JP Raether

Professor MA Live Art Forms

Johannes Paul Raether, Foto: Jonas Keller 

In his artistic work, JP Raether cares for a group of constructed identities composed of language, technological skins, and digital devices and bodies. As artificial aLivfeforms they straddle his BioBody and at the same time detach themselves further and further from his “own” identity. 10 years of ritual repetition of recurring witches, mothers, and swarms increasingly overgrow clear identifications and force the bodyforms into states of obsession. The lifelines of these AlterIdentities and SelfSisters emerge in various contexts in public space to explore, teach, and tell stories. They are site-specific, colorful beings interwoven with everyday objects, addressing complex issues such as reproductive technologies and biotech, globalized tourism, and occult substances of contemporary technology.


The performative manifestations of aLifveForms and their mediatized derivatives have been shown at the 9th Berlin Biennale, Athens Biennal and Bergen Assembly as well as in exhibitions at BAK (Utrecht), transmediale (Berlin), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Fridericianum (Kassel), and Savvy Contemporary (Berlin).Solo exhibitions have been held at Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Transmission Gallery (Glasgow) and Ludlow 38 (New York City), among others.

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