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About Slime


Hybrid exhibition

Curated by Joshua Simon

On-site: February 16 – 18, 2024 | Hauptraum

On-line: February 16 – June 30, 2024 |



SLIME is a unique hybrid on-line and on-site project about our hybrid realities. Taking place at the Secession as an on-site event and as an on-line program, it includes commissioned and historic artworks, talks and performances, screenings and workshops (including one for making actual slime). Taking its name from the children’s toy—a metastable plasma-like substance that has both unique material and tactile features and a constant presence online through tutorials and documentation of people playing with it—SLIME tackles the social, cultural, political, and sensory operations of digital hybridity.


Where we meet today—at the point of realization, as opposed to the point of production—shifts occur in the ways meaning is organized: from strikes to riots, from working class to surplus populations, from solidarity to conspiracy, from organization to petty sovereignty. Digital hybridity enhances finance’s assault on social reproduction. The belief in the digital as an unmediated mode of operation generates sensory and political frontiers that embody this logic—be it ASMR or extreme right-wing politics. Exploring this social phenomenon and its precursors in art, the program at the Secession looks at our political, economic, and cultural realities stemming from the digital hybridity that is SLIME.


At the center of the iconic main gallery at the Secession, artist Francesco Finizio deploys his newly commissioned installation Tickle Drown Thing (2024), which renders the gallery as a kind of disrupted delivery point for picking up your online shopping. Across from Finizio’s work is Elisa Giardina Papa’s 2022 Leaking Subjects and Bounding Boxes: On Training AI. This book and installation present images collected by the artist while working as a human trainer for various AI vision systems. On the ceiling grid towards the back of the gallery, Ulrich Formann is showing his newly commissioned work Echo-System (2024), a planetarium-like constellation of conspiracy networks the artist has tracked on Telegram. On the wall, an enlarged detail from Albrecht Dürer’s print, The Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I (1518–1522), features the word “Ratio” circled by an intricate swirling line. In online culture, Dürer’s Ratio (Latin for “reason”) has an opposite meaning: it describes a post getting a lot of bad comments, presenting a discrepancy between high engagement and low approval, which the algorithm reads as popularity.



Participants on-site program:

Robert Birchbauer, Albrecht Dürer, Francesco Finizio, Ulrich Formann with Yul Koh, Elisa Giardina Papa, Liv Schulman, Steffi Stanković, Sophia Stolz, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Noam Yuran, the shapes of the sculptures of Franz West, and the birthmark of Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev


Participants on-line program:

Liat Berdugo, Lulo Demarco, Rrose Sélavy/Marcel Duchamp, Eva Egermann and Cordula Thym, Thomas Feuerstein, Pauline Ghersi, Monica Heller, HaYoung, Shachar Freddy Kislev, Alison Nguyen, Ruth Patir, Oliver Payne, Mika Rottenberg, Liv Schulman, and Lior Zalmanson



SLIME On-line program 

February 16–June 30, 2024


16.02.2024        Liv Schulman

23.02.2024        Liv Schulman

01.03.2024        Slime@Secession
08.03.2024        Ruth Patir
15.03.2024        Alison Nguyen
22.03.2024        Liat Berdugo
29.03.2024        HaYoung
05.04.2024        Mónica Heller
12.04.2024        Ana Teixeira Pinto

15.04.2024        Shachar Freddy Kislev
19.04.2024        Lulo Demarco
26.04.2024        Eva Egermann and Cordula Thym
03.05.2024        Pauline Ghersi
10.05.2024        Oliver Payne
17.05.2024        Mika Rottenberg 

24.05.2024        Thomas Feuerstein

27.05.2024        Sophia Stolz & Steffi Stanković & Robert Birchbauer
31.05.2024        Lior Zalmanson

03.06.2024        Francesco Finizio & Joshua Simon
07.06.2024        Ulrich Formann mit Yul Koh
14.06.2024        Noam Yuran
17.06.2024        Rrose Sélavy/Marcel Duchamp 
21.06.2024        Liv Schulman





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