alien matter

Design for the exhibition catalogue of transmediale ever elusive.
With: Alexander Papoli-Bawarati, Simon Schindele. Special Tag: Intelligent Matter

“Alien matter” refers to man-made, and at the same time, radically different, potentially intelligent matter. It is the outcome of a naturalization of technological artifacts.

Environments shaped by technology result in new relationships between man and machine. Technical objects, previously defined merely as objects of utility, have become autonomous agents. Their capacity to learn and network throws into question the previously clear and dominant division between active subject and passive object. 30 exhibiting artists from Berlin and around the world presented works about shifts within such power structures, raising questions about the state of our current environment and whether it has already passed the tipping point, becoming “alien matter.” Content-wise, the works clustered around four thematic focal points: Artificial intelligence, plastics, infrastructure, and the Internet of Things—subcategories that are deemed to merge into the nascent great machine and thereby, to speak with Günther Anders, are future obsolete.

> From the introduction of the alien matter exhibition brochure
alien matter was currated Inke Arns.

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Exhibition Catalog/ Essays:

With an introduction by Inke Arns (currator) and essays by Nora N. Khan, Elvia Wilk, Daniel Rourke, and Eugene Thacker.


Aliens in Green Xenopolitics #1: Petro-bodies and Geopolitics of Hormones, 2017

Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke with Ami Drach & Dov Ganchrow, Joey Holder, Kuang-Yi Ku The 3D Additivist Cookbook, 2016–17

Constant Dullaart DullDream, 2017

Ignas Krunglevičius Hard Body Trade, 2015

Mark Leckey GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction, 2010

Joep van Liefland Video Palace #44 – The Hidden Universe, 2017

Jeroen van Loon An Internet, 2015

Nicolas Maigret & Maria Roszkowska with Jonathan Beilin & Magnus Pind Bjerre Predictive Art Bot, 2017

Katja Novitskova Swoon Motion, 2015

Sascha Pohflepp Recursion, 2016

Johannes Paul Raether Protekto.x.x., 2017

Evan Roth Burial Ceremony, 2015/17

Suzanne Treister HFT The Gardener, 2014–15

Addie Wagenknecht Internet of Things, No. 1–3, 2015

Addie Wagenknecht XXXX.XXX, 2014

YoHa Plastic Raft of Lampedusa, 2016–17 Artwork on view at DAZ 02.–08.02.2017 Köpenicker Str. 48–49, Berlin

Pinar Yoldas Artificial Intelligence for Governance, the Kitty AI, 2016