Trailer ARE YOU FOR REAL
Concept film by Ainslee Alem Robson and Kidus Hailesilassie
The web-based project ARE YOU FOR REAL is about engaging with and visualizing connections of people, thoughts, things, and places – communication happening through the trading and training of data. It addresses the material and immaterial aspects of the 'digital' and how they are perceived from the perspectives of various disciplines: artists, researchers, and coders are commissioned to create works that offer us their understanding of and approach to reality.
This ongoing project is a platform of exchange that supports formats such as exhibitions, workshops, digital art spaces, and apps. It takes place in arbitrarily chosen sites, as wide-ranging as betting halls, post offices, gaming venues, and cultural centres.
While there is no intention of forming a linear narrative, a thread links the events and creates moments of encounter. Like the children's game in which a message is created, passed on, and distorted between one player to another through whispering, the outcome is always unexpected and unpredictable. This playful approach generates conversations between perspectives and concepts, helping explore the overlaps and interstices that link fields, formats, and contexts.
The artworks produced will change during the course of the project, as new artists join and take over, add, and react to them. This means that certain qualities of a traveling exhibition will become visible, articulated through the touring of thought and the changes and traces in each work.
The approach for this project challenges the decades-long format of touring exhibitions, as developed by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, an institute for international cultural relations), by sending exhibitions of art from Germany around the world. ARE YOU FOR REAL aims to create an international cultural exchange as well as a contemporary co-creative practice of exhibition-making. The challenge is to deconstruct the inflexibility of the classic touring format and explore other models that respond to the questions we are posing through international collaboration and new artistic production.
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Instagram Live Talks
Already more than one year of ARE YOU FOR REAL. What is new and what has been further developed? Join in to learn more about the artworks, the platform, and the ongoing process. The conversations will be in English.
- Instagram Live Talk #1: 19.07.2022, 15.00 (CEST) – Curator Julia Grosse in conversation with programmer and web designer Yehwan Song – View recording
- Instagram Live Talk #2: 27.07.2022, 15.00 (CEST) – Curator Paula Nascimento in conversation with artist duo Zheng Mahler about their new work "What is it like to be a virtual bat?" – View recording
- Instagram Live Talk #3: 06.10.2022, 15.00 (CEST) – Curator Yvette Mutumba in conversation with artist Nolan Oswald Dennis about his essay game "a sun.black"