OPENCOIL exhibition @Haus der Statistik

OPENCOIL is an exhibition that operates within micro-mobility services in urban space by using the decentralized infrastructure of e-scooters for displaying art, while also addressing the conditions and effects of this infrastructure. 10 artists present their works on a small Wifi controller with ~2MB offline memory, which are connected to 10 randomly-selected e-scooters in Berlin. As soon as the scooters are rented, visitors get access to the exhibition via their smartphones. If connected to the local unencrypted WiFi network sent by the Wifi chip, a web portal opens automatically, where the works can be viewed. The current locations of the artworks can be followed at Haus der Statistik, as well as on this website: (

OPENCOIL is not only a pandemic suitable way to show art in public offline space, the exhibition is also a creative (re-)use of e-scooters: an attempt to approach them through artistic intervention. The presented works deal with questions of the overlap between public and private space, the employment of resources, as well as greenwashing, venture capitalism, and vandalism. All works have been optimized by the artists for mobile viewing.

Participating artists:
Aram Bartholl | Constant Dullart | Dennis de Bel & Anton Jehle | JODI | Jonas Lund | Martin Howse | !Mediengruppe Bitnik | Rosa Menkman | Sarah Grant | Sofya Aleynikova

16.10.20, 7:00pm Zentrum für Netzkunst @ Haus der Statistik, Haus D, Otto-Braun-Str. 70-72, 10178 Berlin

17.10.20, Ko-Markt Zentrum für Netzkunst @ Haus der Statistik, Haus D, Otto-Braun-Str. 70-72, 10178 Berlin

Roaming speedshow
26.10. – 01.11.20, throughout Berlin

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Exhibition presents stickers and sticker sets that have been produced by 19 different artists and collectives who have participated in the online artist-in-residency program organized by the Zentrum für Netzkunst on the Telegram messenger app. The sets can be collected online on Telegram or offline in a limited-edition scrapbook available at

Participating artists:
Nadja Buttendorf | Sjonnie Barbarossa | Emma Damiani | Nieves de la Fuente | Carla Gannis | Emilie Gervais | Max Grau | Franziska von Guten | Joan Heemskerk | Thiago Hersan | IOCOSE | Merz Akademie Stuttgart | Rosa Menkman | Lorna Mills | Marie Luise Möller | New Media Class Kunsthochschule Kassel | Miyö Van Stenis | igor štromajer | Barbora Trnkova [&] Tomas Javurek

Slow opening
Sat June 13 2020

7pm live coding performance by IOCOSE

Regular opening times
Wed–Sat 3–7pm
June 17–July 4 2020

Gerichtsstraße 23 – do to the yard construction please enter the gallery from the panke river side!
Hof 5
13347 Berlin

Telegram Residency (8)

Set: set of vertices connected by edges

Comment: Emotions are complicated. How can a pictogram like 😂 possibly communicate a very complex composition of human emotions, moods and vibes? The synaptic events in our brains deserve more than simple emojis! 

Our emotions can (and will) be translated into data and once they are data, they can be visualized. Which is why we need graph stickers. Graphs and diagrams simplify and illustrate complicated information. With graph stickers, we can visualize our inner complexities and display them in a practical and a visually appealing manner. 

By taking away the scientific context and changing the obscure labels of graphs, we opened them up for new interpretations. Once stripped of their specialized content, the accessible visual language of a graph shines. Now they can be used to express individual, human subjectivities. But also, sometimes, the original content of a graph can be directly linked to an emotional state as well.

Not bound to the cold, numeric world of scientific data anymore, a graph sticker might be able to perfectly convey that awkward feeling of being at a party where you don’t know anyone. While standing in the corner, texting, you can at least simplify things by sending one of these graph stickers. 

Artists: New Media Class Kunsthochschule Kassel (2019/20)

Established in 2003, the New Media Class of Kunsthochschule Kassel deals with technologies, digital infrastructure and the attempt to leave behind obsolete patterns of communication. Reflecting social discourses is part of the agenda as well as artistic experiments. Since 2018, Rosa Menkman takes the role of the deputy professor. She is part of the Telegram sticker residency with her set “Les Inconnues”.
The Graph Sticker Set is a collaborative project by: Vreneli Harborth, Malin Kuht, Fabian Gimpel, Fabian Heller, Niels Walter, Saskia Kaffenberger, Jan-Hendrik Gebbe, Christopher Cäsper and Yannick Stark

Set: Les Inconnues

A fundamental part of the history of image-processing, webdesign, and the standardization of settings within both analogue and digital media are test cards, placeholder images, bots and virtual assistants. Engineers used these female objects to evaluate the quality of image processing, the rendering and composition of architecture and to make these latent spaces more amicable. While these women seem to be able to prolong their existence for as long as the (digital) realms will copy and reuse them, most of them have lost their name and identity.

Pique Nique pour les Inconnues is a Telegram sticker set, made of the 24 clockface emojis, each connected to a sticker of an Inconnue (an unknown or ghost) and their history.

Artist: Rosa Menkman

Rosa Menkman is a Dutch art theorist, curator, and visual artist and currently a professor at the Kunsthoschschule Kassel.