Conversation about the exhibition with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Berlin 2009

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist
Distributed Art Pub Incorporated, 2009 - Art - 115 pages
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This bilingual book is built around Thomas Demand's exhibition Nationalgalerie, held at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Obrist and Demand's conversation examines the exhibition, Demand's literary influences and collaborations, and the logistics of exhibition spaces.

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About the author (2009)

Thomas Demand was born in Munich in 1964. He studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich, the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, the Cite des Arts, Paris, and Goldsmiths College, London. Demand begins by translating a preexisting image, usually culled from the media, into a life-size model he makes out of colored paper and cardboard. He recreates a room, a parking lot, a staircase, a landscape--then he photographs the model and destroys it. Demand's photographs appear at once compellingly real and strangely artificial. Since their subjects--handcrafted facsimiles of both architectural spaces and natural environments--are themselves built in the image of other images, the photographs are three times removed from the scenes they seek to depict. Combining craftsmanship and conceptualism in equal parts, Demand pushes the medium of photography toward uncharted frontiers.

Hans Ulrich Obrist is an art critic and Co-Director of the Serpentine Gallery in London.

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