Exhibition in Darmstadt: How is digitization changing our view of the world?

  • fromClaudia Kabel

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In keeping with digitization in Corona times, the association “Kultur der Digitalstadt” invites you to the data laboratory of artist Christian Doeller. Visitors can participate.

He places teddy bears and toilet paper rolls on the scanner, prints the results in 3D, processes them – until the original object is no longer recognizable. For example, a toilet paper roll becomes a volcanic landscape with craters. Christian Doeller realizes projects at the interface of art, science and technology. For his work, he has now received a one-month work grant from the association “Kultur der Digitalstadt”. Until June 7, the 32-year-old will live as part of the “Artist in Residence” program in the Atelierhaus Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1 (LEW1) on Rosenhöhe and realize his new project. His stay in the three-room house of the sixties is funded with a fee, production costs and travel costs totaling 4,700 euros.

The media and installation artist Christian Doeller.

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Doeller’s current project entitled “CYTTER.datalab” is about a “digital form of silent mail”, explains project manager and curator Barbara Struif in an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau. Doeller, born in Darmstadt in 1987, had already noticed at the Darmstadt Photo Days 2016 with a spectacular picture that the selfie shows a camera, says Struif. Doeller deal with various mechanisms of digitization of our everyday life and their individual and social effects.

Off to the artist laboratory

The project“CYTTER.datalab” runs from May 21 to June 7. You can visit the Atelierhaus Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1 in Darmstadt on Thursdays from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m. Participation is welcome.

Christian Doellerhas already developed several projects within the framework of international “Artist in Residence” programs, most recently in the Center for New Media in Brno, Czech Republic. He lives and works in Leipzig. cka

Infoat: www.kultur-digitalstadt.de

He also works sustainably: Struif reports that he built all the equipment that he shows during his data laboratory himself from recycled material. He offers visitors a barter: If you want, you can give up a 30 by 30 centimeter everyday object to exchange it for your digitally generated image – a drawing, a milled object or a file. “This replaces familiar objects with their technologically modified mirror images,” says the exhibition’s announcement.

The “Culture of a Digital City” association, founded in 2019, is linked to the Digitalstadt Darmstadt GmbH and is supported, among other things, by the city. “It takes an artistic reflection of the digital city in society,” Struif explains the goals of the association. The association is based in the studio house. The building is part of the so-called “new artists’ colony” built by the city in the 1960s. From 1965 to 1967, a total of seven studio and apartment buildings were built. Traditionally, artists lived there.

The city provided the first of these studio houses, the LEW1, in summer 2019 as a cultural venue. The association believes that its architecture and the spatial and content-related proximity to the artists’ colony on Mathildenhöhe – an essential pioneer of modernism – is an ideal starting point for various projects and events. Further events beyond the artist’s residence are planned.

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