Christoph Both-Asmus

Performance/Multimedia Art

The oeuvre by the multimedia artist Christoph Both-Asmus spans from large-scale paper works, objects and photographs to performance in the interplay between the themes of sustainability and environmentalism as well as nature cults.
In recent years we have been part of a transformative change. People are becoming more and more aware of global changes and the interconnection of almost all aspects of our life. Christoph is both an artist and an environmentalist and willing to raise awareness for the ecosystem’s fragility and the importance of protecting the primary rainforest, the lungs of our planet. Therefore, his so far most extensive project “The Tree Walker” led him meet with artists and scientists in Central Africa climbing trees and making paper works directly in the rainforest. His collaborations p.e. with the renowned botanist Prof. Francis Hallé and Cameroonian artist Hervé Youmbi gave him a deep insight into the current situation and meanings of the forest. With his transdisciplinary approach, the artist seeks out the relationship between knowledge and non-knowledge and makes positions significant in his sensitively explored artworks.

Christoph received his M.A. from the Sandberg Institute of Fine Arts in Amsterdam in 2010. He was awarded with prestigious awards and grants for his work, including the Mondriaan Fond Amsterdam. His work has been presented in exhibitions throughout Germany, Netherlands, Poland, UK, Portugal, Greece, Cameroon, Gabon, Egypt, Japan, and the USA, p.e. at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin/DE, Center for Polish Sculpture Oronsko/PL, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig/DE, Coda Museum Apeldorn/NL, Serralves Museum, Porto/PL.

Artist Info

Christoph Both-Asmus


Biography


Born 1984 in Bad Soden-Salmünster/DE
Lives and works in Berlin/DE

Education

2008-2010

MA Fine Arts, Sandberg Institute for Fine Arts, Amsterdam/NL

2009

Master Class of Hermann Nietsch, Apeldoorn/NL

2004-2008

BA Fine Arts, AKI Academy of Art and Design, Enschede/NL

2001-2003

College for Design, Ferdinand-Braun School, Fulda/DE

Scholarships and Artist in Residencies

2017

Artist in Residency, Hambacher Forst, Hambach/DE

2016

Grant, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Stuttgart/DE
International Wood Sculpture Open-Air Symposium, Gdańsk/PL
Artist in Residency, Factory, Douala/CM

2015

Grant, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Stuttgart/DE
Artist in Residency, CAP (Corinth Art Platform), Corinth/GR
Grant, Jack Daniels – Supporter of the Independent Program, Hamburg/DE

2014

Grant & Residency, Kunst im Block, Greifswald/DE

2012

Merz DIY (Kurt Schwitters summer school), Merz Barn, Lake District/GB

2011/2012

Working Grant, Mondriaanfonds, Amsterdam/NL

2010

Blooming Artists, Bergen an Zee/NL

 

Selected solo exhibitions and collaborations

2017

Mondrian Fan Club and David Medalla, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice/IT
Fresh Paint art fair, represented by WHITECONCEPTS, Natural History Museum, Tel Aviv/ILS
Inhaling Nature, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2016

Requiem, rk Gallery/Berlin Art Week, Berlin/DE
Holy Process, Festival of Ephemeral Art – Conteksty, Sokolowsko/PL

2015

Holy Process, Festival of Ephemeral Art – Conteksty, Sokolowsko/PL
Floisvos, CAP (Corinth Art Platform), Corinth/GR
Rivers and Trees, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2014

Requiem For A Dying Planet, Manpower Festival, Lisbon/PT
Conquering Places, Greifswald/DE
Untitled (The Tunnel by David Medalla), Another Vacant Space, Berlin/DE

2013

Lingua Franca (The Egg by David Medalla), Saarländische Galerie, Berlin/DE

2011

Tree Walker, Kuiperdomingos Projects, Berlin/DE

2010

The Herzogian Moment, Lodge 222, Dordrecht/NL

2009

Scarred, Het Torentje, Almelo/NL

Selected group exhibitions and screenings

2017

The intricate detail, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2016

Who wants to die?, rk Galerie, Berlin/DE
Gdańsk Community Foundation, Center of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko, Gdańsk/PL
Manpower Festival, Lisbon/PT
Academia Portuguesa de Cinema – Gala de Prémios Sophia, National Competition
Thinking Like a Forest/ Guided by Stars of the Southern Hemisphere, Acud Gallery, Berlin/DE
Possible Worlds, Les Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin/DE
I am looking at that wardrobe but it was smaller, HANGAR, Lisbon/PT
TABAKALERA, San Sebastián/ES
NYC Museum of Moving Image, New York/USA

2015

Art Market Budapest, with WHITECONCEPTS, Budapest/HU
A Moment in Time, The 100th Anniversary of Joszéf Brandt’s Death, The Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko/PL
Cinemateca – O Dia mais Curto, Agencia da Curta Metragem, Lisbon/PT
Caminhos do Cinema Português, Lisbon/PT
Darb 1718, Cairo/EG
Festival Nouveau Cinema, Montreal/CN
Curtas Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival, Vila do Conde/PT
Salomé Lamas: Parafiction (avant-premiere), Serralves Museum, Porto/PT
HYPER HYPER can´t stop the hardcore, Spinnereirundgang, Halle14, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig/DE
Ten Years, Spinnerei Galleries, Leipzig/DE
The Forest, Group Global 3000, Berlin/DE
Resist Restart, Vesselroom Project, Berlin/DE

2014

The Inner Wealth, Conference of the Visionaries, Berlin/DE
OPENthewoods, Von Gimborn Arboretum, Doorn/NL
Rhizome, Camden Image Gallery, London/GB
Kunst Im Block, Greifswald/DE
Conquering Places, Kunst Im Block, Greifswald/DE

2013

False Sentimentale, Kunstverein Fulda/DE
Climbing To The Edge Of A Tree Top, Book Fair, Amsterdam/NL
At Night, Volksgalerie, Berlin/DE
Branchings, Rosalux, Berlin/DE
Moment Of Clarity, Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam/NL

2012

Lovely Wilderness, CBK, Roosendaal/NL
English shorts, Sputnik Kino, Berlin/DE
Supermarked Art Fair, Stockholm/SE

2011

Salon, Kuiperdomingos Projects, Berlin/DE
Attempts To Get Inside The World, Lewisham Arthouse, London/GB
Tree Walker, Ot301, Amsterdam/NL
Tree Walker – Man In Tree, Luxus Loft, Berlin/DE
Tree Walker – Man In Tree, Wild Tree, Climber, Kultur Am Nauener Platz, Berlin/DE
Tree Walker – One Future, Kunstkapel Zuidas, Amsterdam/NL
Green House, Foundation Zet, Amsterdam/NL

2010

Tuyap Art Fair, Istanbul/TR
Post Dort, CBK, Dordrecht/NL
Tree Walker, Art Pie, Amsterdam/NL
Dream, Wild Tree, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam/NL

2009

One Future, Pregnant Man, Whale, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam/NL

2008

Just Drawing, Het Havenkwartier Te Deventer, Deventer/NL
Just Drawing, Rc De Ruimte, Ijmuiden/NL
Debut, M.I.C.K, Delden/NL
Debut, Aki, Enschede/NL

2007

Pregnant Man, Coda Museum for Modern Art, Apeldorn/NL
Untitled, Fauna, Enschede/NL