UBERMORGEN.COM lizvlx & Hans Bernhard with Guantanamo Bay Prison Guard Chris Arendt
|Field||Installation, Internet Art, Video, Photography, Performance|
|Training||University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business|
|Movement||Media Hacking, Conceptual Art|
|Works||Voteauction, Nazi~Line, EKMRZ-Trilogy, Generator Tetralogy, CLICKISTAN, Asylabwehramt, Superenhanced, WOPPOW|
|Awards||ARCO Beep, Ars Electronica, IBM, Swiss Art Award|
UBERMORGEN.COM is a Swiss–Austrian–American artist duo founded in 1995 by lizvlx and Hans Bernhard. They live and work in Vienna, Basel and S-chanf near St. Moritz in the alpine Engadina valley in Switzerland.
Their main body of work consists of Internet art/net.art, Installation, Video, Photography, Software Art, Performance and uses the convergence of digital media to produce and publish online and offline.
Their early works were Media Hacking projects using low-tech tools to reach very large audiences. During the work on their best known project Voteauction (2000) CNN.com called them "Maverick Austrian Businessmen".
In 2001, they started a collaboration with Christoph Schlingensief for the development and staging of a Hamlet project in Zurich: NAZI~LINE , a bigger than life fake neo-nazi helpline and exit strategy finding agency.
Between 2007–2011 their focus went into research-based productions (Superenhanced , WOPPOW , KRAFT Series ) and Rock Art productions such as TORTURE CLASSICS and CLICKISTAN (commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art). They started to work extensively with video during this period.
Since 1999 their work has been shown in museums and galleries in Europe, America, Africa, Australia and Asia and include venues such as SFMOMA, Centre Pompidou, Konsthall Malmoe, NTT ICC Museum Tokyo, Gwangju Design Biennale, ZKM Karlsruhe, MUMOK Vienna, Ars Electronica Linz, WRO Media Art Biennale Wroclaw, MoCA Taipei, Witte de With Rotterdam, Lentos Art Museum Linz, Biennale of Sydney, ARCO Madrid and the New Museum New York.
Life and career
Lizvlx was born in Linz (AT) and grew up in Wels, Salzburg and Elmira (Upstate New York). Hans Bernhard was born at the Yale University Hospital in New Haven (USA), grew up in New Haven and Basel (CH) and moved to Vienna (AT) to study with Prof. Peter Weibel, and later on with Prof. Lev Manovich (UCSD), Prof. Peter Lunenfeld (Art Center College of Design) Pasadena and Prof. Bazon Brock (emeritus) de:Bazon Brock (Wuppertal) and completed his studies in 1999.
Their earliest works were part of the avantgarde Net.art movement (etoy, 1994–1998, 188.8.131.52, 1996) and were exclusively shown online (World Wide Web/WWW). This work became part of the Internet art and Digital art history and is researched at universities (dissertations, thesis) and taught in (Art history).
The collaboration with both their children (Superenhanced & Spielendes Baby – Schlafendes Baby (original title)), the inclusion of Hans's mental illness and the merger of private and public life led some critics and academics to consider UBERMORGEN.COM as a Gesamtkunstwerk.
Important personal and artistic influences were early meetings with Jean Tinguely, Joseph Beuys, Daniel Spoerri and Eberhard W. Kornfeld in the Basel art scene of the 1980s and with Niki de Saint Phalle in St. Moritz, and the long-time relationship (going back to 1916 during the first world war and the purchase of a Giovanni Giacometti painting by the grand-grandfather of Hans Bernhard ) with the Giacometti family (Giovanni Giacometti, Alberto Giacometti) in the nearby mountain valleys Val Bregaglia and Engadin in the canton Grisons in Switzerland.
In the last 15 years UBERMORGEN.COM was part of the global contemporary technology art scene. Some mentionable connections and collaborations from this period: Net.Artists Alexei Shulgin, Heath Bunting, Olia Lialina, Vuk Ćosić and with contemporary artists Aram Bartholl, Paolo Cirio, James Powderly and Evan Roth from Free Art and Technology Lab and Graffiti Research Lab, Franco and Eva Mattes (0100101110101101.org), IRWIN, Franz West, Janez Jansa, Carsten Nicolai, Minerva Cuevas, The Yes Men, Zhang Peili, Jodi, Miltos Manetas, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Trevor Paglen, Douglas Rushkoff, Lev Manovich, Olga Goriunova and Nicolas Bourriaud.
- Domenico Quaranta (ed), UBERMORGEN.COM, FPEditions, Brescia 2009 (ISBN 978-8890330858)
- Alessandro Ludovico (ed), UBERMORGEN.COM – MEDIA HACKING VS. CONCEPTUAL ART, Christoph Merian Verlag, Basel 2009 (ISBN 978-3856164607)
- Coded Cultures – New Creative Practices out of Diversity", Series: Edition Angewandte, Russegger, Georg; Tarasiewicz, Matthias; Wlodkowski, Michal (Eds.), SpringerWienNewYork Publisher, 1st Edition., 2011, 384 p. 50 illus, Softcover, ISBN 978-3-7091-0457-6, p. 334–355, "From Somebody's Desire to Everyone's Responsibility", Yukiko Shikata/UBERMORGEN.COM,
- This is a magazine, Pink Laser Beam, Compendium #6,   , "Pink Laser Beam" Paper, Plastic, Glue, Thread, Metal-foil, Edition of 666, 2009, "Amazon Noir project"
- Swiss Art Award 2011, TORTURE CLASSICS 
- ARCO Beep Award 2009, EKMRZ-Trilogy
- IBM AWARD FOR NEW MEDIA/Stuttgarter Filmwinter, 2007, Amazon Noir
- Ars Electronica 2005, Award of Distinction for Vote-Auction
- Ars Electronica, Honorary Mentions for Injunction Generator (2003) and GWEI – Google Will Eat Itself (2005)
- Ars Electronica 1996, Golden Nica for etoy/digital hijack (Hans Bernhard)
References & notes
-  Carina Plath, Westfälischer Kunstverein (ed), Futurologischer Kongress, Frankfurt am Main 2006 (ISBN 978-3-86588-468-8)
-  Adam Wishart, Regula Bochsler, Leaving Reality Behind: etoy vs eToys.com & other battles to control cyberspace, Ecco, 2003 (ISBN 978-0066210766)
-  Review by Eduardo Navas: Rachel Greene, "Internet Art", Thames & Hudson Ltd, London, 2004
-  M. Bittanti, D. Quaranta (eds), GameScenes. Art in the Age of Videogames, Milan, Johan & Levi Editore, Milano 2006 (ISBN 978-8860100108)
-  Domenico Quaranta, Yves Bernard (eds), Holy Fire. Art of the Digital Age, FPEditions, Brescia 2008 (ISBN 978-8890330865)
-  "Psych|OS", NTT ICC Catalogue, Open Nature, Tokyo 2005, p.42, ISBN 4-7471-7028-9
-  Olga Goriunova, Alexei Shulgin (eds), THE READ_ME Software Art & Cultures, Aarhus 2004 (ISBN 87-9884440-4-0)
-  UBERMORGEN.COM at CRE/Chaos Radio with Tim Pritlove (german)
-  WMMNA/we-make-money-not-art UBERMORGEN.COM Interview
-  Christine Böhler, Literatur im Netz, Triton Verlag, Wien 2001 (ISBN 3-85486-103-6), p92, Interview with UBERMORGEN.COM
-  Lentos Museum of Modern Art (ed), Just do it!, Edition Selene, Vienna 2005 (ISBN 3-85266-267-2)
- “Netzpiraten. Die Kultur des elektronischen Verbrechens”, Armin Medosch and Janko Röttgers, Heise / Telepolis, [V]ote-auction, Ars Electronica Jury-Hack and etoy, p. 69-88(ISBN 388229-188-5)
-  Thomas Ernst, Patrticia Gozalbez Canto et al (eds), SUBversionen. Zum Verhältnis von Politik und Ästhetik in der Gegenwart, transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2008 (ISBN 978-3-89942-677-9)
-  Vote-selling Web site to be revived, possibly offshore, CNN.com, August 25, 2000
-  Springerin, Slavo Krekovic “Will Google Eat Itself?”
-   Culture Jamming – Interview with Hans Bernhard
-  UBERMORGEN.COM Manifesto, RC1 (release-copy 1) presented at „Positions in Flux“ Symposium, The Netherlands Media Art Institute Amsterdam, 8.5.2009, published online Vienna, 28.7.2009
-  TORTURE CLASSICS PROJECT 2010, UBERMORGEN.COM feat. James Powderly
-  CLICKISTAN PROJECT 2010
-  UBERMORGEN.COM videos on Vimeo
-  Alessandro Ludovico (ed), UBERMORGEN.COM – MEDIA HACKING VS. CONCEPTUAL ART, Christoph Merian Verlag, Basel 2009 (ISBN 978-3856164607), p.198-299
-  Art Daily "Artist Duo Ubermorgen.com Celebrate Tenth Anniversary with New Book"
-  AG Borderline-Kongress (ed), BORDERLINE – Strategien u. Taktiken f. Kunst u. soziale Praxis, Wiesbaden 2002, p.21-32 (ISBN 3-8311-3775-7)
-  Media Art Net / Medienkunstnetz, artist biography UBERMORGEN.COM
-  HOLY FIRE, Art at the digital age, Psych|OS project, Courtesy Fabio Paris Art Gallery, Brescia
-  Scriptum, first UM.COM/Hans Bernhard lecture on "Drugs&Art" after the manic episode 2002, University of Applied Arts Vienna
-  Psych|OS Cycle by UBERMORGEN.COM, 2001–2010
-  The Guardian, Excerpted from Leaving Reality Behind by Adam Wishart and Regula Bochsler (Fourth Estate)
-  AG Borderline-Kongress (ed), BORDERLINE – Strategien u. Taktiken f. Kunst u. soziale Praxis, Wiesbaden 2002, p.33-42, Reinhold Grether on"Wie die etoy Kampagne gefuehrt wurde – ein Agentenbericht" (ISBN 3-8311-3775-7)
-  Authorized copy of 184.108.40.206, a collaborative project by lizvlx and Andrea Mayr
-  Christian Ulrik Andersen, Soeren Bro Pold (eds), Interface Criticism. Aesthetics Beyond Buttons, Aarhus University Press, Aarhus 2011 (ISBN 978-8779345041)
-  Exhibition Catalogue Connessioni Leggendarie, Net.Art 1995–2005, ready+made publisher, online version, PDF,  Digimag09/NOV05, Review by Marco Mancuso
-  Whitney Museum of American Art, 2010 Annual Fund Project, About the artists
- Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft Inga Reimers writes in her masters thesis "(Selbst-)Inszenierung – Praxis – Kunst. Eine kulturwissenschaftliche Annäherung an das „hybrid Gesamtkunstwerk ubermorgen.com“ about the relation of the "Gesamtkunstwerk" and Richard Wagner "Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft" , Universität Hamburg, 2009
-  Interview with Wolf Lieser about: "WOLF LIESER – DIGITAL ART – NEUE WEGE IN DER KUNST/THE WORLD OF DIGITAL ART", h.f. ullmann publisher / DAM Berlin – Galerie für Digitale Kunst, 2010
-  Superenhanced project,  Superenhanced Generator
-  Keynote & Superenhanced Installation at [ISEA]09 in [Belfast], [Northern Ireland]
-   Project website and images, Installation exhibited 18.2. – 29.2.2004 at [Kunsthaus Graz]
-  Cornelia Sollfrank, 2009, "Das Genie von übermorgen"
-  Niki de Saint Phalle 29.10.1930 Neuilly – 21.5.2002 San Diego
- Letters, photos, sales contract and the painting are in the ownership of the Bernhard/Pernisch/Plattner family, archived in S-Chanf and Basel/Switerland
-  Bringing Capitalism and Democracy Closer Together, HANS BERNHARD / Ubermorgen Interviewed by Olga Goriunova and Alexei Shulgin
-  OVERGADEN Institute of Contemporary Art in collaboration with Artnode, parallel solo exhibitions Heath Bunting/UBERMORGEN.COM
-  TORTURECLASSICS.COM, UBERMORGEN.COM feat. James Powderly, Korea music torture performance 2010 and Beerboarding Performance Ars Electronica Linz 
-  Funding and collaboration "Salzburg" WTO/GATT.ORG Stunt, 2000
- ,   Oldest and most prestigious Award for Swiss Artists, exhibition and award ceremony during ART Basel