Forwearezero 

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Futurismus. Was ist das eigentlich? Unsere Vorstellung von Zukunft scheint sich aktuell in rasendem Tempo zu vergegenwärtigen. Niemand sah den Shutdown kommen. Niemand hatte Zeit ihn kommen zu sehen. Wenig repräsentierte Viele haben ihn, vor der autoritär auferlegten Dystopie, aktiv und selbstbestimmt aufgesucht, um die wirklich existenziellen Fragen nach dem Menschsein,
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Wir sind Null. Eine diskursive Plattform, ein experimenteller Ort freier Interpretation nach egalitärem Prinzip, ein Zusammenschluss wertvoller Gedanken unabhängig von Herkunft, Geschlecht und Status. Zwischen Technophilie und Analog-Nostalgie, Fortschrittsglauben und Rückbesinnung entstanden Video- und Soundarbeiten, Texte, Performances und Objekte, die in ihren jeweils eigenen, grenzenlosen Räumen ausgestellt werden.
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Befreiung und Emanzipation gewidmet.Befähigt der shutdown dazu sich diese rasant entwickelnde Zukunft, von der man auch vor dem shutdown schon Teil war, aber sich und die Welt gar nicht mehr richtig gespürt hat, zu

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vergegenwärtigen? Stream ist jetzt Realität. Virtuelle Realität? Reale Realität? Wo ist mittlerweile die Schnittstelle? Hat uns die Schnelllebigkeit überholt? Wie kann sie uns überholen, wenn wir diejenigen sind, die die Schnelllebigkeit erschaffen?

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Können wir die Schnelllebigkeit überholen? Kann unser physischer und psychischer Körper diesem Tempo standhalten? 

Welcome…
to our discursive platform, an experimental place of interpretation, according to egalitarian principles regarding origin, gender and status. Questioning embodiment in virtual space, we are many facets that want to leave room and form open for exchange, seeing possibility in paradox and gap.
Based on a quotation by Helen Hester ( ´Our name is zero for we are many´ ) and furthermore inspired by the work of Laboria Cubonics and Patricia Reed, forwearezero is a synthesis which understands itself as a kind of starting point, a constantly evolving construct. Thoughts between technophilia and analogue nostalgia, belief in progress and gloomy dystopia, promises of the future and reflections reshape this variable organism every time anew.
For the first show, video and sound works, installations, texts, performances and objects were created, each of which opens up in its own free space. 
The FOE Gallery in Oberfoehring – a former hospital, which has been a meeting point for artists since 1986 – originally provided the initial physical place. The translation into the virtual became meanwhile an integral part of the concept and is to be understood as a technical impulse in the sense of digital maturity. This intention is also reflected in the works of the 11 artists, in the tense atmosphere between materiality and digitality – a grasp through the glassy surface of the screen.

The initial reference to the location with the question of a medicine of the future was drastically given unexpected topicality and relevance in the course of preparing the exhibition. How does the perception of body and space change through the influence of technology and an almost complete shift of interpersonal communication to virtual spaces? Our future currently seems to be coming to mind at breakneck speed. Is it possible to overtake the fast pace of life?

22 limited editions in form of prints, drawings, objects and sound files by the forwearezero collective provide an opportunity for physical grounding and haptic stimulation. On digital-analogue channels, there have also been live streams on the opening night from DTLV Doom, Manuel Neboisa alias Dj Leuchtenberg and Esc.

We would like to thank the ‘Akademieverein’ of the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, the class Schäfer (former Ingold) as well as the gallery FOE for the generous support of the first exhibition of our collective. The project will initially remain online for one year and is available for cooperation, discussion and expansion of space. We are looking forward to your digital visit!

Collective forwearezero

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