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The annual program of the xhibit format for 2020 comes under the heading “Performing Media.” Since the 1960s and Marshall McLuhan’s thesis “the medium is the message,” it has been agreed that media are not neutral mediators, vehicles, or instruments but always have a productive dimension as well. Not only do media convey reality, they also generate what is mediating and thus create reality. This calls for considering the extent to which media can be credited with a dimension that shapes and establishes culture, a dimension that has lost none of its topicality in view of the far-reaching technological developments of recent years. Central to this is the question of changes in our viewing habits and understanding of reality in the wake of phenomena associated with the use of the Internet and digital media. 

The three exhibitions of the xhibit series in 2020 shed light on the productive dimension of media and its cultural-political implications from different perspectives. The exhibition New Views on Same-Olds (July 17‒September 19, 2020) metaphorically relates the technique of the loop in the screening of films and videos, which embodies standstill and movement at the same time, to the understanding of reality of a present that repeatedly reproduces itself and in which the idea of the new seems to have become obsolete. The presentation “Motion into Being” Reframed (October 16‒December 12, 2020), which is centered on Anna Craycroft’s eponymous work, asks how representation in the sense of culturally shaped viewing habits is shaped by language, but also by new technologies. Multiple Singularities (March 13‒May 23, 2020) in turn examines public space as a medium for representing political contents. Public space does not merely convey a picture of social reality, it is in it that this reality is produced by single, individual actions.

Multiple Singluarities
March 13–May 23, 2020
Opening: Thu, March 12, 2020, 7 pm

New Views on Same-Olds
July 17–September 19, 2020
Opening: Thu, July 16, 2020, 7 pm

„Motion into Being“ Reframed
October 16–December 12, 2020
Opening: Thu, October 15, 2020, 7 pm

Final Works 2020

The final works of selected Academy graduates are presented in the rooms of the xE space twice a year. The works from different institutes offer insights into the Academy’s range of teaching contents and practices and provide material for exploring pioneering artistic developments.

Final Works 19 / 20, Vol. I // Open Days
January 23–February 1, 2020
Opening in the context of the Open Days: Thu, January 23, 2020, 5 pm
Open Days: January 23–January 26, 2020 (opening hours adjusted to the Open Days)

Final Works 19 / 20, Vol. II
June 17–June 27, 2020
Opening: Tue, June 16, 2020, 4 pm