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Ryan Gander @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Ryan Gander @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Neïl Beloufa @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Neïl Beloufa @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Neïl Beloufa @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Juliette Blightman @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Juliette Blightman @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Juliette Blightman @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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David Horvitz @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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David Horvitz @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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David Horvitz @ Transparencies (2015-16). Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Metahaven @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Katja Novitskova @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Katja Novitskova @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Katja Novitskova @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation detail. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Yuri Pattison @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Yuri Pattison @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Yuri Pattison @ Transparencies (2015-16). Video still. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Ryan Gander @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Ryan Gander @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Metahaven @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Metahaven @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Metahaven @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation detail. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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David Horvitz @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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David Horvitz @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Neïl Beloufa @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Neïl Beloufa @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Juliette Blightman @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Juliette Blightman @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Juliette Blightman @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Juliette Blightman @ Transparencies (2015-16). Detail. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Yuri Pattison @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Yuri Pattison @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Yuri Pattison @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Yuri Pattison @ Transparencies (2015-16). Video still. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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David Horvitz @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Katja Novitskova @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
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Katja Novitskova @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.

Transparencies (2015-16) exhibition photos

, 23 May 2016

TRANSPARENCIES, a group exhibition curated by Simone Neuenschwander and Thomas Thiel at Bielefelder Kunstverein ran from November 7, 2015, to January 17, 2016. It examined the fundamental shifts occurring with the dawn of the digital age and the dilemma of its positive and negative impact.

Artists like Neïl Beloufa, Juliette Blightman, Ryan Gander, Calla Henkel Max Pitegoff, David HorvitzKatja Novitskova and Yuri Pattison took part in what would be a two part project taking place between the exhibition at Bielefeld and a symposium in Nuremberg and responds to the cultural facets of (non-)transparency in a globalized climate.

Metahaven @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.
Metahaven @ Transparencies (2015-16). Installation view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.

Dealing with the ambivalence of the term in diverse ways, the artists’ reflect on the idea of transparency and a shared sense of insecurity and doubt that comes along with the positive promise of limitless access to information and communication that modern life can offer us. The press releases describes the work as taking a “critical approach to post-privacy society” looking to algorithms, data-drives, and other modes of interpersonal exchange.

Using a family of logotypes that are used by corporations to create transparent products such as clear varnish, the graphic design studio Metahaven developed its own visual identity in the run up the exhibition. In addition, the show continued through a series of talks, workshops, a symposium as well as a project website (www.transparencies.de). There is fluid movement between subject matter and areas of investigation that relate to communication, contemporary history, economics, sociality and biology. However, an overall theme of presence and absence connects the conversation, with its strong focus on how our society handles knowledge.

The Transparencies project was also made into a comprehensive catalogue and publication that features texts by the curators as well as Emmanuel Alloa, Clare Birchall and Manfred Schneider launched at Motto Books on May 17.**

Exhibition photos, top right.

The TRANSPARENCIES group exhibition was on at Bielefelder Kunstverein, running November 7, 2015, to January 17, 2016.

Header image: David Horvitz @ Transparencies (2015-16). Install view. Courtesy Kunstverein, Bielefeld.