Digital art & photography
Student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nürtingen with Günther Reger, Harry Walter, Armin Bremicker
Certified art therapist
Cultural scientist; initiator of the Topf & Sons memorial project in Erfurt
Various publications on the subject of art after Auschwitz, remembrance at a perpetrator’s site, outsider art
Establishing and managing a studio for artists who need assistance
Freelance artist since 1996
My artistic career began with painting and installation art.
I was particularly interested in interactions between the artwork and an audience and I created experimental arrangements addressing the subjects of participation, self-efficacy and communication. The distinction and/or separation between art and the observer, between work and life made points of inquiry for experimental actions, installations and performances.
Installations & Performances
Sign language; installation, performances, performance art (Nürtingen, Pszczyna (Polen))
Light-sound-room; room-, sound installation (Nürtingen)
Teleklang; sound installation (Nürtingen)
SPOTKANIE; interdisciplinary art event (Nürtingen)
Zeig mir deine Schokoladenseite; Performance (Nürtingen, Reutlingen)
Room No 1; Room installation (Freiburg)
Fluxusdesign; Object art(Freiburg)
Gedächtnislabor; Object art (Berlin)
Der Wal; room installation (Berlin)
Vier Ecken - vier Perspektiven; room installation, tape art (Berlin)
Nur ein Augenblick; video installation (Berlin)
Antwort geben; video installation (Berlin)
In recent years, I have increasingly explored digital forms of expression. Digital photography was my entry point into what is generally referred to as the Digital Revolution. Pixels are the basic elements of today's visual worlds that form our understanding of reality. Digital imagery allows me to tackle a wide field of questions about what makes experience truthful and authentic and about how to verify it within systems of reference.
Within these image worlds of presumably mathematical precision I am particularly interested in the ambiguity, the ambivalence of interpretation patterns, the dichotomy between sharp and blurry elements, shaky shots and traces of movement, interference patterns, layers upon layers, distortions, pseudo-spatiality, effects and randomised operations. With these tools at my disposal, I make preliminary visual statements and develop an aesthetic that best suits my object of investigation.
These investigations brought forth what I call "generative photographic painting": Image elements branch out from a family tree of predecessors and forebears, are merged, gain autonomy over generations und completely emancipate themselves from their former images.
The familiar becoming unrecognisable, the blurring and merging of elements are essential for expressing transcience, including subjective lack of specificity and the constructive nature of memories and perceptions as well as the corresponding patterns that determine how we perceive the world.
Likewise, the investigation also leads to ever simpler, clearer structures, the basic patterns of aesthetic perception. Lines, surfaces, colours are not the result of abstraction.
Rather, they are part of an analysis of our way of looking at things. The poetics of the pixel understood as a kind of God particle of a virtual worldview that changes our relationship to nature and reality.
In contrast to Software Art or conceptual digital art, I am interested in reinserting pixel art into analogue forms of presentation, such as the panel painting, installations or sculpture. Embedding haptic and other sensual modes of perception into digital art is to re-open a communication channel for transferring our mental form or gestalt into our material existence. Another approach is to modify digital images using classical painting techniques.
The Digital Revolution is above all a revolutionary upheaval of our being in the world and its aesthetics. First with painting and sculpture, then with photography and film, it shifts our existential reality by leaps and bounds away from the plane of physical materiality towards the purely cognitive.
Besides my work as an artist I involve myself as a curator and exhibition creator, cultur scientist, art therapist, songwriter, loved and loving husband and last but not least a doting dog owner.
Initiative to build place of remembrance for Topf & Söhne (Erfurt)
Unort Brache; exhibition (Erfurt, Jena, Worms, Frankfurt am Main)
...und ab die Post!; art festival- performance gallery (Berlin)
Lauschen im Schweigen; CD
Entfaltung ins Leben; CD
art+weise; exhibition (Berlin)
Das Herz hat seine Gründe; CD
concept and construction of an art therapeutical painting atellier for artists with assistance needs (Berlin)
Herausspaziert im Rahmen des Unmöglichen; exhibition
Social Acceleration; movie-soundtrack (Berlin)
Erzähl mir mal was; exhibition, room installations (Berlin)
Erzähl mir mal was; exhibition, room installations (Berlin)
Art therapy at the forensic clinic (Straubing)
Symmetrie - Asymmetrie (Nürtingen)
Die Kunst der Erinnerung; Symposium (Erfurt)
Was passiert mit der Brache von Topf & Söhne?; series of presentations
Erinnerung ist manchmal ein heißes Eisen!; Symposium (Erfurt)
Singersongwriter: guest appearance at TV Noir (Berlin)
community building in the area of honorary hospice companions (Berlin)
Vom Mut künstlerisch zu handeln (Berlin)
art in the social psychiatry (Berlin)
Broschure TOPF & Söhne - Holocaust und Moderne (Stuttgart) , revised reprint, (Erfurt 1999)
exhibition catalog: Unort Brache
Book (Hrsg. und Autor u.a.): Firma Topf & Söhne – Hersteller der Öfen für Auschwitz, Campus Verlag (Frankfurt am Main)
exhibition catalog: Die zivile Mittäterschaft, eine Leerstelle unserer Erinnerungskultur, in: Stets gern für sie beschäftigt!, ifa Galerie (Berlin)
Website: Wie Gemeinschaft entsteht. (not online anymore)
Audio CD: Entfaltung ins Leben, Lieder über das Leben
Website: Was ist Kunsttherapie? (not online anymore)
exhibition catalog: art+weise, Bilder von Menschen mit besonderem Erleben (Berlin)
various texts about work as an art therapist with artists with mental disabilityLearn More
exhibition catalog, Erzähl mir mal was (Berlin)
BoD new edition and reprint: book (Hrsg. und Autor u.a.): Firma Topf & Söhne – Hersteller der Öfen für Auschwitz, Campus Verlag (Frankfurt am Main)