Open Codes. Networked Commons

Nam June Paik Art Center / Seoul / 1 July – 24 October 2021

© Nam June Paik Art Center, Bak Hyongryol

Open Codes. Networked Commons is an exhibition that provides a new way to look at the world we live in today; a world that is shaped by codes. It analyzes the digital infrastructure built and maintained by digital codes. Communication with computers is essential part of our life and we are confronted daily with computer screens and user interfaces. This exhibition, though, is designed to engage with the inherent nature and the creative potentials of computer codes, beneath the surface of the everyday user experience. In collaboration with ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.



Melting Point

Festival Acces-s / Billère (F) / 8 October 2020 – 2 April 2021

Social networks, applications, platforms, wikis… from youtubers to the creators of electrocybernetic technologies, from digital photography to interactive narratives, from net-art to webdesign, from glitch artists to virtual communities, Melting Point explores a hybrid web that can be conjugated in the plural.


interview, publication

Flooding the Museum

An Interview with Cornelia Sollfrank by Michael Connor, rhizome, New York. The interview was conducted on the occasion of rhizome’s publication of the Net.Art Anthology, 9 March 2017.




DAM Gallery / Berlin / September 2015

Artists working with the Internet or digital means seize on hyperrealistic imagery and the problematic nature of the real to reflect on the influence of the Internet on domestic spheres and personal comfort zones. Some use the aesthetics of amateur films found on the net and amplify them satirically to point out the difference between banal everyday culture and high art. Visual worlds are recreated from a combination of real and digital images. The virtual creation of objects and their surfaces play an important role, as does the making of sculptures and installations with new materials in real space.

exhibition, project

Liquid Hacking Laboratory

Kunstverein Nürnberg, 1 September – 15 October 2000

The ‚Liquid Hacking Laboratory‘ was an experimental setting which has been conceived by Cornelia Sollfrank and brought together twenty-five artists and hackers. It combined three elements: a temporary media lab, public presentations, and an exhibition. The idea was to go beyond traditional conceptions of art production and art presentation, and to offer –for the participating international artists and hackers as well as for the interested public– a space for exchange and knowledge transfer.


interview, publication

Hackers are Artists–and Some Artists are Hackers

Berlin / 10 September 1998

Interview with Cornelia Sollfrank, by Tilman Baumgärtel about Female Extension. Published in: [net.art] – Materialien zur Netzkunst, Tilman Baumgärtel, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 1999.


interview, publication

Hacker sind Künstler – und einige Künstler sind Hacker

Berlin / 10.September 1998

Interview mit Cornelia Sollfrank, von Tilman Baumgärtel. Veröffentlicht in: netz.kunst, Jahrbuch 98-99, Institut für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, 1999. [net.art] – Materialien zur Netzkunst, Tilman Baumgärtel, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 1999.


interview, publication

EXTENSION – die virtuelle Erweiterung der Hamburger Kunsthalle

19. Juni 1997, telepolis, Heise Verlag.

Auszüge aus einem Gespräch zwischen Cornelia Sollfrank und Frank Barth, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der Galerie der Gegenwart, dem neuen Erweiterungsbau der Hamburger Kunsthalle. Anlässlich seiner Eröffnung am 23. Februar 1997 schrieb das Museum den ersten institutionellen Preis für Internet-Kunst aus. Sollfrank nahm dies zum Anlass, das Projekt Female Extension zu entwickeln.



Female Extension

Female Extension was the hack of the first competition for Internet art launched by Kunsthalle Hamburg in 1997. Sollfrank created 300 ficticious female net artists and flooded the competition with automatically generated websites. This intervention has been included in Rhizome’s net art anthology.

Original website: https://artwarez.org/projects/femext/