Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien / Ghosts off the Shelf (Exhibition CTM.12)

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Curated by Thibaut der Ruyter
With: Theo Altenberg, La Boîte à Gants Productions (Gilles Berquet & Mirka Lugosi), Barbara Breitenfellner, Martin Dammann, Valerie Favre, Jason Forrest, Christian Gfeller, Richard Grayson, Graf Haufen, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Joep van Liefland, Ingrid Luche, Jacek Niegoda, Yokna Patofa,Jorge Queiroz, Monica Ross, Christian Vialard, Alexandra Vogt, Canine Pyromania selected video art and detritus from the transmediale archive curated by Ruth Kemper & Baruch Gottlieb, RVB-Transfert (redukt) curated by Pierre Beloüin-Optical Sound, Emmissions from Anarchives, curated by Jan Rohlf & Lilli Maxine Ebert


Ghosts Off The Shelf is about the slow disappearance of analog video formats. We all still possess a few of those objects, and because we no longer have the relevant equipment, we can’t see (or even know) what’s on those tapes. The artists in the exhibition produced, in the last decades, some forgotten (i.e. invisible and perhaps never-seen) video pieces. We asked them to give us ‘ghosts’, pieces that exist only in their memories but which will find a new existence through our presentation. This project is about a certain aesthetic but also about the disappearance of our own memories and data, things that we wanted to keep forever but which will, because of technological progress soon no longer exist.


Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is an exhibition space for contemporary art with a focus on current social and cultural issues. Central to the projects here are the meaningful contextualisation of themes and consideration for diversity, internationality, and local relevance. Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is an organisation of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg District Council.


Vernissage/Opening time & date: 27. Januar 2012, 19:00
Opening hours each day: 12 – 19:00
Exhibition dates: 28. Januar bis 19 Februar 2012
Cost: free entry
Address: Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
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With Martin Howse, Jonathan Kemp, Ryan Jordan, Ralf Baecker and others 


// Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien 

// Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin 

// Opening: 27. January 2012, 19:00 

// Admission: free 

// Duration: 28. January – 05. February 2012, daily 12 – 19:00 


In The Crystal World Open Laboratory for the CTM.12 festival, the basic materials of digital devices (gold, silver, palladium, silicon, etc.) are recovered by mechanical and chemical methods. Here, the often dangerous process of recovering rare raw materials from the waste cycles are revealed, just as is practiced by the dispossessed in all parts of the world for reasons of survival. In a second step, the raw materials gained during the process are used to construct new electrochemical test arrangements for producing sound, light and other events that make use of chaotic material processes. The closed, completely determined environment of digital calculations is broken into and opened up by forcible de-crystallization and re-crystallization in order to etch psychophysical distortions and uncertainties into the crystalline cycles. At the end of the workshop period the results will be displayed in a mixture between presentation and performance. Afterwards, the setting, the materials and the created artifacts will remain visible as an exhibit. 


As part of the project The Crystal World, Ralf Baecker shows his installation "Irrational Computing". The installation is an artistic examination of the materials, aesthetics and potential of digital processes. The installation is based on semiconductor crystals, the raw materials of information technology, and through targeted manipulation of the materials, it forms a digital signal processing engine that operates on the dividing line between order and chaos. "Irrational Computing" reinforces the mystique and magic of these materials, which are the core of our technology all around us. 


Supported by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. "Irrational Computing" was developed as part of a residence at dock-Berlin, in cooperation with the Schering Foundation.



With installations and works by Chris Salter, Anke Eckardt, AUDiNT, Felix Kubin, Ursula Bogner, Alexander Christou, Laura López-Paniagua 


// Projektraum des Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien 

// Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin 

// Opening: 27. January 2012, 19:00 

// Admission: free 

// Duration: 28. January – 05. February 2012, daily 12 – 19:00 


In the project space of the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, the CTM.12 festival will show multiple installations relating to aspects of the festival theme SPECTRAL.  


The installations "Just Noticeable Difference (JND)" by Chris Salter and "Between | You | And | Me" by Anke Eckardt lead visitors into a world of liminal perception and evoke the imagery of technical magic and the phantom effects of our perception that take us beyond the safe ground of clear cause-effect relationships. 


The "Dead Record Office" by AUDiNT (short for "Audio Intelligence"), an artistic research team consisting of Steve Goodman aka Kode 9, Toby Heys and Jon Cohrs, documents and directs the military-disciplinary use of sound, contrasting the supposed "good vibrations" of musical entertainment with the "bad vibes" of conflict, control and paranoia. 


Another room, with works by Felix Kubin, Ursula Bogner, Alexander Christou and Laura López Paniagua, poses questions about the internal dynamics and endurance of media archives and the secrets of others that are contained within them – or which can be reconstructed from them. 


(Image: Ghosts off the Shelf)