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 ‘Delivery for Mr. Assange' is a 32-hour live mail art piece. In January 2013, !Mediengruppe Bitnik sent Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a parcel containing a camera. Through a hole in the parcel, the camera documented and live-tweeted its journey through the postal system, letting anyone online follow the parcel's status in real time. The parcel was intended as a system test, inserted into a highly tense diplomatic crisis. Would the parcel reach its intended destination, or would it be removed from the postal system? Julian Assange has been living at the centre of a diplomatic crisis, holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, since June 2012. Although he was granted political asylum by Ecuador in August 2012, he cannot leave the embassy premises as they are surrounded by UK police threatening to arrest him on sight.

!Mediengruppe Bitnik

Schweizer Kunstpreise

Delivery For Mr. Assange Video installation, 52 pages text, 2-channel video HD, 10min loop, 2013/14

Describe your work in five words.
Hacking, Intervention, Contemporary, Multifaceted.

Why did you apply and what will you do if you win the Schweizer Kunstpreis?
Winning the Swiss Art Award would help us further develop our work – the money would go ­towards realizing our next work(s).

What is your favourite work of art?

There are so many works of art we like, it is hard to name just one. The most recent great exhibition we saw was Mike Kelley’s at the Geffen contemporary in L.A. But we also see a lot of great online. At the moment we really like Cory Arcangels new book “Working on my Novel”, we like work by Eva and Franco Mattes, Brad Troemel, There is a great exhibition at the moment by Vuk Cosic in Ljubljana presenting some of our favourite work by various artists called “ Painters and Poets”.

Where do you come from, where are you now, where are you going?

We have a background in digital art, have always also been interested in the White Cube and its potentials. Currently, we are working on expanding our visual vocabulary. In the future we want to keep working on contemporary issues we find important and to find interesting ways to talk about them with art.

Domagoj Smoljo 1979 Geboren in Kroatien. Lebt und arbeitet in Zürich/London
Carmen Weisskopf 1976 Geboren in Basel. Lebt und arbeitet in Zürich/London

2010 Too Big To Fail/Too Small To Succeed, SPACE Gallery, London·2010 Too Big To Fail/To Small To Succeed, Les Complices*, Zürich·2010 Jusqu'ici tout va bien, Espace Multimédia Gantner, Belfort·2011 Questions/Noise, Substitut, Berlin·2012 Lügen: UBS Lies/Polizei lügt, Museum für Kommunikation, Bern·2014 Delivery for Mr. Assange, Helmhaus, Zürich·2014 The Darknets, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen (Kat.)

2011Together in Electric Dreams. Abwesende Anwesenheit, Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel·2011 Cops and Robbers, Share Festival, Torino (Kat.)·2012 Yes we're open, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam·2012 Network Hack, La Gaîté lyrique, Paris·2013 Biennale Online 2013, Artplus, New York/Amsterdam·2013 Physical City - Sensing Place, Rua Madalena Project, Lisboa·2014 Painters and Poets, City Art Museum, Ljubljana

2007 Jubilee Award, Migros Kulturprozent·2008 Swiss Art Award, Bundesamt für Kultur·2009 Honory Mention, Ars Electronica·2013 Golden Cube, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival·2014 Arbeitsstipendium, ZKM Karlsruhe


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