Today we’re happy to present the first post of our second contributor Niche Berlin, in the next weeks they will give us their unique insight into what they are looking forward to at this year’s abc. First up Daniel Keller and DIS.
This year’s abc will be “performative” and young. Speaking of young: we’re especially excited about the contributions by Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler gallery presenting Daniel Keller and New Gallery, showing the artist collective DIS. Both galleries are dedicated to building up young artists whose works engage with a contemporary culture in which the internet is a given and who naturally exploit its possibilities –some of them are labelled post-internet artists.

Berlin-based American artist Daniel Keller (* 1986 in Detroit) – also known for founding artist collective AIDS-3D with Nik Kosmas – creates art works that merge artistic practise, technology and social activism to comment on contemporary culture and ecological issues.
DKeller_Soft Staycation (Gaze Track Edit)
His contributions to abc deal with pessimistic prognoses for a culture in which technology replaces manpower, such as Freedom Club Figure (2013): a mannequin wearing the hand-made backpack of technophobic mail bomber Theodore Kaczynski. Keller acquired his accoutrements in an FBI auction. For the installation Soft Staycation (Gaze Track Edit) (2013), Keller filmed a group of unemployed and free-lance expats with a gaze-tracking camera while they’re watching a compilation of national tourism commercials, and presents the video on a flexible LED-curtain.
While Keller stands for multi-layered comments in eccentric materiality, New York based collective DIS is known for their high gloss cynicism. DIS is formed by Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso and David Toro. They run DIS Magazine, stock photography agency DISimages and participate in exhibitions in institutions like PS1 and New Museum or intervene in exhibitions contexts, such as Art Basel/Miami Beach. In their rather humorous way, DIS embrace popular culture and institutional critique and question consumerism but also the art system by exaggerating their respective aesthetic strategies and argumentation

The video Emerging Artist (2013) is one of their many commercial-like clips. It shows three pregnant bellies, which purportedly might carry the next genius the art world is waiting for. Photograph Missy with Starbucks (2013) is a disturbing example of the absurd digital stock images provided by DIS images that combine the aseptic aesthetics with improbable motives. And the work Media Companion #ta15 (2013) consists in branded polyester suits that should be worn by guides who accompany visitors on the abc grounds – at least that’s what were expecting.
But then, visionaries like Daniel Keller or DIS are all about the unexpected.
Daniel Keller,
Freedom Club Figure, 2013,
Ted Kacyznski’s backpack purchased from US government online auction, Hans Boodt Mannequin,
180 x 60 x 30 cm

Daniel Keller,
Soft Staycation (Gaze Track Edit), 2013,
Flexible LED video curtain display, PC, video, dimensions variable
Courtesy: the Artist and Kraupa Tuskany Zeidler gallery

Media Companion #ta15, 2013,
Digitally printed Polyester, commercial mannequin, approx. 173 x 38 x 38 cm, Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Emerging Artist, 2013, HD Video, 1:06
Courtesy: the Artist and New Galerie