Ute Friederike Jürß

Year of birth, place
1962, Wiesbaden, Germany
Role at the ZKM
in the collection
Ute Friederike Jürß was born in Wiesbaden in 1962. She studied (1985-90) under Daniel Spoerri at the Akademie für Bildende Künste, Munich. In 1991 she was Guest Set Designer at the Staatstheater, Darmstadt and, during the academic year 1992-93, she taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe. She has received many prizes and awards for work in video, including the 4. Bremer Videokunstförderpreis '95' and a grant for twelve months in New York awarded by the Hessische Kulturstiftung. ln 1997 she was awarded the Förderpreis Video by the Helmut-Kraft-Stiftung in Stuttgart. She lives in New York and Munich.

Ute Friedrike Jürß uses both photographic images and video films in her installations. Here, one or more monitors will be shown alongside objects, to which the title relates, as in the case of the wheel chair in »Requiem for Frida Kahlo (Requiem für Frida Kahlo)« of 1992, or the pram in the installation »Children (Kinder)« of 1993. In the videos the camera often lingers over details - for example of the surface of the skin. Jürß confronts the spectator directly with these shots by placing her monitors at or above the average eye level, or by projecting the video on to large screens. Jürß's aim, in focusing on the nature of projected reality and its relation to the reality of the spectator, is to remind the spectator of the merely representative function of photography and video and so to point to the problematic nature of their illusory objectivity and neutrality. Over and above these aims, Jürß also touches on the questions raised by the prevailing notion of the average length of a human life and the process of ageing. 

​Individual exhibitions (selection)
1992 »WindwurfTV«, Waldinstallation, Munich
1995 Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
1996 »Debutanten«, Galerie der Künstler, Munich
1997 Goethe Institut, New York; CRG Gallery, New York; Museum Neue Weserburg, Bremen

Group exhibitions (selection)

1987 »Vor dem Hammer/nach dem Hammer«, Galerie Klaus Lea, Munich
1989 »Della Colonna - Über Säulen«, Museo Civico, Gibellina
1992 »Hommage a Frida Kahlo«, Frauenmuseum, Bonn; »Tokyo Videofestival«, Tokyo
1993 »MultiMediale 3«, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe
1994 »5. Heidelberger Film- und Videotage«, Heidelberg
1995 »MultiMediale 4«, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
1996 »Linien und Zeichen«, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

[Konstanze Thümmel, 1997]