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Giulia Bowinkel & Friedemann Banz generate scenarios of the juxtaposition of nature, texture, body and space, mass, form and substance. The artist duo generates reflective moments that shift between moving images, virtual scupltures and snapshots. Technological tools that have become an integral part of contemporary society serve as source and material – the computer becomes a tool and the interactions with it the subject of their work. The human being free in his choice and with his computer technological possibilities (as a subject and as an avatar) form again and again a reference point when generating forms in the visual (re)-construction of diversity and the digital image of what presents itself as “real”. In Giulia Bowinkel & Friedemann Banz series of ”body paintings”, the body becomes the shaping pulse. Recordings of body movements in space are coupled with fluid simulations. The generated forms follow the movement of people, translating physical body language into a transparent-digital gesture, settling in an amorphous body of color. These pigments, which find their form in picturesque expressions, do not stand alone. Transition of shapes are repeated at different times and spaces, then reorganized and expressed in a potential picture-moment that remains flexibel. Thus, the individual prints are crystallizations from these movements (opposed to moving images) – they exist as situational shots that Bowinkel & Banz situationally link in their presentation. Using a tool for computer-based perception of reality (augmented reality) the artists place another digital layer over the two-dimensional picture of the real exhibitional space and point once again to the complexity of vision: The image is a virtual sculpture, which is only created through the movement of its viewer and varies its shape reflecting the individual’s action in the space. While observing the image reference points arise between the image and human, opening a scope of a definitions, compositions and expansions of reality. Giulia Bowinkel & Friedemann Banz continuously suggest declinations of virtual and real spaces. Dimensions, consistency and matter are transformative in their artistic works, they overlap and flow into their pictures, videos and installation, coming together as autonomous parameters. Freedom within the system is an ever present subject. Held up high by their own image models, with a constant connection to the viewer while receiving feedback of reality and letting the reflection become real.

Christina Irrgang

Upcoming Shows

2019 Photon | Icon, Falko Alexander Gallery, Cologne
Cylinder and Bots, DAM Gallery, Berlin
Anders wohnen - Dystopie, Haus Esters, Museum Krefeld

Selected Exhibitions

2019 AR AVATAR, Digital Arts Lab,, Berlin
Transfer Download, Spring / Break Art Show LA, Los Angeles
IN MEDIAS RES, Kunstverein Arnsberg
Cube - Virtual Natives - Sculpture, Roehrs & Boetsch Gallery, Zurich
2018 Projected.Capital, Roehrs & Boetsch Gallery, Zurich
ENVISIONING THE FUTURE, Halcyon Arts Lab, Washington DC
Artificial Paradise? Immersion in Raum & Zeit, KM - Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz
DC Open, Galerie Falko Alexander, Cologne
DIE ZUKUNFT DER ZEICHNUNG: ALGORITHMUS, Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach
Retune Festival, Silent Green Kulturquartier, Berlin
Open Source Festival Congress, Düsseldorf
Very Real, DAM Gallery, Berlin
Disorder of Appearance, Kunst & Denker, Düsseldorf
VRHAM Festival, Oberhafenquartier Hamburg
Digital Sculpture, Museum Ulm
2017 BIOS, Roehrs & Boetsch Gallery, Zurich
digital/real, dieMobiliar, Bern
Schöne neue Welten, Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen
Bodypaintings, Förderverein aktuelle Kunst, Münster
When machines are dreaming, Technische Sammlungen Dresden
The Wrong Club, Ampersand Gallery, Cologne
Now on View, Roehrs & Boetsch Gallery, Zurich
RESET III and VIRTUAL REALITY, Priska Pasquer Gallery, Cologne
Digital Bodies, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan
Unreal, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf
Substance, DAM Gallery, Berlin
Video- & Performance-Festival PLAY/III, Cologne/Düsseldorf
Unpainted, Palazzo Pisani, Venice
Baies vitrées, Villa Bernasconi, Geneve
Evolutionary Urge, NAVEL, Los Angeles
Benefiz-Auktion Kunst gegen Hunger, Langen Foundation, Neuss
Video of the month, HMKV, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund
The Unframed World, HEK, House of Electronic Arts, Basel
2016 Rushing into water, filmstudio extended, BAMBI Filmstudio, Düsseldorf
VR 01 - mercury, Parkhaus im Malkastenpark, Düsseldorf, Germany
die digitale, digital art & music festival, Düsseldorf, Germany
Bodypaint Edition, Handelsblatt | Kunst & Denker
DAM:TEMPORARY, DAM Gallery, Berlin, Germany
70. Internationale Bergische Kunstausstellung, Museum Solingen, Germany
Virtual Body, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany
Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Unpainted - Lab 3.0, MMA, München
2015 Rundblick 2015, Koelnberg Kunstverein e.V., Cologne, Germany
Crystallized Skins, Pavilion of The Wrong Biennale, WWW
191°S, Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Window Display, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
WTi 2.0, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
CGI, Baustelle Schaustelle, Essen, Germany
.htaccess, Digital3mpire, Düsseldorf, Germany
191°S, Salon des Amateurs, Düsseldorf, Germany
2014 Media Art Award, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany
Kunstfilmtage, Ufa Cinema, Düsseldorf, Germany
Offspacenight, Museum Osthaus, Hagen, Germany
ArtBat Festival, Almaty, Kasachstan
Video beyond tomorrow, Quadriennale | Filmwerkstatt, Düsseldorf, Germany 
On a move, Municipal Gallery, Herzliya, Israel
Bühne, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany

Residencies   |   Awards

2017 Digital Sculpture Award, Institute of digital art, HfK+G Ulm
2015 Project funding, Kunststiftung NRW, Germany
2014 Painting Art Award, Baustelle | Schaustelle, Essen, Germany
Artist Residency Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel
2011 Bronner Residency of Kunststiftung NRW, Tel Aviv, Israel
2010 Rölfs-Partner Award, KIT, Düsseldorf, Germany
2008 Tong Xian Art Center Residency, Beijing, China

Giulia Bowinkel

1983 born in Düsseldorf, Germany

2002-2008 Study at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
with Professor Gerhard Merz and Professor Albert Oehlen

Friedemann Banz

1980 born in Mainz, Germany

2001-2007 Study at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
with Professor Albert Oehlen