Simon Freund

“But all these photos I took that triggered things in me, all the things I saw that made my thinking like this now, today. That is what I would like to publish as a work, because that has contributed a bit to the fact that I am now leaving here with these thoughts.

What happens if I delete these pieces of memory from my mobile phone – every picture I took in Lichtenberg, with the hope that this can become or kick off the great work of art? I no longer have a digital memory and these images then only exist in analogue printed form.

That’s a level that plays an important role for me whenever I take photos with my mobile phone. When my buddy Kevin is around, he always says data rubbish. And I think he’s completely right. It all takes up a lot of storage space and storage space means energy and I waste a lot of energy with it. I’ve already cut back my consumption a lot, maybe I’ll manage to take myself back a bit digitally by first deleting the Lichtenberg experiences digitally and transferring them to the analogue.” (Simon Freund, March 2022)

Simon Freund, born in Königstein im Taunus in 1990, is a German conceptual artist. Over the years he has created a portfolio that includes everything from installations, sculptures, photography, video, objects to internet art. The expression and medium of his work changes with the message, but his intention remains the same: to question, challenge, criticise, stimulate and provoke.

Freund’s work deals intensively and comprehensively with the cultural narratives of today’s consumer society. Influenced by his experience as a fashion designer, he criticises the status quo of our consumer culture in a subtle but thought-provoking way. Aesthetically, his work fits into the cultural codes that define a consumerist society, while raising some of the most important questions of today.

His medium of choice from the beginning has been the internet, which allows him to share his work directly with the world. Freund’s work is free and accessible to anyone with internet access. By exposing himself publicly (countless.info), by putting his life on display (fiverooms.cam), by giving the world full access to his own (allipossess.com), Freund questions our desire for self-expression, our longing for belonging, the question of real and fake, forms of radical transparency in the digital age and their influence on the perception of others.
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May, 2022

Shruti Chamaria, lecture

Shruti Chamaria, participant of the exchange programme “BangaloREsidency-Expanded” of the Goethe Institute, will be a guest at Lichtenberg Studios in May and will give a lecture in English on her artistic work on 5 May 2022 at 7 pm.

Please present a current Covid test to attend the event.

Shruti Chamaria works predominantly with photography and book design. In the series “How to Sit for the Camera”, for example, Shruti Chamaria has documented some of the most unusual and distinctive photo studios in Mumbai and Bangalore, presenting these studios as social spaces that stage individual and collective fantasies. They offer a fascinating
insight into individual fantasies and popular preferences, and illuminate recent social, technological, economic and cultural changes in the Indian metropolis.

During his time at Lichtenberg Studios, Shruti Chamaria would like to extend this work to the photo booths in Berlin as sites of everyday encounters between people, photography, reality and imagination. What is culturally special about these structures in Berlin and how do they compare to certain types of studio photography prevalent in India, especially in terms of how clients interact with this framework? To what extent are these spaces a reflection of the urban social fabric? In an age of globalisation, mass migration and cheap travel, can studio photography enable a transcendence of time and space? These are the questions Shruti Chamaria wants to answer.

May, 2022