!Mediengruppe Bitnik

© Iris Janke

Home is where the work is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


The unobserved worker is an inefficient one. That’s one rule of Taylorism, a management theory that aims to increase efficiency. Frederick Winslow Taylor tracked workers’ movements in the late 19th century and regimented workflows through „performance monitoring“. Nowadays, workplace performance is monitored through a variety of methods, technologies and reward systems. But what happens when a pandemic turns our home into our work place? How do we deal with the employers’ desire to observe and control our work in our homes?


!Mediengruppe Bitnik is an artist duo that works both on the Internet and with it as a medium, raising topical questions about surveillance, artificial intelligence, and networking. In doing so, their practice usually works from the digital into the physical space, revealing the mechanisms of algorithms, bots, and tracking software. !Mediengruppe Bitnik creates situations of deliberate loss of control in order to question established structures.

!Mediengruppe Bitnik are Domagoj Smoljo und Carmen Weisskopf. They were awarded the Swiss Art Award in 2008 and 2014 for their work and received the Golden Cube Award Kassel in 2013 and the Prix de la Société des Arts Genève in 2017. Their works are shown internationally, most recently: at Art Safiental Biennale (2022); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2022); Aksioma Institute for Contemporary Art Ljubljana (Solo, 2021); Kunsthaus Zürich (2021); Laboratory of Art and Form, Kyoto (Solo, 2020); KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin (2019); House of Electronic Arts, Basel (Solo, 2019); Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin / South Corea (2017); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2017).


Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache. Event in English.




& 11.01.23