Christoph-Both-Asmus

About

Christoph Both-Asmus (1984, Germany) is currently living and working in Berlin, (Germany), Hamamatsu (Japan) and in the Anaga Nature Reserve on Tenerife (Canary Islands), where he dwells in a cave. He completed his Master of Fine Arts at the Sandberg Instituut - Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2010. The multimedia work of Christoph Both-Asmus is often site specific and focused on performance; therefore his photography, sculptures, installations and videos are frequently performative. Drawing is also a common theme in Both-Asmus’ work.

Authenticity of his materials plays an important role. He creates his works with natural materials such as plants, fire, ice and animals and also uses materials like paper, neon, and glass. However these manufactured materials are often found and recycled through his work. The central statement of Both-Asmus’ work is to show that humans and nature are one, as well as to express his opposition to consumption and the increasingly artificial life connected to this practice.

Both-Asmus wants to raise awareness on the loss of biodiversity and at the same time advocate for alternative ways of living. His art tries to address global ecological problems poetically by showing the beauty of nature and human life. In his numerous lectures and talks, Both-Asmus also takes a stand on these issues as an activist. Interdisciplinary collaboration with other artists has also become an important pillar of Both-Asmus’ work, as he believes in the richness and importance of cultural and creative exchange in times of globalization and as a way of studying.

Funded and sponsored by the “Mondriaan Fonds Amsterdam” in 2011/12/15, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Ortlieb and by “ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen” in 2016, he has been concentrating on developing his idea of “The Tree Walker”, which comprises several art works and interdisciplinary collaborations with the NGO Operation Canopy, one of the leading botanists in the world, Prof. Francis Hallé, Venice Biennale artist Owanto, documenta artist Bill Kouélany Salomé Lamas and Hervé Youmbi.

Christoph’s work has been presented in exhibitions throughout Germany, Netherlands, Poland, UK, Portugal, Greece, Japan, US, Egypt, Canada p.e. at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin/DE, Center for Polish Sculpture Oronsko/PL, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig/DE, Coda Museum Apeldorn/NL, Serralves Museum, Porto/PL In recent years the artist has joined the performances of fellow documenta artist and director of the London Biennale, David Medalla, as well as Hermann Nitsch.

Christoph Both-Asmus CV

Education

2014  

MA - Art in Context (Guest Student / 1 semester), UdK Universität der Künste, Interdisziplinäres Projekt Forum, Prof. H. A. Knapp, Berlin/DE

2008 - 2010    

MA - Fine Arts, Sandberg Institute for Fine Arts, Amsterdam/NL

2009    

Master Class of Hermann Nietsch, Apeldoorn,NL

2004 - 2008    

BFA - Sculpture, AKI Akademie for Fine Arts and Design, Enschede/NL

2001 - 2003    

College for Design, Ferdinand-Braun-Schule, Fulda/DE

Grants &. Residencies

2017

Abenteuer Baumkrone, Artist-in-residence offered by activists at ‘Hambacher Forst’, Kerpen/DE

2016    

International Wood Sculpture Open-Air Symposium, Gdańsk/PLK Factory, Residency, Douala/CM

ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Künstlerkontakte (Travel/Research-grant), Stuttgart/DE

2015    

CAP (Corinth Art Platform), Residency, Corinth/GR

Jack Daniels - Supporter Of The Independent Program Hamburg/DE             

2014  

Kunst im Block, Grant & Residency, Greifswald/DE

2012    

Merz DIY (Kurt Schwitters summer school), Merz Barn, Lake district/GB

2011 - 2012    

Mondriaanfonds, Working-grant, Amsterdam/NL

2010  

Blooming Artists, Residency, Bergen an Zee/NL

Solo Exhibitions &. Performances

2017

Mondrian Fan Club, (Performance by Adam Nankervis and David Medalla), Venice Biennale, Giardini, Vennice/IT

Inhaling Nature, Whiteconcepts Gallery, Berlin/DE

2016   

Requiem, rk-Gallery/Berlin Art Week, Berlin/DE

Holy Process, Festival of Ephemeral Art – Contexts (Chika Takabayashi &. Christoph Both-Asmus) Sokolovsko/PL

2015   

One Life to Life, CAP (Corinth Art Platform), Corinth/GR

Rivers and Trees, WHITECONCEPTS Gallery, Berlin/DE

A Moment In Time, The 100th Anniversary of Joszéf Brandt’s Death, The Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko/PL

2014    

Requiem, Manpower festival, Lisbon/PT

The Tunnel, Another Vacant Space, (by David Medalla) Berlin/DE

2013    

The Egg, Saarländische Galerie, (by David Medalla) Berlin/DE

2011    

Tree Walker, kuiperdomingos projects, Berlin/DE

2009  

Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries, Incubate – underground festival for independent culture, (by Hermann Nitsch), Apeldoorn/NL Christoph Both-Asmus, Het Torentje, Almelo/NL

2007    

Pregnant Man, Coda Museum For Modern Art, Apeldoorn/NL

Group Exhibitions &.Screenings 

2017

Art Panigiry, CAP (Corinth Art Platform), Corinth/GR

Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel Aviv/IL

The intricate detail - Symbols in Contemporary Art, Whiteconcepts Gallery, Berlin/DE

2016    

Who Wants to Die? rk-Gallery/Berlin Art Week, Berlin/DE

Gdańsk Community Foundation &. Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, Gdańsk/PL

Manpower - international art festival, Lisbon/PT

2015    

Art Market Budapest, Budapest/HU

The 100th Anniversary of Joszéf Brandt’s Death, The Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko/PL

Spinnereirundgang (HYPER HYPER can't stop the hardcore), Halle14,

Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig/DE

Forest, Global Group 3000, Berlin/DE

Resist Restart, Vesselroom Project, Berlin/DE

2014   

Der Innere Reichtum, Conference Of The Visionaries, Essentis Biohotel, Berlin/DE

OPENthewoods, Von Gimborn Arboretum, Doorn/NL

Rhizome, Camden Image Gallery, London/EN

Kunst Im Block, Greifswald/DE

Conquering Places, Greifswald/DE

2013   

False Sentimentale, Kunstverein Fulda/DE

Book Fair, Amsterdam/NL

Night, Volksgalerie, Berlin/DE

Branchings, Rosalux, Berlin/DE

Re:Rotterdam (Prospects & Concepts) Rotterdam/NL

2012   

Lovely Wilderness, CBK, Roosendaal/NL

English shorts, Sputnik Kino, Berlin/DE

Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm/SE

2011     

Salon, kuiperdomingos projects, Berlin/DE

Attempts To Get Inside The World, Lewisham Arthouse, London/GB

Videonight of Sandberg students & alumni, Ot301, Amsterdam/NL

Luxus Loft, Ehmaliges Atelierhaus Friedenstr. 6, Berlin/DE

Green House, Foundation Zet, Amsterdam/NL

2010    

Tuyap Art Fair, Istanbul/TR

Post Dort, CBK Dordrecht/NL

Art Pie, Art Fair Amsterdam/NL

2008    

Just Drawing, Het Havenkwartier Te Deventer, Deventer/NL

Just Drawing, Rc De Ruimte, Ijmuiden/NL

Debut, M.I.C.K, Delden/NL

Collaborations

WORK

Ubi Sunt (2016), Short film directed by Salomé Lamas in collaboration with and performances from Christoph Both-Asmus ('One Life to Live' and 'Requiem')

SCREENINGS &. FESTIVALS (SELECTED)

2017

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, DE 

Indie Lisboa, PT 

2016   

Teatro Rivoli, (ante-premiere) Porto, PT

WORK

A Torre / The Tower 8’ (2015) b&w, stereo (without dialogues), PT, DE, MD. Short film directed by Salomé Lamas in collaboration with Christoph Both-Asmus (based on the original idea of THE TREE WALKER)

Screenings &. Festivals (selected)

2017

KINOSCOPE At Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA

Forum Schlossplatz, CH

Cinemateca – Museu do Cinema, PT

daadgalerie, Berlin, DE

2016    

Museo Universidad de Navarra, ES

Scanorama- Salomé Lamas Focus, LT

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur – Salomé Lamas Person in Focus, CH

Cinéphèmére FIAC Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain, FR

CineEco, PT

Fuso, PT

FID Marseille, FR

Arco.Lisboa, PT

Academia Portuguesa de Cinema - Gala de Prémios Sophia, National Competition, PT

Oblíqua / Mostra Internacional de Videoarte & Cinema Experimental, PT

Node Center, DE

Gala de Prémios Sophia, National Competition Academia Portuguesa de Cinema, Lisbon/PT

ACUD macht neu – Thinking Like a Forest, Acud, Berlin/DE

Les Rencontres Internationales – Possible Worlds, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin/DE

I am looking at that Wardrobe but it was smaller, HANGAR, Lisbon/PT

TABAKALERA, San Sebastián/ES

Les Rencontres Internationales Nouveau Cinema et Art Contemporain, Paris/FR

NYC Museum of Moving Image, New York/USA

2015    

Cinemateca - O Dia mais Curto - Agencia da Curta Metragem, Lisbon/PT

Caminhos do Cinema Português, (Special Mention: Press Award), Lisbon/PT

 Darb 1718, Cairo/EG

Festival Nouveau Cinema, Montreal/CA

The 100th Anniversary of Joszéf Brandt’s Death, The Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko/PL

Curtas Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival, Vila do Conde/PT

Exhibition - Salomé Lamas – Parafiction (avant-premiere), Serralves Museum, Porto/PT

Awards

Caminhos do Cinema Português Special Mention Press Award, Portugal

Video Installation Edition

Fundação EDP/MAAT Museu de Arte Arquitectura e Tecnologia - collection, PT
Harvard Film Archive (HFA) / Harvard University - collection, USA

Artist Talks/Q&A

2017

Christoph Both-Asmus and Tiny Domingos (Director of the project space rosalux) at Whiteconcepts Gallery, Berlin/DE

2016    

Panel discussion in trialogues: What does pacifism means nowadays? – Christoph Both-Asmus, (Artist), Dr. Ute Finckh-Krämer (MdB/SPD), Martin Schwarze (Artist),Dr. Hans Jörg Schrötter (Lawyer, Journalist), Katharina Weiß (Social pedagogue, Mediator), Ruthe Zuntz (Artist) at rk-Gallery, Berlin/DE

Radio broadcast: The Tree Walker, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) kulturradio, Berlin/DE

Thinking Like a Forest – Elsa Salonen, Lauren Reid, Christoph Both-Asmus, Toby Tatum, Johannes Braun. at Acud, Berlin/DE

Radio broadcast: The Tree Walker at international forest day, Funkhaus Europa, Bremen/DE

2015    

Life Art – Christoph Both-Asmus &. David Medalla at Whiteconcepts, Berlin/DE

The Forest,Global Group 3000. Berlin/DE

Resist Restart, Interpretations on Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ (1854) – Christoph Both-Asmus &. Clement Loisel &. Mit Borras at Vesselroom Project, Berlin/DE

2013   

Branchings – Christoph Both-Asmus &. Pedro Callapéz &. Uwe Poth at Rosalux, Berlin/DE

2012   

English shorts, Sputnik Kino, Berlin/DE

2011   

Tree Walker, kuiperdomingos projects, Berlin/DE

Lectures

2015    

The Tree Walker – Lecture, Conference Of The Visionaries, Essentis Biohotel, Berlin/DE

The Tree Walker – Lecture, CAP – Corinth Art Platform, Corinth/GR

The Tree Walker – Lecture, Jack Daniels Tagung Deutschland, East Hotel, Hamburg/DE

The Tree Walker – Lecture, Spinnereirundgang (part of HYPER HYPER can't stop the hardcore), Halle14 Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig/DE

2014   

The Tree Walker – Lecture, Conquering Places, Falladahaus, Greifswald/DE

2010    

The Work of Werner Herzog – Lodge222, Dortrecht/NL

Publications

2016   

Sustainable Art Facing The Need for Regeneration, Responsibility And Relations – published by Tako/PL

2011   

Earth, Branches, Sky, Green Forrest – published by kuiperdomingos projects, DE/NL

2010   

20th Istanbul Senat Fuari Art Fair– published by Tüyap Istanbul/TR

2009   

Genius Loci – published by Stichting Het Torentje, Almelo/NL

2008   

Aki Jaarboek 07/08 – published byAKI, ArtEZ Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Enschede/NL

2007   

Smart Materials Wearable Technology– published by AKI, ArtEZ Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Enschede/NL