Julius Popp and Mark Lombardi

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst

Media artists aren’t having the easiest time of it these days: Back in the mid-1990s, Julia Scher was still able to shock us by mounting security cameras on all four of her bedposts and filming everything that happened at night between the sheets. Who would even blink an eye at these intimate surveillance fantasies now, given the party diaries posted constantly on Facebook and the home videos on YouPorn? The speed with which commercial technologies are being developed goes far beyond the material imaginations of artists.

Leipzig artist Julius Popp has found a way out of this dilemma: He constructs his own machines that process information and react to their surroundings like any one-celled organism, human being, or self- respecting bot—thus choosing as his very subject the colonization of the body by gadgetry, as evidenced by the broad consumer use of motion sensors in the iPhone or Nintendo

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