alien matter

3 Feb 2017 – 5 Mar 2017

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Daily (except Tuesday) 10am-7pm

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

Katja Novitskova

Mark Leckey

Joep van Liefland

Suzanne Treister


Pinar Yoldas

Ignas Krunglevičius

Jeroen van Loon

Addie Wagenknecht

Evan Roth

Sascha Pohflepp

Johannes Paul Raether

Constant Dullaart

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