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Nemo Nonnenmacher

MA work

Whilst the shape of the material used to be articulated by the hand of the artist, throughout time its fabrication fell into the range of mechanical and automated processes and industries. Gradually, the hand disappeared from the history of art production. These works address the transition, not only of the fading of the hand, but the loss of every quality of touch by placing the computer between the artist and the work, replacing the haptic with scanning and computing. A idiosyncratic distance towards the material. The transition into this idiosyncratic distance proposes a state of "proto" and "in-between", the final outcome articulates the condition of the body that has been placed on the operating table of the digital age. The object is object of the gaze, observed and studied to finally disintegrate and fragment.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2017

  • In his practice, Nemo Nonnenmacher explores the tension between the field of digital materiality that we can experience within a 'brave new' virtual world and the actual means of representation when it transfers back into an image. He is interested in the state of 'locking' an object 'back in' to the two dimensions of an screen and how a visual fetish determines future mental and sensorial concepts of ourselves. The material he is dealing with are abstract, algorithm-based shapes that shift between undefinable, ephemeral, immaterial and the glimpse of a solid, recognisable, bodily form. He tries to find an equivalent to the new material of the virtual, that he understands as an extension of what we call physical. Lately, he has explored notions around the material of a virtual body and the transcription of physical content into digital texture, such as the act of violence this bodily, digital material is confronted with. Within that he explores the question how the rendering of the slice and rearrangement differs from the process of dematerialisation that is defined by technological limitations. He touches upon the utopian idea of a state that is defined by motion, acceleration and participation rather than matter, gravitation and representation; proposing new politics of the image and its paradigmatic character for the politics of a digital space. This utopian view is the one of a generation that grew up within and hoped for a new political realm within the digital and which experienced the seduction of its economised downfall.

  • Degrees

  • BA Photography, Fachhochschule Dortmund, FH Dortmund – University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Prototypen (solo), Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim, Germany, 2017; To the operator, Project Space, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2016; The summer show, Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy, 2016; Der greif - a process 2.0, Krakow Photomonth, Krakow, Poland, 2016; offprint, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2016; now! Neue dimensionen, Breidenbachstudios, Heidelberg, Germany, 2016; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2016; Secret, Gulbenkian Galleries, RCA, London, UK, 2016; Emerging artists, Centre for Arts and Creativity, Dortmund, Germany, 2015; stop/go, Krudebude, Leipzig, Germany, 2015; Emerging artists, Wilo, Dortmund, Germany, 2015; netzreflexion/selbstkonstruktion, Dezernat 16, Heidelberg, Germany, 2014; der greif - a process, Neue Galerie Hoehmannhaus, Augsburg, Germany, 2014; die begabten zuschauer, Galerie 52, Essen, Germany, 2013; bilderwandern, k+k, Steinfurt, Germany, 2013; Photokina academy, Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany, 2012; feldstaerke 12, Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany, 2012; bilderwandern, k+k, Steinfurt, Germany, 2012; kabinett der effekte, Dortmunder u, Dortmund, Germany, 2011; bildsprachen, Eissenschaftspark, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 2011; sandyslashuwe, Atelierhaus Alter Kiosk, Dortmund, Germany, 2011
  • Awards

  • Tiffany & Co. X Outset Studiomakers prize (shortlist), 2017; Academy Now (finalist), 2017; European Photography Award (shortlist), 2016; Study Abroad Scholarship, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, 2015; Fine Art Bursaries Award, Royal College of Art, 2015
  • Publications

  • Are you lost?, Royal College of Art publication, 2016; Catalogue, Emerging artists Dortmund, 2015; unauf 229, Humboldt-University Berlin, 2015; unauf 228, Humboldt-University Berlin, 2014; der greif 7, 2013; photonews 04/12, 2012; temp Magazin 1, 2011