Thanks to Mona Kuschel, we met Eva Koziol last week of Janus and Arachne here in Berlin to find out about jacquard loom weaving, leaving with a lot more knowledge about the process and some wonderful samples of her work like this portrait above. We are planning to encode our GPS data in fabric for a forthcoming exhibition curated by Gretta Louw at the Villa Merkel in Esslingen later this year. Thanks also to our current intern from Stanford University, Robin Sydney Willscheidt for accompanying us and taking some pictures. We call the visualisation we are working on a ‘birch forest visualisation’ and you can find out more about it here.
We will be travelling to Munich to take part in the Sensitive Data conference at the Münchner Kammerspiele. We are on a panel with Florian Malzacher, Angela Richter and Martin Zeyn at 11am on Sunday 22 January called TRACE YOURSELF: THE SURVEILLANCE OF ART. Should be fun, hope to see some of you there.
We will be in Freiburg im Breisgau between 23 – 27 January beginning the handing out of GPSs to the public for our new project The Hidden Choreography of Everyday Life (German title: Die Verborgene Cheorgrafie des Alltags). For this Depot Erbe commission, culminating in March at the Museum für Neue Kunst, we are wondering; Are we really free to go where we want? Are our movements very predictable or do they surprise us? When we put them all together, what sort of a portrait do we make of our surroundings? Related to our previous works A Day in the Life – the Walkers of Birmingham and Crossing Paths, this time we will be making more of a cinematic, film outcome which will include other visual and sound material other than the GPS animation (thanks as always to Peter Vasil for his programming skills).
If you have friends, relatives and aquaintances in Freiburg who would be willing to have their daily journeys tracked for a day and see them become part of a film. We will be hanging round the foyer of Theater Freiburg when there are performances all that week or you can drop us an email to make an appointment. The GPSs can also be borrowed over the next month and we will return in February to interview participants.
On Thursday 11th December we are taking part in General Public in Exile and Errant Bodies‘ event reality is a very strong move at KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin). Doors open at 7pm, 3 Euro admission (we are currently scheduled to be the first performance, at 7pm)
We will be performing an extract from our live durational performance Narrating Our Lines, where we set the database of our GPS traces running and use it as a prompt for our memories of where we were and what we were doing.
“Errant Bodies and General Public open the doors for an evening in exile, presenting performances and works that use performance as a term. Chosen kin plays an important role, as do relationships, expanded networks, political action, music, and silent interventions.
How are fractured, individual narratives and biographies related to cultural-geographic histories, and how do they come to play in a collective at large? There is only a fine line between (self)definition and questioning existence as such. You could take it with a smile, but you can just as easily fall apart completely at the confrontation with the foreign that exists inside ourself.
With Gilles Aubry, Fabienne Audeoud, Antonia Baehr, Serge Baghdassarians, Graw Böckler, Chat, Kane Do, Discoteca Flaming Star, Ernesto Estrella, Deli Gleba, Akın Kazuk, Eva Meyer Keller, Käthe Kruse, Edda Kruse-Rosset, Brandon LaBelle, Michael Laurent, Ligna, plan b, Kirsten Reese, Catarina Santos, Heidi Sill, Annette E. Stahmer, Dorothy Valence, Antje Vowinckel, Jeremy Woodruff, and Ella Ziegler.”
We hope to see you there
Scissor is an event series dedicated to presenting contemporary durational and time-based art across all media, organised by Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty.
Wednesday, 4th June, 2014, 7pm
Galerie Kungerkiez – Die Nachbarschaftsgalerie
Karl-Kunger-Strasse 15, 12435 Berlin
The work All Our Traces in Berlin 2011 (2012) is currently at the Atkinson in Southport as part of ‘Walk On From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 years of Art Walking’
The exhibition runs from Saturday 12 April – Saturday 9 August 2014. See the Atkinson website for opening times.
On Saturday 10 May, Dan has been invited to give a presentation entitled ‘A Personal History of Locative Media’ at a symposium on ‘Locative Media and Sound Art’ hosted by Musica and the Festival of Flanders in Kortrijk
Here’s the abstract:
Daniel Belasco Rogers will lay out a personal history of locative media from his position as an artist who has worked with locative media since 2005 and who continues a daily practice of collecting everywhere he goes with a GPS which he began in 2003 and his wife in 2007.
Belasco Rogers will use some of the locative projects he has made in Europe (including Kortrijk) as well as his GPS collection practice to illustrate various aspects of locative media as his thinking about it has changed since the days when the equipment was rare, exotic and expensive to today when many of us walk around with locative media devices in our pockets.
Dan’s residency at the Salzamt in Linz ends with the group exhibition walks and traces… Off the Map which opens on Wednesday 2 April at 7pm. Curated by Sibylle Ettengruber, the group show also features work by Regina Jose Galindo, Vera Drebusch, Michael Höpfner, Saša Karalić, Sigrid Krenner and Johanna Serdinschek.
Dan will be showing his latest Drawing Machine, made during the residency as well as nine drawings made with it around the sights of Linz. Alongside these he is showing a redrawing of all of his traces in Linz to date as a work on paper made with Peter Vasil’s drawinglife software.
The exhibition will run at the Salzamt until 16 May. Free Entrance.
This Sunday (9th), we will be presenting the result of our residency at Ausland in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin (Lychener Str. 60) at 5pm. It will be a performance lasting about an hour with a working title of The GPShow.
As some of you know, we have recorded every journey we make outside with a GPS since 2003 (Dan) and 2007 (Soph). For The GPShow, we will concentrate on the last five years, producing new drawings, visualizations and videos while we explore performatively, what it means to get to know the GPS system through a daily practice, what the consequences of this use might be as it is increasingly embedded into the technology we all carry and the systems we rely on and ask what agency we have over the equipment we seemingly own.
Entrance is 3 EUR on the door. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday afternoon.