Biography


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

He combines conceptual art, photography, and cinematography with fashion, and interactive installations with performance art. To date, his work has been presented in over 150 exhibitions worldwide. His awards include some of the most prestigious available. Among his clients are L'Officiel, Vogue, Interview, Harper's Bazaar, WWD, Grazia, Glamour, People, Billboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Condé Nast, Hearst, NBC, LVMH, MoMA PS1, APA, Getty Images, action press, Rex Features, IMG Fashion, and many other art institutions, fashion brands, and advertising agencies.

Aside from his personal projects, editorial work, assignments, and celebrity work, Ger has also been invited to shoot hundreds of fashion shows and major gala events all over the world all-access from his own photojournalistic, documentary point of view. Over the last two decades, Ger has developed a distinctive artistic voice and universal language spanning his different bodies of work.

Ger's work has been shown at Art Basel in Miami Beach (Miami Beach/USA), Ars Electronica (Linz/AUT), The National Art Center (Tokyo/JPN), Rencontres Internationales (Paris/FRA), Open (London/GBR), FILE (São Paulo/Curitiba/BRA), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna/AUT), Kyoto Art Center (Kyoto/JPN), Month Of Photography Los Angeles (Los Angeles/USA), Museums of Bat Yam (Tel Aviv/ISR), Electrohype (Malmö/SWE), Kunstraum Bethanien (Berlin/DEU), Centre de design de l'UQAM (Montreal/CAN), and many other venues.

Ger has photographed icons like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Usher, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Werner Herzog, Mario Testino, Ellen von Unwerth, Paris Hilton, Tyra Banks, Jared Leto, Elijah Wood, Ben Stiller, Larry Flynt, Spike Jonze, Marina Abramovic, Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Jean Paul Gaultier, Diane von Furstenberg, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, Rick Owens, and many more.

Ger, a pro ambassador for f.i. Tamron, BenQ, Pantone, X-Rite, Rosco, Seagate, and Marshall, has also been lecturing and teaching at postgraduate institutions in the United States and internationally. Some of his recent noteworthy special projects include collaborations with Dior, Theater Basel, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and NASA. Ger is also the founder, creative director, and editor-in-chief of the special projects magazine The Unseasonal, a magazine he felt necessary to establish to counteract fast fashion and social media madness. It fills a niche with timeless aesthetics and deep storytelling that unifies fashion, art, and the human condition.


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Born in Vienna in 1981, Ger felt drawn to art early in life. At 14, he received his first honors and awards, including the prestigious Japan Media Arts Award and Prix Ars Electronica. While still in high school, Ger was hired as an interaction/graphic designer and art director by leading companies and agencies like Silicon Graphics (SGI) and DMC (Neville Brody).

He studied under Peter Weibel and Karel Dudesek and holds an M.A. in Digital Arts and Visual Media Design from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In 2000, Ger won a scholarship to the Berlin University of the Arts to attend Joachim Sauter's (ART+COM) New Media Art and Design class. He moved to Berlin where he also worked as a co-curator at the Jewish Museum Berlin, as a creative director for major advertising agencies and on personal art projects in his atelier until Summer 2009. Later that year, he founded the art studio LA K50. He relocated to California in 2011.

From 2013-2014, Ger was an adjunct professor and led the digital arts and photography lab for Claremont Graduate University's MFA art program.

Ger's 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, often captured from unexpected perspectives.





Awards/Honors/Grants


201998th ADC Award, Merit, Best Publication Design, Art Directors Club of New York, USA.
Nominated for the German Design Awards 2020, German Design Council, Germany.
Winner, MIFA 2019, Editorial/Fashion, Moscow International Foto Awards, Russia.
Winner, MIFA 2019, Advertising/Fashion, Moscow International Foto Awards, Russia.
2018Winner, Px3, 2nd, Press/Fashion, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, France.
Winner, MIFA 2018, Editorial/Fashion, Moscow International Foto Awards, Russia.
2017Winner, MIFA 2017, Editorial/Fashion, Moscow International Foto Awards, Russia.
2016Honorable Mention, MIFA 2016, Advertising/Fashion, Moscow International Foto Awards, Russia.
2015Winner, 'The Look' 2015, Runway, PDN/Photo District News, USA.
2014Winner, '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


2019'Touch of Innocence', solo exhibition, Los Angeles, USA.
'MIFA 2019', winners exhibition, Moscow Photocenter, Moscow, Russia.
2017'Cinema Photographique', Summer of Movements, exhibition, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria.
'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 — Press/Interviews


2019aPhotoEditor, Feature/Interview, USA. | Feb, 2019
2018NUEVE36AM, 'GER GER, the Visionary Fashion Photographer', Feature/Interview, Colombia. | Apr, 2018
The Kunst Magazine, 'Ger Ger - Moon Stripes', Feature/Interview, USA. | Feb, 2018
2017Loupedeck Blog, 'Never Stand Still', Interview, USA. | Dec, 2017
Zensations Magazine, 'Ger Ger - World Renowned Artist & Photographer', Interview/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), 'An ungewöhnlichen Orten', Germany. | Nr. 23 Neukölln, Cover Story, Jun 6, 2007.
2006Neural.it (New Media Art), 'Confess.or, one to many confessions' by Francesca Colasante, Italy. | Feb 20, 2006.
Phlow, '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), '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: Intl. 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 Performances


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

Professional Experience


2016 - Pres.Editor-in-Chief, Creative Director, Photo Director, The Unseasonal, international.
2010 - Pres.President and Head of Creative, LA K50, USA.
2013 - 2014Adjunct, Claremont Graduate University (CGU), MFA Art Program. Claremont, USA.
2009Guest Juror, 'Where I'm From', Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, USA.
2002 - 2003Curatorial Projects, Creative Direction, Temporary Exhibitions, Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany.
1998 - Pres.Teaching, Think Tanks, Consulting | Art, Fashion, Technology, Interaction Design
1999 - 2000Art Director, DMC, New Media Agency (Neville Brody), Vienna, Austria.
1998 - 1999Designer, Nulleins/01, New Media Agency, Vienna, Austria.
1997 - 1998SGI, Silicon Graphics Inc., Vienna, Austria.
1997 - Pres.Photographer, Art Director, and Creative Director

Lectures


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.
2004 - 2005University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria.
2001Ars Electronica T.O.C. Campus, Linz, Austria.
2000Roundhouse, Interchange Studios. Open, London, UK.
Electrohype 2000, Malmö, Sweden.

Education


1999 - 2005University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. Master's Degree | Digital Arts | Visual Media Design
2002University of Arts, Berlin, Germany. | New Media Art and Design | Visual Communication
2000 - 2001Movie College, Allary Film, Munich, Germany. | Filmmaking | Producing