Joachim Blank

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Joachim Blank (1963, Aachen) is an artist based in Berlin working with different materials, media and formats. In the early 1990s he became a cofounder of early net art projects. From 1996-2005 he collaborated with Karl Heinz Jeron as Blank & Jeron, running their net art server and realizing several projects on "information.recycling" and "information.smog". Since 2003 he is Professor of Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts (HGB) in Leipzig. The confrontation with the digital world has become a main aspect of his own artistic practice. Blank's central question revolves around how media are changing the perception of materiality, how medial arguments are enrolled in the surfaces of the objects and are transforming them. It is about investigating the materiality of things and images, their outer appearance and physical presence in terms of surface-, meaning- and knowledge production. His works were presented in solo and group exhibitions such as MedienBiennale Leipzig (1994), Documenta X (1997), NBK Berlin (1998), ZKM Karlsruhe (1998), Ars Electronica Linz (1999), Institute of Contemporary Art London (2001), Foto Museum Winterthur (2001), National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo (2003), San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), TEAF09, Ulsan City, Korea (2009), Berlinische Galerie (2010), National Museum Stettin (2014), Altana Galerie Dresden (2016).