Artist Corinna Berndt on the Aesthetics of Virtual Mistranslation

Solo Exhibition

27.08.2019 6pm  - 31.08.2019 9pm

For immediate release
Press Release: Media art, mis-translation, digitization, glitch, Australian artist

Streaming Data is the Ultimate Trust Exercise with the Moon – Exhibition of video, text, sculpture and digital art by Corinna Berndt

Opening: Tuesday, August 27, 6-9pm
Duration – August 28-31, Tuesday-Saturday 2-7 and by appointment

SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin
(U8 – Schönleinstraße)

Artist: Corinna Berndt (AUS/DE)

BERLIN—July 30, 2019

SomoS is thrilled to present the mixed-media solo exhibition by Corinna Berndt (AUS/DE) Streaming Data is the Ultimate Trust Exercise with the Moon, ​which ​culminates her three-month residency by proposing a set of science-fiction-inspired artistic comments on the interconnections between technology and human life. Through video, sculpture, text and digital art, Berndt invites the exhibition visitors to cross the blurred lines between the physical and virtual world.

As the exhibition title may suggest, Berndt considers the interaction with a device or with outer space as dealing with an equally vast dimension. Indeed, as lonely rovers are sent by states to explore the planet Mars, so too do individuals on Earth engage with touch-screens at exponential rates. In both cases, technology acts as a way to understand and navigate the physical realm.

Berndt’s works are concerned with the inevitable glitches and mismatches in translation that occur when something is digitalized. One prominent example is her ​Silent Museum, a​ series of digital paintings that was developed from 3D scanned everyday objects. In their often clunky, awkward reconstruction, these objects appear closer to fossils and ornaments than something from physical reality. In this sense, Berndt’s solo exhibition approaches physical-digital mis-translation not as failure, but rather as an opportunity for reflection.
Berndt’s Solares-inspired video art featuring a talking lake, her punchcode sculpture referencing the first computer and her partially bot-generated writings all return to the same original command – reach out to technology to understand your world.

From August 27-31, her solo exhibition ​Streaming Data is the Ultimate Trust Exercise with the Moon shall ​punctuate the SomoS gallery space, providing an intimate commentary on the complex workings of technology on the everyday facets of human life.

About Corinna Berndt

Corinna Berndt is a Melbourne-based multi media artist working with sculpture, collage and video. Interested in the tension between physical and digital experiences, her works trace interactions between objects and beings, thematizing techniques of editing and image manipulation in the process.
Berndt recently completed a Masters of Fine Arts with First Class Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia (2015-2017). She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2003-2007).

Her work has been presented at various galleries and project spaces in Melbourne, including Anna Papa’s Gallery, West Space, Kings Ari and C3 Contemporary Art Space. Selected solo exhibitions have included ​Collision Level​, FeltDark, Adelaide (2018); ​Invisible Vision & Superimposed Rhubarb,​ Kings Artist Run (2017); ​To Move in Non-Linear Dimensions at Trocadero Art Space in 2016, and ​Activities for Small Hours at Seventh Gallery in 2015.

Group shows include ​Our selves,​ Ctrl+Shft Collective, Oakland, USA (curated by Frances Fleetwood, 2017); Hobienniale, Hobart (2017), ​MCA ARTBAR​, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (curated by Julia Gorman, 2017); and ​Five Cents Cinema,​ Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Town Hall (curated by Paula van Beek, 2016).

Awards and grants she has received included the Felt Space Philanthropic Fund (2017); Fiona Myer Award for Excellence (2016); and VCA & MCM Faculty Small Grant in 2016. She completed a twelve-month studio residency and internship at Five Walls Projects in 2017.

Corrina Berndt’s work is represented in the Artbank Melbourne private collection, and the National Gallery of Australia.

About SomoS

SomoS Art House provides space and resources for the production, presentation, and reflection of the arts. SomoS’ ever-expanding Artist-in-Residency program and ambitious exhibitions and event schedule allows for unique opportunities with artists, organisers, and curators to realize an array of artistic endeavors. Selected by Artslant Magazine as one of Berlin’s most interesting art project organizations, SomoS’ mission is to create an international open framework for innovative arts, exhibitions, education and creative cooperation.


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