Timo Kahlen. Experimental Photography

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Timo Kahlen.
Phosphorus Photography
(Phosphor- Photographie), 1987 - 2016

Ephemeral, processual, glowing images of light
temporarily caught on a phosphorescent screen.
Photography as a process of transformation:
fragile, phosphorescent images accumulate
in the camera, transform and vanish in time.

Scholarship of the Berlin Senate, 1997. Phosphorus Photographs were presented at the
Hochschule der Kuenste Berlin in 1987 and 1992, at Galerie Voges + Deisen, Frankfurt in 1993 and 1995 /
the Karl-Hofer-Gesellschaft Berlin in 1995 / the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in 1998.
Public collections: DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt am Main / Sammlung Künstlerförderung Berlin

Timo Kahlen invented Phosphorus Photography & Film in 1987. Work in progress

Timo Kahlen : Phosphor
Experimental Phosphorous Photography and Film 1987 - 2016
English / German. Edited by Werner Ennokeit.
56 pages / 44 images. Edition Ruine der Kuenste Berlin, 2016
Free download of catalogue (PDF / 9 MB)

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Timo Kahlen. Lichtstaub (Light Dust), 1996
and Vibration, 1994 / 1996

Analog photographs / Camera obscura and paper negatives

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Timo Kahlen
Exposure, 2016

Daylight on linoleum floor, scratches and dirt

Edition of digital photographs. Anticipated by analog series of black-and-white
and Phosphorus Photographs, Berlin 1987 - 1994 and Bauhaus Dessau 1991.
"Timo Kahlen: Katharsis", Ruine der Kuenste Berlin, Berlin 2017

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Timo Kahlen
Images of light from a stone camera, 1986 - 1989 :
Himmel (Sky), October / November 1988
Light, fungi and bacteria on photographic paper, 118 x 110 cm
Nominated for "Prize for Young European Photographers" 1989

Series of images of the sky from a stone camera obscura,
exposed for varying lenghts of time (1 day, 1 week, 10 months).
"The camera would only allow the photographic paper
to 'see' the sky. All the information of the sky (stars,
sunlight, clouds, moonlight)  was distilled into these huge
negative-like black squares by day, and white squares by night.
Nothing could be seen in the final prints, but it is all there,
a dense centre of information... Moisture over time affected
the photographs due to the stone pyramid's hidden condensation
and bacteria ate away at both the paper and the image."

Joanna Littlejohns, Guernsey 2001

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Exhibited at the Ruine der Künste Berlin, 1989
at "Prize for Young European Photographers", Frankfurter Kunstverein 1989
and at Pinhole Resource, New Mexico / USA 2014.
In the collection of the artist and Deutsche Leasing AG

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Timo Kahlen. Einbrennen, 1986 - 2000

Image of a window burnt into the curtains
of the artist's darkroom over the period of 15 years.
Sunlight on black cloth / ca. 200 x 270 cm

Exhibited at "Timo Kahlen: Liquid Light", Galerie im Parkhaus, Berlin 2000

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Timo Kahlen
Money I've Burnt for Art, 2009 - 2016

Edition of digital photographs / conserved, remaining ashes
of receipts and invoices

"Timo Kahlen: Katharsis", Ruine der Kuenste Berlin, Berlin 2017

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Timo Kahlen. Datenverlust (Loss of Data), 2013

Traces of analog modes
of urban communication.
An exploration of what
when all meaningful information
has been deleted or removed

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Timo Kahlen
Re/post, 2015/16

Bits and pieces,
fragments of information: reposted

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Timo Kahlen. Undo / Delete, 2011

Create & save - or delete, reject, undo.
A reflection on the process

of developing and rejecting new concepts,
new visions and ideas

Also see the related interactive sound art / net art work
"Undo/Delete". Or experience "From Scratch",
"Audio Dust", "Signal-To-Noise" and "Carpe Diem"


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Timo Kahlen. Matschtreten
(Walking in mud), 2010

Photographic self-portrait of the artist,
walking in mud: leaving and deleting traces
of his presence

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Presented in conjunction with the sound installation
"Breaking Ground" at "Timo Kahlen: Noise & Beauty",
Stiftung Starke, Berlin 2010 and at "Timo Kahlen: Doppelter Boden",
Ruine der Künste Berlin 2015

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Timo Kahlen. Schmelze, 2011

Walking on thin ice.
Ephemeral, fragile
surfaces of frozen water

Work in progress

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Timo Kahlen
Wasserlinie (Waterline), 2015

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Timo Kahlen. Windphotographien, 1992

Visual traces of wind.
From a series
of photographs

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Exhibited in numerous contexts, including Dieci.Due! Gallery Milano 1992, Bonner Kunstverein 1992,
Museo Ken Damy Brescia 1992, Galerie Voges + Deisen, Frankfurt am Main 1993, Luftmuseum Amberg 2010,

Märkisches Museum Witten 2017 and DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt am Main 2017.

Sammlung Kuenstlerfoerderung Berlin and Collection DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main etc.
Installation view at "Timo Kahlen: Windwechsel", Luftmuseum Amberg 2010
Work in progress 1991 - 2017

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Timo Kahlen. Projektion (Projection), 1994
Jam jar enclosing miniaturized projection of a tree

Galerie Voges + Deisen, Frankfurt am Main, 1994
Stipendiaten der Karl-Hofer-Gesellschaft, Berlin 1994

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Timo Kahlen. Liquid Light, 1989

Tableau of photographs
of an ephemeral, processual
sculpture of light
  found beneath a tree

Compare related video works "Liquid Light", 1989 - 1999
"White Noise", 2006 / 2008, and "Rauschabstand", 2012

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Timo Kahlen
Lichtsaum, 2012

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Timo Kahlen.
Cutting Edge, 2006
Projections cut through clusters of dry bushes
suspended from the ceiling

Exhibited at "Timo Kahlen: Earcatcher", Ruine der Kuenste Berlin, Berlin 2006

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Sound and light installation:
empty slide projectors,
wall projections of dust on lenses
and sound of dust on vinyl LP
filling the room

"Scholars of the Karl-Hofer-Gesellschaft", Berlin 1995

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Timo Kahlen. Grau (Grey), 2011

The view from my studio.
The frozen windowpane a translucent,
fragile projection screen, both concealing

and unveiling the world outside.
Visibility and invisibility. Plato's cave in mind

Series of conceptual photographs exhibited at
"Timo Kahlen: Doppelter Boden", Ruine der Künste Berlin 2015

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Timo Kahlen
Blinder Raum (Blind space), 2000

'Blind', opaque mirrors,
silent gallery space with opaque, 
translucent  window panes

Installation view at "Timo Kahlen : Liquid Light",
Galerie im Parkhaus, Berlin 2000

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Timo Kahlen
At the End of the Day, 2015

Dying light, recorded at dusk

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Timo Kahlen. Projektion, 2012
construct, 2009
and in retrospect, 2016

New series of Phosphorus Photographs

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Timo Kahlen. Blattlinien, 1999

Digital scans of leaves. The complex, abstract
drawings on the surface of the objects
are traces of an analog process,
in which insects have scanned and disected
the surface of leaves.

First presented in conjunction with the sound installation
"Timo Kahlen: Luftraum", Galerie Pankow, Berlin 2001

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Timo Kahlen. Zwiebelmuster (Still # 16)
and # 17, 2006
Sound sculptures

Images of a swarm of flies hovering
over a plate - oscillating and vibrating irrationally,

agitated by very low, barely audible sounds of insects
whirring through the air.
A kinetic 'still life'.

Exhibited at "Tonspur expanded: The Loudspeaker", Vienna 2010 - 2011
"Sound Art 2006: Deutscher Klangkunst-Preis, art cologne 2006
and "Timo Kahlen: Earcatcher", Ruine der Kuenste Berlin 2006.
Photographic images, wire, plate, loudspeaker and sound

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Timo Kahlen. Datenaustausch (Exchange of Data), 2010

A spoon, several small loudspeakers, and
audio components on a plate. Particles
of sound ready to be served ?

Conceptual photographs, to be
presented in conjunction with synaesthetical
sound sculptures and sound installations,
e.g. ' Zart ' (Tender), 2010: various plates filled
with miniature loudspeakers, emitting soft,
subtle microcosms of sound

Exhibited at "Timo Kahlen: Noise & Beauty", Stiftung Starke, Berlin 2010.
Courtesy Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn 2010

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Timo Kahlen. Pentimenti, 2013

Pigment prints, Venice 2013

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Timo Kahlen. Schweres Licht (Heavy Light), 2015

Courtesy FRISE, Hamburg

Timo Kahlen studied experimental photography
and media art
with film-maker and photographer
Prof. Dieter Appelt at the Hochschule der Kuenste
(now University of the Arts) in Berlin.

Kahlen received his
Meisterschüler (Master of Arts)
degree in 1993, and held a Lectureship for visual media
and video art
at the Hochschule der Kuenste Berlin
in cooperation with the Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin
from 1993 to 1998; and has continued to teach
media art for nearly 20 years, to the present.

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