UBERMORGEN

Opening, April 27, 2023, 7 pm
Exhibition, April 28 – June 2, 2023

“Does the best of subversions not consist in disfiguring codes, not in destroying them?”* With this question, Roland Barthes anticipates, in the early 1970s, the dilemma in which the subject finds itself today. As individuals, we cannot help but become active in the midst of a system in order to remain capable of action and resist if necessary. The artistic oeuvre of UBERMORGEN demonstrates this contradiction at the intersection of art, performance, media activism, exhibition space, and digital environments. “our work is curiosity driven research,” reads the manifesto by artist duo Luzius Bernhard and lizvlx, active since 1995: “sampling is our basic principle of production. it is visual. it is textual. we code recombinations. we modify your plain-text.”**

The methods of UBERMORGEN can be characterized as both productive subversion and subversive production. Decentralized in networks and as ephemeral as their artworks may seem, pixel images and layouts reminiscent of early Internet-based graphics are their signature. The symbolic nature of UBERMORGEN’s work also manifests in their exhibition practice, which they underpin with scrupulously staged visual worlds. Not only have the duo nimbly infiltrated everyday mass-media life, they catapult traditional means of expression such as painting, photography, installation, and performance into the digital age, transforming them into an independent aesthetic pursuit. Oscillating between fact and fiction is a cornerstone of their game plan.

* Roland Barthes, Sade, Fourier, Loyola, trans. Richard Miller (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989), 123.
** UBERMORGEN, “manifesto,” 2010, www.ubermorgen.com/manifesto.

UBERMORGEN
lizvlx (b. 1973 in Austria) lives and works in Vienna, Cologne, and St. Moritz.
Luzius Bernhard (b. 1973 in Switzerland) lives and works in Vienna, Cologne, and St. Moritz.
www.ubermorgen.com

 

UBERMORGEN, D1ck (scalable), 2021