Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2019

Jul, Aug, Sep

Christoph Keller | Visual Artist

Christoph Keller | Image: Private
Christoph Keller | Image: Private

Christoph Keller studied liberal arts at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and film at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. His work is research-based and his installations and films (Anarcheology and Small Survey on Nothingness (2014) are presented internationally, and in the form of publications such as Observatorium (2008) and Paranomia (2016). The exhibition Æther – from Cosmology to Consciousness (2011) at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris was his first artistic and curatorial project in an institutional context.

Christoph Keller’s installations frequently resemble experimental configurations, and, using the discursive possibilities of art to investigate the themes of science and its utopias. The Cloudbuster-Project involves reenactments of Wilhelm Reich’s experiments for influencing the atmosphere with orgon energy. In Encyclopaedia Cinematographica and Archives as Objects as Monuments, Keller focuses on the archaeology of scientific film, the impossibility of objective documentation, and the problem of the archival urge to bring order to comprehensive knowledge. In Expedition-Bus and Shaman-Travel, a mirror-clad camping bus for research trips, the ethnographic viewpoint of science is exposed as a projection of its own culture. Here, the viewer is drawn into the installation becoming a field researcher himself. Keller is ultimately concerned with linking the methods and procedures of scientific work with the spatial as well as psycho-physical experience of art.