Aram Bartholl

Aram Bartholl’s work creates an interplay between internet, culture and reality. The versatile communication channels are taken for granted these days, but how do they influence us?

According to the paradigm change of media research, Bartholl not only asks what man is doing with the media, but what media does with man. The tension between public and private, online and offline, technology infatuation and everyday life creates the core of his producing. In public interventions and public installations Bartholl examines which and how parts of the digital world can reach back into reality.


Bartholl has adapted a Penny Press, typically found at tourist destinations across the globe, to generate pressed penny souvenirs of your recent visit to the internet. The work brings the internet IRL encouraging us to re-think our understanding of online space and the time we spend online.  


To celebrate his involvement with the Human Futures exposition, Aram has created a line of limited edition coins, for you to purchase. A special edition of 50, these beautiful art objects are presented in a box with all four medallions, each punctured with a hole and displayed on a silver ring. Each limited edition comes with a certificate of authenticity, and is engraved on the back with the artist's signature, making them the perfect souvenir from the exhibition. Order yours here, or visit the information desk at FACT.

Bartholl is a member of the Internet based artist group Free, Art & Technology Lab – F.A.T. Lab. Net politics, the DIY movement and Internet development in general play an important role in his work. Beside numerous lectures, workshops and performances he has exhibited at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) NY, The Pace Gallery NY and DAM, Berlin. Aram Bartholl lives and works in Berlin and is represented by DAM Gallery, Berlin & xpo gallery, Paris.


With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union