandhorst
Theresienstrasse 35 a
80333 Munich 

Tel: (49) 89.23805-2286

Events in Classical Music

Berliner Philharmoniker: Truls Mørk, cello
BERLIN  •  Berliner Philharmonie  •  3 - 5 March 2016
Works by Hector Berlioz, Henri Dutilleux and Dmitri Shostakovich

Berliner Philharmoniker
Mariss Jansons, conductor
Truls Mørk, cello

Berliner Philharmonie Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
10785 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 25488 12

Berliner Philharmoniker
BERLIN  •  Berliner Philharmonie  •  18 - 20 February 2016

Works by Francis Poulenc, Charles Koechlin, György Kurtág and Maurice Ravel

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Berliner Philharmonie Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
10785 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 25488 12

Piotr Anderszewski, piano
BERLIN  •  Berliner Philharmonie  •  22 February 2016
J. S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Karol Szymanowski

Piotr Anderszewski, piano

Berliner Philharmonie Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
10785 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 25488 12

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Sarah Moon
Sarah Moon
Sarah Moon: Now and Then
HAMBURG  •  Deichtorhallen: Haus der Photographie  •  27 November 2015 - 21 February 2016
With a special focus on the film works, for the first time ever the oeuvre of the photographer Sarah Moon is being presented as a retrospective in the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen. Some 350 photographs and five films allow visitors to immerse themselves in Sarah Moon’s magical world. Born in 1941, the photographer grew up in England and France. After working in Paris as a model for several years, she took up photography in 1968. In these years, she adopted the artist’s name Sarah Moon. Her first campaign pictures for the Cacharel fashion label were followed by innumerable advertising photographs for Dior, Chanel, Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake and Valentino among others, as well as fashion features for magazines. Yet Sarah Moon is much more than a fashion photographer. She makes short films and documentaries (including portraits of her close friend Henri Cartier-Bresson and Lillian Bassman)

Deichtorhallen: Haus der Photographie Website

Contact: Deichtorstraße 1-2
20095 Hamburg
Tel: (49)40 32103-0

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