His artistic and research work focuses on themes, which consider the structures and possibilities of public space indwelling, the aesthetic perception in contemporary society, the construction of collective identities and the concept of the globalized, spectacular, but also institutional mass culture. His work has been exhibited, between others, at the 2nd Les Ateliers de Rennes – Biennial d’Art Contemporain, Rennes, (FR), 2nd Athens Biennial (GR), Halle 14 (DE), Locust Projects, Miami (USA), Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kairo (EG), Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athen (GR), Institute of Contemporary Greek Art, Athen (GR), BWA Wroclaw Galeria Awangarda, Wroclaw (PL), Bâtiment d’Art Contemporain Le Commun, Geneva (CH) and at the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade (RS). Solo exhibitions at a.antonopoulou.ar gallery, Athens (GR), artcore, Bari (IT), ACC Galerie, Weimar (DE)
Joachim Blank (b. 1963 in Aachen, lives in Berlin) is a visual artist who works with different media, materials and formats. Since 2003 he is professor for media art (class for installation and space) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig (HGB).
In his life the confrontation with the digital world has become a central aspect of his own artistic practice. Blanks central question revolves about how media perception are changing the perception of materiality, how medial arguments are enrolled in the surfaces of the objects and are transforming them. It is about investigating the materiality of things and images, their outer appearance and physical presence in terms of surface-, meaning- and knowledge production of our time. The spectrum of his work ranges from collaborative network projects to space-related installation, sculptural and painterly works. As Blank & Jeron (with Karl Heinz Jeron) he realized early net art projects and installations (1993 – 2005).
Since 2018 Blank & Jeron restarted their collaboration with Augmented Reality projects.
His works were presented in solo shows and group exhibitions such as MedienBiennale Leipzig (1994), Documenta X (1997), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (1998), ZKM Karlsruhe (1998), Ars Electronica Linz (1999), Institut für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg (2000), Institut of Contemporary Art London (2001), Foto Museum Winterthur (2001), National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo (2003), NGBK Berlin (2004), Kunstverein Leipzig (2004), San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), Berlinische Galerie (2010), After the Butcher Berlin (2014), Altana Gallery Dresden (2016), Transmediale Berlin (2020) a.o.
Joachim Blanks interest in collaborative activities continuously accompanies his artistic and educational work with projects such as the Internet platform Internationale Stadt Berlin (1994-1998), the exhibition platform Universal Cube (2006-2011) in Leipzig and now post documenta: contemporary arts as territorial agencies(2020-2022) a.o.
Eleni Michaelidi (*1983, Athens) is a contemporary art historian, editor, and curator. She studied art history and archaeology in Athens and Berlin, and holds an MA Diploma in Media Art History. Her research interests focus on experimental time-based media, histories of the exhibition form, and the concept of urgency in contemporary art. She has previously worked for the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Snehta Residency, and the Bergen Assembly, and was Curator in Residence at the Salzburger Kunstverein (2018). Eleni lives and works in Athens and Berlin, and is a Research Fellow of the project post documenta: contemporary arts as territorial agencies.
Olga Vostretsova lives and works as a freelance curator in Leipzig. Between 2011–2013 she completed a master’s programme Cultures of the Curatorial at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig and managed the gallery there in 2016–2017. In 2012–2013 she completed a traineeship at the Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art (GfZK) and is the co-founder of two art associations in Leipzig: Бükü – Bureau for Cultural Translations and KV – Association of Contemporary Art Leipzig. In 2018–2019 she worked as a member of the teaching staff for special tasks at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle. She initiated and curated numerous international exhibitions of contemporary art at home and abroad. Olga Vostretsova is currently doing her PhD at the Institute of Art History at the University of Leipzig under Prof. Dr. Dr. habil. Tanja Zimmermann. She has had research stays and residencies in Tbilisi, Georgia (2014), Prague, Czech Republic (2015), Bad Ems, Germany (2017–2018), Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago de Chile (2019).