The EIGENHEIM EDITION #5 - Digital Art Collection
a project by EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin in cooperation with media art association Berlin
BERLIN 2021.01.10 – 2021.06.11
Venue EIGENHEIM Berlin, Kantstraße 28, 10643 Berlin / Opening 01.10.2021 at 7 pm / Duration 01.10. - 06.11.2021 / Open Tues. - Sat. from 2 - 7 p.m. and by appointment

participating artists LaTurbo Avedon (Metaverse), Ines Alpha (FR), Jeremy Bailey (CAN), Banz & Bowinkel (DE), Jonas Blume (DE), Brickspacer (RUS), Manja Ebert (DE), Laura Fong Prosper (PAN/DE), Mohsen Hazrati (IRN/DE), Faith Holland (US), Kathrin Hunze (DE), Nadine Kolodziey (DE), Marc Lee (CHE) Lauren Lee McCarthy (US), Zach Liebermann (US), Tonio Mundry (DE), Mike Pelletier (CAN/NL), Pitscher (DE), Zeesy Powers (CAN), Leah Schrager (US), Theresa Schubert (DE), Dagmar Schürrer (AUT/DE), Robert Seidel (DE), Paul Sermon (UK), Caspar Stracke (DE), Systaime (FR), Ivonne Thein (DE), Manuel Tozzi (AUT/DE), Tina Wilke (DE), Ziyang Wu (CHN/US)

The digital is real. Our everyday lives are significantly shaped by technologies such as the Internet, smartphones and computers. Such technologies are constantly dissolving boundaries between physical and virtual spaces and connecting these spheres together. Art as a mirror of our time uses these media to freshly approach both artistic forms and contemporary discourses. In doing so, the works make us aware of opportunities and challenges, forcing us to examine them on a content-related, formal and technical level.

EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin’s fifth edition box is focused on digital art. In cooperation with the medienkunstverein (mkv), their edition shows the artworks of thirty international artists. The constitutive element of the box is the NFC chip technology (Near Field Communication), which serves as a data exchange point for activating the works on the enclosed tablet. Integrated into individual wooden cuboids, the NFC chips contain the activation links for the respective artworks. If the viewer approaches one of the cuboids with the tablet, the artistic position is displayed and can be experienced on screen. The edition box creates a collective presentation of digital art in an intuitive way and uses different media formats such as video, AR, GIFs or 360° applications, enabling different forms of interaction simultaneously.
Through compiling the individual works, a multi-layered picture of digital art in general emerges. Embedded in a cuboid, each position manifests in analog space. The haptic cubes physically represent the immaterial works. Here, the form refers to the pixel — the smallest image point — and visualizes the digital image’s nature. The surface design is based on circuit board structure, which as an essential computer component is also a fundamental element of technologies today and highlights them as such. In their abstracted representation, the cuboids invite endless combinations and evoke a playful, tactile approach to the artworks. This approach at the same time visualizes the idea of the collective and like a puzzle, the individual works come together to form a larger whole.
Digital art is an integral part of contemporary art. The artists of the fifth edition box deal with the conditions and effects of the (post)digital age on our everyday life, our culture and our society. They reflect on these notions to potentially sharpen the understanding of media and to enable digital art to be experienced aesthetically. A multi-faceted, technological as well as social image of our time can then emerge. The Digital Art Collection sees itself as a testimony to the current zeitgeist, documenting and archiving it in its media nature.

The cooperation partner
EIGENHEIM Weimar / Berlin
EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin was founded in 2006 in Weimar with a second dependance in Berlin since 2015. In addition to solo and group exhibitions by in-house and guest artists, project-related thematic exhibitions as well as an extensive accompanying program are realized in collaboration with various institutional partner organizations. As a space for contemporary art and communication, EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin reflects new developments in the arts and transports social discourses into the exhibition space. At regular intervals, EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin realizes this kind of edition on an artistically and socially relevant topic. They appear in a linen-bound box in an edition of twelve. Responsible for EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin are Konstantin Bayer and Bianka Voigt.
medienkunstverein (mkv)
The mkv offers a platform for artists, curators, scientists and other professionals in the art world who deal with contemporary new media art. As a non-profit association, mkv promotes experimental exhibition situations and seeks and tests new spaces as well as formats for the presentation of media art. Within the framework of this focus, mkv creates important impulses and access points with exhibitions, screenings or panel discussions. Such events enable a fundamental contemplation with the media themselves and their critical reflection. mkv initiates discourses that are relevant to media and our future, to create a competent understanding and to enable aesthetic experiences with media art.