UM.Wire: Gallery [DAM], ARTE Creative, Transmediale, Goethe Institut Nairobi

 


 

g'day myladies and men of honour!

believe us, mauritius !-- and kenya ... &&$%&/§/, the research on somali pirate fashion and the safari including lions and shit.. and no! we didn't cry crocodile tears back in vienna, true pain it was, cold fukcing freezing grey and depressing place it is.. where are thou my boxfishes??

but some other spritzi-splashers enlighten our days..
((AND if ya in berlin tomorrow, join us for the opening of our solo show at Gallery [DAM]!! more infos below..))
btw the 666th retweeter to this email will win a trip to sweden, to our new hardcore prq.se box!... ;;
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-- CLICKISTAN REVIEWS
-- ARTE Creative UBERMORGEN Channel
-- GALLERY [DAM] OPENING 28.1.
-- TRANSMEDIALE WORKSHOP & EXHIBITION
-- GOEHTE INSTITUT NAIROBI EXHIBITION
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and here they come.. in our splendid fun-pro(l)mo language of the north...
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here a couple of CLICKISTAN reviews ...
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/12/26/the-whitney-museum-plays-an-art-videogame/
http://killscreenmagazine.com/articles/click-or-click
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and a quick preview of WOPPOW - Somali Pirate Fashion Channel on ARTE Creative..
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ARTE Creative
http://creative.arte.tv/DE/space/UBERMORGEN_COM_Channel
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UBERMORGEN.COM presents...
WOPPOW, a Rockumentary about Somali Pirate Fashion, Fishing Piracy, Action and War in North-East-Africa and some Media Hacking Artists from Europe struck in the middle of it all... it was a day like any other... little did they know.. their lives were about to be thrusted in chaos... BOOOOOM. WOPPOW. Somali Pirate Fashion: Including coverage of a fashion shoot with children in Kibera (largest slum in Africa), Mauritius as the fish-laundring capital in the indian ocean and a two-part portrait of somali-born fashion designer woppow who comes up with a set of designs inspired by his pirate friends, the vastness of the indian ocean, and the spirit of violence and charity that is projected onto somali pirates.

Pressconference, Tue 2.2., 11am, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
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UBERMORGEN.COM, BEING POLITICAL IS SUCH A HUGE TREND™
Featuring Somalia pirates fashion project WOPPOW and real-life digital oil painting project DEEPHORIZON

Gallery [DAM]Berlin
Tucholskystr. 37
10117 Berlin
http://dam-berlin.de

Preview: 28th January, 7-9 pm, The artists will be present at the preview.
Ausstellung: 29. Januar - 23. März 2011 / Exhibition: 29th January - 23th March 2011

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Gallery [DAM]Berlin is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of UBERMORGEN.COM in Berlin featuring two new time-critical projects of the artist couple. WOPPOW is a room installation based on video and art couture that is dealing with Somali pirates to highlight the exploitation in a globalized world and its backlashes. Fashion and lifestyle are hereby used as a metaphor. The artists will transform the gallery space into a flagship-store of the fictional fashion designer woppow. The project DEEPHORIZON is utilizing aerial images of the BP oil disaster spill in the Golf of Mexico proclaiming ironically the revival of 'oil painting' that could be experienced this time live via mass media as a form of process based art.
lizvlx (.at) and Hans Bernhard (.us/.ch) have been collaborating under the brand name UBERMORGEN.COM since 1999 and are widely recognized for the time-critical installations and as pioneers of digital actionism. In 2000, they became renowned for their project [V]ote-Auction - a platform for the trading of electoral votes in the presidential race between Bush and Gore.

Background story of WOPPOW: "The French fashion designer “woppow” travels to his homeland Kenya (Mombasa) and to Somalia (Puntland) to gather some inspiration for his next haute couture collection. Influenced by the media presence of Somali Pirates he starts to collect images of the country and its people, creates moodboards and decides to shoot clothes with guns in a highly creative way..." (Artist Statement)
WOPPOW is pushing the limits of couture with a new kind of aggressive high street wear. The latest flash in global boredom glamourizing the saturation of the decadent fashion world - highly political fashion mirroring the brutal reality of our world. Shot by real bullets.

For DEEPHORIZON, the artists have transformed these digital files into abstract images. Adapting the aesthetic tradition of oil painting, the pieces are printed on canvases. Artist Statement on DEEPHORIZON:
The supreme discipline of art - oil painting - is back with a vengeance - in the form of an oil painting on a 80.000 square miles ocean canvas with 32 million litres of oil - a unique piece of art... It has been 13 days since a BP oil and gas exploration well blew out, setting fire to the drilling rig, which sank, killing 11 people. Ever since, crude oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, raising the prospects of a historic environmental disaster. Winds from the south-east have nudged the slick northward... and has begun to paint the coastlines. Finally oil painting has evolved into generative bio-art, a dynamic process the world audience can watch live via mass media...


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Transmediale
EXHIBITION & WORKSHOP

In recent times, the global eye has focused on a social movement usually associated with history, literature and film: piracy. Specifically, African piracy off the Somali coast. Exposed to social, economic and political injustices, stranded fishermen and people with nothing to lose are compelled to employ violent methods of acquisition – theft and robbery. In 2009, UBERMORGEN.COM initiated the project WOPPOW to explore these modes of local exploitation and the reactions to them. In considering, at transmediale.11, the criminal interventions of the RAF (Red Army Faction) of the 1960s, for example, and problematics of expropriation in the former GDR, UBERMORGEN.COM ask whether and to what extent piracy tactics could also apply in Germany. Provocatively and with a lot of irony, UBERMORGEN.COM use style, fashion and technology as a vehicle to address political, social and economic issues. A related workshop aims to create not only a visual language of piracy but a genuine fashion line.
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there should still be some slots left for the WORKSHOP.., REGISTER HERE:
http://www.transmediale.de/content/woppow-ubermorgencom-workshops-register-now
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GOETHE INSTITUT NAIROBI
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WOPPOW
BEING POLITICAL IS SUCH A HUGE TREND™

A French fashion designer who calls himself "woppow" travels to his homeland of Kenya and gets incredibly inspired by Somali pirates for his next "Art Couture" collection. He creates the new lines "MZUNGU by woppow" (pret-a-porter) and a kids collection called "woppow SHIFTAZ". Influenced by the superficiality of media reports on the mysterious Somali pirates he starts to copy the mitumba pirate-style and the local fishermen wear. He photoshoots kids in Kibera in his new stylish streetcar, his scouts invade Eastleigh in order to access kenyan/somali trend-mixes. Today the global eye focuses on Somali pirates, Atalanta, red tuna and terrorism. woppow's innovative marketing campaign uses piracy to contextualize high-priced objects and low-income african workers. Hakim Beys „Pirate Utopias“ engages in a epic anarchist narrative of the contemporary pirates running the most enhanced and aggressive operations in the Indian Ocean.

WE GOT REALLY INTERESTED IN POLITICAL STATEMENTS
OUR MODELS ARE RUDE BUT IN A VERY POLITE WAY
IT’S LIKE SHOOTING WEAPONS IN A CREATIVE WAY
WE CAME UP USING THEM WITH GARMENTS
I WAS LIKE... BOOOM! THIS WAS SUCH A MOMENT..
LIKE IT’S A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN FASHION
WE WANT TO USE THE BULLET FOR CHARITY
WE ARE SO INSPIRED BY THE VIOLENCE OF THIS WORLD
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The WOPPOW project is funded by the Goethe-Institute Nairobi, Pro Helvetia, BM:UKK Austria and the City of Vienna. http://woppow.net/pages/credits.html
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UBERMORGEN.COM
officeR@ubermorgen.com
Studio +4312361985
http://www.ubermorgen.com

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http://whitney.org/clickistan
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http://tortureclassics.com
http://ubermorgen.com/DEEPHORIZON
http://www.asylabwehramt.at
http://ugi-heal.me