We outsourced everything…



and now we’re bored!

News from L’Atelier-Kunst(spiel)raum: This month the gallery displays a project by Clémence de La Tour du Pin and John Henry Newton, curated by Judith Lavagna. Until the 24th April 2013 you can visit a world of the “inbetween.” The exhibition “We outsourced everything and now we are bored” aims to reach the problematic between online and offline. Digital and analogue. Sourcing and outsourcing. The artworks exhibited offer a contribution of both references and interferences – combining contemporary art history and digital practices.


“We outsourced everything and now we’re bored’ considers the banality of our everyday life imbricated into unsteady laptops. The project is constructed within a book, a collective show and an online database. The book, developed by Clémence de La Tour du Pin (Berlin) and John Henry Newton (London) documents a series of performative interventions. This collaboration emphazises dialogue through the use of the web, where the distance becomes a tool – serving as an interesting variable in the way the content of the book is produced. By exploring the blur of boundaries between paper and pixel, the printed pages are revisited by a constant flow of conversations, electronic devices and real-time updates.

The ping-pong strategies between the two artists explores peer-to-peer archiving models where the traditional and sustainable role of print is continually threatened and revisited by our digital reality and its infinite reproductibility. By sharing and extending their sources with chosen artists, Clémence de la Tour du Pin and John Henry Newton explore a collective mutable authorship based on navigation, distribution of resources and screen-based contents. A constellation of hyperlinks and performative elements that move between the tactile and the digital as well as its inversion. The book become a sort of ‘archeologie of presence’, a work-in-progress stabilised by the print insurance. From the volatile screen interface to the permanency of the print surface, the extension of the book into a three dimensional space incorporates a new dimension in the works produced: their existence is finally outsourced into our material world and physically related to long-life objects, a response to our mutated generation.

The database is both an extension of the book and the exhibition, it aims to increase the artists works in a virtual matter implemented through curating online. It will result in web-based images selected by participating artists, images produced for the book, the exhibition and some forgotten desktop items. This updated images mixture will bring up a complex system of relation, from our flat screens to the unpredictable hyperspace. This online project is launched during the finissage of the exhibition, when the artworks are leaving the gallery into the storage of everyday life.

IMG_1187 All images by © Ivo Gretener

Contributing Artists:

Anthony Antonellis & HENDRIK | Anne Fellner & Burkhard Beschow | Joseph Buckley | Jack Coltman | Matt Cooper | Nicola Guy | Vida Guzmić | Joe Hamilton | Marian Luft | Katharina Marszewski | Oliver Osborne | Barnie Page | Lucia Quevedo | Blake Shaw | Eric Stephany | Santiago Taccetti | Elvia Wilk & Felix Riemann | Ronny Szillo

Visit L’Atelier Kunst (Spiel) Raum until the 24th April 2013. The Finissage is on the 24th April 2013 at 7pm. Opening Thu – Sat 2 – 7 pm

Grossbeerenstr. 34, 10965 Berlin

by Gabrielle Berlin