ArtForum reports that Art Foundation Pax, a Swiss organisation dedicated to the promotion of digital and media-based art, has awarded the inaugural Pax Art Award to !Mediengruppe Bitnik founders Domago Smoljo and Carmen Weisskopf. The award includes a prize of $30,000 for the production of new work and for an acquisition by the foundation. The prize will be formally presented on 14 June at Haus der electronischen Künste (HeK) in Basel. For more information about the award, click here.
Keen On Magazine’s Aude Launay has interviewed !Mediengruppe Bitnik about their algorithmic work, Random Darknet Shopper. Describing the autonomy of the bot, Bitnik says: “You can’t say this website’s content is illegal because the content is hosted within the network, it’s distributed. In the beginning, we spent the production budget on it, by literally giving it to the bot, but with the tools it bought, it could run itself. It can rent itself out as a base to execute.” You can read the full article here.
Blouin ArtInfo has written a review of Future Love. Desire and Kinship in Hypernature, a group show at Haus der electronischen Künste Basel featuring works by Olga Fedorova and !Mediengruppe Bitnik. To take a look at the full review, click here.
Tom Hägler of RTS has reviewed Future Love. Desire and Kinship in Hypernature, an exhibition of artworks that explore technologically mediated intimacy in the modern world at HeK Basel. Included in the show are the works of both !Mediengruppe Bitnik and Olga Fedorova. To read the full review, click here.
Annka Kultys Gallery received a mention in Paul Carey-Kent’s list of top exhibitions in 2017, which nods to the gallery’s program of future-looking exhibitions. To see the full list, take a look at the complete article here.
FAD has named !Mediengruppe Bitnik’s show Are You Online Now? as one of the “Top 9 Art Exhibitions to see this week in London.” Tabish Khan writes “The bots each inhabit a screen and seem to talk to users or even themselves in an unnerving way that makes us want to distrust any online conversation in case it’s with a bot.” Read the full article here.
Contemporary Art Society, London’s first and most popular gallery bus tour, which takes place throughout the year, will tour Annka Kultys Gallery on the afternoon of 4 November as part of its East London program. For more information, click here.
Mousse Magazine features !Mediengruppe Bitnik’s show, Are You Online Now, on view at Annka Kultys Gallery from 12 October till 11 November 2017. More info can be found here.
The group show at pop-up exhibition The Glass Room, which includes !Mediengruppe Bitnik’s work Ashley Madison Angels at Work in London (2017), is mentioned by BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. The author writes “A newly refurbished shop unit in central London contains what at first glance is a trendy technology store. But this shop is not selling the latest tech gadgets. It’s an exhibition called The Glass Room, which aims to get people thinking about where they go and what they do online, and the data trail they leave in cyber-space.” Read the complete review here.
!Mediengruppe Beatnik’s work is featured in Looking into Your Online Life, an exhibition at The Glass Room in London bringing together more than 40 different exhibits and artworks. “The show looks at how our personal data is used and sold by companies on a daily basis, and offers visitors practical advice on how to carry out a “data detox”,” writes the author Aimée McLaughlin. Looking into Your Online Life runs until 12 November at 69-71 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0ND. Read the full review here.
Neowin mentions The Glass Room’s pop-up exhibition Looking into Your Online Life, featuring !Mediengruppe Bitnik videos. The exhibition featuring over 40 artists working in net art, explores how big companies data is used and what they can consider doing about it. The Glass Room will be touring to other UK cities in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, and Bristol . For more information, click here.
Paul Carey-Kent reviews !Mediengruppe Bitnik’s show Are You Online Now? at Annka Kultys Gallery. He writes: “The Swiss collective…imaginatively subverts the online world, here with a striking installation which operates in appropriation and exposure mode, but also metaphysically.” Read the full write-up here.
!Medengruppe’s first solo exhibition at AKG Are You Online Now is reported in Wall Street International. More info can be found here.
!Mediengruppe Bitnik’s upcoming show Are You Online Now? is featured by DROOL Creatives. More information can be found here.
!Mediengruppe Bitnik’s upcoming presentation of Are You Online Now? at Annka Kultys Gallery is listed by AQNB. Read the full exhibition preview here.
!Mediengruppe Bitnik’s upcoming exhibition at AKG is reported in Time Out. The author writes: “Their show at Hackney’s Annka Kultys Gallery promises to be just as madcap, simultaneously using and disrupting the internet through their own wily activities.” Read the full article here .
Galleries Now featured Annka Kultys Gallery’s upcoming presentation of !Mediengruppe Beatnik’s Are You Online Now?, showcasing the five-channel video installation Ashley Madison Angels At Work In London (2017). More information can be found here.
!Mediengruppe Bitnik’s upcoming presentation of Are You Online Now? is featured in Wall Street International. The full preview can be read here.