Heavy Matter

Heavy Matter

Die Publikation erschien anlässlich der Ausstellung "HEAVY MATTER - Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln bei der ISEA2010 Ruhr", die vom 20.-29.08.2010 in Dortmund im Westfalenforum stattfand
und als Supplement von off topic, dem Magazin der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln: off topic: beschweren.

Herausgeberin: Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
Redaktion: Anneka Metzger, Ute Hörner
Texte und Abbildungen: Céline Berger, Jongwon Choi, Tobias Daemgen, Anna Gonzalez Suero, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Akiro Hellgardt, Echo Ho, Derek Holzer, Hörner / Antlfinger, Sion Jeong, Sunjha Kim, Theresa Krause, Karin Lingnau, Anneka Metzger, Ji Hyun Park, Jun Park, So Young Park, Laura Popplow, Martin Rumori, Lasse Scherffig, Miri Shin, Wonbaek Shin, Tine Tillmann
Übersetzung: Joanne Moar, Sonja Brodie
Gestaltung: Ilana Paterman
Fotonachweis: Wenn nicht anders angegeben die Künstler_innen
Druck: Druckerei Kopp, Köln


In englischer Sprache
20 x 30 cm, 56 Seiten, mit zahlreichen farbigen Abbildungen, Klammerbindung

Auflage: 1000
ISBN: ohne

At the turn of the 21st century, New Media has become a matter of course and the technology of electronic data processing is constantly being perfected. The promise that all spheres of life will be digitalised and made immaterial seems to have been fulfilled. Just how immaterial is data really? Does it not carry a certain amount of weight, after all? What role does the subject play in the virtual data space? In this exhibition, we will question the arrival of the virtual future and, as the exhibition title suggests, expose the immaterial as “Heavy Matter”.

The question of whether the New Media can access reality is explored in the form of complex processes of transformation,embodiment, sound and localisation. By purloining scientific explanatory models for artistic purposes, applying extrasensory methods and devising poetic processes, the complex virtual world will become accessible and will be,literally, made tangible. Heavy does matter: objectively, physically and financially. Matter is an autonomous (disruptive) factor between transmitter and receiver.

For more than a year, students, graduates and academic staff of the KHM explored the gravity of data and the lightness of material and addressed the interdependency of processes of materialisation and dematerialisation. The results of this investigation will be presented in the exhibition HEAVY MATTER in the Westfalenforum in Dortmund.

During the research and project development, several themes grew in importance: In particular, the relationship between technology, materiality and aesthetics, but also the (independent) life of materials and the productive vestiges of data transfer.