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Performing Data - Fleischmann & Strauss (2011)

Exhibition, Conference, Book – Laznia CCA, Gdansk, Poland

Liquid Views - the Virtual Mirror of Narciss

Exhibition 15.04. – 26.06.2011

Performing Data is a review of Fleischmann and Strauss´ body of work from Virtual Reality (Home of the Brain, HoB Video), up to Mixed Reality (Murmuring Fields, MF Experiments Video, Mixed Reality Archive or Energie-Passagen), from Fluid (Liquid Views) to Rigid (Rigid Waves, RW Video) up to Floating Interface (Media Flow).

Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss from the Fraunhofer Research show an intersection of the body and immaterial digital data. From Body Space (Virtual Striptease) to Knowledge Space (Semantic Map): Interactivity as an extension of touch is a central strategy of their work – interactivity with its complex relationship to reality, re-presentation and presence.

The body as interface and intersections to the disembodied digital information. Immersion in data flow causes productive moments of disturbance and suspension, and consequently – a feeling of real physical presence.

The Exhibition Performing Data includes works from the early 1990s, when the artists/scientists were co-founders of the ART+COM collective in 1987/88 in Berlin. Since 1992 they developed their work as research artists at KHM and GMD – the German National Research Center for Information Technology, since 1997 as directors of the Media Art & Research Studies (MARS) department and since 2001 at Fraunhofer Society, in the Institute for Media Communication (IMK) and for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) in Sankt Augustin, Germany.


Performing Data. Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss


Performing Data | Performowanie danych. Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss. The catalog with DVD and essays by Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Derrick de Kerckhove, Luca Farulli, was released in September 2011 (en/pl). Editors: National Centre for Culture, Warszawa 2011 in collaboration with Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, 2011. ISBN 978-83-61587-55-2 (en/pl).


Video of the opening of the exhibition: Performing Data – Art+Science Meeting. Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss. Exibition at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk: 15 April – 26 June 2011 in context of the Art & Science Conference: Towards the Third Culture. The Co-Existence of Art, Science and Technology.

Performing Data – Monika Fleischmann + Wolfgang Strauss at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk.

Art & Science Conference

International Art Line conference: Towards the Third Culture. The Co-Existence of Art, Science and Technology with Performing Data. Catalog Towards The Third Culture
Artus Court – Gdańsk Historical Museum

Organizer & Support: Laznia CCA, IFA, Artline

The exhibition was organized by Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, Poland and its director Jadwiga Charzyńska. Invitation (pdf). Supported by IFA – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

Reviews in Polish

» Kultura Trojmiasto: Zanurz się w wirtualnym jeziorze (Immerse yourself in a virtual lake) April 26, 2011

» Polskieradio: Nauka to, czy sztuka (Science or art?). Sztuka i nauka tworzą od wieków zgrany duet. Ale Leonardo Da Vinci nie był jedyny! Współcześni artyści także intensywnie łączą te dwie sfery. Efekty możemy zobaczyć na Art & Science Meeting w gdańskiej Łaźni. Agnieszka Obszańska, Polskie Radio S.A.

» Polskieradio Interview: Prof. Ryszard Kluszczyński opowiada w Terenie Kultura o Art & Science Meeting


Performing Data at Laznia, Gdansk, 15.04.2011


Performing Data – Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss (pdf) English/Polish Order ISBN 978-83-61587-55-2


» Art & Science Meeting with Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss, Victoria Vesna, James Gimzewski, Nina Czegledy, Roger Malina in Gdansk, Poland. 23.-24.5.2011

» Immediate Art Lecture by Monika Fleischmann, Laznia, Gdansk 12/2008

Public Announcements

» Platforma Kultury: Kalendarium Performing Data. Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss

» Art & Science Meeting project – a collaboration between Łaźnia – Centre for Contemporary Art, the National Cultural Centre, Baltic Cultural Centre, the National Museum in Gdansk, Gdansk History Museum and the European Capital of Culture Gdańsk 2016 – a candidate – includes exhibitions and theoretical debate. Artistic director of the project: Prof. dr hab. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Head of the Department of Media and Audiovisual Culture University. Project Coordinator: Krzysztof Miękus


» Images of the Body in the House of Illusion by Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss. In: Art@Science; Ed. Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, Springer, Wien/New York, 1998 (pdf)

» Implosion of Numbers by Wolfgang Strauss & Monika Fleischmann. Text first published in: Disappearing Architecture. From Real to Virtual to Quantum. Ed. Georg Flachbart, Peter Weibel, Birkhäuser, Basel 2005

» The Archivisation, Presentation and Dissemination of Cyber Art on the Web by Piotr Zawojski. Text first published in: Art Inquiry vol. X (XIX). Virtual Art/Virtual Domains of Art. Ed. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński. Łódź 2008.

About Fleischmann & Strauss

German artists and scientists, Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss, are considered pioneers of interactive media art. Since the very beginning of their artistic and scientific activity they have used computer both as a tool and medium. Their experimental research focuses on the interactivity in art and knowledge environment, as well as on the expanded and networked space used as interface. Learning new things from old things is one of the working methods applied to new media that they have invented for their use. Their ideas concerning visual presentation of information and computer-oriented models of navigation and dialogue have for twenty years now influenced the development of modern technoculture in the context of interactivity. The work of Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss has earned them a Golden Nica of Prix Ars Electronica and numerous other honorary awards, and is constantly archived by ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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