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Review of UBERMORGEN.COM - MEDIA HACKING VS. CONCEPTUAL ART.

By Rob Myers.

Review of the new glossy hardback publication 'UBERMORGEN.COM - MEDIA 
HACKING VS. CONCEPTUAL ART' spanning a decade of work by the dynamic 
duo  Ubermorgen.com (Hans Bernhard and lizvlx). A comprehensive and 
informative study of their conceptual media hacking adventures, 
including images, essays and interviews by Inke Arns, Florian Cramer, 
Raffael Dorig, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Peter Weibel and others. Edited by 
Alessandro Ludovico of Neural.it, designed by Bernhard Faiss.

http://www.furtherfield.org/displayreview.php?review_id=362

The word 'Ubermorgen' means both 'the day after tomorrow' and 'the 
ultimate day' in German. Bernhard was previously part of the 
controversial media art collective Etoy. Hans Bernhard and lizvlx's 
collaboration began in 1999 and although Ubermorgen share etoy's strong 
corporate aesthetics and mischievous media savvy, the book shows that 
they have progressed from Etoy's ironic self-promotion into a force that 
successfully appropriates conditions of the traditional art world - 
whilst maintaining a critical edge.

"All net artists eventually find that you can't take net art into the 
gallery untransformed any more than you can take mail art or land art 
into the gallery untransformed. It's fascinating to see (and read about) 
the solutions Ubermorgen find to the technical problems of producing and 
making work that addresses their ideological and personal concerns. As 
well as kiosk-style installations of computers and incongruous 
installations of the dated information technology of overhead 
projectors, Ubermorgen have adopted the strategy of producing prints and 
paintings of the imagery of their online projects. This rises to the 
challenge of the gallery without compromising the work on the web and it 
also protects against bitrot."



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