born in Darmstadt / Germany in 1967
lives and works in New York, Berlin and Mexico City
His work has its roots in experimental film and performance. In his present videos and installations he creates artificial temporal and spatial connections between sites and events.
Caspar Stracke: Doppel / still from the video
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To use only with the aggreement of Videospace Budapest in connection with the art work of Caspar Stracke mentioning the following credits:
Doppel © Caspar Stracke, Videospace Budapest 2008
Caspar Stracke is a German new media artist who works
in film, video and installation. He has exhibited internationally,
primarily in the US, Europe and Japan, and has
received a number of awards , fellowships and residencies,
including one at Eyebeam Center for New Media in
New York City. Stracke has also worked extensively as an
image journalist and video editor in the commercial realm,
and has acted as a curator in various new media projects.
His work revolves around a variety of subjects, most
recently architecture, urbanism and its socological implications. (...)
While all of his works but one are attributed to him alone as author, he has used a variety of strategies that expand the notion of artistic creation, particularly the idea of the artist as sole progenitor of the artwork. "No Damage" (2002) was assembled from clips of over eighty films that featured the architecture of New York City. "Urban Particle Supercollider" he originally began as a Flickr group, where people in Teheran, New York City, and Seoul posted images of urban street objects. In addition, comments posted with the photographs were transformed into numeric values that determined the position and trajectory of the objects in the finished work, over which he exerted no control. "Kubrick Space" (2001) was edited entirely by machine; this work he even attributed to the machine as the creator: The "SK 090 CED player" (CED Trilogy, 2001)
A number of works deal with the urban environment. As "No Damage" is dedicated to the New York architecture in cinema, "Locked Groove" (1997) collages closeups of the movements of urban workers. Some of the works establish connections between disparate urban environments, suggesting that the urban environment has transnational properties.
"Doppel" (2004), fuses images of monumental archietcture and its exact replica, between Shanghai and Ivory Coast. "Points of Presence" (2005) cuts and pastes objects of one city into another. Fusion and hybridity, concepts that computers address with ease, appear in his work again and again. Both "Doppel" and "Points of Presence" create new environments out of images of different cities. Similarly, in "Urban Particle Supercollider", Stracke combined images where the street objects showed evidence of commonality. For example, he fused garbage bins from two different cities into a new, singular form. (...)
Stracke’s work exhibits evidence of a remarkable sympathy that extends beyond humanity ("Locked Groove") to the built environment and the specific objects within it. In much of his work, juxtaposition, collaging, and fusion give life to new forms from old. In "Bump & Bump" (1986), the camera assumes the perspective of a basketball as it careens around the court during a practice session. And in "No Damage", created after 9/11, viewers are asked to see buildings as evolving life forms, with which we might have an ongoing, and intimate relationship. New media are often referred to as "cool" media, in contrast to the "warm" media associated with craft, materials, and the human hand. In addition, machines in general, and computers in particular, often take on a menacing aspect in popular media, as in the film "2001" (whose director, Stanley Kubrick, is referenced in Stracke's work). But in Stracke's hands, or better, mind, the computer is the tool that allows both Stracke and his viewers to experience viscerally a sensual, non-hierarchical, erotic animism, and not the totalitarian dystopia that many fear.
ART CRITICAL January 2007
born in Darmstadt / Germany in 1967