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trans_actions is a twenty year window on the rapidly expanding art world; a panoramic data visualization that illustrates the dramatic increase in the number of biennales of contemporary art and the rapid expansion of the art market following the end of the cold war. Visitors enter a large panoramic projection room bathed in animated data representing artists, curators, biennales, and market fluctuations. (Panoramic video projection, 8192 × 1024 at 25 fps. Approximate running time twenty-five minutes.)

Created by collaborators Stewart Smith (, Robert Gerard Piertrusko ( and Bernd Lintermann ( for The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989 exhibition ( at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM, in Karlsruhe, Germany. Commissioned by the ZKM Institute for Visual Media in cooperation with the Global Art and the Museum (GAM, team lead by renowned art historians Hans Belting and Andrea Buddensieg. Audio compositions by ZKM’s Institute for Music and Acoustics ( team lead by director Ludger Brümmer.

Video documentation courtesy of ZKM. Poster frame courtesy Daniel Fuchs.

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