Anna Witt, Unboxing the Future, 2019, Still. Courtesy Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
Anna Witt, Unboxing the Future, 2019, Still. Courtesy Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

Art Goes Digital—Our digital tips from Art Basel, to live online tours of the König Galerie, to the Vidéothèque of the Galerie Tanja Wagner and more

The fact that at the moment art cannot be experienced in museums, galleries, and exhibitions should not mean that we do without it completely. Numerous artists, galleries and museums are developing digital alternatives for artistic spaces and insights into artistic practice. As long as art institutions and art events remain closed for the foreseeable future, here is a first small selection of the many wonderful alternatives that are now available online—so that in the coming weeks we can all temporarily keep the physical distance while remaining closely connected through art:

Online Viewing Rooms of
Art Basel

With its Online Viewing Rooms, the Art Basel art fair has established a digital platform on which the 234 participating galleries present over 2,000 works of art in curated rooms. What currently cannot be visited in Hong Kong or Berlin will be made accessible to all visitors in digital space starting Friday with its Public Days (20—25 March 2020). Have a look at the Berlin galleries that have set up rooms here, among others: Galerie Eigen + Art, Contemporary Fine Arts, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (K-T Z), Meyer Riegger, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Galerie Neu, neugerriemschneider, Peres Projects, Galeria Plan B, Esther Schipper, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Société, Sprüth Magers, Wentrup, Barbara Wien.

Live Online Tours of the König

The Gallery owner Johann König leads live via Instagram with artists from his programme through the rooms of his gallery in the former church St. Agnes. His social media community can thus stay close to the direct exchange with the artists and their works. Questions can be asked live here! The online tours were launched by the artist Jorinde Voigt, followed by Jeppe Hein, Michael Elmgreen from the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, as well as Tatsuya Yamasaki at the galleries site in Tokyo through the exhibition of Anselm Reyle, continuing with Alicia Kwade (Saturday, 21 March 2020, 10am)—stay tuned for further tours..

Anna Witt, Unboxing the Future, 2019, Still. Courtesy Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
Anna Witt, Unboxing the Future, 2019, Still.

Tobias Zielony, Maskirovka, 2017, HD-Video, Stop-Motion, 8′46″, Farbe, kein Ton. Videostill. Courtesy of the artist and KOW, Berlin/Madrid
Tobias Zielony, Maskirovka, 2017, HD-Video, Stop-Motion, 8′46″, Farbe, kein Ton. Videostill.

Vidéothèque of the Tanja Wagner Gallery

The gallery owner Tanja Wagner explores various formats in the digital realm that go beyond the classic gallery work of the past. In the section Vidéothèque, she shows three video works selected by artists from her programme, each of which can be seen there for a week. Anna Witt will be the starting point (15—21 March). The artist will present three works that deal with the future of human relationships and work. In addition, the artist’s most recent video installation ‘Unboxing the Future‘, which deals with the question of how automation and artificial intelligence influence the working situation in an industrial city like Toyota, Japan, can be seen in full length on the gallery’s website until April 15.

Work of the Month from the Julia Stoschek Collection

With ‘Close-Up – Werk des Monats‘, the Julia Stoschek Collection has already partially launched a project that has been planned for some time, in which one video work from the collection receives full attention. Viewers have the opportunity to view a work in full length on their own screen via the collection’s website. Tobias Zielony starts with ‘Maskirovka’ (2017), a stop-motion work consisting of over 5400 individual photographs that Zielony has assembled into a video. In stroboscopic flickering, the footage shows the techno and queer scene in Kiev during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. And in addition to the Work of the Month, the inexhaustible collection archive is also worth a visit—here you can browse through the collection for many hours.

Spy on Me #2 Festival of the HAU Hebbel am Ufer

HAU Hebbel am Ufer is adapting the theatre as a place of assembly to the new conditions with new formats. The HAU invites you to the online programme for the festival ‘Spy on Me #2—Artistic Manoeuvres for the Digital Present’ on its YouTube-Kanal, before the new media library HAU3000 is soon to go online. The announcement text for the festival ‘Spy on Me’, written months ago, is more up-to-date than ever. It says: “We have arrived in the reality of digital transformation. Life with screens, apps and algorithms influences our behaviour, our attention and desires. Meanwhile the idea of the public space and of democracy is being reorganized by digital means.” Now it is a matter of exploring and shaping the digital space artistically.

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