Observatory

Christoph Keller
March 8 – May 12, 2008

Kunstverein Braunschweig

 

On the roof:

Cloudbuster Project / Heaven and Sky, 2003/2008 (detail)
Installation with satellite bowl, beamer projection, cloudbuster, video camera, monitor, water pump, water

Photo © Fred Dott

Encyclopedia Cinematographica, 2001

 

Photo © Fred Dott

Cloudbuster Project / Heaven and Sky, 2003/2008 (detail)
Installation with satellite bowl, beamer projection, cloudbuster, video camera, monitor, water pump, water

 

Photo © Fred Dott

Interpreters, 2008 

Video projection, sound

Duration 08:00 min

 

Photo © Fred Dott

Interpreters, 2008 (detail; right)

Video projection, sound

Duration 08:00 min

 

Photo © Fred Dott

Exhibition view

Observatory, 2008

Kunstverein Braunschweig

 

Photo © Fred Dott

Exhibition view

Observatory, 2008

Kunstverein Braunschweig

 

Photo © Christoph Keller

Exhibition view

Observatory, 2008

Kunstverein Braunschweig

 

Photo © Christoph Keller

Exhibition view

Observatory, 2008

Kunstverein Braunschweig

 

Photo © Christoph Keller

Observatory

Christoph Keller
Kunstverein Braunschweig
March 8 – May 12, 2008
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Christoph Keller (born 1967 in Freiburg im Breisgau) situates himself in his works at the point of intersection between art and science. The title Observatory does not only designate a series of works of the same name, but also his artistic approach per se. It deals with a reversal of the view: the observer himself becomes the object of observation. It is an inversion that is also directly reflected in the photographs from the series: they are inverted, i.e. shown as negatives.

 

Keller’s works are ultimately less about scientific cognition itself than about the motivating forces behind them. Their desire and their specific goals provide information about what moves a society. In this sense Keller is also increasingly interested in pseudoscientific phenomena such as hypnosis and conspiracy theories which, as “scientific constructs,” are similarly expressions of a certain social consciousness. But Keller also connects science and art in his approach by linking the methodologies and techniques of the former with the psychosomatic experience of art: the observer himself sometimes becomes a field researcher and the exhibition venue itself becomes an observatory. 

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