Kamila B. Richter
Nam June Paik
Stefan von Huene
Franz Erhard Walther
The Century of the Consumer. The new installations presented in the exhibition transfer the potential for co-designing by the user that has been developed on the Internet into the context of art and allow the visitors to emancipate themselves. They can act as artists, curators, and producers. The exhibition visitors, as users, as emancipated consumers, are at the center of focus. Artists: Nam June Paik, Armin Linke, Joseph Beuys and many others. Curated by Peter Weibel.
The Century of the Consumer
Curated by Peter Weibel
Project management: Bernhard Serexhe
On the occasion of its anniversary celebration “10 Years of ZKM in Hallenbau A,” ZKM | Center for Art and Media turns its attention to the effects of net-based, global creation on art and society with the exhibition “You_ser: The Consumer Century.”
Over the past years, the ZKM | Media Museum has already presented in the context of its collection of interactive art, the largest in the world, the most important pathfinders and currents in participatory art of the twentieth century: Op-Art, kinetic and cybernetic art, Arte Programmata, Conceptual art, Fluxus, and Happenings, interactive computer-aided installations, and virtual environments. Instructions for use and changeable objects activate beholders. In this way, you, the visitor, take part in the construction of the artwork. In the Internet, portals such as www.flickr.com, www.youtube.com, www.myspace.com; and virtual worlds, such as www.secondlife.com or blogs now offer a newly structured space for the creative statements of millions of people. The artist no longer has a monopoly on creativity.
Users deliver or generate the content or put it together. They become producers and program designers and thereby, competitors to television, radio, and newspapers, the historical media monopoly. Audience participation reshapes itself as consumers’ emancipation.
These transformations concern not only the global expanses of the Internet, but also the museum. It reacts to the changed cultural and social behavior and supports those tendencies, which, in an Enlightenment spirit, are applied for democracy and the idea of access to education for all.
The new installations presented in the exhibition transfer the potential for co-designing by the user that has been developed on the Internet into the context of art and allow the visitors to emancipate themselves.
They can act as artists, curators, and producers. The exhibition visitors, as users, as emancipated consumers, are at the center of focus. YOU are the content of the exhibition! The museum is bound to a fixed location and set times. Through the Internet, it can develop into a communicative platform independent of place and time. The historical model of culture, in which Darwinist selection takes place and only a few select find acceptance in its storage and distribution apparatus, embodied by the principle of Noah’s Ark, has been displaced.
The new Noah’s Ark of the Internet has an endless storage space, which, in principle, is open to all inhabitants of the industrial and newly industrializing countries.
Is this the new cultural space for the emancipated consumer, the visitor as user who will decide the culture of the twenty-first century, just as slaves, workers, and citizens as historical subjects have done in the past?
· Giselle Beiguelman
· Joseph Beuys
· Michal Bielicky/ Dirk Reinbold/ Kamila B. Richter
· Ludger Brümmer/ Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan/
· Martin Burckhardt
· Shane Cooper
· Götz Dipper
· Pierre Dutilleux/ Christian Müller-Tomfelde
· Monika Fleischmann/ Wolfgang Strauss
· Ronald Genswaider
· Matthias Gommel/ Peter Weibel
· Mogens Jacobsen
· Margo Bistis/ Norman Klein/ Andreas Kratky
· Susanna Kraus
· Marc Lee
· David Link
· Armin Linke
· Michael Mangold/ Julie Woletz
· Catalina Ossa/ Enrique Rivera
· Nam June Paik
· Mehi Yang/ Axel Roch
· Herbert Schuhmacher/ telewissen
· Michael Schuster
· Jill Scott
· Jeffrey Shaw/ Peter Weibel
· Jeffrey Shaw
· the Orbitants [Heike Borowski/ Axel Heide/ Heiko
Hoos/ Onesandzeros/ Philip Pocock/ Peter Weibel]
· the SLatelliterates [Dagmar Füchtjohann/ Stefan
Gebhardt/ Axel Heide/ Bastian Hemminger/ Herwig
Hoffmann/Felix Kratzer/ Torrid Luna/ tx_Oh/ Philip
Pocock/ Linus Stolz/ Udo Walker/ Peter Weibel]
· Stefan von Huene
· Franz Erhard Walther
Guided tours: Sat 4 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.
The installation "Camera Imago1:1" is presented with the friendly support of SüdBest GmbH.
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