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D/B Recommended: Drawing in the age of electronic expression – Opening @ LEAP Berlin | Saturday, 28.01.2012

How has the role of the artist been transformed by the impact of digital technology?

Can the producer leave the surface and program equipment, with data controlled by insects and machines, which in themselves turn into the actual producers or synthesize sounds into images? The exhibition “Drawing In The Age Of Electronic Expressions” deals with visual art techniques – in particular painting and drawing.

In their attempt to avoid the classical visual image, which would mean to “hang pictures on the wall”, the artists re-interpret this gesture in a new way. Even when their works do not produce something visual, an image appears to be their only possible form.

Sanela Jahić | Fire Painting

Both sound sculptures and performances that include many amenities, fire-spectacles or housefly-installations experimenting with controlled “randomness”, all these works deal with the movement of drawing, letting this technical spectacle become the ultimate image itself.

Within these subjects, the role of the artist gains more and more importance. The different interpretations of the observer not only provoke the question “Who is the artist?”, but also reiterate it over and over. In this constellation the image neither represents a result nor a starting point.

It appears to be much more a “porous membrane”, both present and obsolete; dominant and invisible at the same time. In this manner, the exhibition focuses on the artist and not primarily on the artworks, expatiating upon the whole system as machinery.

With works by Sanela Jahić (SI), Takahiro Yamaguchi (JP), Julius Stahl (DE), Daniel Franke (DE), David Bowen (US).

The exhibition DRAWING IN THE AGE OF ELECTRONIC EXPRESSIONS is part of the Transmediale & CTM’s Vorspiel, January 26-29.

Exhibition Opening: Drawing In The Age Of Electronic Expression
presented by LEAP & CTM.12

Saturday, 28 January 2012 | 20:00 CET
LEAP | (Berlin Carré, 1. Floor) Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13 | 10178 Berlin/Mitte

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