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Datastravaganza at 401 contemporary

Datastravaganza
at 401contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Dec 6, 2014 - Feb 28, 2015
Chicks on Speed are avant-garde artists. Everything they say and do what they live and breathe is avant-garde art. Provocative, subversive and interactive - with great ingenuity and creativity they merge the boundaries of art, music, poetry, new media and politics.
Today’s data can be chaotic, beautiful and dangerous, it can also be knotted, unpredictable and slow. By combining artistic and scientific experiments, developed at media institutes such as ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany) and Hangar (Barcelona, Spain), Chicks on Speedpresent new sets of data at their exhibition DATASTRAVAGANZA, combining hi-tech/no-tech, slow craft processes, painting, patchwork, rapid prototyping, ‘objectinstruments’, wearable computing and e-textiles. The exhibition includes ubiquitous and tangible objects visualizing and sonifying data into a giant “data footprint”.
John Whitney’s development of analog devices to produce complex representations of mathematical patterns in the 1960s, as well as in Nam June Paik’s combinatory media aesthetics of the 1970s, to Sadie Plant, Lynne Hershman or Dick Higgins (Fluxus) media art visions are all artists who shared a zeal for seizing upon the available technologies of their day allowing them to extend the possibilities and parameters of a technology and it’s data into critical artistic output.
As suggested by Mika Satomi and Perner-Wilson in 2000 "Craft materials are more often praised for their aesthetic, decorative and material qualities, than their ability to convey technological concepts". In support of Satomi and Perner Wilson and opposition to the traditional view of craft, The Objectinstruments (self made musical instruments of Chicks on Speed) take rare craft techniques and couple them with new digital hardware as well as analogue technology. Their research highlights the importance of reinventing older technologies such as tapestry weaving, macrame and electric field research, and morphing them to invent contemporary audio visual tools for new artformative expression.
In Berlin, on the basis of Peter Weibel’s song WIR SIND DATEN (We are data), the artist collective deals in a multi-media, interactive and spontaneous mix of performance, music and visual art with the daily presence, exploitation and manipulation of our data.

Parallel to the opening of the exhibition DATASTRAVAGANZA in the gallery 401contemporary, Berlin the collective invites to an ‘artformance’ on December 6 into Radialsystem Berlin, where they will develop the song WIR SIND DATEN (We are data) into the leading theme of the evening.
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