Poetics of Encryption
17 February – 26 May 2024

 
<p>Trevor Paglen, <i class="">Because Physcial Wounds Heal…</i>, 2023. Copyright Trevor Paglen, Courtesy of the Artist, Altman Siegel, San Francisco and Pace Gallery</p>

Trevor Paglen, Because Physcial Wounds Heal…, 2023. Copyright Trevor Paglen, Courtesy of the Artist, Altman Siegel, San Francisco and Pace Gallery

 

Though we rely on digital tools for many things, we rarely understand how they work. Moreover, due to the proprietary nature of much corporate tech, even the most curious among us cannot gain deeper insight. Today, we are forced to come to terms with our relative lack of power in the face of inscrutable systems. What symptoms of this personal and political drama register in the cultural field? What moods, symbols, or narrative frames capture the aesthetics and politics of exclusion, occlusion, secrecy, and speculation concerning technology’s inside? This extensive group exhibition at KW builds upon the recent book by Nadim Samman titled Poetics of Encryption: Art and the Technocene. It surveys an imaginative landscape marked by Black Sites, Black Boxes, and Black Holes—terms that indicate how technical systems capture users, how they work in stealth, and how they distort cultural space-time. These themes form the basis three chapters that play out across all gallery floors at KW. Spanning analogue and digital media, Poetics of Encryption features both historic and newly commissioned works by more than 40 international artists.

 

Featuring artists: Nora Al-Badri, Morehshin Allahyari*, American Artist*, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Gillian Brett, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Julian Charrière, Joshua Citarella, Clusterduck, Juan Covelli, Kate Crawford, Sterling Crispin, Simon Denny, enorê, Roger Hiorns, Tilman Hornig, Rindon Johnson, Vladan Joler, Daniel Keller, Andrea Khôra, Jonna Kina, Oliver Laric, Eva & Franco Mattes, Jürgen Mayer H., Most Dismal Swamp, NEW MODELS, Carsten Nicolai, Simone C Niquille, Trevor Paglen, Matthias Planitzer, Jon Rafman, Rachel Rossin, Sebastian Schmieg, Charles Stankievech, Troika, UBERMORGEN, Nico Vascellari, Zheng Mahler, among others. The exhibition architecture has been made in collaboration with architect Jürgen Mayer H. / J. MAYER H. and partners, architects. A dedicated website-as-catalogue also features three ‘web-first’ artistic commissions, rich media, and a bespoke AI chatbot. See poeticsofencryption.kw-berlin.de

 

Curator: Nadim Samman

Assistant Curator: Linda Franken

Curatorial Assistant: Lara Scherrieble

 

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*The artists, whose names are crossed-out, have chosen to strike against German State-funded institutions and therefore withdraw their participation from the exhibition. 

 

 


poeticsofencryption.kw-berlin.de

KW Studio about Poetics of Encryption with Nadim Samman, Linda Franken and the artists Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Most Dismal Swamp, Nora Al-Badri and Franziska von Guten & Silvia Dal Dosso / Clusterduck Collective. Production: LOCOLOR, Realisation: Gregor Kuhlmann, Camera: Gregor Kuhlmann & Vincent Schaack, Sound: Lia Valero, Editing & Color Grading: Gregor Kuhlmann. A production by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2024

 

 
 
 

On the KW Digital program & the project Poetics of Encryption:

 

 

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Installation view of the exhibition <i>Poetics of Encryption</i> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition Poetics of Encryption at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition <i>Poetics of Encryption</i> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition Poetics of Encryption at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition <i>Poetics of Encryption</i> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition Poetics of Encryption at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition <i>Poetics of Encryption</i> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition Poetics of Encryption at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition <i>Poetics of Encryption</i> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition Poetics of Encryption at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition <i>Poetics of Encryption</i> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition Poetics of Encryption at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition <i>Poetics of Encryption</i> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition Poetics of Encryption at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition <i>Poetics of Encryption</i> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition Poetics of Encryption at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition <i>Poetics of Encryption</i> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition Poetics of Encryption at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition <i>Poetics of Encryption</i> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.
Installation view of the exhibition Poetics of Encryption at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2024; Photo: Frank Sperling.

 

<p>The <em>KW Digital Program</em> in 2023–2024 is supported by Volkswagen Group.</p>

 

The KW Digital Program in 2023–2024 is supported by Volkswagen Group.

 

The exhibition Poetics of Encryption is supported by Apalazzo, Blessed Foundation, max goelitz, Harlan Levey Projects, and Sprüth Magers. The exhibition is initiated by KW and a new iteration will be shown at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen in late 2024.

 

<p>Media partners to the exhibition</p>
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Media partners to the exhibition

 

 

 

Curatorial Text

 

Biographies of the artists

 

Plain language/
Discovery questions

 

Public Program

 

Exhibition opening
16 February 24, 7 pm

 

KW x Flipping the Coin
Afterparty
16 February 24, midnight

 

Conversation:
Calculating Empires:
A Genealogy of Technology and Power, 1500–2025

with Kate Crawford and Nadim Samman
18 February 24, 4 pm

 

Reading Performance:
Secret Words and Related Stories
with Jonna Kina, Shade Théret und Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju
6 March 24, 7 pm

 

Poetics of Encryption x panke.gallery
Conversation and Live Set
Neo Biedermeier: AI and the Contemporary Aesthetic Landscape
11 April 24, 8 pm

 

Book Launch:
The Desert Turned to Glass
27 April 24, 5 pm

 

Concert:
EARLY LABYRINTH
27 April 24, 7 pm

 

Poetics of Encryption
Free admission and Finissage
26 May 24, 11 am – 7 pm

 

Conversation:
Inhabiting SHEE
with Juliana Cerqueira Leite and Dr. Barbara Imhof
26 May 24, 4 pm

 

Mediation

 

Bookable Workshop:
Connected Transparencies:
Creating connections and activating content

 

Workshop Special:
Decoding Embodiment: Somatic Exercises in the exhibition
22 March 24, 7 pm

 

Holiday Workshop:
From reality to unreality and back again
25–28 March 24

 

Curator's Tour
with Nadim Samman
25 April 24, 7 pm

 

Open studio for children and adults
Encryption or abstraction after all?
5 May 24, 1–5 pm

 

Public guided tour with German Sign Language
5 May 24, 2 pm

 

Focus Tour:
How to decrypt a body: a performative tour
11 May 2024, 5.30 pm

 

Curator's Tour
with Lara Scherrieble
16 May 24, 7 pm

 

Workshop Special:
Decoding Embodiment: Somatic Exercises in the exhibition
24 May 24, 5 pm

 

Part of

 

KW Digital

 

KW Digital:
Poetics of Encryption
2023–2024