Exercises for the Digital Age


Screening and conversation with Gabriel Hensche and Ashlee Conery 

In the GlogauAIR project space on Thursday May 30th 7:00 – 8:00 pm 



How can we get more out of the digital than we put in? What do we do to stay physically and mentally healthy while spending time online? And can our digital time be more playful and fun? 


Berlin-based artist Gabriel Hensche asked these questions to artists from around the internet, who are engaged with digital mediums in various ways. Through these conversations, had while simultaneously drawing together on a shared Miro board, they developed exercises for sustaining oneself, increasing fun and personal well-being while developing and maintaining your digital self. The exercises vary from taking breaks to breathing with a tree, to smelling the digital or digitizing a dream. Once created, Gabriel Hensche and Vancouver based curator A. Conery produced a series of exercise videos to share these practices in the form of a fitness program for digital survival and thrival. Thus a “publication” in the form of YouTube Channel instructional videos was born, to deliver these artist practices for physical, mental and virtual ‘fitness’ in a format that we hope will help humans around the globe, actively and joyfully move through online and offline spaces. 


Each video looked to popular YouTube forms for producing these videos, such as ASMR, aerobics, soundscapes and YouTube video reviewers & gamers. This reflects on how information is consumed and shared in the digital age; and reflects on this circular ecosystem in which survival and trivial on the Internet is necessitated. 

During this talk, they will share some of the exercises, discuss the project and showcase a selection of videos being premiered for the first time in Berlin.


Find a selection of exercises here: https://www.youtube.com/@exercisesforthedigitalage



The following artists have contributed to the project so far: OMSK Social Club, Rory Pilgrim, Mattin, Jin-me Yoon, Ayumi Goto, Peter Morin, Roberto Fassone, Jan Hofer, Niccolò Moronato, Raùl Hott, Dorothea Rust, Thanh Nguyen, Phung Nam, Kim Trang, Giang Nguyen Hoang, Claire Nichols, Stéphanie Cadoret, Jol Thoms, Delphine Pouillé, Sarah Friend, Mohsen Hazrati, Sophie Kahn, Gabriella Torres-Ferrer, Sonja Pregrad, Bjørn Melhus


The Exercise for the Digital Age video series is co-produced by Gabriel Hensche and Ashlee Conery, post production Denis Golenja, camera Petra Mrša, sound Becky Brown and financed by Goethe Institut Hanoi, and Neustart Kultur.


Gabriel Hensche is an artist living in Berlin. He works with moving images, performance, and constructed situations that explore possibilities for community and co-existence in the face of current technological developments. As Managing Director, he helped establish Campus Gegenwart at the State University of Music and Performing Arts, Stuttgart (DE). Since 2023, he is part of the leadership team of the School of Commons at the Zurich University of the Arts (CH), and oversees its peer learning program. His work has been presented offline and online in museums, biennials, galleries, film festivals, residencies and public spaces.

Ashlee Conery is Creator and Co-Founder of CubeCommons, member of FormContent (London + Vienna), former Curatorial Interpreter at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Canada), assistant curator at ICA (London) and Curator of the Florence Trust (London), Conery is also a web-developer. Her independent practice has included exhibitions for public and commercial art galleries, and art fairs, acquiring for private collections and working with artists from Istanbul to Paris. Her projects span physical and digital spaces, with artists and audiences who have co-produced interpretations, research, knowledge, conciliations and disrupted curatorial conventions.