The exhibition program of CTM.12
approaches the festival theme SPECTRAL
by exploring the phantom effects of our perception, the bad vibes of sonic weaponry, and the truthful or artificial mysteries that are embedded in technological memory storage.
Opening Friday January 27, 19:00
, Ghosts off the Shelf
is an exhibit regrouping works by different local and international artists to explore the theme of the ghosts of videos and films past. Curated by Thibaut de Ruyter,
the artists were asked to revisit material they had recorded on antique equipment such as VHS and Betamax, works that they have long since forgotten, in order to summon hazy memories and ghosts within these old documents into to give them a new (digital) existence.
Opening at the same time is The Crystal World Open Laboratory
, in which a number of selected participants joins Martin Howse
, Ryan Jordan
, Jonathan Kemp
and Ralf Baecker
to recover the basic materials of digital devices (gold, silver, palladium, silicon, etc.) at their own risk, and toto construct new electrochemical test arrangements that make use of chaotic material processes. As part of the project, Ralf Baecker shows his installation Irrational Computing
, an artistic examination of the materials, aesthetics, and potential of digital processes, which are usually conceived logically and rationally.
Frurther installations and works
at the Project Space of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien by Nik Nowak, Anke Eckardt
, Chris Salter
, Felix Kubin
, Ursula Bogner
, Alexander Christou
and Laura LÚpez Paniagua
takes us beyond the safe ground of clear cause-and-effect relationships, and project us into the uneasy "interzones" between the promises, traumas, and fuzzy logic of ubiquitous technology.