Ape A

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Ape B
Ape C
Ape A
Ape B(2)

Apes G.E.O.(1)

Joachim Blank


Artwork description

Geo reportages about apes, their intelligence, vulnerability and ultimately hopeless situation in nature, form a popular subgenre on the subject of last resorts, jungles and conservation. At the same time, they are a popular genre in cinema history with dystopian traits and contribute to the humanization (appropriation) of animals in social media ("animal video"). In the exhibition, together with the visitors, they become exhausted living sculptures in space, seemingly observing each other.

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About the artist

Joachim Blank (b. 1963 in Aachen, lives in Berlin) is a visual artist who works with different media, materials and formats. In his life the confrontation with the digital world has become a central aspect of his own artistic practice. Blanks central question revolves about how media perception are changing the perception of materiality, how medial arguments are enrolled in the surfaces of the objects and are transforming them. It is about investigating the materiality of things and images, their outer appearance and physical presence in terms of surface-, meaning- and knowledge production of our time. The spectrum of his work ranges from collaborative network projects to space-related installations, sculptural and painterly works. As Blank & Jeron (with Karl Heinz Jeron) he realized early net art projects and installations (1993 – 2005). Since 2018 Blank & Jeron restarted their collaboration with Augmented Reality projects --> http://clubnetz.info. In 2021 they realized in collaboration with Sakrowski the AR-project https://simultaneity.xyz as a digital intervention in public space as part of "Art in Urban Space at Karl-Marx-Allee" Berlin.