“FACELESS” – exhibition


My series Garden of Eden is part of the group exhibition “FACELESS – Privacy. Seduction. Surveillance.”

Location: Gallery of the Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin, Stauffenbergstraße 1, 10785 Berlin
Opening: 25th April 2018, 7 pm with a DJ set by Martin Backes
Exhibition dates: 26th April – 13th June 2018, Mon – Fri, 11 am – 4 pm

Participating artists: Martin Backes / Aram Bartholl / William Basinski / Heiko Bressnik / Thorsten Brinkmann / Asger Carlsen / Ben DeHaan / Nezaket Ekici / Shahram Entekhabi / Karin Fisslthaler / Adam Harvey / Thomas Hörl / Ursula Hübner / Ute Klein / Jakob Lena Knebl / Geoffrey Lillemon / Manu Luksch / Rosa Menkman / Simone Niquille / Bernd Oppl / Eva-Maria Raab / Daphne Rosenthal / Tarron Ruiz-Avila / Tim Silver / Jan Stradtmann / Sergei Sviatchenko  / Levi van Veluw / Addie Wagenknecht & Stefan Hechenberger / Bernhard Willhelm and many more

“The exhibition series “FACELESS” explores the phenomenon of inescapable recognizability in the media and the resulting strategies of media users to become virtually faceless – a phenomenon that has become increasingly common in artistic practice after 9/11 and its sociopolitical consequences. “FACELESS” takes a radical look at this fairly recent phenomenon of everyday media culture and shows how it manifests in visual art, fashion, photography, advertising and dance. The works on show range from avant-garde masks to pieces that force open a dialogue about facial recognition software, surveillance cameras and drones. Themes included are seduction, surveillance and privacy.

The opening with talks by Peter Huber (Austrian ambassador), Elisabeth Hajek (MuseumsQuartier Wien), Brigitte Felderer and Bogomir Doringer is also the official launch of the publication “FACELESS: Re-inventing Privacy Through Subversive Media Strategies“, which is being released in April by the De Gruyter Verlag as part of the “Edition Angewandte“.

“FACELESS” has been organized by the artist and researcher Bogomir Doringer, supported by the curator and cultural studies scholar Brigitte Felderer (Department of Social Design / University of Applied Arts Vienna) in collaboration with Q21 at MuseumsQuartier Wien. The exhibition series has been shown at the frei_raum Q21 exhibition space in the MuseumsQuartier Wien (2013), Mediamatic in Amsterdam (2014), and at De Markten, Brussels, as part of the 8th Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference.” (text: invitation card, Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin)