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foto by Eva Paulsen 2011
27 December 1972
|Education||Berlin University of the Arts|
|Known for||contemporary art, digital art, conceptual art|
Early life and education
Aram Bartholl graduated from Berlin University of the Arts in 2001 with an engineer's degree in architecture. His graduate thesis "Bits on Location" won the 2001 Browserday competition. During Bartholl's studies, he held a 9-month internship position at the Rotterdam-based architecture office MVRDV. From 1996 to 2000, Bartholl was part of the artist group "Freies Fach" which was known for its discourse on urban matters and for its public interventions 
Beginning in 2006, Bartholl has created a public art installation called Map. Bartholl installs a large physical representation of the Google Maps pin in the exact location that Google Maps identifies as the enter of a city. Locations thus far have included Taipei, Berlin, Arles, Tallinn and Kassel. Each sculpture remains in place for about three months, usually coinciding with a local art festival or exhibit.
The series was designed to raise viewers' awareness of the increasing overlap between the virtual and the physical, and to highlight mapping services' influence on perceptions of location. Bartholl's physical representations of the Google Maps pin urges viewers to reevaluate the information given by digitized maps, the meaning of the “center” of a city, the politicization of boundaries, and other issues related to maps and the digital versus the physical world.
- Dust 2011
- Highscreen 2011
- Open Internet 2011
- Speed Show 2010
- 0,16 2009
- Are you human? 2009
- China Channel 2008 (with Evan Roth and Tobias Leingruber)
- Friends 2008
- 1H 2008
- Are you social? 2007 (with Markus Angermeier)
- Chat 2007
- Map 2006
- First Person Shooter 2006
- WoW 2006
- Random Screen 2005
- de_dust 2004
- Silver Cell 2004
- "Bits on Location" 2001
- 2012 Reply All, DAM Berlin, Germany 
- 2009 5 Minute Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
- 2006 'Ceci n'est pas un restaurant.', Berlin, Germany
Group shows (selected):
- DAM Berlin, Germany, Experience Space
- The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, Social Media
- DAM Cologne, Cologne, Germany, Ready for upgrade
- MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Talk to me
- Rencontres d'Arles, France From here on
- Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, USA, The Uncommon Portrait
- Jeu de Paume, Virtual Space, Paris, France, Identités précaires
- Kumu, Tallinn, Estonia, Gateways
- Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands, ShadowDance
- Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany, Locate Me
- Desingel, Antwerpen, Belgium, Gamezone
- NIMk Netherlands Media Arts Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Space Invaders
- Isea, Dortmund, Germany, ISEA2010 Exhibition
- Brigham Young University Museum of Art Mirror: Contemporary Portraits and the Fugitive Self., Brigham, US
- Laguna Art Museum WoW: Emergent Media Phenomenon, Laguna Beach, USA
- Weserburg Modern Art Museum Video Award Bremen, Bremen, Germany
- Videotage Second Life Hong Kong
- eARTS festival Urban Space, Time to Play., Shanghai, China
- Australian Centre for Photography Avatar, Sidney, Australia
- Total Museum of Contemporary Art Hack the City, Seoul, Korea
- Netherlands Media Art Institute Public Privacy, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Casa del Encendida Try again, Madrid, Spain
- club transmediale Unpredictable, Berlin, Germany
- Skulpturenpark Sandbox, Berlin, Germany
- Ars Electronica Second City, Linz, Austria
- Science Museum Newcastle Our Cyborg Future, Newcastle, Great Britain
- LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Gameworlds, Gijon, Spain
- Eyebeam Open City, New York, USA
- Transmediale Unfinish!, Berlin, Germany
- TENT, Borderline Behaviour, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Chaos Communication Congress Private Investigations, Berlin, Germany
In 2007 Bartholl received an honorable mention by the Transmediale for the piece "Random Screen"  and with the concept for the performance piece "Sociial" he won the 17th Video Art Award Bremen 2007  For his Second Life related project "Sandbox Berlin" Bartholl received grants from the Cultural Department of the Senate of Berlin and in 2008 received the German Art Fund KUNSTFOND 10-month working grant. In spring 2009 he was artist in residence at the V2 Institute for the Unstable Media residency program AIR and developed with help of the staff the "Tweet Bubble Series" during that period.
Aram Bartholl is represented by the gallery [DAM] Berlin | Frankfurt and xpo gallery Paris. Since February 2009 he is member of the Internet-based Free Art and Technology Lab a.k.a. F.A.T. Lab founded by Evan Roth and James Powderly.
- Official website datenform.de
- "Bits on Location" thesis 2001
- F.A.T. Free Art and Technology Lab
- A website made for his 2010 hit, the dead drop.
- Videos of Aram Bartholl : „Map“ (2006-10), „Dead Drops“ (2010), “Highscreen” (2011)
- Chris Caeser (9 July 2009). "'World of Warcraft' exhibit may raise some brows". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- Biographie 'Freies Fach'
- "Dead Drops: Bizarre new artwork embeds USB sticks in buildings". Mail Online. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
- Aram Bartholl: Reply All exhibition + “The Speed Book,” Berlin in Wired (magazine) by Bruce Sterling, January 13, 2012
- Jonah Brucker-Cohen (29 September 2006). "Aram Bartholl Sees in FPS Mode". Gizmodo.com. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Auteur Focus". Edge-Online.com. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- Transmediale honorable mention
- Video Art Award Bremen 2007.
- Kunstfonds grant