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I often consider how brief and seemingly random encounters can change the course of one’s destiny. My art is about records and recreations of just such singular events - occurrences from my personal life, world history, art and science. Reclaimed from oblivion and transformed into art, the oeuvre re-invents and pictures the outer reality through the looking glass of the luminous inner worlds of psyche, memory and dream, intent to arrest the passerby and invite them to look at everyday reality with new eyes and so maybe even post them to new destinies.


Alexander Hahn (b. 1954, Rapperswil, Switzerland) has worked in the electronic and digital media arts in Europe and America since the mid 1970s, integrating the time-based forms of video with practices of computer imagery and print, animation, virtual reality, installation, and writing. A graduate of the Zurich University of Arts with a degree in art education (1979), he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York (1981). He lives and works in Zürich and New York.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Hahn's work has been exhibited in many solo exhibitions and group exhibitions and film festivals from New York to Zurich, Sydney to Berlin, Beijing to New Delhi. He's had major retrospectives at the Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria, and the Padiglione d'Arte Moderna, Ferrara, Italy.

In addition to reviews in ZKM Mediagramm, Art Papers, Radio WBAI, NY, Huffington Post, Il Manifesto, Basler Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Berliner Zeitung, Kunstbulletin and others, various monographs have been published, most notably Alexander Hahn - Works 1976-2007, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg/DE (2007) and Astral Memories of a Flying Man, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (2002). 

There are two documentaries about his work:  3 Approaches by Matthias Behrens (1994) and Words of Artists/Portraits of Artists by Catherine Gfeller (2012).

Gallery :         c|e contemporary, Milano/IT

                       Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern/CH

Distribution :  Heure Exquise, Mons en Baroeul/FR 

                       imai, Düsseldorf/DE

                       vidéographe, Montréal/CA

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