Aram Bartholl: Your Shopping Cart is Empty

Emmanuel Art Gallery

August 30 - November 17, 2018

  • Opening reception: Friday August 30th from 6-9pm

aram bartholl grounded with phone
Aram Bartholl - Grounded with Phone - photo courtesy of Emmanual Gallery

Aram Bartholl’s installations are internationally known for examining how humans consume technology and media and how technology and media consumes humans. Like his previous works, Your Shopping Cart is Empty, will highlight the tensions between the physical and digital world. This show, however, pushes deep into issues of cyber-security, trust in software, and surveillance. Your Shopping Cart is Empty highlights the place where digital selves and physical selves intersect.

Traveling from Berlin, Bartholl will be building his exhibition on site at the Emmanuel Gallery. Visitors to the gallery can expect to feel exposed to the vulnerably that our digital lives create. The show greets visitors with motion security cameras that will follow their movements from ground up. The show opening on August 30th will also feature a chalk exhibition, highlighting the false sense of online security—and proving unique and secure passwords are everything but.

The Emmanuel Art Gallery, curated and run by CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media, is housed in Denver’s oldest standing religious structure (previously a church and a synagogue) the first building in Colorado on the national historic register. Located at the historic crossroads of the original pioneer downtown, it was a true melting pot of people coming from around the world to find their fortune and create new lives.

“The Emmanuel Art Gallery is a meaningful place to host Your Shopping Cart is Empty,” says gallery director, Jeff Lambson. “This show physically manifests the new-age problems of the digital world while being in a space of historical significance that has shifted in purpose and identity as generations have passed through its doors.”

Bartholl has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art New York, Skulptur Projekte Münster, Palais de Toyko Paris, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Media City Biennale Seoul and Thailand Biennale.

Emmanuel Gallery
Auraria Higher Education Center
10th and Lawrence St Mall
Denver, CO 80204