Elmar Hess

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In Elmar Hess’ artistic works private conflicts are seen to be the consequence of compulsory actions conditioned by technology and the system. The individual occurrence is placed on a par with a cascading fantasy of political-historical events. Hess’ works include films and videos as well as multi-media installations consisting of thematically intertwining, staged spaces. These provide the installations a primary structure much like the dramatic sequences of a film. At the same time, the individual spaces address sub-issues formulated by the overarching theme.

Elmar Hess has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Lost Paradise (Kunstraum Wien), German Open (Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg), Surfing Systems (Kunstverein Kassel), Man Son 1969 – The Horror of the Situation (Hamburger Kunsthalle), and others. He was a recipient of the Deutschen Kunstfonds Bonn and the Deutsche Akademie Rom, Villa Massimo.

Artist Info

Elmar Hess


Biography


Born in 1966 in Hamburg, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Career

1988-1995

Studies of Fine Arts, University of Fine Arts, Hamburg and State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
Studies of Film, University Hamburg

Since 2003

Several lectureships at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg and at North German Broadcasting

2010-2011

Guestprofessor, University of Fine Arts Saar, Saarbrücken

Awards and Scholarships

2014

Cat­a­log funding, Deutscher Kun­st­fonds, Bonn
Project funding of the Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung

2012

Project funding of the Schering-Stiftung, Berlin

2010

Project funding of the Abt-Straubinger-Foundation, Stuttgart

2009

Project funding of the Alfred-Toepfer-Foundation

2008

Project funding of the Rudolf-Augstein-Foundation
Project funding of Hamburgische Kulturstiftung

2007

Scholarship of the Foundation Schöppingen

2006

Stipend of the German Academy Rome, Villa Massimo, Rome/IT

2005

Project funding of the Michael-Liebelt-Foundation

2004

Project funding of the Freie Hansestadt Hamburg

2003

Scholarship of the county Niedersachsen

2002

Scholarship of the Werkleitz-Society

1999

Stipend of the German Kunstfonds

1998

Stipend of the German Kunstfonds

1997

Artist in Residence, London/GB

1996-1997

Scholarship of the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg

1997

Award of the International Videofestival Berlin „Mediopol

Selected Exhibitions

2016

Previous, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Art Photo Budapest, with WHITECONCEPTS, Millenaris, Budapest/HU
Einen Frieden später, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock/DE

2014

Instant, Invaliden6, Berlin/DE

2013

STILLS, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Money Works, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
La Mère Perdue, Europäisches Kunstforum, Berlin/DE

2012

The Golden Cage, KunstBüroBerlin, Berlin/DE

2011

cis, BLAU – Raum für Kunst, Hamburg/DE
The End of the Dream, WHITECONCEPTS, Tresorfabrik, Berlin/DE

2010

Man Son 1969, Villa Merkel, Esslingen/DE
Still haven’t found what I’m looking for, Kunstmuseum Bonn/DE
Surf & Anarchie & Alchemie, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg/DE

2009

Man Son 1969 – Vom Schrecken der Situation, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg/DE
art Karlsruhe, art fair, Karlsruhe/DE
Expanded Realities, Muncipal Art Gallery, Pecs/HU

2008

Hülle des Selbst, Gallery Dietrich, Berlin/DE

2007

Fish and Ships, Barlach Halle, Hamburg/DE
Seestücke – Von Max Beckmann bis Gerhard Richter, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg/DE

2006

SNAFU, Hamburger Kunsthalle
Haunted, Feld für Kunst, Hamburg/DE

2005

Videothek, Muncipal Art Gallery, Wels/AT
„Medial, Barlach-Halle, Hamburg/DE
Gastfreundschaft, Schloss Bleckede/DE

2004

Submission, K3, Hamburg/DE
Weiße Nächte Kiel Oben, Kunsthalle Kiel/DE
Kriegsjahre, Collection of Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg/DE

2003

MIPDOC, Cannes/FR
Nordische Filmtage, Lübeck/DE

2002

Sehsüchte, Filmfestival Potsdam/DE
Filmkunstfest Schwerin/DE

2001

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen/DE
Filmartfestival Schwerin/DE
Fact-Fiction, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg/DE

2000

Ticker, Gallery Gebauer, Berlin/DE
International Filmfestival Moskau/RUS

1999

Video und Lebensart“, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburg/DE
German Open – Gegenwartskunst in Deutschland, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg/DE

1998

Passage, Kunsthaus Hamburg/DE
Baltic Filmfestival Berlin/DE
Filmfest Hamburg/DE

1997

International Videofestival „Mediopolis“, Berlin/DE
Surfing Systems, Kunstverein Kassel/DE
Sehfahrt, Norddeutsches Landesmuseum, Hamburg/DE

1996

Kriegsjahre – Some sunny day we’ll meet again, Kunstverein Hamburg/DE

1995

Diplomaten, K3, Hamburg/DE

1994

Lost Paradise, Kunstraum Wien – Museumsquartier, Wien/AT