Binary Primitivism (We Told You So!)
Feb 25 - Mar 25, 2017
Opening reception Saturday Feb 25, 6-8 PM
'From the urge to want to understand the world,
it becomes apparent that we have understood the world.'
Binary Primitivism helps you see habits as they occur, the departure from the here and now towards any number of things that could possibly be instead. The implications cannot be overstated but most can't see these moves. No organic reach, but Binary Primitivism believes in the kindness of strangers, they are anonymous and that's great. Incredible. Golden hypno-mandala-GIFS will be brilliant, because the present will overflow with so many different versions of what must become possible and Binary Primitivism wants to be all of them. We live in a complex culture where many people act primitive. Many terrific ideas were attacked. Binary Primitivism has been waiting it’s whole life for someone to take on the real enemy, the media. It couldn't be more enthusiastic. Media reset was always the plan, nothing can be done without it. Share these golden images widely. It's going to end poorly for them instead.
Binary Primitivism is found in the binary wilderness. Binary Primitivism isolates clans and groups, exploits theirs aesthetics and nurtures them into becoming easy prey. Then Binary Primitivism infiltrates and colonizes the target-group's digital habitats by playing echo-chamber symphonies and serving exaggerated self-referential comfort aesthetics. Binary Primitivism emulates primitive behaviour. Beyond action lies truth. This form of mimicry represents The New Honesty (Neue Ehrlichkeit) deeply rooted in the balkanization and atomization of truths and aesthetics.
UBERMORGEN lizvlx (AT, b. 1973) and Hans Bernhard (CH/USA, b. 1971) are European artists and net.art pioneers. They tenaciously convert code & language and concept & aesthetics into digital objects, software art, net.art, installation, new painting, videos, press-releases and actions. CNN described them as 'maverick Austrian business people' during their Vote-Auction action and the New York Times called Google Will Eat Itself 'simply brilliant’. Their main influences: Rammstein, Samantha Fox, Guns N’ Roses & Duran Duran, Olanzapine, LSD & Kentucky Fried Chicken's Coconut Shrimps Deluxe. The have shown their work in major international institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, MoMA/PS1, Sydney Biennale, MACBA Barcelona, New Museum New York, SFMoma, ICC Tokyo, Gwangju Biennale and were commissioned by Serpentine Galleries London & Whitney Museum New York. UBERMORGEN currently hold the Professorship for Digital and Net-based Art in the Faculty of Art at the University of Art and Design Offenbach/Frankfurt
Digital Production Assistant: Stefan Endres
Setup Assistant: Alex Wurts
Social Media Think Tank: Mike Cernovich
This Exhibition is supported by Pro Helvetia, Bundesamt für Kultur Austria and swissnex San Francisco