Pictoplasma 2022

Rainbow Unicorn is pleased to be part of this years Pictoplasma Festival. We present works by Rick Berkelmans aka Hedof (NL), renowned for his candy-coloured scenery, suspicious-looking characters and wonky shapes.

The young French self-taught illustrator and animator Dédouze (FR) shows his retro futuristic art, inspired by Japanese anime from the 80s and old French science-fiction comics.

The animator and illustrator Csaba Klement (HU) brings along some of his joyous miniature ceramic sculptures – a medium he became addicted to some years ago. See you around. Let’s meet again.

Silent Turmoils

sfumato
Robert Seidel
Installation Version
1 Channel, HD, Color, Sound, 30min
USA/Germany 2018/19

Heaven

Auf dem Weg ins »Heaven« haben sie sich gegenseitig die Erlaubnis gegeben, irgendwann einfach verschwinden zu dürfen.
Dorthin, wo keine Regeln existieren.
Keine Fragen stellen, keine Antworten geben.
Kein Nachdenken über nichts. Nur pures Wollen.
Wie jeden Freitag.

Selected paintings and objects by Anna Nero.

Opening 13. Aug, 18h

With reading by Mirna Funk
+ music Bas Bleau
in Collaboration with Sammlung Simonow.

To meet the current Covid restrictions it would be very appreciated to RSVP upfront by providing your contact info to the »Heaven« event here.

Automating Humanity

Caroline Sinders

Automating Humanity is an online panel discussion series that analyzes and investigates inequity in tech systems within the fields of art, critical design and open source technology.

Feminist Data Set Workshop #2
Friday, 19.3. —19h CET

Feminist Data Set Workshop #1
Friday, 12.3. —19h CET

Across two workshops, we’ll be discussing and coming up with new ways to reimagine work, de-center productivity and tracking, and placing care and equity in the in digital work. Each workshop will feature a short presentation, followed by discussion and interaction. How can we reimagine and build the kinds of structures we need right now?

On the future of AI, remote work and feminist technology
Opening panel took place on Feb 4th, 19h CET

Caroline Sinders with Tiara Roxanne and Juan Pablo García Sossa.

Caroline Sinders is a machine-learning-design researcher and artist. For the past few years, she has been examining the intersections of technology’s impact in society, interface design, artificial intelligence, abuse, and politics in digital, conversational spaces. Sinders is the founder of Convocation Design + Research, an agency focusing on the intersections of machine learning, user research, designing for public good, and solving difficult communication problems.

Tiara Roxanne (PhD) is an Indigenous cyberfeminist, scholar and artist based in Berlin. Her research and artistic practice investigates the encounter between the Indigenous Body and AI. More particularly, she explores the colonial structure embedded within artificial intelligence learning systems in her writing and her performance art through textile.

Juan Pablo García Sossa / JPGS (*Bogotá, COL) is a Designer, Researcher and Artist fascinated by the clash between emerging technologies and grass-root popular culture in tropical territories. His practice explores the development of cultures, visions, realities and worlds through the remix and reappropriation of technologies from a Tropikós perspective (Tropics as Region and Mindset). JPGS has been part of diverse research institutions and design studios and currently is a design research member at SAVVY Contemporary The Laboratory of Form-Ideas’ Design Department in Berlin and Co-Director of Estación Terrena, a space for Arts, Research and Technologies in Bogotá. JPGS is a 2020 Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future Fellow at EYEBEAM.

David Amberg Death Star

Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM and Rainbow Unicorn present Death Star by David Amberg. The video installation investigates themes of authenticity and locality inside a Star Wars video game and tries to grasp how our understanding of these themes is shaped by contemporary digital technology as well as (art)historical images.

1
One time as a teenager I was so stoned that I looked up at the night sky and had this „revelation“ that the moon was an actual three-dimensional object up there in the universe and not only –
how it seemed to my eyes – a two dimensional disk on the night sky plane.

2
I am watching an advertisement for a new Star Wars video game on YouTube. It doesn’t show any scenes inside the game but only a team of developers hiking through the landscapes where
the original Star Wars movies were filmed. They’re taking 3D-scans of the environment to create virtual models to make their game look as much as the movies as possible.
There’s two landscapes, the one that they’re standing in and the one that they’re looking for which only really exists in the motion picture of the Star Wars movie.

3
In the finale of the first Star Wars Trilogy when Darth Vader is about to die he asks his son take off his helmet. He tells him: „Just for once let me look on you with my own eyes.“

David Amberg (*1991) is currently studying at the University of Arts Berlin with Prof. Heike-Karin Föll. His works have been shown in various exhibitions including Museum für Fotografie (Berlin), Museum Fluxus (Potsdam), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin) and Große Kunstschau (Worpswede).

davidamberg.de

The opening of David Amberg “Death Star” at Rainbow Unicorn gallery was accompanied by the performative intervention ‘Bend your enthusiasm’ by R&D.

Pictoplasma 2019

Laura Callaghan — Panophobia

Laura Callaghan is an Irish illustrator whose work is largely hand-painted using watercolor, gouache, and isograph pen. Taking its title from a highly disputed phobia which translates as „a vague and persistent dread of some unknown evil,“ the work on show reflects a society caught in the choke hold of fear, where panic about an increasingly unstable world rules our lives and fills our screens, both paralyzing and motivating us to change.

More info @Pictoplasma

Overflow

Overflow: Inexplicable Parts of the Intimate

“Nature,” William James said, “is but another name we give to excess.” Once seemingly endlessly abundant, life on earth has been revealed in its fragility and ephemerality. Our computational systems, meanwhile, processing endless layers of data, seem ever more like that natural excess of which James wrote. Reliant on rare-earth elements, these machines are in the world they strive to replace and reproduce. The works in this exhibition explore paradoxes of computers-as-nature: through the dark abundance of computed extinction, the uncanny vitality of sensors and circuits, and the otherworldliness of simulation.

Earth Measurer
Matthew Battles

Reflexive Structures
Kim Albrecht

alt’ai
Qiao Lin, Paul Heinicker, Daria Stupina & Lukáš Likavčan

A metalab(at)harvard exhibition in collaboration with Rainbow Unicorn.

Ferro+

An exhibition that is dedicated to the audio cassette as a tangible element in a digital world. Ferro+ is showcasing a collection of selected artists and small labels publishing on cassettes. It is meant as a listening lounge for the music and space to bring on view cover artworks as a piece of art.

Opening hours:
Mo — Fr, 11 — 18h

Showcased:

猫 シ Corp.  / ALKU / Beach Buddies Records / Become Eternal / Bedroom Folk Recording / Chemical Tapes / Cindy Sizer / czaszka (rec.) / Death Is Not The End / Demo Dandies / Field Hymns / Full body massage records / Geology Records / Global Pattern / Jemek Jemowit / Kinship / Kitchen Leg records / Reckno Reckno / Second Editions / Summercide Records / Szara Reneta / tmrw> / The Unfinished Music Research Programme / Third Kind Records

and more+

Pictoplasma 2018

Rainbow Unicorn is pleased to host Alex Norris for this years Pictoplasma Festival.

Alex Norris is an award-winning webcomic creator, best known for the complicated meta-gags of ‘Dorris McComics’ and the relatable ‘Webcomic Name’. Fusing tragedy and comedy he reflects on the frustration of false expectations, human relationships, and the existential insignificance of everything we do. He is currently struggling to write a comic without an ‘oh no’ punchline. Alex will be presenting a selection of comics with commentaries and some original ‘Webcomic Name’ art.

Machines Experience II

A showcase of works by Harvard (at)metaLAB artists as part of transmediale Vorspiel.

The possibilities of artificial intelligence have long seemed futuristic and far-fetched. Today, however, AI technology is making its impact felt in such real-world realms as autonomous vehicles, online searches and feeds, and the criminal justice system.

metaLAB (at)Harvard presents Machines Experience II, a showcase of works by metaLAB artists exploring the emotional effects of algorithms, the uncanny experiences of sensor-enabled computers, and what intelligent machines might reveal about understandings of the nature of intelligence itself. This work is presented in conjunction with the Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the MIT Media Lab.