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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.

Recording video day after day and then sifting through prodigious quantities of footage to find materials, Hahn, in his oeuvre reflects on randomness, and the extreme unlikeliness of things, no matter how banal, falling into place favorable or unfortunate, against all stupendous odds.

" It is this luminous realm of dream that Hahn’s great art of light and shadow rediscovers, using video like those infinite eyes which night has opened in us (Novalis) ... The terrains explored by Hahn are not those of the terrestrial globe anymore, but rather those of the ocular globe, the inward looking hemisphere of the eye." *

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


* Dominique Radrizzani in Astral Memories of a Flying Man (cat. Musée Jenisch, 2002)

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