information

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.

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Mirjam Kroker, planetary citizen, based nomadically

GRANTS

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

RESIDENCIES

2019: CULTURELAND Amsterdam/Starnmeer, Netherland

2018: Örö Residency, Finland

2018: Kökar Residency, Finland

PRIZES

2019: Federal Prize for Art Students

2019: Caspar-David-Friedrich-Prize

EDUCATION

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

RESEARCH PROJECTS

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

LECTURES/TALKS

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

MEMBER

BBK (Professional association of artists in Berlin/Berufsverband Bildender Künstler*innen Berlin)

EASA (The European Association of Social Anthropologists)

CO-FOUNDER

since 2014: On/Off collaboration https://onoffcollaboration.com/Information

Projekte für Zeitgenössische Ästhetik (2013-2019)