Overview

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Installation

The Closet - Phantoms of Reality, 2020

The installation called "The Closet. Phantoms of Reality" constitutes a collaborative work by the artists Philipp Schaerer and Reto Steiner. The work, conceived for Kunstraum Satellit in Thun, shows a series of sculptural and abstracted model forms of familiar fixtures and mobile everyday objects – some mounted on the walls, others scattered here and there across the space in a seemingly random…
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Ornament & Découpage
2019

The pictorial work called “Ornament and Découpage" was conceived as a contribution to the exhibition "What is Ornament" on the occasion of the Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa 2019. In the exhibition, curated by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene, a total of 15 pictures from the series were exhibited at the Culturgest, Lisbon. The present pictorial work transfers the principle of découpage to…
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Chicago Series
2017

The pictorial work called "Chicago Series" was conceived as a contribution to the Chicago Architecture Biennale “Making New History” in 2017. The work takes as its starting point fragments of anonymous and concealed architecture from the greater Chicago area and translates these into independent and “refined” pictorial architectural objects. Aerial photographs form the basis for the seemingly…
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Niesen
2016

The Niesen mountain, a natural pyramid and one of the landmarks in the region around Lake Thun, has served as a landscape motif for multiple generations of painters. Unsurprisingly, the Niesen has almost without exception been painted from the north. Position and perspective were usually anchored on firm ground, from the northern slopes of the mountain and the shores of Lake Thun.  … With digital…
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Linard, Kesch, D'Esan
2016

With digital media exerting a decisive influence on our contemporary environment, our view of the world is undergoing constant changes. The digital indexing and coverage of places and landscapes is steadily rising – places far off the beaten track can easily be viewed online. It is possible to adopt endless virtual positions and perspectives - a feat which is nearly impossible to replicate in the…
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Cropped
2016

Built structures are static – immovably bound to a place – and can thus be communicated for the purpose of delocalized distribution and consumption only indirectly, by means of descriptive media such as images, texts and plans. The photographic image – without doubt the most powerful medium for visual contents – has become the dominant mode of transmission of architecture in our modern…
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Eglistrasse
2015

Computer and information technologies are increasingly shaping our environment. It has become ever more difficult to draw a clear line between what is virtual and what is real. Digital information and editing technologies continuously condition us as to how we perceive, understand, structure and transform our environment and how we express ourselves within it. The aesthetics and forms of…
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Capriccio Series
2015

The technical possibilities afforded by computer-based imaging techniques increasingly blur the boundaries between image and representation. Frontal views of freely invented architectures, i.e. the products of imagination and intuition based on fragments of "real" architecture, will serve as examples.The buildings represented cannot really be ascribed to a particular era, function or even…
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Captions
2015

The ongoing digitalization of our environment creates an increasing amount of single blocks of information. In their electronic forms, and using computer based processing technologies, these blocks can be freely arranged and placed in new relations to one another. The pictorial work is based on photographs of frontal views from the image collection of the Canadian Center of Architecture CCA.
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Le Géant de Troie
2014

We live nowadays in world that is very much shaped by the results and methods of the various sciences. Our gaze splits atoms. We penetrate surfaces and journey into the inner space of things. Optical systems and simulation processes no longer differentiate between body and space, inside and outside – boundaries have become permeable. Our view of things – what Fritz Mauthner calls "the convex view…
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Wireframe
2013

The work called "Wireframe" deals with the visual representation of a three-dimensional modeled space and its planar projection. The starting point was a three-dimensional virtual model of a multistoried tower block, created in a CAD environment for visualization purposes. All optically relevant building components were modeled in the three-dimensional coordinates system (x, y, z). In the…
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Paysage Numériques
2013

The work subsumed under the heading "Paysages numériques" addresses the imaging and projection method of photography. By deconstructing the photographic material, this work attempts to create a more fleeting, picturesque and atmospheric likeness of reality. It is an attempt to disassemble the photographic image into surfaces with the absence of any reference to depth and sculptural modeling to…
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Korn
2013

This work is devoted to the lack of connection that digital images have to any material, their lack of grounding in any substance, their arbitrary scalability, and asks the fundamental question as to the quality of the extent to which they can be experienced.  … Analogue images are bound to their carriers. The digital image, displayed on screen, is ephemeral and unbound, unattached, loose. Freed…
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Leerstellen
2013/16

The series of pictures entitled "Leerstellen" [Blank Spaces] addresses the effect and the claim of authenticity of photo-like reproductions. These are blank spaces inserted into landscape photographs.  … In the form of black geometric figures characterized by an absence of materiality and defined solely by the borders of their outlines, they remove the substrate (negative) from the photographs…
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Mines du Jardin
2012

The visual work Mines du Jardin is a computer generated image series of fictitious plant arrangements. The visual work’s main research was focused on what extent atmospheric natural images could be generated through pure digital rendering, which not only follow a pure implementation of photographic representation, but are also capable of creating a picturesque haptic of their own visual reality.
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Boltshauser Series
2012

The present image series called “Bolthauser Series” is an experiment in the visual representation of architecture. It is a visual work, consisting of selected realized constructions from the architect Roger Boltshauser, created for the exhibition "Transformator" at the Architecture Gallery in Berlin in 2012. The visual work deals with the fundamental difficulty of converting space into a…
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Nature Morte
2010-11

Karl Blossfeldt began to create a systematic, photographic documentation of a wide range of plant species in 1898. His aim was to depict nature’s myriad of forms, which he understood as art’s primal forms and thus as the archetype of every design. Today’s visual world is far more complex. A second, digital layer has been added to the already existing physical, analogue environment. In this…
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Raummodelle
2008

The work "Raummodelle" aspires to explore the question of the extent to which classic rendering techniques can be used to develop conceptional pictorial approaches that not only try to feign a portrayal of an actual scene but at the same time – despite their photorealistic effect – remain essentially conceptional and abstract and thus challenge the claims to reality made by supposedly…
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Bildbauten
2007-09

The rapid development of computer and information technology has fundamentally changed the relationship between image and architecture as well as their perception. In addition to the conventional types of mostly abstract images used until now in the design and planning phases – sketches, plans, elevations or axonometric drawings - a new type of image is now being used: a digitally created image…
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Diary
2005 - ongoing

Not only do we carry our work with us on our notebooks, we continuously write our private lives onto hard-disks – a potpourri of bits of memories, of useful, discovered and researched items are stored on our computer. It has become a digital diary, continuously and reliably recording a part of our being. We consciously or unconsciously create an on-going documentary about ourselves, with the…