We are a Berlin-based artist collective and design studio, working on transmedia projects in mixed realities at the intersections of art, design, technology and models of perception. In 2015 we developed the augmented reality app Refrakt in collaboration with Michael Schröder and have been working together with him ever since. In a digital society, where technology increasingly starts to shape our perception and behaviour in everyday life, our work focuses on the nature of the medium itself.
We have a background in visual communication and work in editorial design—either in a classic form or combined with new media. In our conceptual artwork, we primarily use augmented reality to reflect on today’s communication and overall changes caused by the digitization of our lives.
Please feel free to contact us for further information about projects and collaborations.
The digital space is ubiquitous, yet invisible to the naked human eye. The Refrakt app is a virtual museum revealing this increasingly relevant part of our daily lives and social interactions. By crossing the boundaries of physical space, various objects of all kinds of media play with the viewer’s perception of parallel realities. The device being used becomes an apparatus for this new world and lets the viewer interact with his immediate surroundings.
By scanning selected images, digital artworks become visible and the original pieces get transformed in virtual reality. Refrakt is a blueprint for future museum models which position non-physical works of art in physical space. May it be as an intervention in a classical museum in transforming paintings into something completely new or as a comment on current political mischiefs. The capabilities of these new forms of communication are nearly infinite. The project is applicable in various ways. Augmented reality provides many opportunities and communication forms that are new in a museum context but work as a great addition to exhibited artworks. Refrakt is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Android support is currently under development.
Appearances & Talks
2019Building Castles in the CloudBuilding Beau Rivage, Loutraki, GR
2018Slide to ExposeCollaboration with Nicole Ruggiero and Molly Soda
Kunsthalle Mainz, DEMuseum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, DECyfest 11, St. Petersburg, RUHumber Street Gallery, Hull, UK
2017Beyond MatterPart of Volvo Art Session Schiffbau, Zurich, CH
Slide to ExposeCollaboration with Nicole Ruggiero and Molly SodaBabycastles, New York City, USAJunior High, Los Angeles, USABrighton Digital Festival, UKToday Art Museum, Beijing, CNStates of MindOnline exhibition by Refrakt and Tony GraysonPlanet Earth, PE
Building Castles in the CloudPart of the group exhibition Postdigital EcosystemsBabycastles, New York City, USA
ChimaTEK: Chimacloud Control CenterCollaboration with Saya WoolfalkFulton Center, New York City, USA
Everything is a RemixGroup exhibitionwhitebox, Munich, DE
2015Hack de PatriaGuerilla Intervention of theVenezuelan presidential electionCollaboration with the collectiveDismantling the SimulationVenezuela, VE
ww1.0Collaboration with Dean O’GormanB3 Biennial of the Moving ImageBRAUBACHfiveFrankfurt am Main, DE
Objects in Mirror are Closerthan they AppearGuerilla exhibitionGemäldegalerie, Berlin, DE
Das augmentierte Museumsgebäude
Reclaiming Urban Space with AR Technology
Talk with Prof. Dr. Thomas Gegenhuber
Leuphana University of Lüneburg, DE
Workshop: ARound the CityGerman Cultural CenterCluj-Napoca, RO2017
This Happened #8Hamburg, DESee a video of the talk here
Opportunities of digitalisation for cultural institutionsfor The Arts+ at KunstwerkeBerlin, DE2016
We Are MuseumsBucharest, ROThe Arts+Frankfurt am Main, DE
re:publica TENBerlin, DE
B3 Biennial of the Moving ImageFrankfurt am Main, DE
Lumen Prize Founder’s Awardfor Slide to Expose(Collaboration withMolly Soda and Nicole Ruggiero)
ARTE TracksartefaktDeutschlandfunk KulturDW Deutsche Welle felt zinei-Dinforadio
KUNSTFORUMLibérationMonopol (2015)Monopol (2018)Motherboard (Vice)Museum and the City NEONNew York TimesSRF Schweizer Radio und FernsehenStaatliche Museen zu BerlinSüddeutsche ZeitungWidewalls
Exhibition catalogueVfmK Verlag für moderne Kunst GmbH