Lee Friedlander, Mishka Henner, Camille Henrot, Yngve Holen, Pierre Huyghe, Lorna Mills, Katja Novitskova, Julien Prévieux, Jon Rafman, Thomas Ruff, Avery Singer, Hito Steyerl, Michael Wolf
Digital technologies have long been an integral part of our lives. Professional and private activities are now inconceivable without the Internet and its countless possibilities. Computer technology is one of our society’s greatest agents of change. Every year in the spring, the world looks to the CeBIT trade fair in Hannover in order to find out what innovations information technology has in store for us. What will everyday life look like in the future—what will dominate it? One should of course assume that the human being and his (present-day or future) needs make up the starting point for the development of new technologies, but it is debateable to what extent the technologies conceived for him impact his thinking, his perception and also his corporeality.
On the occasion of the opening of CeBIT 2015, the group exhibition “Digital Conditions” focuses on the interaction between digital technology and art, featuring works that examine digitality as a structural characteristic of present-day social reality or employed as a technical means of production. In what ways do artists appropriate digital technologies, what influence does the use of 3D graphic and animation programs or web services like Google Map and Google Earth for example have on such media as photography, film and sculpture? How are the media-based characteristics of digital images made visible and questioned in the age of rapid image production and their mass distribution? What impact does the digital age have on our everyday lives and how is it reflected artistically?
Against the backdrop of these questions, the group exhibition presents pieces by artists who have grown up with the Internet as well as those produced by an older generation and brings together works that explore, unclose and question pictorial worlds in addition to ultimately creating individual original works with the tools of the digital cosmos.
An interdisciplinary accompanying program featuring lectures and a symposium will be offered to deepen the discourse stimulated in the exhibition.
The exhibition is sponsored by the State of Lower Saxony and the NORD/LB Kulturstiftung.
Mediacooperation: c´t Digitale Fotografie, make:
Further cooperations with Deutschen Messe AG, Schauspiel Hannover, Koki – Kino im Künstlerhaus, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover und Foliatec
Opening: Friday, 13 March, 2015, 8 p.m.