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Robert Darroll

Robert Darroll
Year of birth, place
1946, Simonstown, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Year of death, place
2014, Germany
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist
Institute / Department
Institute for Visual Media, Institute for Music and Acoustics
At the ZKM

    mehrere Gastaufenthalte zwischen 1999 - 2005


For over 25 years, Robert Darroll has been working in the field of experimental animation. After having studied Fine Arts at the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town, Robert Darroll turned to experimental film and abstract animation, and has been working with digital technology in this field since 1990. One of the important sources of inspiration for his abstract works, which have often been created in close collaboration with international composers, were visual impressions gathered during his stays abroad, as for example, in Asia. One of the main topics of Darroll's work was the discussion of the construction of reality and meaning in global media society. Since 2001, Robert Darroll has been living in Japan, where he was a professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music (2001-2002) and the Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences (2003-2014). Darroll's works have been presented worldwide at major museums and in the scope of numerous media art and music festivals [including the Netherlands Film Museum, Amsterdam; the American Film Institute, Los Angeles; the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; the ISCM World Music Festival, Seoul; Rencontres Internationales Art Cinema, Paris; VIDEOEX, Zurich; the Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA; the Tokyo National University Museum, Tokyo].

1965-1970 studies in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Art, Capetown [ZA]
1971-1972 studies at the Hamburg Academy of Art [HfbK] with Prof. Kurt Kranz
1972 foundation of the independent animation studio »Animation Design« in Hamburg [D]
1983-1984 resident in Song Kwang Sa in South Korea; studies in Asian Philosphy
1990 animation studio converted to digital technology; first computer animation, »MEMB« [1991-1993]
1993-1996 3D-animations
2001/2002 professor at the Inter-Media Art Department of the Tokyo National University of Art and Music, Japan
2003-2014 professor for Animation and Aesthetics at the Visual Arts Department of Nagoya University of Art and Science, Japan

Residencies and Awards [selected]

2006 Artist-in Residence at the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media, Karlsruhe [D]

Artist-in Residence at the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media and at the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics, Karlsruhe [D]

Artist-in Residence at the California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA [USA]

Artist-in Residence at the California Institute of the Arts and at the USC, School of Film and TV [USA]

Artist-in Residence at the California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA [USA]

DAAD scholarship

Production grant of the competition »Hören und Sehen«, INMM - Institut für Musik und Musikerziehung Darmstadt [D]

Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy: Award for Computer Animation

Medienpreis des Kulturkreises des BDI [Bund Deutscher Industrie]

CYNETart 2000 - Festival for Computer-based Arts: 1st Price category computer graphics/computer animation for »Stele«

Works [selected]

· »Oracle« [2006-]; interactive installation
    in collaboration with Sean Reed [composition]

· »Bedlam« [2001-2005]; 5-channel video installation [loop - 36min.]
    in collaboration with Sean Reed [composition]

· »Stele« [1996-1999]; animation [11min.]
    composition: Kyoshi Furukawa

· »Noemata No. 2« [2000-2001]; animation [5min.]
    composition: Shigenobu Nakamura

· »Noemata No. 1« [1999-2000]; Videoanimation [5 Min.]
    composition: Sean Reed

· Kiyoshi Furukawa: »Den ungeborenen Göttern« [1997]
    computer graphics: Robert Darroll
    [premiere: 31 October 2007, ZKM | Karlsruhe]

· »Moe's Field« [1993-1996]; animation [10min.]
    composition: Kyoshi Furukawa
    composition version 2 1998: Manfred Stahnke

· »Memb« [1990-1993]; computer animation [9min.]
    composition: Kyoshi Furukawa

· »The Korean Trilogy« [1984-1993]: 
    · »Stone Lion« [1988-1990]; animation [10min.]
    · »Feng Huang« [1986-1988]; animation [10min.]
    · »Lung« [1984-1986]; animation [10min.]

· »Zeit« [1982]; animation [10min.]
    in collaboration with Kurt Kranz/ music: Ernst Sauter
    commssioned by German Public television, ZDF

· »Spiegelung« [1980]; animation [10min.]
    in collaboration with Kurt Kranz/ music: Ernst Sauter
    commssioned by German Public television, ZDF

· »Cenit« [1974]; [animation]

Exhibitions/ Presentations [selected]

»Oracle« , »produced@: Current Productions for the PanoramaScreen of the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media, ZKM | Karlsruhe [D]

»Oracle« , »KAMUNA« ZKM | Karlsruhe [D]

»Oracle« , »PanoramaFestival« ZKM | Karlsruhe [D]

»Bedlam«, Hamburg Academy of Arts [D]/ ZKM | Karlsruhe [D]

VIDEOEX, Zurich [CH]

»Kyoto Media Art Weeks«, Goethe Institute Kansai, Kyoto [J]
»Kinetica 4 - Contemporaray Animation«, venues incl. Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA/ Anthology Film Archive, New York/ Los Angeles County Museum of Art [USA]/ Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto [CDN]
ICMA - Asia Media Festival, Keihanna [J]
ISCM World New Music Festival, Florida [USA]
»Tribute to Oskar Fischinger«, Museum of Modern Art, New York/ National Gallery of Art, Washington/ Harvard Film Archives, Cambridge, MA / Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA [USA]

»Stele«, ZKM | Karlsruhe [D]

»El Cine Calculado«, Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid [E]

»Rencontres Internationales Art Cinéma«, Paris [F]

ISCM World Music Festival, Seoul [South Korea] - restrospective

»Music and Light«, Podewil, Berlin [D] - solo show

»Muzyki Koreankiej«, Krakow [PL]
»Multimediale«, ZKM | Karlsruhe [D]

»Interface«, Hamburg [D]

1992 »Is there computer art?«, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris [F]

»Visual Music«, American Film Institute, Los Angeles [USA]

»Muzyki Wspolezesnj«, Warsaw [PL]
»Videogalleriet«, Copenhagen [DK]

ISCM Music Festival, Amsterdam [NL]

»Infermental«, Tokyo [J]

»The Dream of Color Music«, Netherlands Film Museum, Amsterdam [NL]

»Weltmusiktage«, Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/ Main [D]

Pan Music Festival, Seoul [South Korea]
»Spirituality in Art County«, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles/ Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag [NL]

Televison Broadcasts [selected]

ZDF, Mainz [D]: »Un autre Printemps« in collaboration with ZKM | Karlsruhe and Inpettofilm, Berlin [D]

ZDF, Mainz [D]: »Zeit«

ZDF, Mainz [D]: »Spiegelung«

La Sept TV, Paris [F]: »The Korean Trilogy«

Channel 4 [Fourmations] London [UK]: »The Korean Trilogy«

Bibliography [selected]

· Sommer, Astrid: »Musiktheaterszenen«, in: ZKM | Center for art and Media Karlsruhe (ed.), Hardware Software Artware, Ostfildern 1997.

Works in connection with the ZKM

· »Oracle« [2005-07]
    in collaboration with Sean Reed [composition]

· »Bedlam« [2001-2005]
    in collaboration with Sean Reed [composition]

· Kiyoshi Furukawa: »Den ungeborenen Göttern« [1997]
    computer graphics: Robert Darroll

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