Ken Feingold

Portrait - Ken Feingold
Year of birth, place
1952, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
lives and works in
New York, United States
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist, in the collection
Institute / Department
Institute for Visual Media
At the ZKM

    September 1998 - September 1999


In the seventies, Ken Feingold worked with photography, film and video and experimented with non-linear forms of narrative. His interest in literature, philosophy and cultural anthropology is manifested in many texts, and exercises a material influence on the concepts of his works. Many of Feingold's works are the outcome of a search for forms of expression and presentation of the relationship between reality and its representation. The use of multi-media strategies permits him to handle the relationship between text, image and language analytically. With the help of interactive computer technology, he presents situations which demonstrate prototypically how fragile and relative the structures produced by the senses can be. 



1970-71 Studied Film (Art Department) and Information Theory (Engineering Department) at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio

1972-76 Studied at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts)



1977-85 Professor of Fine Arts and Media Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minnesota

1988-94 Lecturer in Visual Art at Princeton University, New Jersey

1991 Guest Adjunct Assistant Professor of Film Art at Hunter College, City University of New York; Guest faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, New York City

1991-92 Adjunct Associate Professor of Fine Arts at New York University

since 1994 Professor of Computer Art (faculty member) at the School of Visual Arts, New York City


Awards/Scholarships (selection)

1988 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC

1990 Scholarship for a five-month stay in Japan (Japan-US Creative Artists' Exchange Fellowship)

1992 Prize of the Videonale, Bonn

1996 Distinction in the Interactive Art category for »where I can see my house from here so we are« of the Prix Ars Electronica, Linz

2004 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


Solo exhibitions (selection)

1974 »Solo Film Exhibition«, Millennium, New York

1978 »Retrospective Film Screening«, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

1979 »Solo Exhibition«, Artists' Space, New York; Solo Exhibition (Video Installation)«, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1985 »Video Viewpoints: Ken Feingold«, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1992 »solo exhibition«, Galerie René Coelho/Monte Video, Amsterdam


Group exhibitions (selection)

1983/85/89 »Biennial Exhibition«, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1985 »Signs«, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

1987 »Tenth Anniversary Exhibition - l'epoque, la mode, la morale, la passion«, Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris

1991 »Fact/Fiction«, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1995 »Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon '95«, Lyon

1996 »Can You Digit?«, Postmasters Gallery, New York

1997 »InterAct! - Schlüsselwerke Interaktiver Kunst«, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg; »ICC Biennale«, NTT Project InterCommunication Center, Tokio



»5 dim/Mind«, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; »Un Chien Delicieux«, Bonner Kunstverein; Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris; »The Double«, Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Irony (The Abyss of Speech), Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Collection of videos from 1974-90, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach; India Time, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa


Literature (selection)

Taubin, Amy: "Ken Feingold's 5dim/Mind and New Building Under Water", »The Kitchen«, October, New York 1983; Whitney Museum of American Art (ed.): »1983 Biennial Exhibition«, New York 1983; Riley Bob, The Institute of Contemporary Art (ed.): »Mediated Narratives«, Boston 1984; Hall, Fifer (ed.): »Illuminating Video«, New York 1991; Faust, Gretchen: "Ken Feingold: The Surprising Spiral from Arts Magazine", »New York in Review«, Nr. 5, New York 1992; Druckey, Timothy (ed.): »Iterations - The new Image«, New York 1993; Morse, M.: "What do Cyborgs Eat?", Bender, Gretchen; Druckey, Timothy: »Culture on the Brink«, New York 1994; Reunion des Musées Nationaux (ed.): »3e biennale de Lyon d'art contemporain - installation, cinéma, video, informatique«, Lyon 1995; Huhtamo, Erkki: "SurReal Time Interaction or How to Talk to a Dummy in a Magnetic Mirror?", ZKM⎢Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ed.): »artintact 3 - CD-ROMagazin interaktiver Kunst«, Ostfildern 1996; Moser, Mary Anne: »Immersed in Technology: Art and Virtual Environments«, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1996; Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg (ed.): »InterAct! - Schlüsselwerke Interaktiver Kunst«, Ostfildern 1997

Works in connection with the ZKM


»Séance Box No. 1« [work-in-progress]

»Surprising Spiral«