I am interested in questioning the circulation, production, and recording of information against a certain certainty of perception.
My work consists of modules of in_complete collections of information and ideas and can be described as situated practice. Therefore, I travel to various places with my feet and with my head.
Modules have many secrets, interpret time, show development arrears! The basis of these modules is the sheets that I name DOCUMENT_DRAWINGS. Together with other fragments of film, audio-recordings, and objects, they often assemble in what I would name „Arrangements of in_possibilities“, as hybrid sites. Records of the interface between art and everyday life. Here I am equally interested in what we name formal and informal knowledge whereas much lies in-between. Stories about how we know the world and how we arrange ourselves in it. References are therefore a very vital moment and are mostly part of the work itself.
The fusion between working, living, and being is inextricable by its nature. It implies for me basically to things – art as idea and art as action – I try to bring both into a conceptual context in a permanent transformation of matter. In doing so the material condition and visual instance are as important as the idea it conveys for the possibility of its (personal and impersonal) consequences.
It leads to the agency of the work itself where conceptual ideas may lead to personal moves and vice versa. Idea is information (lat. informare -in the sense of to give form to the mind) and as such can be very powerful — apart from its fragile material condition and anti-monumental appearance.
The notion of art_work lies for me in its exteriorizing nature and though becomes a manifestation of how we approach our planetary condition, and the entire cosmos as our library.
I approach research also collaboratively and seek to work across disciplines.
Mirjam Kroker, planetary citizen, based nomadically
2019/20: Saxon Scholarship Program
2018: STEP Travel Grant, European Cultural Foundation
2012: Publication Grant, ÖFG Austrian Research Association
2013: IFA research grant, Institute for Foreign Relation
2019: CULTURELAND Amsterdam/Starnmeer, Netherland
2018: Örö Residency, Finland
2018: Kökar Residency, Finland
2019: Federal Prize for Art Students
since 2014: Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, HfBK, Dresden, Germany
2016-2017: Fine Arts, University of Antonio Nebrija, Madrid, Spain
2004-20011: Cultural- and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria
2003-2004: Ethnology, Eberhardt Karls University, Tübingen, Germany
PLACES OF TRAVEL-RESEARCH AND/OR VISITING
2002- up to the present: Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Philippines, India, France, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, England, Italy, Austria, Swiss, Colombia, Ukraine, Mexico, Spain, Finland
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2019: The Intelligent Ear, exhibition & Artist talk based on experimental research, Cultureland, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2016: Juego Puro/Pure Game, exhibition with ON/OFF Collaboration, Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico
2016: Unsolved Equations Do also Exist, in collaboration with Juan Toro, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, England
2012: The Dematerialization of the Art Object, exhibition in collaboration with Juan Toro, PzÄ, Berlin
2007: The Many Faces of Africa, Phonetic Art, Club OST, Vienna, Austria
2006: Face-Paintings, Phonetic Art, Club OST, Vienna, Austria
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2019: Federal Prize for Art Students, BUNDESKUNSTHALLE, Bonn
2019: LIFE SIZE, Vol.II, WESERHALLE, Berlin
2019: Beautiful Failure/Lighter than Air, Senatssaal, HfBK, Dresden
2019: LIFE SIZE Vol.I, C. Rockefeller Center for the Contemporary Arts, Dresden
2018: GRAN COLECTIVO, PANTITLÁN, Sexyland, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2018: EXISTENZ, Oktogon HfbK Dresden, Germany
2018: Shelter, HfbK Dresden, Germany
2017: Remembering the Future, HfbK, Dresden
2013: Escenarios de Mujer, Galeria Luz y Oficios. Habana, Cuba
2014-until present: ON/OFF collaboration, Play&Game, transnational and interdisciplinary collaboration, online, in collaboration with Carolina Alba (Mexico City); Jimena Mendizabal (Amsterdam), Alejandro Orozco,(Mexico City), Juan Toro (until 2015), in urban context (Berlin/Dresden/Madrid, Mexico City, Amsterdam), virtual space
2014- 2013: [~] Archive Flaneur, Art and Research project in collaboration with Juan Toro, Berlin, Lviv, Kiev, Ukraine
2013-2012: Postcards and Beyond, in collaboration with Juan Toro, IDBA, Cali, Colombia
2013: Poiesis and other Languages in Contemporary Aesthetic in Colombia, research project, Cali, Medellin, Bogota, Colombia
Co-Founder of an Art and Theory Project: Projects for Contemporary Aesthetic, PzÄ, Berlin
PUBLICATIONS of ARTICLES AND BOOKS
2017: Music as Organisatori_al Principle. In: DOCUMNT 1, Spring, Berlin, Germany
2016: Collectivity as a figure of thought. In: Catalog of the Exhibition, ON/OFF Collectivity and Collaboration, Mexico City, Mexico
2016: RED COLUMN, Nr.3, Vol.1, June. A Fan Publication of Art, Philosophy and Aesthetics, Eds. Mirjam Kroker & Juan Toro. Published by Projekte für Zeitgenössische Ästhetik in cooperation with Museum Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico
2014: Red COLUMN, Nr. 2. Vol. 1, October. A Fan Publication of Art,Philosophy and Aesthetics, Eds. Mirjam Kroker & Juan Toro. Published by Projekte für Zeitgenössische Ästhetik, Berlin, Germany
2013: WELTWÄRTIGE KÜNSTLER_WEGE Im Kontext der Diskurse über zeitgenössische Kunst aus Afrika, der afrikanischen Diaspora und der Globalisierung visueller Kunst (LIT Verlag), Berlin, Germany, ISBN: 9783643504760
2012: CONTEMPORARY ART of AUST[ria][af]RICA. Notes on ‚ARTIST_TRAILS TOWARDS THE WORLD, Institute for Art History, University FU, Berlin, Germany
Artist talk & Video intervention with Mara Niang, DEPOT, Place for Art and Discussion, Vienna, Austria
BBK (Professional association of artists in Berlin/Berufsverband Bildender Künstler*innen Berlin)
EASA (The European Association of Social Anthropologists)
since 2014: On/Off collaboration https://onoffcollaboration.com/Information
Projekte für Zeitgenössische Ästhetik (2013-2019)