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Ralf Baecker (*1977 Düseseldorf, Germany) is an artist working at the intersection of art, technology and science. Through installations and machines, Baecker explores fundamental mechanisms of action and effects of new media and technologies. In his representations and spatializations of microscopic processes he seeks to expand our perception. At the core of his objects lies the entanglement of the virtual with the actual, or rather, with the world. With a media-archaeological outlook, Ralf Baecker digs within obsolete devices for traces and functions that are still detectable in technologies today. His work seeks to form a hybrid between current digital aesthetics and an historical understanding of materials. As a result, he understands technology not as a tool but rather as an epistemological instrument, in order to pose elemental questions about a world perceived through technological impressions.

Baecker has been awarded multiple prizes and grants for his artistic work, including an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica in 2012 and 2014, and second prize at the VIDA 14.0 Art & Artificial Life Award in Madrid for “Irrational Computing,” a sound and light installation that relates to the disappearance, or rather invisibility, of materiality in contemporary information technology. The artist developed the project during a three-month-long residency at DOCK e.V. in Berlin with support from the Schering Stiftung.

His work has been presented in international festivals and exhibitions, such as the International Triennial of New Media Art 2014 in Beijing, Künstlerhaus Wien, ZKM | Center for Art and New Media in Karlsruhe, Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, WINZAVOD Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Laboral Centro de Arte in Gijon, and Malmö Konsthall.

Since 2016 he teaches at the University of the Arts Bremen as Professor for Experimental Design of New Technologies.



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EDUCATION

  • 2002 - 2007  Media Art (Diploma)
    Academy of Media Arts, Cologne DE
  • 1999 - 2001  Computer Science
    University of Cologne, Cologne DE
  • TEACHING

  • 2016 -  Professor for Experimental Design of New Technologies
    University of the Arts, Bremen DE
  • 2014 - 2015  Visiting Professor
    ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnhem NL
  • 2007 - 2008  Lecturer
    University of the Arts, Bremen DE
  • 2007 - 2008  Teaching Fellow
    Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar DE
  • AWARDS, GRANTS & COMMISSIONS

  • 2017  Grand Prize "Japan Media Arts Festival 2017"
    Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokio JP
  • 2015  Honorary Mention "Prix Ars Electronica 2015"
    Ars Electronica, Linz AT
  • 2014  Stipend of the Graduate School for the Arts
    University of the Arts Berlin, Berlin DE
  • 2013  Second Prize "VIDA 14.0 Art & Artificial Life Award"
    Vida / Fundaction Telefonica, Madrid ES
  • 2012  Honorary Mention "Prix Ars Electronica 2012"
    Ars Electronica, Linz AT
  • 2011  Production Stipend DOCK e.V./Schering Stiftung
    Schering Stiftung, Berlin DE
  • 2010  Stiftung Niedersachsen work stipend for Media Art 2010
    Edith-Russ-Site for Media Art, Oldenburg DE
  • 2008  Work stipend
    Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn DE
  • 2007  Award for Media Art of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
    North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf DE
  • Photo: Klaus Wälderle

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2017

  • Interface I
    Kresija Gallery, Ljubljana SLO
  • 2016

  • The Paradox of Knowing Universals
    Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel DE
  • Order + Noise. Interface I
    NOME Gallery, Berlin DE
  • 2015

  • The Secret of the Machines
    Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana SLO
  • 2013

  • In Search for Precise Pleasures
    LEAP, Berlin DE
  • 2011

  • Irrational Computing
    Schering Stiftung, Berlin DE
  • 2009

  • Rechnender Raum
    Kunstverein Bochum, Bochum DE
  • 2007

  • Rechnender Raum
    Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne DE
  • GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2017

  • unREAL. The Algorithmic Present (upcomming)
    Chronus Arts Center, Shanghai CN
  • Japan Media Arts Festival 2017 (upcomming)
    NTT Inter Communication Center [ICC], Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokio JP
  • Datumsoria (upcomming)
    Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM), Karlsruhe DE
  • unREAL. The Algorithmic Present
    Haus der elektronischen Künste (HeK), Basel CHE
  • Prima Materia
    Fiber Festival 2017, Amsterdam NL
  • 2016

  • Interferences
    KIKK Festival 2016, Namur BE
  • No New Kind of Duck - Graduale 16
    Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin DE
  • Alchemists of our Time
    Ars Electronica 2016, Linz AT
  • The Thinking Machine - Ramon Llull and the Ars combinatoria
    Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona ES
  • 2015

  • Tektonics / ACT Festival
    ACT Center, Asia Culture Center (ACC), Gwangju KR
  • Artistic needs & Institutional desires
    Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin DE
  • Superconduction. Challenge of art & technology
    Pop-up exhibition by Laboratoria Moscow, Riga LV
  • CyberArts 2015, Prix Ars Electronica Exhibition
    OK Center, Linz AT
  • 2014

  • International Triennial of New Media Art 2014 / thingWorld
    National Art Musuem of China, Beijing CN
  • Obsessive Sensing
    LEAP, Berlin DE
  • Dernières Nouvelles de L’Éther
    La Panacée, Montpellier FR
  • ArtHackDay - Going Dark
    LEAP, Berlin DE
  • 2013

  • Conversations Électriques
    La Panacée, Montpellier FR
  • Rauchwolken und Luftschlösser
    Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen DE
  • 2012

  • A Matter of Feeling - META.MORF 2012
    Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim false
  • synergy - Lexus Hybrid Art
    ARTPLAY, Moscow RU
  • The Power of Things
    Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam NL
  • The Crystal World / CTM 12
    Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin DE
  • 2011

  • re-active platform
    MOCA Studio, Taipei TW
  • Produced @ 10 Jahre Stipendium für Medienkunst
    Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg DE
  • Kunstfrühling 2011
    Gleishalle am Güterbahnhof, Bremen DE
  • Life - Science version
    Center for Contemporary Art WINZAVOD, Moscow RU
  • 2010

  • NODE10 - Forum for digital arts
    Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main DE
  • New.Brave.World! - META.MORF 2010
    Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art, Trondheim false
  • WeltWissen. 300 Jahre Wissenschaften in Berlin
    Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin DE
  • Space Inventions. Der künstliche Raum
    Künstlerhaus, Wien AT
  • When Process becomes Paradigm
    LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon ES
  • The Poetics of Space - Sonic Acts XIII
    Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam NL
  • active platform
    glasmoog, Cologne DE
  • 2009

  • Share Festival - Experiences in digital art & culture
    Share Festival, Turin IT
  • genau. mathematische Strategien und künstlerische Prozesse
    Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Dortmund DE
  • 32. Bremer Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst 2008
    Städtische Galerie im Buntentor, Bremen DE
  • 2008

  • Electrohype 2008 – the fifth biennial for computer based and technological art
    Konsthall, Malmö SE
  • CYNETart 2008
    Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden DE
  • Artbots 2008
    Science Gallery, Dublin IE
  • Zur Zeit - Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
    Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz AT
  • 2007

  • LAB 30
    Abraxas, Augsburg DE
  • Wolfgang von Kempelen. Mensch-[in der]-Maschine
    ZKM Medienmuseum, Karlsruhe DE
  • From Reality and Back
    Mejan Labs / Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm SE
  • Nowhere
    Melkweg, Amsterdam NL
  • Zähler
    Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf DE
  • 2006

  • autopsía - Sonderausstellung der KHM
    Art Cologne 2006, Cologne DE
  • Altitude 06
    Academy of Media Arts, Cologne DE
  • Intermezzo
    Academy of Media Arts, Cologne DE
  • 2005

  • Expanded Arts No. 2
    Kunstverein Gütersloh, Gütersloh DE
  • European Media Art Festival - Helden der Künste
    EMAF, Osnabrück DE
  • Expanded Arts (curated by VALIE EXPORT)
    Art Cologne 2004, Cologne DE
  • 2004

  • Altitude 2004
    Academy of Media Arts, Cologne DE
  • Transcodex (Boston CyberArts Festival)
    (online), Boston US
  • TALKS/LECTURES

    2017

  • Seperation - Purification - Combination
    Fiber Festival 2017, Amsterdam NL
  • Noise - Space - Matter
    IMD _Institute of Media and Design, TU Braunschweig, Braunschweig DE
  • Noise - Space - Matter
    Resonate, Belgrade SRB
  • 2016

  • How I Stopped Worring and Started to Love the Turing Machine
    Performing Encounters @ Haus am Luetzowplatz, Berlin DE
  • 2015

  • From Transparency to Obscurity
    ACT Center 2016, Gwuangju KR
  • Zeichen - Körper - Instrument / Über das Entstehen technologischer Artefakte /mit Julian Stubbe
    Salon für Ästhetische Experimente / Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin DE
  • Lines, Robes and Computational Spaces
    Fiber Festival 2015, Amsterdam NL
  • Lines, Robes and Computational Spaces @ Variable World - A Symposium on Simulation
    AVANT/LEAP Berlin DE, Berlin DE
  • Presentation and Lectue, Media Archeology as Artistic Practice
    CTM/Transmediale @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin DE
  • 2013

  • Cybernetic Bubblegum (Lecture + Workshop)
    Kunsthochschule Kassel, Kassel DE
  • 2012

  • Rauchwolken und Luftschlösser - Temporäre Räume
    Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Bremen DE
  • Machine Poetics (Lecture)
    Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst DE
  • Lecture
    Center for Contemporary Art WINZAVOD, Moscow RU
  • Lecture
    Share Festival, Turin IT
  • 2008

  • Artist Talk
    Kunstverein Bochum, Bochu DE
  • 2006

  • Artist Talk
    3. SuMa-eV Forum, Berlin DE
  • Artist Talk @ The Graduates / Upgrade Amsterdam
    The Graduates / Upgrade Amsterdam, Amsterdam NL