Ralf Baecker

Ralf is an artist with a background in computer science, who works with and about technology. He builds systems and machines that explore the poetic potential of technology as well as its cultural construction. By translating formal systems into physical processes he investigate the relation between thinking and the world. His playful idiosyncratic objects could be understood as a form of embodied imagination or as “things to think with.” Ralf’s works have received international awards, such as a honorary mention of the Prix Ars Electronica Linz in 2012, the second prize of the VIDA 14.0 Art & Artificial Life Award Madrid, and the stipend of the Edith-Russ-Site for Media Art Oldenburg. His work has been presented at international institutions and festivals, such as: International Triennial of New Media Art at the National Art Museum of China in Bejing, Malmö Konsthall, Künstlerhaus Wien, ZKM Karlsruhe, and other venues. Since 2007 he is working as an independent artist and teaches courses at various art schools in Germany and Europe (University of the Arts Bremen, College of fine Art in Kassel and ArzEZ in Arnhem NL). Presently he is a fellow at the Graduate School of the University of the Arts in Berlin.