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Betongold

installation view
Betongold, 2016
5-channel looped video installation, projectors, drywall, aluminium u-channel bars, variable size. Duration of the loop 8:32min

Betongold is a video installation about homestaging. "Homestaging" means preparing a house or apartment so that it looks as appealing as possible to potential buyers. But real estate companies, or the homestagers they book, do not only prepare the location for actual visitors, they also take (sometimes elaborate) videos of the properties. Betongold ("concrete gold") is composed out of walkthrough footage of actual apartments and houses for sale, which were cut up and rearranged scene by scene into a five-channel video loop, which investigates into the various stereotypes and "clichees" found in the source material, be it trends in decoration or the way bathrooms are filmed.
Each single video is projected onto a fitted particle board mounted on metal framing normally used for setting up drywall, thus referencing construction of apartment walls, but also stages.
installation view
installation view

Neues Museum

Installation view NEUES MUSEUM in a kiosk in Herford's city. Model on rotating plinth, black paint, mounted text on wall
Neues Museum, 2015
multi-part installation, billboard, architectural model, rotating plinth, posters

Neues Museum (New Museum) is a site specific work developed for the show (un)möglich - Künstler als Architekten at MARTa Herford. It prsents a fictional new museum to the audience both in a shop window display and on a giant construction-site announcement. The architecture itself is a reaction to the MARTa museum itself, a Frank O. Gehry building that seems somewhat out of place in a tiny westfalian city. Also part of the work is a group of posters announcing imaginary shows at the museum to be, which contain references to art world and art market-related topics.
detail of the NEUES MUSEUM model. cardboard, photo prints, rotating plinth, 180cm x 180cm x 55cm

The model is based on reconstructions of two buildings next to MARTa Herford, which have been constructed out of photographs taken on site. These buldings are the basis for the museum's construction. All other elements have been developed out of architecture descriptions from newspaper museum reviews.
Installation in front of MARTa Herford. printed digital drawing on panels, wood, 400cm x 550cm x 150cm

The giant sign announces the future museum across the street from the museum housing the actual show. The show's sponsors' logos have been also placed onto the sign.
posters for imaginary exhibitions at NEUES MUSEUM, installation view at MARTa Herford
poster for imaginary art show at NEUES MUSEUM. digital print, folded, framed, 60cm x 90cm
poster for imaginary art show at NEUES MUSEUM. digital print, folded, framed, 60cm x 90cm
poster for imaginary art show at NEUES MUSEUM. digital print, folded, framed, 60cm x 90cm

Einzelstücke

1968 FORD Mustang V8 S-CODE WIDEBODY Special [ US-Imp. ] 350 PS !---Oldtimer---, 2015
folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 30cm x 45cm
This series of works is based on images of cars that are offered for sale online.These pictures, printed on high-glossy photo paper are folded and crinkled into threedimensional shapes and filled up with foam. Each work's title refers to this car's online ad.
1977 Porsche 911 RS Breitversion Umbau wie Turbo ! 3L.Motor, 100% Rostfrei., 2015
folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 30cm x 45cm
Details zu BMW 528 Touring Hamann M5 Optik 20zoll Gewinde Fw Leder Tuning Showcar usw, 2015
folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 50cm x 35cm
Pontiac Fiero V6 - Automatik - Breitbau Umbau Tuning Einzelstück !, 2015
folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 90cm x 60cm
BLACK MONSTER TRUCK Chevy Blazer K5 Silverado Extrem-Show-Car TOP-ZUSTAND!!!, 2015
folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 90cm x 60cm
KULT ★ KLASSIKER ★ OLDTIMER-TUNING ★ VW JETTA I ★ GOLF 1 STUFENHECK, 2015
folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 30cm x 45cm

Seascapes II

Panadura I, 2013, photo collage on paper
Seascapes is an ongoing series of collages made out of photographic prints of images found online. For this series I use images found on the internet of sinking ships. The images are professionally printed by a photo studio and then cut and arranged by hand. Through rotation, mirroring and collage, the material is remixed, so that abstract constellations or machine-like floating objects arise. By collaging them individually by hand, the cuts, marks and traces of the working process also become part of the picture. Each work bears the title of its pictured vessel.
Algoport, 2014, photo collage on paper
Sima Sapphire, 2014, photo collage on paper
untitled, 2014, photo collage on paper
untitled, 2014, photo collage on paper
untitled, 2014, photo collage on paper
untitled, installation view

untitled

installation view
untitled, 2015
video installation, projectors, laptop, video, sound, looped, duration: 12min,dimensions variable

This video installation mixes slow-paced nature shots of Fischland-Darß-Zingst with quotes from ads for tourist apartments from the same area, which appear randomly as an overlay on top of the nature footage.
installation view
installation view
installation view

Worüber man nicht schweigen kann

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Worüber man nicht schweigen kann, 2014
installation, plastic pipe, audio players, speakers, sound, approx 4.5m x 4m x 5.8m

Collaboration with Peter Schloss. This sound installation plays two audio loops of approx. 30 minutes out of opposite ends of a plastic pipe found on the site of the exhibiton venue. Each loop has been compiled by one of the two artists out of the same material, a recording of Peter Schloss' and Michael Pohl's conversation held planning and discussing the installation itself.
installation view
installation view
installation view

Pretty Sweet

installation view
Pretty Sweet, 2014
2-channel video, 1:49min, size variable

The video work Pretty Sweet investigates the aesthetics of skateboarding videos, using clips from promotional footage documenting the tricks and stunts of professional skateboarders. With the lens of the camera pointed out towards the urban environment, these clips show how and where objects in public space are recontextualized as obstacles, viewed from the vantage point of the skater. Over the last two decades, skateboard videography has developed into its own field, with a distinct language and aesthetics that nowadays have substantial influence on mainstream media, advertising and cinema.
This work uses footage from the promotional videos produced by a variety of skateboard companies (eg Girl Skateboards „Pretty Sweet“ from which the work‘s title is borrowed). The skateboarding sequences have been cut up, and all footage in which the skateboarders themselves can be seen has been removed. In this way, the urban environment and its details - curbs, wall projections, railings, etc., become the protagonists, rather than the background. The busy cuts and stroboscopic sequence of extremely short scenes look chaotic only at first glance.
installation view
installation view

ad nauseam

ad nauseam VI, 2015, projected video loop, dimensions variable
ad nauseam is an ongoing series of looped video projections with sound (currently five videos have been completed). All use low-quality found footage such as cell-phone videos, depicting boats fighting huge waves in heavy seas. From the source material, short sequences are seamlessly looped using digital editing techniques: the boats appear to rise up and crash down on the same waves over and over forever. The videos are installed as large-scale projections, so that the size of the image supports the immersion of the viewer. The work is usually presented as a two-channel installation; the combination of videos varies.
ad nauseam II + III, 2013, two channel projection, dimensions variable
ad nauseam V + II, 2014, projected video loops, public space
ad nauseam II, 2014, projected video loop, public space
ad nauseam V, 2014, projected video loop, public space
ad nauseam I, 2013, projected video loop, dimensions variable
ad nauseam III, 2013, projected video loop, dimensions variable

Seascapes I

Ariake, 2o12, photo collage on cardboard, 42cm x 30 cm
Seascapes is an ongoing series of collages made out of photographic prints of images found online. For this series I use images found on the internet of sinking ships. The images are professionally printed by a photo studio and then cut and arranged by hand. Through rotation, mirroring and collage, the material is remixed, so that abstract constellations or machine-like floating objects arise. By collaging them individually by hand, the cuts, marks and traces of the working process also become part of the picture. Each work bears the title of its pictured vessel.
untitled, 2o12, photo collage on cardboard, 30cm x 42 cm
untitled, 2o12, photo collage on cardboard, 30cm x 42 cm
untitled, 2o12, photo collage on cardboard, 30cm x 42 cm
untitled, 2o12, photo collage on cardboard, 30cm x 42 cm

Developing of a work

Developing of a work, 2012, audio installation in car, public space
Developing of a work, 2012
, audio installation in car, public space

This work is a collaboration with Peter Schloss. In a car, the recording of the two artists driving around the location of the installation, discussing the project, the neighbourhoods architecture, their personal views on the art world and other topics is playing. The audio has been re-cut into a non-linear composition, yet maintains the illusion of a continuous drive.

Auditor

Auditor, 2014, installation view
The work deals with Auditor, the Strip Mine Dog, who lived in the poisoned area of Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana for 17 years. His miraculous story interested tourists aswell as scientists, as no other animal or plant could live on that site because of the high pollution. My work both investigates into the bizarre story of this dog and in the quality and appearance of the few texts and images available about it. The installation consists of several parts: Three frames show images of Auditor found online. A booklet containing collaged sentences from newspaper articles and internet blogs that deal with the dog’s story is presented on a wall mount. A video projection presents a simulated 3D-Flight over the area of Berkeley Pit.
Auditor, 2014, installation view
Auditor, 2014, three pairs of photos, framed, 20cm x 30cm each
Auditor, 2014, booklet display
auditor, 2014, installation view video projection
A short excerpt from the video

unknown (caught on camera) - Photos

photograph, 20cm x 30cm
unknown (caught on camera), 2014
series of photographs, part of the unknown (caught on camera) installation

The photographs attempt to re-enact the process of capturing images of moving objects in darkness, especially investigating in the aesthetics of amateur UFO photography, showing backlit cutout symbols in motion, from different distances, using various digital cameras of differing quality.
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm /010 011 photograph, 20cm x 30cm /011 012 /012 info unknown (caught on camera), 2014

unknown (caught on camera)

unknown (caught on camera), 2014, installation view
unknown (caught on camera), 2014
installation, altered particle boards, fluorescent lights, phtographs, video

unknown (caught on camera) addresses the authenticity and aesthetics of digital images in the age of smartphones when cameras have become ubiquitous among the general population. It combines this with an investigation into the ever-growing online archive of footage depicting “unkown objects seen at night.” The work consists of several pieces: an installation with wooden panels and neon lights, a series of ten framed photographs, a video loop displayed on a monitor, and a printed booklet with a series of found images. The work orginated from two found wooden panels which had symbolic images drilled into them resembling constellations or the lights on photographs of UFOs. Based on these I developed photographic works and video clips using the cutout symbols found on the boards. The photographs attempt to re-enact the process of capturing images of moving objects in darkness, showing the backlit cutout symbols in motion, from different distances, using various digital cameras of differing quality. The video clips - which combine to one loop of three and a half minutes - concentrate on the typical aesthetics of low-quality cellphone videos or internet footage: pixels, compression artifacts, shaky images etc. The boards, backlit with neon tube lights, and the framed photographs are installed on facing walls, so that the lights from the panels are also mirrored and reflected in the the photographs. The hidden neon tubes serve as the sole source of light in the room. A small booklet mounted to the wall shows a series of 20 images of „unknown objects“ printed from the internet, which serve as a counterpart to the images „staged“ by me.
unknown (caught on camera), 2014, two chipboard panels, neon tubes, 180cm x 200cm x30cm
unknown (caught on camera), 2014, detail
unknown (caught on camera), 2014, 8 framed photographs, each 20cm x 30cm
unknown (caught on camera), 2014, 8 framed photographs, each 20cm x 30cm
unknown (caught on camera), 2014, booklet on wall mount
Documentation of the "unknown(caught on camera)" video installation

515-us-at-cape-neddick-light-house-me.jpg

515-us-at-cape-neddick-light-house-me.jpg, 2012, digital collage, photographic print on aluminium, 100 cm x 60 cm
515-us-at-cape-neddick-light-house-me.jpg, 2012
digital collage, photographic print on aluminium, 100 cm x 60 cm

The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records, which were sent into space aboard the two Voyager spacecrafts launched in 1977. The records contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. Going through this material, I came across the image No.42, a picture of a lighthouse. Researching the location of the actual lighthouse, I found that it has become a famous tourist attraction on the coast of Maine. I collected the numerous pcitures people had uploaded of themselves with the lighthouse in the background, and assembled these into a digital collage of translucent layers centered around the attraction.
515-us-at-cape-neddick-light-house-me.jpg, 2012, detail

Princess of the Stars

Princess of the Stars, 2011, lightbox, 50cm x 35cm
A low quality photo of the sunken Princess of the Stars found online has been turned upside down, so the vessel's name is upright again.
Princess of the Stars, 2011, detail

Die Baader-Meinhoff-Sonnenbader-Gruppe

installation in public space with pictures of sunbathing people taken from google earth.

When Attitudes Become Foam

When Attitudes Become Foam, 2008-2010
text, object, installation

A few different executions of playing around with a misquote of Harald Szeemann's famous exhibiton's title.

Been There Done That

Been There Done That, 2011


CV

Selected solo exhibitions
2016 Betongold, Keith, Berlin, DE
2015 TOP ZUSTAND!!!, Haus1, Berlin, DE
MIRAGE, pehrspace, Los Angeles, USA
2014 Bekanntes & Unbekanntes, Boutique Raum für temporäre Kunst, Köln, DE
2012 irgendjemand muss doch, Künstlerhaus Schloß Wiepersdorf, DE
SYSTEM, di.vitrine, Düsseldorf, DE
Das Richtige Tun, Abteilung für alles Andere, Berlin, DE
2010 The Center, WLTWSAETLV Project Space, Montréal, CA
2009 Wewerka Pavillon Zwei, Wewerka-Pavillon, Münster, DE
Savoir Vivre, That Is: Staying Alive, Cité des Arts International, Paris, FR


Selected group exhibitions
2015 (un)möglich! – Künstler als Architekten, Marta Herford, DE
Im Inneren der Stadt, Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Weserburg Bremen
2014 TAVIDAN - Ursprung und Entstehung, Weltkunstzimmer Düsseldorf, DE
Strata, SØ Gallery, Kopenhagen, DK
Welcome 2: Sorry we ate your Brains, Motobol, Berlin
2013 BATMAN ELECTRONICS, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, DE
Berlin Art Prize, Berlin, DE
2012 DO IT AGAIN - Repetition, Reflection and Repulsion in Contemporary Art, Galerie Europa, Berlin, DE
2011 Ida-Gerhardi-Preis 2011, Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid, DE
Emy-Roeder-Preis, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, DE
2010 Kunst aus der Region, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, DE
EmscherKunst, Ruhr2010, Recklinghausen, DE
2009 Aufriß, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster, DE


Education

2002-2005 Studies of Philosophy at the University of Mainz, Germany
2003-2005 Academy of Fine Arts Mainz (with Prof. Ullrich Hellmann)
2005-2009 Academy of Fine Arts Münster (with Profs. Maik & Dirk Löbbert), Diploma
2010 awarded Meisterschüler (“Master student”)


Prizes and Grants
2007-2010 study grant by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
2008/2009 6-month residency at Cité des Arts International, Paris, France
2010 artist in residence at We Left The Warm Stable And Entered The Latex Void, Montréal, Canada
2010/2011 studio grant at Künstlerhaus Schulstraße, Münster, Germany
2012 5-month residency at Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany
2013 Berlin Art Prize, shortlist
2015 artist in residence at Eastside International, Los Angeles, USA
2015 Künstlerhaus Lukas residency, Ahrenshoop, Germany



Curatorial Projects
2007 initial project space, Münster
2008-2010 project space CLUB69 (with Tim Dannenbert & MArcel Hiller)
2010 Deutsche Meisterschaft Kunst im öffentlichen Raum 2010
(German Masterships of Art in Public Space, with Peter Schloss)
2011 Curator of the exhibition NEW IS THE NEW NEW, Temporäre Kunsthalle Münster
2013 1-year online project the.SPACE (www.thespacesite.de)
2015 the landing strip, www.thelandingstrip.de

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