Tim Berresheim

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Neue Alte Welt

February 17 – May 26 2024

In der Ausstellung Alte neue Welt von Tim Berresheim Foto Anne Orthen 3
In der Ausstellung Alte neue Welt von Tim Berresheim Foto Anne Orthen 4
In der Ausstellung Alte neue Welt von Tim Berresheim Foto Anne Orthen1

Tim Berresheim, born in Aachen in 1975, is a pioneer of computer-based art. His work combines an interplay of art history, technology, science and nature. He himself calls his method "artistic contemporary archaeology".

Berresheim studied with Albert Oehlen at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and with Johannes Brus at the HBK Braunschweig.

His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Bonn) and Kunstpalast (Düsseldorf).

Portrait Tim Berresheim, Foto: © Anna Gala Portrait Tim Berresheim, Foto: © Anna Gala
Exhibition view, Tim Berresheim, Photo: Anne Orthen

Monumental wall installations complemented by paintings, drawings, sculptures and everyday objects show the artist's impressive productivity and are enhanced by replicas of natural history artefacts, such as first musical instruments, small sculptures or ritual objects. In front of and inside the NRW-Forum, an augmented reality avatar of Berresheim and his art figures, the "Aspettatori", invites visitors to play a game in which they themselves become hunters and collectors.

Berresheim works with the latest technologies, from computer-generated imagery (CGI), high-performance photography, laser and 3D scanning to 3D printing or mixed reality, to create something radically new.

For his laser scans, he will go to caves such as the Hohle Fels, the Vogelherd, the Sirgenstein and Bockstein caves or the Hohlenstein-Stadel, among others, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. For this, he will work together with Tübingen University professor Nicholas John Conard, who became known as a prehistoric archaeologist through the discovery of the world's oldest cultural objects in the caves of the Swabian Alb. Berresheim therefore calls his new cycle "Fundleere Schicht" - the term used in archaeology to describe a period in which two converging epochs leave no common artefacts. Berresheim's works are intended to close this gap.

The contact between analogue and digital art fills a layer that is still empty from today's point of view: joining the beginnings of a new digital age.

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The exhibition will be accompanied by guest lectures by archaeologists, palaeontologists and other scientists. In addition, there will be digital art workshops for the whole family as well as concerts and musical performances.

"Tim Berresheim. New Old World" is curated by Alain Bieber, Artistic Director of the NRW-Forum.

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