Touching from a Distance II: Transmediations in the Digital Age

Photo: Jonas Blume, Predictive Biography, 2018

March 22 – May 23, 2019
Goethe Media Space Thu 4:30PM– 7:30PM; Sat 10AM–1PM
Free and open to the public

Commissioned & presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto
Co-presented with Hot Docs, Images Festival & Digifest

Join us for the exhibition opening on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 6:30pm with Berlin curator Tina Sauerländer and artists Jonas Blume, Felix Kraus, Lorna Mills, and Tina Wilke in conversation.

Touching from a Distance II presents recent digital art works immersed into the book shelves and media hardware at the Goethe Media Space. All works deal with transmediation, the process of translating information between different co-existing media–analog or digital, written or visual. The concept of transmediation reflects our daily internet routine, as we stay connected via intangible yet visible information. The band Joy Division praised the effect of music conveyed through the radio with their 1979 song Transmission: “Touching from a distance…sound, that’s all we need to synchronise.” Today, digital data reaches and connects us as we post images, create short videos, or use emojis.

The 10 featured works build bridges between literature, language, digital art or VR. Ornella Fieres explores the transitions between analog and digital imagery; Anna Ridler transforms Edgar Allan Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher into an AI animation based on the artist’s drawings; Aron Lesnik creates uncanny animations of people talking about the advantages of reading.

The exhibition includes a world premiere by Lorna Mills as well as 6 North American and 3 Canadian premieres.

Jonas Blume (DE), Manja Ebert (DE), Ornella Fieres (DE), Aron Lesnik (DE), Lorna Mills (CAN), Sarah Oh-Mock (DE), Julia Charlotte Richter (DE), Anna Ridler (UK), The Swan Collective (DE), Tina Wilke (DE)

Curated by Tina Sauerländer (peer to space)

Touching from a Distance II is the second version this exhibition concept, the first organized by and Literaturhaus Berlin, curated by Manja Ebert, Tina Sauerländer and Peggy Schoenegge in 2018.

Goethe Media Space @ Goethe-Institut Toronto, 100 University Ave., North Tower, 2nd floor.

Program & Media Contact:
Jutta Brendemühl
Program Curator
Goethe-Institut Toronto