Thursday, December 9, 2021, 12 am
An online piece by Mediengruppe Bitnik (artists, Berlin), based on Tomas Schmit, Action without Audience (#35), 1965, and other pieces
!Mediengruppe Bitnik is an artist duo that works both on the Internet and with it as a medium, raising topical questions about surveillance, artificial intelligence, and networking. In doing so, their practice usually works from the digital into the physical space, revealing the hidden mechanisms of algorithms, bots, and tracking software. Influenced by mail art from the 1960s and 1970s as well as net art from the 1990s, !Mediengruppe Bitnik creates situations of deliberate loss of control in order to question established structures. In their exploration of Tomas Schmit’s work, the artist duo presents Attention, Attention, an online piece that reflects on presence and attention as currencies of a present permeated by the digital.
!Mediengruppe Bitnik is an artist duo consisting of Domagoj Smoljo (*1979 in Vis / Croatia) and Carmen Weisskopf (*1976 in Basel / Switzerland), who live and work in Berlin. In 2015 they were awarded the Migros New Media Jubilee Award, Zurich, and in 2014 the Swiss Art Award, Basel. Their work has been presented internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including at: Open Berlin (solo, 2021); Aksioma Institute for Contemporary Art Ljubljana (solo, 2021); Laboratory of Art and Form, Kyoto (solo, 2020); KINDL Berlin (2019); House of Electronic Arts, Basel (solo, 2019); Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin / South Korea (2017); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2017); Kunsthalle St. Gallen (2014–2015).