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In many areas, people rely on digital tools. But they rarely understand how they actually work. And since many of these technologies are tied to specific companies, it is difficult to fully understand how they work, even with the greatest curiosity. There is no choice but to accept relative powerlessness in the face of inscrutable systems.



How does this personal and political drama manifest itself in the cultural sphere?


What moods, symbols or narratives convey the aesthetics and politics of exclusion, isolation, secrecy and speculation about the interior of technology? The group exhibition at KW is linked to the recently published book Poetics of Encryption. Art and the Technocene by Nadim Samman. She explores an imaginary landscape characterized by black sites, black boxes and black holes - secret places, non-transparent systems and black holes - whereby these terms already indicate how much technical systems captivate users they work in secret and how they distort space and time in culture.



The exhibition, which is spread across all floors of the KW, addresses these topics, divided into three chapters.

Poetics of Encryption features both existing and newly commissioned works by more than 40 international artists working with analog and digital media.

Featuring artists:
Nora Al-Badri, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Gillian Brett, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Julian Charrière, Joshua Citarella, Clusterduck, Juan Covelli, Kate Crawford & Vladan Joler, Sterling Crispin, Simon Denny, enorê, Roger Hiorns, Tilman Hornig, Rindon Johnson, Daniel Keller, Andrea Khôra, Jonna Kina, Oliver Laric, Eva & Franco Mattes, Most Dismal Swamp, Carsten Nicolai, Simone C. Niquille, Trevor Paglen, Matthias Planitzer, Jon Rafman, Rachel Rossin, Sebastian Schmieg, Charles Stankievech, Troika, UBERMORGEN, Nico Vascellari, Zheng Mahler, among others. The exhibition architecture has been made in collaboration with architect Jürgen Mayer H. A dedicated website-as-catalogue also features three ‘web-first’ artistic commissions, rich media, and a bespoke AI chatbot. See poeticsofencryption.kw-berlin.de

 

  • Curator: Nadim Samman
  • Assistant Curator: Linda Franken
  • Curatorial Assistant: Lara Scherrieble

Additional information
Price info: berlinpass holders: 4 € Free admission up to and including the age of 18, for holders of the KW Lover* annual pass, members of KW Freunde e. V.

Price: €10.00

Reduced price: €6.00
Dates
February 2024
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