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Hello World!

Aram Bartholl at Kunstverein Kassel
Posted by Gestalten—08/2013

Aram Bartholl's first institutional solo exhibition Hello World! features new pieces together with pivotal work from his existing oeuvre.

He goes into details: “Originally, the term Hello World! comes from programming software. To display the words ‘Hello World’ on a screen represents a type of software function testing, a minimal program with just this one function: to welcome the world. But in this show Hello World! also represents the materialization of the digital. While previously pixels were only displayed on screens, today objects are printed by 3D printers. Increasingly, the issues raised by computers and the internet are discussed on a broader level and in society as a whole. Topics such as digital surveillance, copyright issues or ‘Facebook revolutions’ represent only a fraction of the changes that a whole generation has grown up in.” 

For a growing number of people, virtual activities on the internet are becoming more significant than the lives they actually lead in the real world. Others are skeptical or even alarmed by the seemingly inevitable technological developments in our digital age. In his work, Aram Bartholl investigates this dichotomy and the blurred dynamics in between with a playfully ironic ingenuity. Read more about what Aram Bartholl showcases at Kunstverein Kassel.

The Speed Book, his first monograph, has been published by Gestalten.


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