AiR period C: July 9 – September 3, 2022
Picture: Hannah Grüninger
Sophie Innmann was born in 1986 in Münchberg, Germany. She studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe and became “Meisterschülerin“ of Leni Hoffmann in 2013. Parallel to the art academy, she studied sports and philosophy at the der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and sports at the Institute for Technology in Karlsruhe.
Innmann has participated in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad, including Kunstverein Reutlingen (2022), Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2021), Sehsaal Vienna (2021), Raum für drastische Maßnahmen Berlin (2021), the “Hochrhein Triennale” in Switzerland, Cemeti - Institute for Art and Society Yogyakarta (Indonesien), 2019, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2018). Her solo exhibition “Landscapes of Internet” was on view at the Kunsthaus L6 in Freiburg in 2021. In the same year, she presented the performance “go hard or go home – a socialist job creation measure carried over into the neoliberal age” as part of the exhibition “Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy” at the port25 Mannheim and the Galeria Miejskwa BWA in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Based on Bruno Latour’s "Actor-Network-Theory", Innmann’s artistic practice moves between installation, interaction and artistic research. The commodification of human life, digitalization processes and shifts in power relations are at the center of her current projects. Her performative art practice is often interactive and participatory, as is her long-term project GoArtist (since 2019). GoArtist is, according to Innmann, “a research on new ways of engaging with contemporary art and an interactive art practice which focuses on the experience of art.” Sophie Innmann lives and works in Hof (Saale).
See also: www.sophieinnmann.com
Picture: Marie Tomanova
Klára Čermáková was born in 1992 in Kladno, Czech Republic. She graduated from the College of Graphics (Prague Graphic School) in 2014 and went on to study illustration, graphic design, painting and sculpture at the UMPRUM Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where she defended her master's thesis "Hands (and other products of labor)" in 2020.
Čermáková’s works have been shown mainly in the Czech Republic, most recently in the exhibitions "X-th wave, n-th dose / Graduates of UMPRUM 2020" (2021) at the Technology Center Umprum Mikulandská, “4 + 4 days in motion – REALITY DO YOU NEED ME ?” (2021) at the "Nová strašnická škola", both in Prague, and the “28th Year – MIKULOV ART SYMPOSIUM” (2021) in Mikulov. In 2019, she had two solo exhibitions entitled “living tent” at the FaVu Gallery in Brno and “teeth” at the Rampa Gallery in Usti nad Labem. She was also represented in group exhibitions at, among others, the UMPRUM Academy of Arts, the Imperial Stables of Prague Castle (“Graphics of the Year 2020”), as well as the Fotopub Gallery in Ljubljana and the “Brno House of Art: House of the Lords of Kunštát”.
She expresses herself mainly through the medium of sculpture, installation, printmaking, drawing and painting, focusing in her work on the relationship between the human body and the technological environment, the contrasts between naturalness and artificiality, and the tension between art and science. She is interested in research and science, the limits of contemporary work, social structures, sustainable art practice, materiality and technology. Klára Čermáková participated in residency programs in Prague (Meet Factory, 2022), Bucharest (Czech Center, 2021), Český Krumlov (Egon Schiele Art Centrum, 2021) and Budapest (Budapest Gallery, 2019). She lives and works in Prague.
See also: www.czech-it.ro
Picture: Vojtěch Novák
Vojtěch Novák was born in 1992 in Pardubice, Czech Republic. He studied Architecture and Design at the UMPRUM Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and spent time studying abroad at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Previously, he studied Sculpture and Analytical Philosophy at the University of Hradec Králové.
Novák has presented his artistic work and performances on an international level as part of numerous solo and group exhibitions, including, most recently “Clueless Agency: Rozkošný most a jiné zpropadené tools” at TOKAMAK Golem curated by PGS (2022) and “Hlava I-III” with D'epog at Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA (2021), both in Prague, at ISCP and No Moon both in New York (2021), and “Black Beemer > White Boomer” at GAMPA (2021) in his hometown of Pardubice. In addition to exhibitions in Brno, Pilsen, London, Manchester, Tilburg, Berlin, New York, Jerusalem, Cairo, and Athens, among others, he was represented at the art biennials “Biennial of Graphic Arts” (2021) in Ljubljana, “documenta 14” (2017) in Kassel, “Manifesta 11” (2016) in Zurich, and the “OFF-Biennale” (2015) in Budapest. In 2016, Novák was finalist of the Jan Naaijkens Prize.
Influenced by contemporary forms of expression, Novák’s work undergoes a process of constant change: from classical media to performative lectures and practice-based research to theater and storytelling – the focus of his artistic work. This approach to changing forms of knowledge acquisition and dissemination is characteristic of his artistic practice. He also initiated various collective and educational projects and formats as a curator. Since 2019 Novák has been a member of the international networks for artistic research SARN (Lumnezia and Zurich) and NYARN (New York). Vojtěch Novák participated in residency programs in Delft (ID11, 2013), Český Krumlov (Egon Schiele Art Centrum, 2020) and most recently in New York (ISCP, 2021). He lives and works in Pardubice.
See also: Portfolio Vojtěch Novák
Picture: Max Haarich
Max Haarich was born in 1983 in Aachen, Germany. He studied communication science, sociology and psychology at the Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, where he initially worked as a research assistant before becoming a freelance creative worker and communication manager. In 2017, he was appointed Munich Ambassador of the Artists’ Republic of Užupis to promote the connection of “Arts & Tech”. He completed advanced curatorial training on the topic and also studied Critical Thinking at the University of the Underground in New York City in 2019.
Situated between artistic research, conceptual art and performance, Haarich’s projects combine art and technology and deal in particular with artificial intelligence and blockchain. In his role as ambassador, he has traveled to places like Linz, Helsinki and New York, attending scientific and political conferences and international exhibitions, such as the “Ars Electronica” (2022, 2019), the “Valentines Day Pixel Festival” (2022) and the “Pixelache Festival” (2021), the latter in Finland. He is a multiple winner of the “Silver Garlic Toe” of the Republic of Užupis, was represented in the exhibition “TeleNFT – Art between Teletext and Blockchain” (2021) in Austria and at the art fair “ARTVILNIUS” in Lithuania in 2021. His awards include “Super Artistic AI Factory Winner” in the category “Interaction” (2021), winner of the “openAI GPT-3 challenge” (2021) and winner of the “Bavarian Medialab Challenge” (2020). Max Haarich lives and works in Munich.
See also: www.uzupis.de