28 April – 7 October 2018


Museum für Neue Kunst

A collaboration with La Kunsthalle - Centre d'art contemporain Mulhouse​

Tobias Donat, Departure & Arrival, 2017, Courtesy the artist and Philipp Pflug Contemporary, Frankfurt am Main, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel

A number of young, international artists from Canada, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa, among other countries, are guesting at the Museum für Neue Kunst. Their work veritably abducts us into virtual realms as it explores the influence of this space on our perception. In order to do this, the artists deploy the most up-to-date technology, such as HoloLens and Oculus Rift.

Holograms tell stories. Feeds from the messenger service Twitter are relayed in real time and turned into pictograms – the global stream of information as a deluge of images. The artists design a utopian vision of a stateless, nationless world, questioning the value of relationships in the Tinder era, or observing our general state of disorientation despite the benefits of Google Earth and Street View.

In a joint exhibition project, the Museum für Neue Kunst in Freiburg and La Kunsthalle – Centre d’art contemporain Mulhouse investigate how spaces influence our perception. Freiburg focuses upon places that do not have a geographical location, such as virtual space. For a large section of the world's population navigates the Internet on a daily basis. The net enables global activity and communication. Information passes across national borders with infinitesimal speed. But what does this "virgin soil" actually look like? What kind of power can be wielded through it? And what consequences will it have for reality?

From September, the Kunsthalle Mulhouse will focus primarily on geographical aspects: Freiburg im Breisgau and its French neighbour are situated on the 47th parallel north, only 47 kilometres apart as the crow flies. Yet in spite of their physical proximity, there are significant differences between the two cities. Whereas Freiburg is considered to be a southern German city enjoying a milder climate, Mulhouse is situated in the north of France and is, therefore, perceived by the French to be a cooler region in general. The actual location of a place within its national borders has thus a decisive influence upon the way we perceive it.

Maximilian Arnold | Patrick Alan Banfield | Michael Bielicky & Kamila B. Richter | Simon Denny | Tobias Donat | Louise Drulhe | Asad J. Malik | Jon Rafman | Carly Whitaker

Kunstwerk von Chiharu Shiota. Verbrannte Stühle aus Klassenzimmern, an schwarzen Schnüren an der Decke aufgehängt.
Asad J. Malik, Asad & Assad, 2018, Augmented Reality Documentary Courtesy the artist and studio 1RIC
Buntes rundes Bild mit vielen Farben und weißen runden Farbklecksen von der Künstlerin Katharina Grosse
Asad J. Malik, Asad & Assad, 2018, Augmented Reality Documentary Courtesy the artist and studio 1RIC
Installation des Künstlers Georg Winter im Museumsraum
Jon Rafman, You, the world and I (.com), 2010, video still Courtesy the artist and Galerie Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Foto einer Hand die einen blauen Stoffgegenstand hoch hebt, der verbrannt zu sein scheint.
Louise Druhle, Blockchain, an architecture of control?, 2016, video still Courtesy the artist
Abstraktes BIld in blauen und braunen Farbtönen von der Künstlerin Monika Baer
Maximilian Arnold, Untitled (mk-1), 2017 Private Collection Photo: Neven Allgeier
Schwarz weißes abstraktes Landschaftsbild aus Tusche auf weißem Hintergrund von der Künstlerin Svenja Kreh.
Simon Denny, Zug Blockchain Startup Case Mod: Ethereum, 2016 Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Cologne / Berlin / New York Photo: Nick Ash