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Alexander Hahn is an electronic media artist. A graduate of the Zurich University of Arts with a master's degree in art education (1979), he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York (1981).
He lives and works in Zürich and New York.
Hahn's work integrates the time-based forms of video with practices of computer imagery and print, animation, virtual reality, installation, and writing. He addresses the electronic image as a technological metaphor for perception, memory and dream: signals oscillate between lighting up and blanking out, between sensory presence, mental apparition and oblivion. Light passes through the ocular portal into our body, which, as it were, keeps it prisoner. As art historian Dominique Radrizzani writes in the catalog Astral Memories of a Flying Man: "It is this luminous realm of dream that Hahn’s great art of light and shadow rediscovers, using video like those infinite eyes which night has opened in us * ... The terrains explored by Hahn are not those of the terrestrial globe anymore, but rather those of the ocular globe, the inward looking hemisphere of the eye."
Hahn's work has been presented worldwide in museums and galleries since the late 1970s, most recently in solo exhibitions at Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern, Switzerland (2015), Harvestworks, NY (2013), Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy (2008), Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara, Italy (2007), Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (2007), Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland (2007), Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (2002); bi-personals at c | e ccontemporary, Milano, Italy (2014), San Francisco Moma (2008); group shows at the CAFA Museum, Beijing (2014), Anthology Archives, NY (2013), Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (2013), India Art Fair, New Delhi (2013), Art Cologne, Germany (2010), National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2009), etc.
Hahn's work has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including NYSCA, NYFA, and Art Matters, NY, sitemapping, Swiss National Grant, City of Zurich work grant, Cultural Prize of St. Gallen and Rapperswil; E.T.C., Signal Culture, Harvestworks residencies; Bogliasco Foundation, NY, Pro Helvetia Swiss Cultural Council, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Art+Com and DAAD, Berlin fellowships.
His works are in many private and public collections, among them the Musée Pompidou, Paris, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Kunsthaus Zürich, Kunstzeughaus Rapperswil, Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Nestlé Collection, Vevey.
In addition to reviews in Art Papers, Radio WBAI, NY, Huffington Post, Il Manifesto, Milano, Basler Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Berliner Zeitung, Kunstbulletin and others, various catalogs about his work have been published, most notably "Alexander Hahn - Works 1976-2007," Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg/DE (2007) and "Astral Memories of a Flying Man," Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (2002)