December 21th – March 4th, 2018


Networking the Unseen


Opening: Wednesday, December 20th, 7 pm



Networking the Unseen is an exhibition that brings together works from contemporary Indigenous and Australian artists with works by media and digital artists from the European scene. Through the disparate culturally, geographically, and socially dependent frameworks visible in the works, the two-way interaction between culture and technology is brought into focus.


In this historical moment of intense, rapid, and widespread transformation as a result of digitalisation, the exhibition presents artists who are grappling with the ramifications of advancing technologies on cultural traditions, nature, art, the individual, and the society within which they live. Networking the Unseen achieves an unusual breadth of perspective on a set of issues that, after all, affects every community around the world today. The exhibition takes stock of the extent of cultural change and proposes strategies for a reorientation of our relationship to technology.






Lily Hibberd und Curtis Taylor, The Phone Booth Project, 2012, multimedia Installation

Warnayaka Art Centre und Gretta Louw, Future Present Desert, 2016, Installationsansicht in der Villa Merkel

Warnayaka Art Centre, Neil Jupurrurla Cook und Gretta Louw, Yama, 2014–2017, Installationsansicht in der Villa Merkel

Aram Bartholl, 0,16, 2009, Installationsansicht in der Villa Merkel

Brook Andrew, Back of Man II, 2016, Installationsansicht in der Villa Merkel

Nora Al-Badri und Jan Nikolai Nelles, The Other Nefertiti, 2017, Installationsansicht in der Villa Merkel









There will be different events accompanying the project at Villa Merkel during the runtime of the exhibition.





Nora Al-Badri & Jan Nikolai Nelles (D), Brook Andrew (AUS), Aram Bartholl (D/NL), Neil Jupurrurla Cook (AUS), Michael Erglis (AUS), Jenny Fraser (AUS), Barbara Herold & Florian Huth (D), Lily Hibberd (AUS), Agnes Jänsch (D), Gretta Louw (D/AUS), Owen Mundy (USA), Katrin Petroschkat (D), plan b (D/GB), Anahita Razmi (D), Curtis Taylor (AUS), Addie Wagenknecht (A/USA), Nine Yamamoto-Masson (F/J) und aus dem Warnayaka Art Centre (AUS)


Curator: Gretta Louw







Since 18 May 2014


Lois Weinberger – Mobiler Garten


Opening: Sunday, 18 May 2014, 12am


The “Mobile Garten” by Lois Weinberger is a project organized by the Villa Merkel, galleries of the City of Esslingen am Neckar. It is installed in front of the winter garden and continues there over a longer period.









In its savagery the garden presents a contrast to the cultivated Merkelpark in style of an English garden.

Lois Weinberger<br/>NOUS, 2004<br/>Freiraum Studio Spiegelfabrik Niederösterreich

Lois Weinberger<br/>Mobiler Garten, 2014<br/>Installationssansicht Merkelpark/Villa Merkel

Lois Weinberger<br/>Plastikeimer, Erde, Spontanvegetation