“A bot is free of taste, in its paradigm it can act in full freedom. No rethinking, no regrets, no need for undos.” How do computers experience the world? This is the question driving Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach‘s playful investigation of what the physical world looks like through digital eyes.
With most of us spending hours in front of the computer each day, what do our ever faithful assistants think of us? How do we look to them? Did we ever stop to think about what they would like to do with their time?
For Carroll / Fletcher, Asendorf and Fach have conceived a whimsical, fictive world in which a particular set of markers associated with sentience have been ascribed to machines in order to delineate the experience of the computer. In this familiar world made strange, they look, analyse, translate, archive, express, create, feel joy and comfort – all the while watching us, consuming us, reflecting us, learning, becoming… becoming us.
Kim Asendorf (b.1981, Bremen) is a conceptual artist working with digital media to explore Internet culture and technology. His work ranges from online projects and performances to visual art and installations. Solo shows include: Init (Internet), DAM Gallery, Berlin (2014); and at the Kunsthochschule, Kassel (2013). Recent group shows include: Art Hack Day Berlin: Afterglow, Transmediale, HKW, Berlin; net.art Painters and Poets, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana; Unoriginal Genius, Carroll / Fletcher London; You Might Be A Dog, LEAP, Berlin (all 2014); global aCtIVISm, ZKM, Karlsruhe; and Emoji Art & Design Show, Eyebeam, New York (both 2013).
Ole Fach (b.1980, Bremen) is an architect and conceptual artist investigating the networking of architecture, society and new media. His projects document and reflect on cultural change in order to give an insight into the world of tomorrow. Fach’s art practice includes websites, performances, installations, screenings and GIFs. His work has been exhibited in Berlin, Olomouc, Geneva, New York and London.
Asendorf and Fach have worked on many collaborative projects together. Since 2011, they have co-run the Fach & Asendorf Gallery online. For Transmediale festival 2015 they have co-curated Long Distance Gallery, an exhibition at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and website which invites sixteen visual and conceptual artists to present their work on flags, hoisted in the name of Digital Art. Both artists currently live and work in Berlin.