Since 2012, Manuel Rossner has been designing digital spaces and virtual worlds in which he investigates the effects of technological developments on society and art. He builds interactive architecture with digital materials that are both spatial interventions and virtual extensions.
From June 2021 to November 2021, Rossner participates in the group show OUT OF SPACE at Hamburger Kunsthalle. The exhibition focuses on the notion of space in the work of artists such as Dan Graham, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Charlotte Posenenske. Rossner created the site specific VR installation HOW DID WE GET HERE? for the exhibition. The artwork will become the first NFT (Non Fungible Token) in the permanent collection of the museum.
For the Grand Palais Éphemère, located near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Rossner created the artwork WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?. Rossner’s site-specific, AR experience interrogates the future of technology. Its sleek aesthetic, the “signature of the present” (Byung Chul-Han), represents the digital age in which speed, flexibility and gamification are idealized.
Rossner uses digital exhibition rooms as so-called gyms, in which he trains AI. In his solo exhibition, THERE'S NO FEELING, WHERE THERE'S NO PAIN (2019) at the Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, the AI learned to walk and follow a ball. In his digital solo exhibition SURPRISINGLY THIS RATHER WORKSat KÖNIG GALERIE / KÖNIG DIGITAL, he shows objects, which form an AI training course. The digital visitor can experience the course through an avatar. Rossner transforms the brutalist church of ST. AGNES into a gaming environment inspired by the 1990s game show American Gladiators and gyms that companies like OpenAI in San Francisco use for cutting-edge research in the field of artificial intelligence.
Rossner (*1989) lives and works in Berlin. He studied art at the University of Art and Design Offenbach, the École des Arts-Décoratifs Paris and the Tongji College for Design and Innovation Shanghai.
Further solo and group exhibitions include: PERCEPTION IS REALITY at the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2017), ULTRALIGHT BEAM at the 1822-Forum Frankfurt (2017), ARTIFICIAL PARADISE at KM – Künstlerhaus Graz (2018), VIRTUAL NATIVES – SCULPTURE at Roehrs & Boetsch in Zurich, ANALOG DIGITAL at the Safiental Biennale (2020).
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