Feed by Arthur Röing Baer

Captured (Aaye art group over wikimedia commons history), 2014steel frame, polyethylene with 5-color print86 x 191 x 7 cm

Captured (Aaye art group over wikimedia commons history), 2014
steel frame, polyethylene with 5-color print
86 x 191 x 7 cm

Alone and On The Prowl, 2014steel plug, acrylic glass, foam sheet, shoulder sleeve insignia, carton, 3d-printed plastic keychain, tracking dot27,5 x 20 x 2,5 cm

Alone and On The Prowl, 2014
steel plug, acrylic glass, foam sheet, shoulder sleeve insignia, carton, 3d-printed plastic keychain, tracking dot
27,5 x 20 x 2,5 cm

ARTHUR RÖING BAER
Beast of Kandahar

New art club is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Arthur Röing Baer. This will be the gallery’s first solo exhibition with the Berlin based artist.

In the exhibited work Arthur Röing Baer explores the virtual and physical reconstructions of the RQ­170 UAV drone subsequently following its crash in Iran, December 4, 2011. The drone that is claimed to been taken down by Iranian GPS­ hacking was long known as The Beast of Kandahar and was, apart from sporadically leaked blurry photos, invisible to the public.

During his research Röing Baer started exploring the reconstructions of the shape of the downed drone, singling out two processes, one by the online community of Wikimedia Commons and similar 3d­ archives and the other by the Iranian state through its intermediary representative, the Aaye art group.

Where the digital copies carried out by the open source intelligence fanboys who unintentionally fetishise the shape, exaggerating its slickness and sharp details by filling the visual information ­blanks with their own fantasies connected to the mysticism surrounding the “Beast”. The reconstructions by the Aaye art group have a different approach; here aestheticisation is used as tactics, degrading the symbol of the drone by colouring it pink & shaming it through ornament or attaching it to a keychain to be carried around like a trophy.

The exhibition consists of a number of works around the theme of demystification via reduction of the drone to its pure shape, showing the different stages of development towards the final shape. Acknowledging that there is not one, but different shapes and changing materialities between digital and physical and changes made by each instance in this tale of the fallen beast. Röing Baer here combines these different approaches of reconstruction always aestheticising the drone & defunctionalising it—turning it’s shape into a tangible sculpture. 

12/09/2014 – 13/10/2014

NEW ART CLUB
Lehrter Str. 30 
10557 Berlin

Beast (boscorelli3d over google trends), 2014steel frame, electrical tape, polyethylene with 5-color print86 x 126,5 x 7 cm

Beast (boscorelli3d over google trends), 2014
steel frame, electrical tape, polyethylene with 5-color print
86 x 126,5 x 7 cm

Alone and Unafraid, 2014
steel plug, acrylic glass, anti-static bubble-wrap, shoulder sleeve insignia, invoice, 3d-printed steel keychain
19 x 13 x 2,5 cm

Beast of Kandahar, 2014
steel plug, acrylic glass, foam envelope, tracking dot, shoulder sleeve insignia, shapeways welcome letter, 3d-printed plastic keychain
21 x 15,5 x 2,5 cm

Skunkworks, 2014steel plug, acrylic glass, foam sheet, painted bubble-wrap, carton, dyed 3d-printed plastic keychain31,5 x 17 x 2,5 cm

Skunkworks, 2014
steel plug, acrylic glass, foam sheet, painted bubble-wrap, carton, dyed 3d-printed plastic keychain
31,5 x 17 x 2,5 cm