03 April 2012

The Speed Book by Aram Bartholl

Last January was launched a new book by Aram Bartholl called "The Speed Book" which shows all the artworks, installations, and experimental projects he made from the beginning of his carrier.  The book has been published by Gestalten, as it says Aram Bartholl’s work explores the power structures, the social systems, the cultural innovations, the inner dynamics, the languages, and the products that are shaping our age. This first comprehensive monograph offers entry to an oeuvre in which space and cyberspace mingle and mangle each other, a realm that uses as little technology as possible while still speaking a digital language.  

In Aram's work there is a great connection between the virtual and physical world, he usually transports  stuff from virtual to physical and vice-versa. Another thing I like from his work is that it's quite experimental, craft and simple, but conceptual. As you can see on his blog or vimeo's channel he usually explains everything he works even how he creates his artworks. From people like him one can learn a lot!

Gestalten has just launched a video documentary which summarizes this new publication. I found it really interesting. Aram speaks about everything featured on "The Speed Book". See the video into the post;

Buy "The Speed Book" online here.
It is edited by Domenico Quaranta and designed by Manuel Bürger. Published by Gestalten, with essays by Josephine Bosma, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jon Cates, Lindsay Howard, Alessandro Ludovico, Evan Roth, Bruce Sterling, and Brad Troemel.

By the way in few days there will take place an interesting event related with "The Speed Book". Eyebeam has announced for April 12 from 6PM–8PM that it will host the official US 'The Speed Book' launch party of Aram Bartholl's first artist monograph. The event, which occurs in tandem with eteam's project launch, will feature:  Aram in town from Berlin introducing and signing the book. Brad Troemel, will give a talk about "Creative Destruction", based on his essay he wrote for 'The Speed Book', and Lindsay Howard, Eyebeam's Curatorial Fellow, in conversation with Aram.

On the other hand, more things I like from Aram; his light installations which are very impressive. Since he started with his TV-Filter then he brought the same grid/pixel concept to other pieces such as PaierPixel, Random Screen and 0,16.  (The final visual result from) All this works seem to be created using high technology, but like I said before they have been created following a very simple process, and tools, but behind of them there is a great idea and study of the light, structure and movement. Few weeks ago he presented at  his solo exhibition at [DAM] Berlin his latest light installation called 3x3. This piece is made from common objects such as wooden board, sheet metal, arcylic glass, colored film, wire, bicycle wheel and candles which are the major part of this piece because light and movement are produced by them (candles).

The title of The Speed Book comes from other of the great projects by Aram Bartholl, The SPEED SHOW, an exhibition format which can take place in whatever Internet-cafe around the world. As Aram says "you only need to go to an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night. All art works of the participating artists need to be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser with standard plug-ins. Performance and life pieces may also use pre-installed communication programs (instant messaging, VOIP, video chat etc). Custom software (except browser add-ons) or off-line files are not permitted.
Any creative physical modification to Internet cafe itself is not allowed. The show is public and takes place during normal opening hours of the Internet cafe/shop. All visitors are welcome to join the opening, enjoy the art (and to check their email.)"

Since Speed Show started in 2010 there have been around 30 different shows, you can check all of them here. Even Triangulation Blog with its piece Interactive Triangulation was part of one titled Awareness of Everything curated by Lindsay Howard.

I take this opportunity to announce two more SPEED SHOWS which are going to take place in the following days;
SPEED SHOW: extracredit (5 April 2012 - Altoona) curated by a A. Bill Miller, more info here.
SPEED SHOW: GIFs 4 LIFE (12 April 2012 - Galway) curated by Nora O' Murchú, more info here.