Biography


Ger Ger is an Austrian artist and photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles. He also spends time in Berlin, New York and Paris.

He combines conceptual art and photo-/cinematography with fashion, and interactive installations with performance art. To date, his work has been presented in over 150 solo and group exhibitions worldwide. His awards include some of the most prestigious available. Among his clients are L'Officiel, Interview Magazine, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Hearst, Condé Nast, WWD, Grazia, People, MoMA PS1, Billboard, APA, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Getty Images, action press, Rex, IMG Fashion, NBC, and many fashion brands, art institutions and advertising agencies. Each year he also covers more than 200 fashion shows on and off the runway.

Ger's work has been shown at Art Basel Miami (USA), Ars Electronica (Linz/A), The National Art Center (Tokyo/J),
Rencontres Internationales (Paris/F), Open (London/UK), FILE (Sao Paulo/Curitiba City/BRA), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna/A),
Kyoto Art Center (Kyoto/J), Month Of Photography Los Angeles (Los Angeles/USA), Museums of Bat Yam (Tel Aviv/ISR), Electrohype (Malmo/S), Kunstraum Bethanien (Berlin/D), Centre de Design Uqam (Montreal/CA) and many other venues.

His bodies of work explore the relationship between artistic expression, fashion, celebrity culture, people, places, and patterns of everyday life. The line between reality and fiction frequently blurs. Another recurring theme is the dissonance and harmony between nature and mankind. In his documentary body of work iconic and emotionally charged moments turn into quiet images frozen in time, captured from unexpected perspectives.

Among those photographed are Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Usher, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Werner Herzog, Terry Richardson, Mario Testino, Ellen von Unwerth, Paris Hilton, Tyra Banks, Jared Leto, Elijah Wood, Larry Flynt, Spike Jonze, Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, Rick Owens and many more.

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Ger felt drawn to art early on in life and received his first honors and awards at the age of fourteen. His awards include the prestigious Japan Media Arts Award and Prix Ars Electronica. He studied with Peter Weibel and Karel Dudesek and holds a M.A. in Digital Arts and Visual Media Design from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
In 2000, Ger was awarded a scholarship by the University of Arts in Berlin to attend Joachim Sauter's (ART+COM) New Media Art and Design class. He moved to Berlin where he worked in his atelier until Summer 2009. Later that year he founded the art studio LA K50, and relocated to California in 2011.
Since 2013 Ger has been teaching as adjunct professor and leading the digital arts and photography lab at Claremont Graduate University's MFA art institute.





Honors/Awards/Residencies


2016Honorable Mention, Fashion, MIFA 2016 | Moscow International Foto Awards, Russia.
2015Winner of 'The Look' 2015, Runway, PDN/Photo District News, USA.
2014Winner of 'The Look' 2014, 1st, Runway, PDN/Photo District News, USA.
2013B&W Photographer of the Year Nominee, WPGA, UK.
ONWARD Compé '13 Finalist, Philadelphia, USA.
2012Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, Joshua Tree, USA.
2010Jury Recommended Work, Art Division/Visual Image, Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan.
2009People's Choice Award, So Fresh!, Monfalcone, Italy.
Electro-Residency Invite, Electrofringe, Festival of Electronic Arts & Culture, Newcastle, Australia.
Residency, MoBY/Museum of Contemporary Art, Bat Yam/Tel Aviv Israel.
Best of Show Award, 'Unauthorized', Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, USA.
2007Electric Rats Dream Video Dreams Special Award, Celje, Slovenia.
2003Leonardo da Vinci Scholarship, Berlin, Germany.
2002Sokrates Scholarship, University of Arts, Berlin, Germany.
2000CYNETart | MB21, Dresden, Germany.
Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.
1999Student of the Year, Vienna, Austria.
1997Soundtrack, Vienna, Austria.
Rheingold Award, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Prix MultimediaArt, Salzburg, Austria.
1996Press button to continue, Vienna, Austria.

Honors, awards, grants, fellowships details

Selected Exhibitions/Screenings/Festivals


2017'Innocent Until Proven Guilty', solo exhibition, Los Angeles, USA.
2016'YOU - The Digital Fashion Revolution', Grazia & The Blonde Salad, Exhibition, Triennale Museum, Milan, Italy.
Ars Electronica 2016, exhibition, STARTS Labs/Gallery, POSTCITY, Linz, Austria.
'Come In DTLA!', exhibition, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, USA.
2015 - 2016'Utopian Bodies - Fashion Looks Forward', exhibition, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015'Body Building', Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2015, exhibition, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Tallinn, Estonia.
2014'The Look', winners exhibition, PhotoPlus Expo, Javits Center, NYC, USA.
2013MOPLA + Smashbox Group Show, juried exhibition, Smashbox Studios, Los Angeles, USA.
ONWARD Compé '13, competition/juried exhibition, Photography Festival, Philadelphia, USA.
'Photography and Environmental Concern', juried exhibition, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, USA.
2012 - 2013'Best Shot', juried exhibition, OCCCA | Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, USA.
2012'JTHAR', JTAG Gallery, exhibition, Joshua Tree, USA.
The Echo Park Art Walk, PDA, Los Angeles, USA.
'Hidden & Forbidden Identities', Palazzo Albrizzi, Procuratie Court Yards, Giardini Greenhouse, exhibition, Venice, Italy.
2010Japan Media Arts Festival, Kyoto Art Center, exhibition, Kyoto, Japan.
Cartes Flux 10, Festival of New Media Art, Espoo, Finland.
'Sommernachtstraum', kultpur, exhibition, Berlin, Germany.
'So Fresh!', Mestna Galerija di Nova Gorica, juried exhibition, Slovenia.
13th Japan Media Arts Festival, The National Art Center, exhibition, Tokyo, Japan.
'So Fresh!', Galleria Medusa, juried exhibition, Koper, Italy.
2009MADATAC, Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual Arts Madrid, Spain.
'So Fresh!', Art-Kino Croatia of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia.
'Visions in New York City', Art Basel, Miami Beach, USA.
Pantheon International Xperimental Film and Animation Festival 0.9, Nicosia, Cyprus.
'So Fresh!', Stazione Rogers, juried exhibition, Trieste, Italy.
'Borders+Segments', International ArtExpo, Baia Mare, Romania.
'Visions in New York City', New York, USA.
Visionaria 18, Intl. Toscana Video Festival, Piombino, Italy.
'So Fresh!', juried exhibition, Gradisca d'Isonzo, Italy.
Electrofringe 09, Festival of Electronic Arts & Culture, performance/exhibition, Newcastle, Australia.
Split Film Festival, Split, Croatia.
'So Fresh!', Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, juried exhibition, Monfalcone, Italy.
BuSho Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary.
VInVAF 2009, International Video Art Festival, Stattbad, Berlin, Germany.
Downtown Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA.
DigitalArt.LA, LACDA, exhibition, Los Angeles, USA.
CON-CAN Movie Festival, International | Tokyo, Japan.
'Screengrab: Intervention', exhibition, Townsville, Australia.
FILE Media Art, Electronic Language Intl. Festival, SESI Cultural Centre, São Paulo, Brazil.
'Istanbul-Off-Spaces', Kunstraum Bethanien, exhibition, Berlin, Germany.
19. Internationales Videofestival Bochum, Germany.
Kurye International Video Festival, Istanbul, Turkey.
Berlin Shorts, Street Fest 09, London, UK.
Takeaway Festival, Dana Centre, Science Museum, exhibition, London, UK.
re-new 09/ICAD Arts Festival and Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
'Factory', MoBY (Museums of Bat Yam), performance/exhibition, Bat Yam, Israel.
Dérapage 9, Centre de Design Uqam, Montreal, Canada.
'Off the Strip', Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Las Vegas, USA.
'Video Kills', AB Project Galleries/HOF 96, Berlin, Germany.
European Video Art Highlight, Lagari, Berlin, Germany.
'Unauthorized: Art Without Permission', Gallery RFD, exhibition, Juror Wendy DesChene, Swainsboro, USA.
'The Art of Manipulating a Curator' vol.2, Gallery-33, exhibition curated by LAN Hungh, Berlin, Germany.
2008Alternative Film/Video 2008, Belgrade, Serbia.
'Soundscapes of Memory', SCCC, curated by Aleksandra Sekulić, Belgrade, Serbia.
Detour, International Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt.
Streaming Festival, International | The Hague, Netherlands.
'HollyWould', 11th Festival of New Media Arts, Los Angeles, USA.
CologneOFF IV, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACZUL), Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Rencontres Internationales, Madrid, Spain.
2007Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Paris, France.
Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Athens, Greece.
Electric Rats Dream Video Dreams, Celje, Slovenia.
48 hours Neukölln, Berlin, Germany.
Dérapage 7, Centre de Design Uqam, Montreal, Canada.
2005quartier21 | MuseumsQuartier, exhibition curated by Tom Fürstner and Peter Weibel, Vienna, Austria.
2004 - 2005'UNISEX', Galerie GC 85, solo exhibition, Berlin, Germany.
2003ONE Smart Space, exhibition, Vienna, Austria.
2002quartier21 | MuseumsQuartier, exhibition, Vienna, Austria.
'Always ON!', Kunsthalle project space, exhibition, Vienna, Austria.
'TELEVISIONS', Kunsthalle, curated by Joshua Decter, Vienna, Austria.
2001Ars Electronica T.O.C. Campus, Linz, Austria.
FILE, exhibition, São Paulo | Curitiba City, Brazil.
'Moving Out', MUMOK | Museum of Modern Art, exhibition, Vienna, Austria.
2000Kunst Haus Dresden, exhibition, Germany.
'Open', invitational exhibition, London, UK.
Electrohype, juried exhibition, Malmö, Sweden.
O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Ars Electronica, juried exhibition, Linz, Austria.
'Filmischer Körper', Diagonale, Graz, Austria.
1998Milia, invitational exhibition, Cannes, France.
1997komm, invitational exhibition, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Philips Haus, invitational exhibition, Vienna, Austria.

Exhibitions, screenings, festival participations details

Bibliography


2017Zensations Magazine, 'Ger Ger - World Renowned Artist & Photographer', Cover Story, USA. | Jan, 2017
2016'YOU - The Digital Fashion Revolution', Grazia & The Blonde Salad, Milan, Italy. | Oct, 2016
'Ars Electronica 2016: Radical Atoms and the Alchemists of the Future', paperback, Austria. | Sep, 2016.
2015'Utopian Bodies - Fashion Looks Forward', exhibition catalog, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden. | Sep, 2015.
2013ONWARD Compé '13, exhibition catalog, ONWARD, Philadelphia, USA. | Apr, 2013.
'Photography and Environmental Concern', exhibition catalog, PhotoPlace Gallery, USA. | Apr, 2013.
CutBank Literary Magazine, 'jərˈmān: from SOUND NOMADS' by Colin Post, USA. | Feb 18, 2013.
2012Give Us Your Best Shot, exhibition catalog, OCCCA, USA. | Dec 30, 2012.
Corleve, Photo Media, USA. | Aug 27, 2012.
Hi-Desert Star, 'Desert influence reflected in city artists' work', USA. | Aug 22, 2012.
Artweek.LA, USA. | Aug 14, 2012.
Hi-Desert Star, 'Desert gets into artists' veins' by Leslie Shaw, USA. | Aug 11, 2012.
Hwy62Art, Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, USA. | Aug 11, 2012.
Hwy62Art, Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, USA. | Jun 29, 2012.
2010Space Cool Hunting, Italy. | May 12, 2010.
2009Bant Magazine, Turkey. | Jul-Aug, 2009, p.120.
New Music Up Late on ABC Classic FM, 'Inside Angle', Australia. | Jul 18, 2009.
Factory, exhibition catalog, Bat Yam Museums of Art, Israel. | May, 2009, p.5, p.89-90, p.119.
Las Vegas Weekly, 'Vegas was built for this' by Danielle Kelly, USA. | Apr 16, 2009.
Canal Autor (Orange TV/Euskaltel), 'Transfera Video Art #30', Spain. | Jan 30, 2009.
2007RBB Kulturradio, 'Kulturradio am Nachmittag: Das Porträt' by Andrea Heinze, Germany. | Jun 21, 2007.
Berliner Abendblatt (weekly newspaper), 'An ungewöhnlichen Orten ...', Germany. | Nr. 23 Neukölln, Cover Story, Jun 6, 2007.
2006Neural.it (hacktivism, e-music, New Media Art), 'Confess.or, one to many confessions' by Francesca Colasante, Italy. | Feb 20, 2006.
Phlow (magazine for music & net culture), 'Medieninstallation: Öffentliche Beichtgespräche im Podcast-Abo' by Moritz Sauer, Germany. | Feb 2006.
Radio ORANGE 94.0, 'Radio Netwatcher', Austria. | Feb 10, 2006.
Pfaffe3000, 'Multimedia-Installation ReReligion', Germany. | Feb 07, 2006.
PDA 247 (mobile news), UK. | Feb 4, 2006.
we make money not art, 'Confession-Podcasts' by Régine Debatty, international. | Feb 1, 2006.
networked_performance (Turbulence Net Art research), 'Religion for Rent on eBay' by Jo-Anne Green, CA, USA. | Feb 1, 2006.
Basisklasse (visual communication blog), School of Art and Design Kassel, Germany. | Feb 1, 2006.
macnews.de, 'Mac mini nimmt die Beichte ab', Germany. | Feb, 2006.
fonolog.com, Germany. | Feb, 2006.
2002E-Business-Community, #18, APA, Austria. | Newsletter #18, Oct, 2002.
Ö1 (FM Radio), 'Matrix', Austria. | Oct, 2002.
Horizont | Nr. 40 | Austria. | Oct 4, 2002, p.13.
Falter | 40/02 | Austria.
Der Standard Online (daily newspaper online), Austria.
2001TAKEOVER, Ars Electronica 2001, SpringerWienNewYork, Austria/USA. | Sep 2001, p.400-405.
Moving Out, exhibition catalog, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. | p.146-147.
up (Lauda Air in-flight magazine), 'cool' by Rita Newman | p.74-78.
Computer Kommunikativ, OCG, Austria. | Issue 1-01, Mar, 2001, p.24-26.
2000CYNETart 2000, festival catalog, Dresden, Germany. | p.123, 160.
Kurier (daily newspaper), Austria. | Sep 11, 2000.
tele.ring Nachrichten (news online), Austria. | Sep 7, 2000.
Prix Ars Electronica Gala, ORF | 3sat (TV, live), Austria | international. | Sep 4, 2000.
Cyberarts 2000: International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica, Springer, Vienna/New York, Austria/USA. | Sep 2000, p.228-229.
OÖNachrichten (daily newspaper), Austria. | Aug 24, 2000.
Tagesanzeiger (daily newspaper), 'Kunst-Recycling', Switzerland. | May 10, 2000.
Der Standard Online (daily newspaper), Austria. | May, 2000.
ORF, Kunststücke (TV art program), Austria. | April, 2000.
1998Ö1 (FM Radio), 'Matrix', Austria.
mba (Top 10, Multimedia Business Austria) Vol. 1, Austria. | CD-ROM
1997ORF, Landeskorrespondenz Land Salzburg (TV, newscast), Salzburg, Austria.
ORF | 3sat, 'Zeit Im Bild' (TV, newscast), Austria.

Selected Publications


2017Malibu Magazine, USA. | Magazine, Photography
WWD, International. | Magazine, Photography
Los Angeles Confidential, USA. | Magazine, Photography
WIRED, USA. | Magazine, Photography
The Unseasonal, International. | Magazine, Photography
2016XOXO The Mag, Istanbul, Turkey. | Magazine, Photography
Gioia, Italy. | Magazine, Photography
Beauty Inc, International. | Magazine, Photography
The Henry Ford Magazine, USA. | Magazine, Photography
InStyle, Germany. | Magazine, Photography
Edited, Germany. | Photography
FAZ Magazine, Germany. | Magazine, Photography
Foxes Magazine, USA/UK. | Magazine, Photography
Sticks & Stones Mothership, Australia. | Magazine, Photography
Interview Magazine, USA. | Magazine, Photography
WWD, International. | Magazine, Photography
Autre, USA. | Magazine, Photography
P Magazine, International. | Magazine, Photography
2015People Magazine, USA. | Magazine, Photography
E! News, USA. | Daily News, Photography
Us Weekly, USA. | Weekly News, Photography
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany. | Daily Newspaper, Photography
Schön!, September Issue, London, UK. | Magazine, Photography
Billboard, USA. | Magazine, Photography
Harper's Bazaar, International. | Magazine, Photography
PopSugar, International. | Magazine, Photography
Yahoo Entertainment, USA. | Magazine, Photography
Glamour, International. | Magazine, Photography
Grazia, Germany. | Magazine, Photography
InStyle, Germany. | Magazine, Photography
Interview Magazine, USA. | Magazine, Photography
Contributor Magazine, Sweden & USA. | Magazine, Photography
Grazia, 14/2015, Germany. | Magazine, Photography
People Magazine, 13/2015, Germany. | Magazine, Photography
S Magazine, USA. | Magazine, Photography
2014Bon Bon Magazine, Issue 5 | Magazine, Photography
Cake Magazine, Issue 16 | Magazine, Photography
Interview Magazine, USA. | Magazine, Photography
1814 Magazine, USA. | Magazine, Photography
Schön!, London, UK. | Magazine, Photography
L'Officiel International | Magazine, Photography
Magazine Antidote, Paris, France. | Magazine, Photography
2013FONYFW, Faces of New York Fashion Week, New York, USA. | Online Publication
Time Out, Los Angeles, USA. | Magazine Feature, Photography
2012 - 2013It's SUPERfashion, Los Angeles, USA. | Fashion Blog, Photography
2012F-Stop Magazine: Landscape Issue, Dec | Online Publication, Photography
Photographer & Muse: Rock Noir | Online Publication, Photography
Ballad Of, London, UK. | Magazine Feature, Photography
2011Vogue Italia, Italy. | Magazine, Photography
2007Iris Thalhammer: Am Rande des Verstummens, Avinus, Berlin, Germany. | Book Cover Art
2005Ger Ger: ReReligion, exhibition catalog, unpublished
2003Dem Deutschen Volke, edited by Cilly Kugelmann and Hanno Loewy, Dumont, JMB, Berlin, Germany. | CD-ROM
2001LAB-AC.AT_Compilation_01, produced by Bernhard Loibner and Thomas Felder | Audio CD
1999Ger Ger: Multimedia between Design and Content, unpublished
1997Ger Ger: GERI-Simulator, published by Electronic Land, Vienna, Austria. | Sim Game, CD-ROM

Lectures/Presentations


2014University of Southern California (USC), Institute of Multimedia Literacy, Los Angeles, USA.
2013 - Pres.Claremont Graduate University (CGU), MFA Art Program. Claremont, USA.
2009Center for Contemporary Art (CCA). Tel Aviv, Israel.
2000Roundhouse, Interchange Studios. Open, London, UK.
Electrohype 2000, Malmö, Sweden.

Selected Projects


2016 - Pres.The Unseasonal | Magazine
2014 - Pres.Mars | Project with the MIT/NASA, Mixed Media
2013Right Lane Must Turn Right, Super Walmart | Conceptual Photography
2012JT Diaries | Conceptual, Sound Installation
Sand Dune | Installation, Artificial Environment
Mirrored, Dressed Landscapes, Tree Lightings | Conceptual Photography
Carpet | Conceptual, Sculptures, Photography, Mixed Media
Cracks | Photography, Sculptures, Mixed Media
Palms, My Love | Conceptual, Mixed Media
20091 month project | Conceptual Photography
2006 - 2010SOUND NOMADS | Performative Transformations of the surroundings into Sensor Based Playgrounds
2005ReReligion | work cycle | Networked Interactive Installations CONFESS.OR + JAM Bears
2003 - 2004UNISEX | Mixed Media Series
2002car[sound]scape | Public Art, cars simultaneously combined into soundscapes by controlling their radios
7 days/week | Public Art, Performance, experiments
2001Freeze | Performance/Video, between art and commerce
2000 - 2001Kartonage | genre jumping Film Project, new approaches to composition between fiction and reality
o0oo | Creative Collaboration/Content/Digital Asset Management System
1999 - 2000NETDUMP | Net Art, internet platform for recycling discarded creativity and upgrading datatrash

Selected Performances


2012Going Swimming with a Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree/CA, USA. | sensor based Art Performance
2009Still Evidence of Water, Tel Aviv, Israel. | sensor based Public Art Performance
Evidence of Water, Bat Yam, Israel. | sensor based Public Art Performance
French Fries, Berlin, Germany. | sensor based Public Art Performance
2007Bale, Puyvalador, France. | sensor based Public Art Performance
Lights Out, Berlin, Germany. | sensor based Public Art Performance
2006Lantern Dogs, Los Angeles/CA, USA. | sensor based Public Art Performance
Sound Pets LA, Los Angeles/CA, USA. | sensor based Public Art Performance
Victor's Desert Party, Mojave Desert, Goffs/CA, USA. | sensor based Public Art Performance
Luxor 22.145, Luxor Hotel, Room 22.145, Las Vegas/NV, USA. | sensor based Art Performance
Play!, Cedar City/UT, USA. | sensor based Public Art Performance
What the Fuck, Kanab/UT, USA. | sensor based Public Art Performance
Sound Pets, San Francisco/CA, USA. | sensor based Public Art Performance
Black Balloons, Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree NP, CA, USA. | sensor based Public Art Performance
Shoot Down Out, Palm Court Inn, Room 205, Palm Springs/CA, USA. | sensor based Public Art Performance
Viva la Hetch, Hetch Hetchy Dam, Yosemite/CA, USA. | sensor based Public Art Performance
2002car[sound]scape, parking lots, building site, car dealer, Berlin, Germany. | multiple cars combined into soundscapes
Arrival/Departure, Tegel Airport TXL, Berlin, Germany. | Public Art Performance dealing with fears
2001Kartonage Performances #1, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. | Public Art Interventions

Professional Experience


2013 - Pres.Adjunct, Claremont Graduate University (CGU), MFA Art Program. Claremont, USA.
2009Guest Juror, 'Where I'm From', Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, USA.
2002 - 2003Curatorial Projects, Temporary Exhibitions, Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany.
1998 - Pres.Teaching, Think Tanks, Consulting | Art, Fashion, Technology, Interaction Design
1999 - 2000DMC, New Media Agency (Neville Brody), Vienna, Austria.
1998 - 1999Nulleins/01, New Media Agency, Vienna, Austria.
1997 - 1998SGI, Silicon Graphics Inc., Vienna, Austria.
1997 - Pres.Art Director and Creative Director

Education


1999 - 2005University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. Master's Degree | Digital Arts | Visual Media Design
2002 - 2003Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany. | Holocaust Memorial Service | Art Direction | Co-Curation
2002University of Arts, Berlin, Germany. | New Media Art and Design | Visual Communication
2000 - 2001Movie College, Allary Film, Munich, Germany. | Film Production | Producing