electronic media

Born in Rapperswil | Switzerland, 1954

MFA, Hochschule der Künste, Zürich, 1974-1979

Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, 1981

Work Statement

Hahn's work addresses the electronic image as a technological metaphor for perception, memory and dream, its existence oscillating between lighting up and blanking out, between sensory presence, mental apparition and oblivion.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern/CH (All the World is a Stage)
2013 NY Electronic Festival, Harvestworks New York (Indian Records)
2012 Harvestworks, New York (Cao Chang Di Road on November 24 2009 I Stood There Waiting)
2010 Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern/CH (Bringing Things to a Standstill)         
         Le Petit Versailles, New York (Luminous Point)
2008 Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa/IT
         (Festival della Scienza: Alexander Hahn - Luminous Point)
2007 Padiglione d‘Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara/IT (La Signoria degli Astri)
        Museum der Moderne Salzburg/AT (Works 1976-2006)
        Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH (Works 1976-2006)
2006 Darat-al-Funun, Amman/JO
2005 Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil/CH
2003 Kunsthalle Winterthur/CH (Mémoires Astrales d'un Homme Volant
2002 Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (Mémoires Astrales d'un Homme Volant)
2000 Netmage, LINK, Bologna/IT (Memory of Presence)
1999 Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin/DE (I Came Here to Sleep)
1998 World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam/NL (Popular Admiration of Great Thieves)
1997 Kunstmuseum Bern/CH
1996 International Center of Photography, New York/US (Fundamentals of Legerdemain)
         Galeria Foksal, Warsaw/PL (On the Nature of Things)
1995 Kunsthaus Zürich/CH (Personal Records)
1994 Daad Galerie, Berlin/DE (Rats)
1993 World Wide Video Centre, The Hague/NL
1984 White Columns, New York/US (Cyborgs and Other New Machines)
1982 Franklin Furnace, New York/US (Plant #50-316) 
1979 Galerie Toni Gerber, Bern/CH 
1978 Galerie Apropos, Lucerne/CH

Two Artist Exhibitions

2014 ce|contemporary (formerly whitelabs), Milano/IT
         vis-à-vis #6 :: Chiara Coccorese & Alexander Hahn
2008 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco/US
         Room for Thought: Alexander Hahn & Yves Netzhammer

Group exhibitions & festivals

Nel Flusso dell'Opera,
Palazzo Tagliaferro, Contemporary Culture Center, Andora/IT (2016)
The Experimental Television Center: A History, ETC…
, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York (2015)
Nowhere - Now Here :: Raetz | Klee | Ruscha | Hahn
, Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern/CH (2015)
Heure Exquise! Les Nouveautés du Catalogue
, Palais des Beaux Arts à Lille/FR (2014)
XX San Gio Video Festival, Verona/IT (2014)
HyperSeeing, CAFA Museum, Beijing/CN (2014)
Continuum...., Unbound Studio & Studio21, Kalkota/IN (2014)
The Invisible Force Behind - Materiality in Media Art, intermedia art institute, Düsseldorf (2014)
Hitzewelle, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH (2014)
Lemancolia, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (2013)
Experimental Documentaries, Anthology Archives, New York (2013)
Difference Screen, Artisterium, Tbilisi/GE (2013)
Difference Screen, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar/MN (2013)
Difference Screen, Clarewell Caves, Forest of Dean/GB (2013)
Haute Fidélité, showcase of collection of Contemporary Art Fund of the City of Geneva (FMAC), LOOP Festival, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona/ES (2013)
VideoEx, Zürich (2013)
Video Lounge, India Art Fair, New Delhi/IN (2013)
Parallel Cities, Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi/IN (2013)
Sarai Reader 03, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon/IN (2013)
Heimspiel, Kunsthalle St. Gallen/CH (2012)
Springende Lachse, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil/CH (2012)
ctrl + 0 - digital Art, nextex, St. Gallen/CH (2011)
Experimental Television Center Tribute, Anthology Film Archives, New York (2011)
Art&Friends, Deutsches Haus, New York (2011)
Amphibian, Time In Gallery, New York (2011)
Café des Rêves, Helmhaus Zurich/CH (2011)
IMAI Videolounge, Art Cologne/DE (2010)
Festival des Films sur l'Art, Montréal/CA (2010)
Timelapse, Centre PasquArt, Bienne/CH (2010)
Imaging the Future, 5th Edition, Theatre du Passage, Neuchatel/CH (2010)
An Evening of Swiss Video Art, Kunsthaus Aarau/CH (2010)
Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH (2010),
Playlist, Galeria NeonCampobase, Milano/IT (2010)
Videonale Bonn/DE (2010)
Media Art China 2009 : Timelapse, National Art Museum of China, Beijing/CN (2009)
art limited – multiple art, 18th Triennale Grenchen/CH (2009)
30th Anniversary Benefit, Harvestworks, New York/US (2008)
Swiss Video Art from the 70s and 80s. A Reconstruction, Kunstmuseum Lucerne/CH (2008)
I LOVE Jenisch, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (2008)
Comme des bêtes, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts Lausanne/CH (2008)
Brave Lonesome Cowboy, Villa Merkel, Esslingen/DE (2007)
Unterwegs, Trudelhaus, Baden/CH (2007)
Dumbo Arts Festival, New York (2005)
Cinema Texas, Austin (2005)
Gallery 128, New York (2005)
Transat Video, Caen/FR (2005)Mediaart Friesland, Harlingen/ NL (2005)
Brennpunkt Schweiz, Kunstmuseum Bern/CH (2005)
whiz bang, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY and Harvestworks, New York/US (2004)
Travel of the Immobile Man, Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca/IT (2003)
Travel of the Immobile Man, Villa Croce, Genova/IT (2002)
Bleibe, Akademie der Künste, Berlin/DE (2000)
Phototage, Biel/CH (1999)
Video-Vidim, Swiss Institute, New York (1996)
Vagamundo: reflexiones sobre el exilio, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid/ES (1995)
Lab V, Center for Contemporary Arts, Warschau/PL (1994)
The Final Frontier, The New Museum, New York (1993)
Museum of Modern Art, Oslo/NO (1993)
Neues Technisches Museum, Dresden/DE (1993)
Committed Visions, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1992)
Projekt Schweiz, Kunsthalle Basel/CH (1992)
Videoskulptur, Kunstverein Köln/DE (1989)
Videoskulptur, Kunsthaus Zürich/CH (1989)
Artists Space, New York/US (1989)
Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Tokyo/JP (1989)
Video Gallery Scan, Tokyo/JP (1989)
SIGGRAPH, Atlanta, Georgia (1988) 3rd Australian Video Festival, Sydney/AU (1988)
North Florida Video Festival, Jacksonville (1988)
Video Wochen im Wenkenpark, Basel (1988)
WNET/13, New Television, New York (1988)
American Film Institute, Los Angeles (1987)
American Museum of the Moving Image, New York (1987)
Techno Bop, The Kitchen, New York (1987)
Ars Electronica, Linz/AT (1987)
Int’l Festival of New Cinema/Video, Montreal/CN (1987)
World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag/NL (1987)
American Film Institute, Los Angeles
Anthology Archives, New York (1986)
Cast Iron Cable TV, New York (1986)
Städtische Galerie Erlangen/DE (1986)
Alternating Currents, Alternative Museum, New York (1985)
Future Histories, Anderson Gallery, Richmond/US (1985)
Video Works On Paper, Film Video Arts, New York (1985
Artists as Filmakers, Franklin Furnace (1984)
Makkom, Amsterdam/NL (1984)
Video 84, Montréal/CA (1984)
International Video Art Festival, Locarno/CH (1983)
Szene Schweiz, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne/DE (1983)
Image Latente, Alain Bilhaud Gallery, New York (1983)
Terminal Show, Brooklyn (1983)
Science & Prophecy, White Columns, New York (1983)
Campus, Montréal/CA (1982)
International Video Art Festival, Locarno (1982)
Judy Caden Gallery, New York (1982)
The Pyramid, New York, (1982)
Ward Nasse Gallery, New York (1982)
A's new York (1981)
Des Refuses, New York (1981)
Monumental Show, Brooklyn (1981)

Video installations

CFL - Coded Fluorescent Light, 3 channel HD video projection, 6:00' (2016)

The Dead, anamorphic HD video shrines with mirrored cylinders (2014)

Morse Rigveda X, 158, 4-5, HD video, projection or flatscreen, 1:34', loop (2012)

Caochangdi Road, HD video projection, 41:43', loop (2012)

The Dead | Max Mathews, anamorphic HD video with mirrored cylinder (2012)

ON, single channel HD loop (2012)

Public Spaces - Private Strangers - Temporal Attractions, covert HD videos (2011)

Luminous Point, interactive DVD (2007)

Occurrence on Broadway & Columbus, circular floor projection (2005)

N 36º25’12” W 116º48’43“ (Zabriskie Pt.), 16:9 plasma display work (2004)

Rabbit in your Headlights, 2 ch. anamorph video mural (2003)

5 Anaµorphoses, 5 TV tubes & cylindrical mirrors (2002)

Plant Cycle, computer animation for 4:3 TV tube or LCD monitor

Memory of Present, 4 anamorph video projections (2000)

My Own Private Universe, 3 computer animations for rear projection (1999)

Memory of Light - Light of Memory, for 2 video beams (1998)

The Invisible Never Happens, for 3 video beams and wax screens (1998)

Séance, for image wiper and video beam (1997)

On The Nature Of Things, for rain machine, 4 TV tubes & 1 video beam (1996)

The Kircher Itinerary, cycle of 4 installations w. stripped tv tubes (1990-1993)

Arthur, 5 video channels for 8 TV tubes, soundscape w. 10 audio channels (1988)

Urban Memories, for 3 TV monitors (1986)

Plant # 216/349, 2 TV-tubes, doll, anamorph paper shapes (1982)

Single Channel Videos
, e.g. ::

Antloop, 6:27' (2013)

Indian Records, 33:28' (2013)

Shades of Gray 1 & 2, 3:00' (2012)

Capturing Natural Sounds in the age of the vintage 78 records and other thoughts on traveling between different realities, parts 1-4, 8:21‘ (2005)

Dirt Site, 15:30' (1990)

Aerial Stills, 5:00' (1988)

Viewers of Optics, 11:30' (1987)

Aviation Memories, 7:30' (1986)

Secret Sanctions, 10:00' (1986)

State of Being, 20:00' (1982)

The Outer Plant, 28:00' (1982)

A Real World Film, 6:00' (1981)

Demis, 15:00' (1977)

Jona, 3:00' (1977)

CG Imagery | Prints

Indian Cycle (2012, ongoing)

Bringing Things to a Standstill
(2010, ongoing)

The Artist's Studio as Encryption Lab (1996, ongoing)

Black Hole Sun (2007-2010)

Answerable Questions & Questionable Answers to Various Visual Systems (2001, ongoing)

Internet work

N 40º43'16" W 74º59'11" (2004,

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Cultural Prize of the City of Rapperswil-Jona/CH (2011)

Cultural Award of St. Gallen/CH (2009)

Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (2008)

Work Grant of the City of Zurich/CH for Luminous Point (2007)

Finishing Funds Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY/US (2005)

Production Grant, (2004)

the namics Art Prize/CH (2002)

Cultural Foundation Award, Union Bank of Switzerland (2003)

The Laser d’Oro, VideoArt Festival, Locarno/CH (1998)

Price for Young Swiss Art, Zurich/CH (1995)

Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1995)

Swiss National Grant/CH (1993)

World Wide Video Festival Installation Award for The Bernoulli Itinerary, the Hague/NL (1992)

Grand Prix Festival International du Jeune Vidéo for Dirt Site, Montréal/CA (1992)

Special Mention 6eme MIV & TV Festival for Dirt Site, Montbéliard/FR (1992)

Work of Excellence for Dirt Site, Tokyo Video Festival/JP (1990)

Honorable Mention for Dirt Site, Australian Video Festival (1990)

Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1990)

Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New YorkS (1989)

Art Matters, New York (1989)

San Francisco Poetry Film Festival Kenneth Patchen Award for Arthur (1989)

Swiss National Grant/CH (1988)

World Wide Video Festival Installation Award for Arthur, the Hague/NL (1988)

Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1988)

Recognition Award for Urban Memories, Union Bank of Switzerland (1987)

Swiss National Grant/CH (1987)

Grand Prix de la Ville de Genève for Viewers of Optics,
2e Semaine Internationale de Vidéo, Genève/CH (1987)

Best of Festival for Viewers of Optics, North Florida Video Festival (1987)

Award 12th Poetry Film Festival for Viewers of Optics, San Francisco (1987)

1st Prize Computer Graphics for Urban Memories,
Video Culture International, Don Mills, Ontario/CA (1987)

New York Foundation for the Arts/US (1986)

Art Matters, New York (1986)

Recognition Award, Union Bank of Switzerland (1985)

Committee for the Visual Arts Grant, New York (1984)

Fondation de la Vocation (1984)

Artist in Residencies

Pro Helvetia Artist Residency, New Delhi and Varanasi/IN (2012)

Bogliasco Foundation, Artist in Residence, Genova/IT (2006)

Darat-al-Funun A.I.R., Amman/JO (2006)

Bogliasco Foundation, Artist in Residence, Genova/IT (1998)

art+com, Artist in Residence, Berlin/DE (1994-1995)

DAAD fellowship, Berlin/DE (1993)

Istituto Svizzero di Roma/IT (1990)

Harvestworks Residency, New York/US (1989)

Experimental Television Center Residency, Owego/NY (1986, annually through 2012)

Visiting Artist, Lectures

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland (2014, 2002)

Tongji University, Shanghai, China (2014)

School of Design, Basel, Switzerland (2014, 2007, 1986)

Pratt Institute for Art and Design, New York (2014, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2003)

Fudan University, Shanghai, China (2009)

Media Art Academy Hangzhou, China (2009)

Now Art Museum, Beijing, China (2009)

CEPV, Centre d'enseignement professionel de Vevey, Switzerland (2007, 2008, 2009)

ESBAT, École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Tours, France (1997)

Kunstschule Wetzikon, Switzerland (2000)

Humboldt University, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Berlin, Germany (1999)

University of Fine Arts, Zurich, Switzerland (1997)

University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany ( 1993)

Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany (1993)

Volunteer Experience

Bogliasco Foundation, advisory committee (2014 to present)

New York Festivals International TV & Film Competition
advisory board (since 2014) and jury member (since 2004)

Gallery representation

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Work in Collections

Bogliasco Foundation, Genova/IT

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw/PL

Collection Nestlé, Vevey/CH

Graphische Sammlung ETH, Zürich/CH

Kunsthaus Zürich/CH

Kunsthaus Grenchen/CH

Kunstmuseum Bern/CH

Kunstmuseum Bonn/DE

Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen/CH

Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil/CH

Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH

Musée Pompidou, Paris/FR

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin/DE

UBS Collection, New York

ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe/DE

and many private collections

Monographic Publications

Alexander Hahn - Luminous Point - interactive DVD and Digital Prints
cat. Museo d'Arte Contemporaneo di Villa Croce, Festival della Scienza, Genoa 2008
8p., ill., Italian, text: Viana Conti, ed. The Bogliasco Foundation, New York

Alexander Hahn - La Signoria degli Astri - The Signiory of Stars, 36p./DVD, ill., Italian, Padiglione d‘Arte Contemporaneo, Ferrara/IT (2007)

Alexander Hahn - Works 1976 - 2006, 236 p./DVD, ill., German/English, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg/DE (2007)

Mémoires Astrales d'un Homme Volant
, 72 p. French/English, ill., Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (2002)

O Naturze Rzecze - On the Nature of Things
, 36 p. Polish/English, ill., Galeria Foksal, Warsaw/PL (1996)

La natura delle Cose, 36 p., ill., Italian/English, Link Project, Bologna/IT (1996)

Personal Records, 72 p., ill., German/English, Kunsthaus Zürich/CH (1995)

Rats - Ratten, 72 p., ill., German/English, DAAD Galerie Berlin/DE (1994)

Of Shadow & Light, 36p., English. World Wide Video Centre, Den Haag/NL, Stop Over Press, Berlin/DE

One Hour of Deception, artist book, 48p. English, Istituto Svizzero, Roma, IT (1991)

Godzina Iluzji, artist book, 48p. Polish translation, Warsaw/PL (1995)

Electronic Media, 48p. German/English, ill., Kunstreihe Pro Helvetia, Zürich/CH (1989)

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