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Kirsten Johannsen

Kirsten Johannsen
Year of birth, place
1957, Bremen, Germany
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist, Artist of the Collection
Institute / Department
Institute for Visual Media
Biography

Kirsten Johannsen utilizes video technologies to question basic concepts of perception and representation. Her works analyze metaphysical subjects and give a simplified and ironical presentation of combinations of image, film and sound elements to mark and question spatial and temporal dimensions. 

Education
1979-81 Studied Stage Set Design at the Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart
1981-82 Studied Stage Set Design at the Accademia delle Belle Arti, Florence
1982-86 Studied Visual Communication at the Hochschule der Künste (HdK, Master Student, Ramsbott's Class)

Teaching/other activities
since 1983 Produced decor and costumes for film and television productions, for the German TV channels RTL, WDR and ZDF amongst others.
1993 Teaching Appointment at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG), Karlsruhe
since 1996 Teaching Appointment in the Faculty of Visual Communication, Hochschule der Künste (HdK), Berlin

Awards/Scholarships (selection)
1983 Prix moniteur from the World Wide Video Festival, The Hague
1995 Project scoalarship from the ZKM⎢Institute for Visual Media, Karlsruhe; Project Promotion, Kulturfonds Berlin

Group exhibitions (selection)
1983 »World Wide Video Festival«, The Hague
1984 »XLI Esposizione Internationale d'Arte - la biennale di Venezia«, Venice
1985 »Europäisches Medienkunst Festival«, Osnabrück; 3. Festival International du nouveau Cinéma/Video«, Montréal
1986 »National Video Festival«, Los Angeles
1987 »Internationale Kurzfilmtage« (retrospective), Oberhausen
1988 »Internationale Photoszene«, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
1991 »Interferenzen«, Riga and Saint Petersburg
1995 »Cherchez la femme«, Kunsthaus Hamburg
1996 »Un printemps d'artistes - Ars multimedia«, Metz; »Objekt Video«, Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Linz

Museums/Collections
Video: Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein e. V.; Mike Steiner Art Tapes, Berlin; Kijkhuis, The Hague

Literature
Johannsen, Kirsten: "Moderato 120", Daams, Erik (ed.): »World Wide Video Festival«, The Hague 1986; Nolte Jacobs, Annette; Penndorf, Monika; Mewes, Claus (ed.): »Cherchez la femme«, Hamburg 1996; Weber, Sibylle: "Schichten der Zeit", »Neue bildende Kunst«, No. 4, Berlin 1996

[1997]

  • Cover der Publikation »Hardware, Software, Artware«
    • Hardware, Software, Artware
    • Cantz, Ostfildern, 1997
    • Anthology
    • Language: German and English
    • Technologies have evolved at breathtaking speed over the past century - from the first simple applications to highly specialized solutions in the fields of business, medicine, science, research and art. Hardware - Software - ARTware is a...

  • Cover der Publikation »Media-Art-History«
  • Cover der Publikation »Medien-Kunst-Geschichte«
  • Cover der Publikation »Surrogate 1«
    • Surrogate 1
    • 1998
    • Exhibition brochure
    • Language: German and English
  • Cover der Publikation »Medien Kunst Netz 2 / Media Art Net 2«
    • Rudolf Frieling and Dieter Daniels (Eds.)
    • Medien Kunst Netz 2 / Media Art Net 2
    • Springer, Wien und New York, 2005
    • Anthology
    • Language: German and English
    • http://www.mediaartnet.org

      Current discourses of media art in an international context: a book to accompany the online platform »Media Art Net«. A network of curators and writers explore seminal...

  • Cover der Publikation »Mediagramm Nr. 21«
    • Mediagramm Nr. 21
    • 1995
    • Journal / Series
    • Language: German
    • ...
        "ZKM-Veranstaltungen. Video, Live-Grafik und Klang" S. 2
      Heinrich Klotz "Peter Paepcke ist tot. Diploma und Förderer" S. 2
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