Biography/CV

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1960  Born in Marktleugast, Germany     
lives and works in Berlin since 1980

1978-1984 Study Visual Communication in Würzburg, Germany.
1980 Stayed in Torino/Italy, worked as assistant at »Arte Povera« studios.
Since 1985 Has been working with new and old media at the interface
between human and mechanical perception.
1989 and 1991 Participation at the Bienal of São Paulo, Brasil
1996 Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco
1996 Awarded TV-production (ZDF) Der Schatten­bild­ner together with Ayse Buchara.
1990-2000  CD-ROM interzone (editor). An exploration of the entire ‘death strip’
between the two Berlin Walls.
2001/2003 Visiting Faculty, Ohio State University – Department of Art, USA
2003 Visiting Faculty (Media Science), University of Paderborn, Germany
2004 Nomination, International Media Art Award for Turing Tables, ZKM-Karlsruhe, Germany
2006 Visiting Artist, University of Michigan – School of Art & Design, USA
2006-2007  Fellowship at Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen, Germany
2007 Visiting Faculty, University of Michigan – School of Art & Design, USA
2008 Visiting Artist, Auckland University of Technology – School of Art & Design, New Zealand
2012-2013 Fellowship at Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen, Germany
2013/14 Visiting Faculty, Carl v. Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany
2015 Project Grant, Kraftwerk Künstlerdorf, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Germany
2019 Fellowship of the ZF Kunststiftung, Friedrichshafen, Germany
2020/21 Fellowship »Neustart Kultur«, Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn, Germany


Exhibitions/Projects (selection 2011-2021); IE=Individual Exhibition/Project

2021 11001 – End of Medium, light installation at Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, Paderborn, D (EA)
Der Elefant im Dunkeln, with Alexander Kluge & Friends, Literaturhaus Berlin, D
Artistas y Máquinas, Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània, Valencia, Spanien

2020 Listening to the Hops Grow … (intervention), Kunstleerer Raum, Würzburg, D (IE)
work in progress 1980–2020, Schüppenhauer art + projects, Cologne, D
Listening to the Hops Grow …,
Nicht-Museum zeitgemäßer Kunst (NMZKD), Dresden, (D)

2019 Franz John – Color as Resource, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, D (IE)
Aufbruch ins All – Space Night, Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, Paderborn, D
Light and Sound Art Night, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, D
Von Menschen und Mauern  (People and Walls), Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin, D

2018 In einem anderen Land  | Transformation Processes in Contemporary Photography,
Kunsthalle Erfurt; Haus am Kleistpark Berlin; Kultur Forum Dresden, D
Jardin des Planètes, Kulturprojekte Littmann, Basel, Switzerland
Fast, Cheap & Easy – Machines as an Artist Tool, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo/NY, USA
Light Art Night 2018, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, D

2017 Color as Resource, permanent light installation (public art), Schöppingen, D (IE)
Light Art Night 2017, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, D

2016 Der Schatten des Körpers des Kutschers (The Shadow of the Body of the Coachman), 
KUNSTSAELE BERLIN, Berlin, D
Himmelskörper (Celestial Bodies), Städtische Galerie Pforzheim, Pforzheim, D
Light Art Night 2016, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, D
Space Identity, Alte Tabakfabrik Vierraden, Schwedt, D

2015  Natural Affairs, QuadrART Dornbirn, Austria
Franz John – interton, Stadtmuseum Freyhaus with Kulturbüro Brandenburg/Havel, D   (IE) 
Talking Picture Blues, Songwon Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Franz John – Military Eyes, Galerie Manière Noire, Berlin, D  (IE)

2014 BORDERLAND, Zeughaus – Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, D
TYPEMOTION – Type as Image in Motion, FACT, Liverpool, UK
Franz John – Filmretrospective, Makroscope, Mülheim/Ruhr, D   (IE) 
Poetics of Light, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, USA

2013 Something other than Photography, Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, D
SCHRIFTFILME – TYPEMOTION, ZKM Karlsruhe, D
Color as Resource, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, D  (IE)
Concepts of Originality, Centro Universitario de las Artes, Ciudad Juárez, Mexiko
Franz John – Video Visionen, Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, D  (IE)

2012 SchlussPunkt. Part III Fluxus, Galerie Schüppenhauer, Cologne, D 
Concepts of Originality, National University of Chiayi, Taiwan
Best of, Galerie Schüppenhauer, Cologne, D
Pinhole Photography, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, USA

2011 ÜBER LEBENSKUNST (2010/2011), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures), 
Berlin, D (in collaboration with artist Michael Rodemer)
93 Million Miles Away …, Long Night of Sciences, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, D  (IE)
(in collaboration with artist Michael Rodemer)