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April 22, 2009

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Art Jockey (03 April – 14 June 2009)

From April to June the German media artist Matthias Fritsch will present ‘Art Jockey,’ three consecutive exhibitions to take place at three different cultural institutions in Karlsruhe. Fritsch will present a selection of his recent body of work investigating the possibilities of contemporary new media art.

‘Parallaxe’, a group of four HD-Video-Panoramas will be on view at the ZKM | Karlsruhe (Center for Art and Media Technology). Each of the four panoramas depicts a ‘natural’ landscape, which appears as pure natural scenery untouched by the tourist industry. Reflecting the desires and dreams of a global society based utterly on technology, the scenery of this ‘natural paradise’ is set in an encompassing installation, turning the experience into one of technical beauty.
(from April 3rd until April 25th . More information at

The independent art space, Morgenstrasse, will exhibit ‘Credits Without Crisis: Prophetic Appropriations.’ Reflecting the strategic attempts of original Appropriation Art, Fritsch refers only to works of young and mainly unknown artists at the beginning of their careers, artists from his local and social network in Karlsruhe. Different from the well-known Appropriation Art of the 80s, Fritsch is neither appropriating famous works from art history nor from commercials. Neither the authorship nor the former fame of the past is questioned here; rather he explores the open future to come.
(from April 14th until April 28th.

At Badischer Kunstverein the artist presents the open series ‘Music from the Masses,’ an unfinished group of works using the internet and user generated sites such as YouTube as a medium of art. ‘Music from the Masses’ consists of more than 50 music videos by artists and musicians from around the world who generated musical interpretations to silent video and film clips produced by Fritsch.

Reflecting and focusing on the actual practice of the recycling and reuse of film and video on sites such as YouTube, Fritsch raises questions of authorship and distribution, each fundamental issues concerning the usual perception of art.
(from April 23rd until June 14th.

On April 26th Frtisch will host an Open Screening at the PanoramaScreen at ZKM. The artist opens his installation and invites art students from Karlsruhe to present their works.
For April 28th 2009 Fritsch invites seven local artists to intervene in his show ‘Credits without Crisis: Prophetic Appropriations’ at Kunstraum: Morgenstrasse. In addition, at Badischer Kunstverein, Fritsch will temporarily install a recording studio. Audience members will be invited to produce new musical interpretations, which will be added to the exhibition.

On their own, the three integrated yet distinct exhibitions are proposals for open platforms. All singular presentations in Art Jockey are determined by questions of collective and technically controlled perception and production, as well as by questions of the experimental integration of social networks in contemporary art production and distribution.

The exhibition also refers to the complex and heterogeneous filaments of Fritsch’s artistic work, with the invitation of the audience to connect them. In this way, Art Jockey as an exhibition exceeds the usual spatial limits of art exhibitions.

An overview of Art Jockey is posted on the artist’s website:

Art Jockey can be visited at the following locations and times:

ZKM | Karlsruhe
Adress: Lorenzstraße 19
The Exhibition will last untill 26 April at ZKM_Medientheater
open: Wed – Fri 10am-6pm | Sat – Sun 11am-6pm
Entry free

Special Event:
Open Screening on 26 April 2-6pm

Kunstraum: Morgenstrasse
Adress: Morgenstraße 45
open Sat from 1pm – 4pm
and by Appointment: +49-721-3350784
Entry free

Special Event:
Interventions on 28 April, 7pm (Finissage)

Badischer Kunstverein
Adress: Waldstrasse 3
Exhibition from 24 April – 14 June
Vernissage: 23 April, 7pm
open Tue – Fri 11am – 7pm | Sat – Sun 11am – 5pm
Admission: 3 Euro, reduced rate 1,50 Euro

Special Event:
April 29th, 7pm
Matthias Fritsch Artist Talk ‘Technoviking’
followed by Live Performances ‘Music from the Masses’

The Artist likes to thank the following Institutions for their support:
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Kunstraum: Morgenstrasse, Badischer Kunstverein, Kulturamt der Stadt Karlsruhe

Further the Artist thanks the following persons for their work and support which made this Enterprise happen:
Philipp Kleinmichel, Marko Grewe (, Bernd Lintermann, Petra Kaiser, Peter Weibel, Martin Heuss, Nadja Quante, Anja Casser, Peter Sloterdijk, Lan, Chen Tamir, Daniel M Fabry, Klara Schmitzer, Jana Bloechle

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