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.






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

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

Gretta Louw and Warnayaka Art Centre, YAMA, 2016, multimedia installation, photo: Pau Ros

Addie Wagenknecht, XXXX.XXX, 2014, five custom printed circuit boards, ethernet patch cables, aluminium

Brook Andrew, A Solid Memory for the Forgotten Plains of our Trash and Obsessions, 2015, wood, glass, paper, archive materials

Katrin Petroschkat, You Can Take a Picture of the Ghost, 2014/15, digital print









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





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