Michael Najjar was born on 31 October 1966 in Landau (West Germany) and has lived in Berlin since 1988.
He is a graduate of the Bildo Academy for Art and Media in Berlin where he studied experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to photography, video and computer, and where he first came into contact with the cultural theorists and philosophers Jean Baudrillard, Vilém Flusser and Paul Virilio, who were to have a decisive influence on his later work. This was followed by working stays in Brazil, Cuba, Spain, England, Japan and the USA, which added a global dimension to his projects. Najjar's creative focus lies in scenarios dealing with the future of humankind, as in visions of society driven by computer and information technologies, which his current «high altitude» series also exemplifies.
A first full retrospective of Michael Najjar's work was presented in 2008 in the Netherlands at the GEM Museum for Contemporary Art and The Hague Museum of Photography. His work was also part of the 2006 Venice Biennale's 10th International Architecture Exhibition, the 9th Havana Biennale 2006, Convergence Biennale Beijing 2007 and Harald Szeemann presented his work in 2004 in »the beauty of failure / the failure of beauty« at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona. Najjar has also exhibited at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Kunsthalle Hamburg / Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburg; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Deichtorhallen - International Museum of Photography, Hamburg; Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg; Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Berlin; Goethe Institute, New York, Tucson Museum of Art; Arizona; Science Museum, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Birmingham; International Center for Contemporary Art, Terni; New Media Art Institute, Amsterdam; Museum Trapholt, Kolding; FORMA International Centre for Photography, Milan; Centre pour L´ image Contemporaine; Geneva, Museo DA2 (Domus Artium 2002), Salamanca; National Museum of Science, Taipei; Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Najjar's work is collected by the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Deichtorhallen - the International House of Photography, Hamburg; Museum für Kunst and Gewerbe, Hamburg; Willy Brandt Haus, Berlin; Sony Collection, Cologne; Kulczyk Foundation, Poznan, Sprint Collection, Kansas City; Coff Foundation, San Sebastian; Lutz Teutloff Collection, Bielefeld; Museum DA2, Salamanca; Museum CAC , Malaga; Lord Norman Foster Collection, Madrid; Ron Dennis Collection, London; and many celebrated private collectors.
Festival Alt plus 1000, festival de photographie de montagne
Les montagnes ont été propices à l’affirmation des identités, en Suisse, comme ailleurs dans le monde. Le thème ne cesse de passionner les artistes depuis les excursions dans les Alpes du peintre Caspar Wolf au XVIIIe siècle. Le paysage de montagne a ainsi attiré les premières générations de photographes au XIXe siècle, qui sont parvenus rapidement à produire d’extraordinaires images. En ce début du XXIe siècle, la montagne nous montre soudain une certaine fragilité à mesure que l’humain occupe son territoire. Que reste-t-il des mythes qui lui sont liés? Les montagnes sont-elles encore source d’inspiration pour les créateurs d’aujourd’hui? Quelle perception e... Exposition Exposition : « outer space » de Michael Najjar's
Benrubi Gallery is pleased to announce German photo and video artist Michael Najjar's solo exhibition, outer space – the artist’s first show with the gallery and the first major showing of this series in New York City. outer space explores the latest development in space travel and how it is shaping future life on earth and in near-earth orbit. Informed by Najjar’s training to become the first civilian artist to fly to space, the series of large-scale photographs capture an intense and immersive futuristic world, inspired by cutting-edge aeronautic technologies and the nascent space tourism industry. The potential of the photographic image is pushed to new frontiers as realistic elements fuse with fictitious realities to make visible what is invisible or beyond human perception.
Central to ou... Exposition Michael Najjar : Outer space On Friday, November 13th, at 7.30pm the Oldenburger Kunstverein opens the exhibition ”outer space” from Michael Najjar. This exhibition presents 20 large-scale photographic and video works which shows part of Michael Najjar’s most recent project. For time immemorial the firmament of heaven has been a place of wonder and speculation for all cultures of humanity on which they have projected their hopes and deepest desires. The stars serve for geographic orientation and spiritual guidance, astronomical events shall explain terrestrial
happenings, stars are the objects of cultural production in all disciplines. The possibility of leaving the Earth now raises fundamental questions in our understanding of whom we are and where we come from. The attempt to penetrate outer space reveals our innate sense of cur... Exposition Exhibition: « outer space » by Michael Najjar Galería Juan Silió is proud to presend the second solo exhibition of berlin based artist Michael Najjar.
The focus of his work is on key elements of our modern society driven and controlled by computer and information technologies. Najjar, widely seen as a visual futurist, transmutes science, history and philosophy into visions and utopias of future social structures emerging under the impact of cutting-edge technologies.
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Michael Najjar's current "outer space" work series deals with the latest developments in space flight and the way they will shape our future life on earth, in earth’s near orbit and on other planets. The cultural dimension represented by emergent cutting edge space technologies – in terms of the deeper knowledge they will reveal ... Exposition Exhibition : Women Powerful and Powerless Virtual Exhibition: 19 January – 19 July 2015 One of the hallmarks of the Teutloff Photo + Video Collection is that although it’s focused on the human body, it always carries a distinct political component. This fact created the idea for a so far unknown vantage point on the Collection – a "woman’s view" became the new approach for a virtual exhibition.
Under the heading "Women: Powerful and Powerless" previously ignored or even discounted links between works and exciting new issues and areas of interest are opened – and I say this without any wish to enter the hotly contested ground of feminist polemics. The feminine view of the collection moves in the field of tension between birth, religion, politics, sexuality, beauty and body protest. It ... Exposition « Tattoo, the face of freedom » in Teutloff Museum
The tattoo, originally “the tatau” ornaments the skin and thus abstracts everyday life. The Tattoo is a masquerade of the skin and marks the body itself as the place of fantasy. Because through the painted body - through the tattoo - the body itself becomes exotic and therefore there is no normal everyday life anymore. Now there is only an exotic and erotic everyday life possible.
To cover the body with signs is like opening a door. A door to paradise, to another place, to an utopian place. The body itself becomes this heterotopos. The body itself becomes this utopian place. The door of the tattoo leads to the theater of illusions - just think of Genet -, to the theater of desires like in a dream. The door of the tattoo leads to the room of childhood, to the chambers of the unconscious.
To tattoo o... Exposition Michael Najjar's "outer space" at Galeria Juan Sillio
Michael Najjar presents at arco 2013 together with Galería Juan Silió new work from his "outer space" series.
The photographic and video works deal with the latest cutting-edge developments in space flight and the way they will shape our future life on earth and in earth’s near orbit. The work aims to elucidate the cultural dimension of new technological developments in space travel and transpose it into a process of artistic transformation.
"final mission", 2012
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As one of the pioneer astronauts of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Michael will be embarking on SpaceShipTwo in one of its 2014 scheduled flights where he shall be the first artist in space. To prepare for the flight, Michael was undertaking in decembe... Exposition The virtuell exhibition « The Face of Freedom » at Deutscher Reichstag
The Teutloff Collection goes Virtual!
"The Face of Freedom"
A virtuell Exhibition at Deutscher Reichstag curated by Prof. Klaus Honnef
The fruit of 40 years of collecting and many decades of collaboration with international museums, the exhibitions of the Teutloff Photo + Video Collection can now be viewed, browsed and enjoyed in our new virtual museum by people all over the world!
Leading international curators create exhibitions presented in settings appropriate to the subjects they engage with. It’s a highly democratic and socially committed way to open up the Teutloff Collection to a wide global audience.
In an unprecedented innovation, individual exhibitions will be staged in public buildings with a close connection to the part... Exposition Data flows - Michael Najjar
Michael Najjar´s work series "netropolis" (2003 - 2006) is an exploration of the way global cities will develop in the future. Computer networks and the information society based on them are the main vehicles for change, the key elements transforming the face of our urban living spaces.
Exponential densification of data networks results in increasing compression of time and space. Each inflowing piece of information is a new parameter that changes the shape of the whole structure which is no longer linear based but highly interactive.
For the production of the "netropolis" series Michael Najjar traveled the globe to portray 12 megacities based on the photographs he shot from the top of the world’s highest towers.
3 years later in January 2009 Najjar stood on the summit of Mo... Exposition High altitude - Michael Najjar Studio la Città is proud to present Michael Najjar's first solo show at the gallery in Verona. On view will be Michael Najjar's latest workseries "high altitue". These photographs are based on artist's shots during his three weeks expedition up Mount Aconcagua in the Argentinean Andes, whose summit he reached in January 2009.
At 6,962 meters, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas. As Michael Najjar says "The reality of nature and the life rhythm of a mountain cannot be measured on any human scale and thus become a virtual experience. Such experience of virtuality can also be found on the international economic and financial markets where the staggeringly large sums of money circulating the globe in real time defy our powers of comprehension."
Michael Najj... Exposition Bionic Angel - Michael Najjar dvorak sec contemporary is pleased to announce the first solo show of new media artist Michael Najjar in the Czech Republic. On display will be large-scale photographs from the internationally renowned artist's bionic angel series, curated by Olga Dvorak for the Prague gallery space.
Michael Najjar's works explore the impact of advances in (digital) technology on contemporary society. He creates visions and utopias of future social structures in a continuous flux due to the influence of modern technologies.
"The central theme on my art is the telematic society. I deal with the key components of a society driven and controlled by computer and information technology. My works reflect contemporary developments and create visions and utopias of future social structures emerging under the impact of new technologies... Exposition Michael Najjar - high altitude Berlin-based Michael Najjar returns to New York with a two-part exhibition at bitforms gallery and
in the new bitforms project room
September 18 – October 24, 2009
Michael Najjar debuts high altitude at bitforms gallery, 529 West 20th St, 2nd floor
Sublime panoramas and networked financial data co-exist inside a virtual landscape informed by the artist's recent expedition to Mount Aconcagua.
Reception: Friday, September 18, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Gallery Hours: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Tue–Sat
October 15 – November 7, 2009
Grand opening of the bitforms gallery project room, 529 West 20th St, 6th floor
Featuring Michael Najjar’s entire netropolis portfolio Transforming the real experiential city into closely woven grids of information, these twelve w... Exposition A virtual exhibition - TATTOO
Curated by Peter Weibel, ZKM
The tattoo, originally "the tatau" ornaments the skin and thus abstracts everyday life. The Tattoo is a masquerade of the skin and marks the body itself as the place of fantasy. Because through the painted body - through the tattoo - the body itself becomes exotic and therefore there is no normal everyday life anymore. Now there is only an exotic and erotic everyday life possible.
To cover the body with signs is like opening a door. A door to paradise, to another place, to an utopian place. The body itself becomes this heterotopos. The body itself becomes this utopian place.
The door of the tattoo leads to the theater of illusions - just think of Genet -, to the theater of desires like in a dream. The door of the tattoo leads to the room of childhood, to t... Exposition Michael Najjar netropolis Michael Najjar's complete work series on view for the first time in Berlin,
1 November to 31 December
For the 3rd European Month of Photography Berlin 2008 the Einstein Gallery holds the first complete viewing of Michael Najjar's work series netropolis (2003-2006) from 1 November to 31 December 2008
The exhibition is organized in association with ARTINVESTOR magazine.
netropolis is a group of twelve large-format portraits of cities from across the world which visualize the exponential future development of the megacity. Using computer software, numerous superimposed panoramic views of each city are interwoven into a complex urban landscape, changing urban space into an abstracted shimmering network of relationships. netropolis reveals the real evidential city as an intricate web of information and communication t... Exposition Michael Najjar Augmented Realities 1997-2008 German artist Michael Najjar is fascinated by scenarios for the future of mankind. In his large-format photographs and video works, he creates a simultaneously exciting and disturbing picture of human beings as artificial, technological beings. In his latest series, bionic angel (2006-2008), now to be shown at the Hague Museum of Photography for the first time in its entirety, Najjar goes a step further: based on ideals of beauty derived from Ancient Greece and the Italian Renaissance, the artist has constructed a new image of mankind that is refined and ethereal, transcending everyday reality.
Michael Najjar's creative process is based on current scientific ideas in the field of genetic engineering. He uses these with great artistic freedom to visualise new visual worlds in which fact, fiction and pure fantasy tumble... Exposition michael najjar bionic angel new photography michael najjar
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the work series bionic angel takes as its starting point the future transformation and technological control of human evolution.
rapid development in the field of so-called "g-r-i-n technologies" (genetics, robotics, information and nano-technologies) are changing our bodies, minds, memories, and identities, but also impact on our progeny.
these technologies all converge with the aim of enhancing human performance. prenatal genetic determination enables children to be built to plan. clone bodies become depositories for ersatz organs whilst manipulation of atomic structure creates new bodies which far outstrip the old ones in terms of robustness, elasticity and durability. the new bodies are adapted to the needs of the high-speed data h...