alien matter

3 Feb 2017 – 5 Mar 2017

Event times

Daily (except Tuesday) 10am-7pm

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)

Berlin, Germany


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Within the scope of "ever elusive – thirty years of transmediale", the special exhibition "alien matter", curated by Inke Arns, will be on view at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.


“Alien matter” refers to man-made, and at the same time, radically different, potentially intelligent matter. It is the outcome of a naturalization of technological artefacts. Environments shaped by technology result in new relationships between man and machine. Technical objects, previously defined merely as objects of utility, have become autonomous agents. Through their ability to learn and network, they challenge the central role of the human subject.

Approximately 20 exhibiting artists from Berlin and around the world will present works about shifts within such power structures, raising questions about the state of our current environment and whether it has already passed the tipping point, becoming “alien matter.”

The exhibition is curated by Inke Arns and co-financed by Berlin LOTTO Foundation.


Inke Arns

Exhibiting artists

Addie Wagenknecht


Suzanne Treister

Sascha Pohflepp

Johannes Paul Raether

Pinar Yoldas

Mark Leckey

Evan Roth

Ignas Krunglevičius

Constant Dullaart

Jeroen van Loon

Katja Novitskova

Joep van Liefland

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