Hybrid Layers at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

The exhibition Hybrid Layers focuses attention on a generation of artists who are engaging with the growing presence of the digital sphere and its effects on society. The exhibition shows new perspectives on digital technologies, the Internet and social networks, probing both virtual and physical manifestations of an artistic practice that is fundamentally influenced by the digital realm.

The pieces presented in the exhibition address current social, technological and aesthetic debates, and reflect on how comprehensively the digital realm influences every area of our daily life, our perception and our production of knowledge. The mediums of digital, algorithmic imaging and communication systems have now transformed all aspects of our world. Current research in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) already shows us a glimpse of what fundamental changes technological progress will bring to our lives in the future. Through their installations, videos, performances and sculptures, the artists in this exhibition respond to this hybrid interfusing of the real and the digital and scrutinize how this situation influences our globally networked world.

Hybrid Layers thus explores the many aspects of what can be described as the digital turn or the “digital era”, which, since its emergence less than twenty years ago when the volume of digitally stored information surpassed that of analogue information for the first time, has swiftly altered our thinking, actions and feelings. In the exhibition, the digital is the key, the “a priori”, to the disparate cultural and conceptual scenarios that are shown in the individual works. Dealing freely with the imagery of the Internet and recontextualizing and resemanticizing the narrative strands taken from it in non-hierarchical, often-subjective arrangements, the exhibition evinces the embedding of artistic methods in digitally influenced patterns of perception. While media art was long focused on translating the analogue world into the digital, artists today increasingly grapple with how the digital can be translated into the analogue world through the use of synthetic materials or innovative printing processes. The various perspectives on the digital that can be taken from the 22 artists represented in the exhibition are thus informed by a fundamental interest in exploring the hybrid layers of digital and physical realities in their multifaceted characteristics in a way that is dispassionate, expectant and critical.

The exhibition is curated by Giulia Bini, Sabiha Keyif, Daria Mille, and Philipp Ziegler.

Artists: Sophia Al Maria, Auto Italia South East, Riccardo Benassi, Enrico Boccioletti, Blunt x Skensved, Aleksandra Domanović, Ed Fornieles, Glass Bead, Guan Xiao, Yngve Holen & Aedrhlsomrs Othryutupt Lauecehrofn, Rachel de Joode, Delia Jürgens, Daniel Keller, La Plage, Lawrence Lek, Metaphysics (involved artists: Rubén Grilo, Anna K.E., Florian Meisenberg, Eddie Peake, Jack Strange and Anne de Vries; produced by: Philip Hausmeier), Katja Novitskova, Yuri Pattison, Tabita Rezaire, Unknown Fields, Anne de Vries, Yu Honglei

Riccardo Benassi, Phonemenology (4 chapters). The Umbrella Paradigm, Post-Ringtone Society, European Gangsta Rap, Agronymous, 2015 – ongoing
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Riccardo Benassi, Phonemenology — The Umbrella Paradigm, 2015
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Blunt x Skensved, GEOLOGOS, 2017
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Enrico Boccioletti, A shade of what remains unsaid, 2017
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Aleksandra Domanović, Untitled, 2015
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Ed Fornieles, The Ticket, 2016
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Guan Xiao, Weather Forecast, 2016
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Yngve Holen & Aedrhlsomrs Othryutupt Lauecehrofn, 13 7E 2C 35 D7
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Yngve Holen & Aedrhlsomrs Othryutupt Lauecehrofn, 13 7E 2C 35 D7
16 32 9A FB 07 27 12 E1 B5 2D 16 7F 19 8D 69 D8 E8 8A 18 A3 97 7A 57 7B 14 4C 8D 0E FE 39 92 1E E1 3A 66 8A E1 1E D4 5E 2A 35 13 21 5F 20 BE 2A BD A6 9B EB 39 BA 67 AA BA E8 F6, 2016
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Rachel de Joode, Here I am and things that exist. Ow!, XIV 2015, Achilles 2014
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Delia Jürgens, We thought they are Windows, but actually they are Mirrors, Materialization 2017
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Delia Jürgens, We thought they are Windows, but actually they are Mirrors, Materialization 2017
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La Plage, La Plage, 2017 | Jaakko Pallasvuo, Picasso, 2014
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Katja Novitskova, 67P potential (monkey cup plant), 2015
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Yuri Pattison, Free Traveller, 2014
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Tabita Rezaire, Premium Connect, 2017
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Unknown Fields, The Breast Milk of the Volcano, 2016
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Anne de Vries, Submission, 2015
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Yu Honglei, En Route, 2016
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ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe – Lorenzstraße 19, 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany
3 June 2017 –  7 January 2018