Carsten Höller, born in Brussels, studied agricultural science at the University of Kiel in Germany, where he received his doctorate in 1993 with a dissertation on olfactory communication among insects. While working as a scientist in the 1980s, he started to methodically employ experiments as a process in artistic works as well. In 1993, Höller was invited to take part in the Aperto show at the Venice Biennale and in 1997 he was represented at documenta X with House for Pigs and People, a joint work with Rosemarie Trockel. In 2005, he collaborated with Miriam Backström on an installation for the Swedish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. His work has also been the subject of important solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York (2011); Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2010); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2008); MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA (2006); Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille (2004); ICA Boston, Massachusetts, USA (2003); and Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000).
Projects for Vitra:
2014 Vitra Slide Tower on the Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein
◇ Weil am Rhein: Höller und noch ein Herzog/de Meuron - badische-zeitung.de
◇ Art Basel - 14 Rooms
For '14 Rooms' curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist invited international artists to each activate a room, exploring the relationship between space, time and physicality with an artwork whose 'material' is the human being. Giving visitors an insight into a more performative and interactive practice, visitors will encounter a new situation within each of the 14 rooms, engaging in a diverse series of immersive and intimate experiences. '14 Rooms' will feature works by artists including Marina Abramović, Allora and Calzadilla, Ed Atkins, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Damien Hirst, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Bruce Nauman, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, and Xu Zhen.
Additionally, two more works by Jordan Wolfson and John Baldessari are featured around the spectacular architectural environment conceived by Herzog & de Meuron – one acting as an epilogue, the other as archival documentation. Both challenge the very notions of live art and the human experience as set out for '14 Rooms'.
During this year’s Art Basel, Jordan Wolfson will participate in 14 Rooms, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery. On view will be the artist’s recent animatronic sculpture, (Female figure) 2014.
◎ a world full of choices (Jordan Wolfson)
MoMA PS1 presents Warm Up 2014, beginning June 28 and taking place every Saturday this summer through September 6. A New York summer staple now in its 17th year, MoMA PS1’s highly anticipated Warm Up outdoor music series continues its tradition of introducing audiences to the best in experimental live music, sound, and DJs―both local and international―across a range of genres. Warm Up supports both established and emerging artists by creating a platform that allows for experimentation and providing a space for collaboration, new material, and side projects.
Warm Up is held in MoMA PS1’s courtyard, which this year will feature an installation by New York architecture firm The Living (David Benjamin), Hy-Fi, the winning design of the 15th annual Young Architects Program (YAP). M. Wells Dinette will be open for cocktails, and they will be serving grab-and-go summer fare in the courtyard for Warm Up Saturdays.
The series is programmed by a curatorial committee selected by the museum to represent a wide spectrum of expertise and experience in music, sound, and the performing arts, resulting in a unique lineup of artists that explore, interpret, and combine genres. Selected by Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art; and organized by Margaret Knowles, Curatorial Assistant and Warm Up Producer, MoMA PS1 and Eleanor McKinney, Director of Visitor Services, MoMA PS1, the Warm Up 2014 curatorial committee includes Dean Bein, Head of True Panther Sounds; Jonathan Galkin, Co-Founder of DFA Records; Eliza Ryan; Brandon Stosuy, Senior Editor for Pitchfork; Imogene Strauss, of Cool Managers; Matt Werth, Label Head of RVNG Intl.
Warm Up will feature rotating stage installations by local New York design talent―including CONFETTISYSTEM, Chen Chen and Kai Williams, Fort Makers, Fort Standard, Nightwood, and The Principals―organized by Jocelyn Miller, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.
In addition, Warm Up is partnering with ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 to host a Weekend Shop in the MoMA PS1 Print Shop storefront at 22-01 Jackson Avenue, just around the corner from the museum entrance. The shop will feature design objects by the Warm Up stage designers and music by Warm Up performers.
6. Dezember 2013 bis 26. Januar 2014
WELT - BILDER / WORLD IMAGES 5.
Mit Werken von Georg Aerni, Bieke Depoorter, Naoya Hatakeyama, Elisa Larvego, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, Cécile Wick, Tobias Zielony. Kuratoren: Andreas Fiedler und Simon Maurer
Im Helmhaus Zürich ist der fünfte Teil der Ausstellungsreihe «WELT − BILDER» zu sehen: ein lebendiges Spektrum aktueller, internationaler Fotografie. Acht exemplarische Positionen stehen für unterschiedliche Blicke in die Welt: Die Ausstellung ist ein engagiertes Wechselbad, das von zugedröhnten Teenagern in Kalifornien bis zum Krieg in Afghanistan, von Wohnsituationen in Kairo, Mumbai und Schanghai bis zu Porträts aus der Lesben- und Schwulenszene im südlichen Afrika führt. Beteiligt sind die international renommierten Künstler/innen Naoya Hatakeyama, Zanele Muholi und Tobias Zielony, die bedeutenden Schweizer Fotograf/innen Georg Aerni, Daniel Schwartz und Cécile Wick und die Newcomerinnen Bieke Depoorter und Elisa Larvego. Aus den Bildern, die wir sehen, entsteht unser Weltbild. Welche Bildwelten zeigen uns diese fotografierenden Künstlerinnen und Künstler − welche Weltbilder vermitteln sie uns?
Eröffnung der Ausstellung: Donnerstag, 5. Dezember, ab 18 Uhr.
What motivates all of these photographers is their interest in the other, in the unfamiliar. They have an urge to render visible the differences that play out simultaneously in our lifeworlds. In the tug of war between these divergent cultural forms, there are economic and religious views, infrastructural, social and security policies, and even sexual issues being asserted. What we glean from this exhibition is far more diverse than, and even antithetical to, the much-cited notion of the “global village”. The five Welt – Bilder / World Images exhibitions that have been held since 2005 have put forward 41 different and at times contradictory insights into a subject matter of limitless scope. This long-term project curated by Andreas Fiedler and Simon Maurer is now documented in five commentated illustrated volumes published by Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, forming a kind of compendium of contemporary photography.
The Welt – Bilder 5 / World Images 5 exhibition includes two artists who have participated in major international exhibitions (Venice Biennale, Documenta) in recent years yet whose works have hardly ever been shown in Switzerland: Naoya Hatakeyama from Japan and Zanele Muholi from South Africa. Tobias Zielony from Germany recently drew acclaim with a solo exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie. They are joined by three established photographic artists from Switzerland: Georg Aerni, Daniel Schwartz and Cécile Wick.
The young newcomers Bieke Depoorter (26) from Belgium and Elisa Larvego (29) from Switzerland round off this group.
The exhibition Welt – Bilder 5 / World Images 5 begins with a series of photographs by Berlin-based artist Tobias Zielony of Trona, a small south-western US town plagued by unemployment and drugs. Whereas the teenagers of Trona appear to be on the verge of losing their way in life, young Belgian photographer Bieke Depoorter shows people in their own homes and gives an intimate insight into the living conditions of her host families in Egypt, the USA and Russia. In the same room, the photographs of Afghanistan by Daniel Schwartz provide a searing analysis of history and the present day. In the last room on
this floor, Cécile Wick presents views of landscapes and cities whose geographical locations are indiscernible, dissolving into a subtly nuanced all-over in tones of grey.
South African artist Zanele Muholi presents black-and-white portraits of lesbian, transgender and gay people, mostly in the townships. The exhibition continues on the second floor with the formal clarity of photographs by Georg Aerni, exploring the impact of large-scale transformation in Asian megacities such as Mumbai. In the same room, the photographic- sociological research undertaken by Elisa Larvego in two villages on the US-Mexican border can be seen. The exhibition concludes with a conceptual work by Naoya Hatakeyama, showing life in Tokyo along a twenty-kilometre highway.
The exhibition is accompanied by the fifth publication in the Welt – Bilder / World Images series. The book includes high-quality reproductions of almost all the works shown in the exhibition, as well as texts by Andreas Fiedler, artistic director of KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin, and Simon Maurer, director of Helmhaus Zürich, providing background information on the photographs. The publication was designed by sofie’s Kommunikationsdesign, Zürich, and is distributed by Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg.
◇ Helmhaus - Stadt Zürich
Das Helmhaus Zürich zeigt zeitgenössische Kunst, hauptsächlich von Schweizer Künstlerinnen und Künstlern oder von Kunstschaffenden, die in der Schweiz leben.
Einzel-, Gruppen- und thematische Ausstellungen widmen sich der lebendigen Schweizer Kunstszene.
Gesprächsabende mit Künstlerinnen und Künstlern vermitteln Einblicke aus erster Hand.