American art historian (and HOLO collaborator) Zsofia Valyi-Nagy demos her ‘re-enactment’ of Vera Molnar’s Lettres de ma mère (1981-1991) on a vintage Tektronix 4052 computer at Humboldt University, Berlin. Valyi-Nagy, currently a visiting doctoral student at media theorist Stefan Höltgen’s Signallabor, reverse-engineered the digital art pioneer’s famous plotter drawing series in BASIC code, “a programming language Molnar would have used at the time.”
Berlin’s panke.gallery and Zentrum für Netzkunst celebrate the 10th anniversary of iPhone live, the one-year art performance by Johannes P Osterhoff. From June 29, 2012, the German media artist broadcast screenshots from his jailbroken iPhone to a public website whenever he pressed the home button, aggregating 13,567 snapshots (about 40 per day) of his digital life. In commemoration, Osterhoff and invited experts reflect on the iconic project at /rosa, Berlin.
John Gerrard’s solo show “Endling” opens at Pace, New York, presenting three new and recent large-scale simulations. Flare (Oceania) (2022, image), the exhibition’s centrepiece, links fossil fuel extraction and rising sea levels in the South Pacific, as documented by Tongan activist and artist Uili Lousi. Programmed in the Unreal game engine, Gerrard’s virtual environment runs on local Tonga time, resembling an evocative video feed from the affected region.
Igor Štromajer’s hybrid installation ƒ(x)=ax³+bx²+cx+d*, realised together with German art historian and curator Sakrowski, opens at the Aksioma project space in Ljubljana. The titular cubic function is expressed in a 1 m³ concrete cube balancing on one of its vertices, as did the cube in the iconic GIF animation the Slovenian net artist (also known as intima) created in 1996. Through AR, the two can exist together (image), traversing materiality, technologies, and time.
An intimate view into his ongoing efforts to automate his practice, Jonas Lund’s “Walk with Me” opens on the distant.gallery social platform. The online exhibition collages early and recent experiments of “wrapping his distributed identity, personality traits, and musical interludes” layered with instructions to make his artworks into a single glorious browser canvas, that Lund compares to “being inside the artist’s brain itself.”
A critique of how humanity disrupts Earth’s hydrologic cycle, “Still Waters Run Deep” opens at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam. Curator Marlies Augustijn gathers works by Phoebe Boswell, Patrick Hough, Kasia Molga, Hannah Rowan, and others that explore how water “inextricably interconnects everything.” Deep Time Agency’s Concrete Reef (2021), for example, memorialises the region’s prehistoric ocean with a geodesic array of concrete fossil casts.
“Temporary Atlas” opens at London’s MOSTYN, ‘mapping’ personal experiences and perspectives with works by Manon Awst, Ibrahim Mahama, Kiki Smith, and 14 others. Of note: Oliver Laric’s erudite video essay Versions (2010, image) “that muses on the manipulation and re-appropriation of images throughout history” is featured, as is Jeremy Deller’s The History of the World (1997-2004), which diagrams improbable connections between the social forces that begat acid house and brass band music.
Joanie Lemercier’s latest solo exhibition opens at Le Tetris in Le Havre, Normandy, France. The show gathers recent works (Slow Violence, Brume, Edges) and new creations, capturing the French artist’s sustained interest in light and activism. In Prairie, a new collaboration with curator Juliette Bibasse, the two change focus from big to small: tracing mundane roadside grasses with small lasers, they shed light on beauty that is often overlooked.