Since lizvlx and Hans Bernhard came together in 1999 to form UBERMORGEN, the Swiss-Austrian-American duo have been carefully crafting then releasing their media hacks into an unsuspecting world. Some of their best known projects are (V)ote Auction, Google Will Eat Itself and Amazon Noir – The Big Book Crime, The Sound of eBay and SuperEnhanced.
UBERMORGEN’s open-ended investigations of censorship, surveillance, newspeak, torture, e-commerce and global communications are sophisticated satires.
Join their two-evening workshop at Gray Area and learn how they’ve devised over the years for scamming these online economies, including manipulating Google Ads to purchase back shares of Google stock, and computer programs to steal copyrighted material from Amazon.com for ransom. Participants will have the chance to devise their own irresponsible projects, and end with class presentations of our new schemes.
The two-evening workshop takes place on August 3 and August 5 from 6-9pm.
- July 19: Art+Technology Lab, LACMA, Los Angeles
- July 21: Machine Project, Los Angeles
lizvlx (AT, b. 1973) and Hans Bernhard (CH/USA, b. 1971) are European artists who work in installation, video, code and performance. They are doing strange things with software & hardware. Their early work is referred to as ‘Media Hacking’ and ‘Online Performance’, combining various forms of digital media into artistic action. In 2000, they created Vote-Auction, a vote-selling/buying online platform and were described by CNN as ‘maverick Austrian business people’. The New York Times called their 2005 ‘Google Will Eat Itself’ project ‘simply brilliant. Their main influences are Rammstein, Samantha Fox, Guns N’ Roses & Duran Duran, Pfizer’s Olanzapine & Hoffmann’s LSD, Lindt’s Dark Chocolate & KFC’s Coconut Shrimps Deluxe.The have shown their work in major international institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, MoMA, Sydney Biennale, MACBA Barcelona, New Museum New York, SFMoma, ICC Tokyo, Gwangju Biennale and were commissioned by Serpentine Galleries London & Whitney Museum New York.
Their earliest works were part of the avantgarde Net.art movement and were exclusively shown online in the World Wide Web. In the last 15 years UBERMORGEN was part of the global contemporary technology art scene and they have collaborated with artists likeVuk Ćosić, Aram Bartholl, and Evan Roth from Free Art and Technology Lab and Graffiti Research Lab, Franco and Eva Mattes (0100101110101101.org), The Yes Men, Jodi, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Trevor Paglen, Douglas Rushkoff, Lev Manovich, Olga Goriunova and Nicolas Bourriaud.
*Please get in touch with Gray Area if you are a student and would like to attend for free.
Photo: Myleen Hollero