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Art Radar: Multimedia Marvels

On ascribe’s Art Radar this week, we zoom in on events that showcase the beauty and complexities that emerge when artists embrace multiple mediums. This includes exhibitions at venues ranging from Gray Area in San Francisco and to Kraftwerk, The Composing Rooms and A3 here in Berlin.


Gray Area Hosts DeepDream Auction and Exhibition

Celebrity Face Identifier #1 by Josh Nimoy

In 2015, a global interest in neural networks sparked when Google Research Labs open sourced their DeepDream Generator. Following an overwhelming response to the machine dreams, the team produced a follow up exhibition and auction at the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, curated by Google’s design and UX lead for VR, Joshua To.

The exhibition, titled DeepDream: The art of neural networks, was dedicated to artworks created using artificial neural networks and artificial intelligence. Attendees were able to bid for the large-scale, framed prints which were registered and licensed through ascribe. Read our blog post for more information about this event and ascribe’s involvement.


net based Prize

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Ten projects by leading lights in digital art were shortlisted for the net based award. Taking its cue from The Lumen Prize, the Swiss initiative brings into focus the artists who are innovating new web-based projects.

The public were also asked to cast their vote for the Audience Award, winners were announced on March 12. Congratulations to the winners of the main prize, Christoph Wachter and Mathias Juds for “Can you hear me?” (2014) and Harm van den Dorpel for “Deli Near Info” (2014-ongoing). The audience prize went to Julia Weist for her project “Reach” (2015).


The Long Now

The Long Now

Durational music event The Long Now is fast approaching. Scheduled to begin at midnight on 19 March, the 30 hour event is the coda for MaerzMusik − Festival for Time Issues 2016 in Berlin. Temporarily housed in the iconic venue, Kraftwerk, a roster of avant-garde, experimental electronic, ambient and noise artists will traverse space and time. We’re looking forward to the sonic ensembles of Murcof, the world premier of Rashad Becker and Moritz Von Oswald’s collaborative work “fathom” and John Cage’s legendary “Fifty-Eight (1992).”

The Long Now takes place from 19–20 March 2016 and is curated by Berno Odo Polzer, Laurens von Oswald and Harry Glass.


Nina Cristante’s United at The Composing Rooms

The Composing Rooms
Source: The Composing Rooms, Instagram

Italian artist and autodidactic nutritionist Nina Cristante opened her first solo show in Germany titled United last month at The Composing Rooms. The exhibition features a combination of black and white A0 posters of couples in acroyoga poses and sculptural work that uses soft and recognizable toys, such as Teletubbies. The arrangements are representative of Cristante’s “interests in the body as a site of reconstruction and performance of friendship” (The Composing Rooms).

United will be on view until Saturday, April 2 at The Composing Rooms in Berlin. Additional information can be found on The Composing Rooms’ website.


A3 pays homage on Heinz Mack’s 85th birthday

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Exhibition catalogue cover. Source: A3

Considered one of the most significant figures in German art, Heinz Mack will be featured in a solo show titled Mack: Review and Outlook | A Special Selection, set to the occasion of his 85th birthday. With sculptures and pictures as his primary mediums, the central theme of Mack’s art is light. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a 124-page catalogue outlining his artistic career. While it will be hosted at Arndt Art Agency (A3) in Berlin, the project is in cooperation with Samuelis Baumgarte in Bielefeld and Arndt Fine Art in Singapore.

Mack: Review and Outlook | A Special Selection runs until Saturday, April 23 at A3 in Berlin. Find more information here.


Polline Art

Polline Art

This month we saw the launch of the nonprofit organization, Polline Art. The collective of artists, curators and computer scientists will showcase projects by myriad artists working in a digital medium. Polline Art is entering the art market with a democratic and new approach to tech and social networking, embracing how this has influenced contemporary art practices. ascribe has partnered with Polline Art to support digital editions and licensing to further Polline Art’s contribution to the current shift in collecting digital art.


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