Mass Media Hacking Workshop w/ UBERMORGEN

Join the European artists of UBERMORGEN for an intensive workshop on conceptual development and utilizing technology as an artistic medium. Lixvlx and Hans Bernhard—whose past work includes “Google Will Eat Itself” (named “brilliant” by the New York Times) and Vote-Auction—will share UBERMORGAN methods and artistic process to help students build the conceptual backbone of their own projects.

August 3rd: 6pm-9pm

August 5th: 6pm-9pm

Cost: $60. Discount available for students and unemployed, please email info@grayarea.org for more info.

Technically and content wise this workshop will be completely open, participants can introduce their own work and ideas and develop concepts in their own specific areas of interest. We encourage people from all different fields to participate.

Attendees will build skills around:

  • Critical Thinking & Discourse
  • Mixing it up, methodologies in research & conceptional work
  • Affirmation & dialectics (techniques)
  • How to construct meaning
  • Seeing different models of reality
  • Alternative approaches on how to redefine and readjust set goals

 
Attendees should bring:

  • Paper / Pen
  • Laptop/Phone/Internet Access
  • Research Materials (Books, Print-outs, Images, Texts, etc.)
  • Works Samples of one of their key projects/products (analogue/digital)
  • Participants will also be sent a PDF of “An Analysis of a Discourse on Psychoactive Plants” by André Croucamp before the class to read prior to the workshop
Artists

UBERMORGEN

lizvlx (AT, b. 1973) and Hans Bernhard (CH/USA, b. 1971) are European artists who work in installation, video, code and performance. They are doing strange things with software & hardware. Their early work is referred to as 'Media Hacking' and 'Online Performance', combining various forms of digital media into artistic action. In 2000, they created Vote-Auction, a vote-selling/buying online platform and were described by CNN as 'maverick Austrian business people'. The New York Times called their 2005 'Google Will Eat Itself' project 'simply brilliant. Their main influences are Rammstein, Samantha Fox, Guns N’ Roses & Duran Duran, Pfizer's Olanzapine & Hoffmann's LSD, Lindt's Dark Chocolate & KFC's Coconut Shrimps Deluxe.The have shown their work in major international institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, MoMA, Sydney Biennale, MACBA Barcelona, New Museum New York, SFMoma, ICC Tokyo, Gwangju Biennale and were commissioned by Serpentine Galleries London & Whitney Museum New York. Inspired by the Viennese Actionist movement, UBERMORGEN’s video, code, and online performances take place at the intersection of global financial, governmental, and gaming structures. The artists live and work in Vienna.

Partners

swissnex San Francisco

swissnex San Francisco is an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs as an annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco. A public-private venture, we are part of a network of outposts in Bangalore, Boston, Shanghai, and Singapore. Along with individual science and technology counselors around the world, we work on behalf of Switzerland to expand education, research, and innovation. Vital financial support is provided by donors and sponsors sharing swissnex San Francisco’s commitment to connecting the dots. swissnex San Francisco is a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in science, education, art, and innovation. Through our public events and study tours, we highlight the best of Swiss and North American ingenuity and create opportunities for networking among our diverse group of professional contacts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and beyond. We offer workspace in the heart of downtown San Francisco and the resources to help international guests, start-ups, university outposts, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and other visitors succeed. Our global perspective and local expertise allow swissnex San Francisco to anticipate and nurture fruitful collaborations and align the best academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, artists, and thought leaders so that relationships and partnerships can flourish. Working under several mandates, we also help build the presence of Swiss innovators on the world stage. We believe that unexpected outcomes can lead to the brightest achievements, and we encourage the cross-pollination of ideas through the many connections made at swissnex San Francisco.

Pro Helvetia

Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, is a foundation under public law. Pro Helvetia is dedicated to promoting cultural works of nationwide and international interest. The foundation was established by the Swiss Government in 1939 and is still entirely funded by public money.

The Arts Council is intent on providing Swiss cultural practitioners with the best possible conditions for the creation and dissemination of their works. It helps them to optimise their impact at home and abroad and fosters encounters with artists from other countries.

The foundation spends 60% of these funds on supporting international projects by Swiss artists. It also fosters co-productions or exchanges between Swiss artists and artists from other countries, in particular from countries where Pro Helvetia has a regional office.