Kirsten Johannsen

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

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

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

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