Timo Kahlen. Experimental Photography




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Timo Kahlen. Phosphorus Photography
(Phosphor- Photographie), 1987 - 2018

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: Sculpting Light.
Experiments in Photography, 1986 - 2018
With texts by Werner Ennokeit, Leon Zwart and Vilém Flusser
English / German, 292 pages / 206 illustrations
Berlin: Edition Ruine der Künste Berlin, 2018

Free download of catalogue (PDF / 58 MB)



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Timo Kahlen. Lichtstaub (Light Dust), 1996

The artist‘s hand throwing dust
into the air / at the camera


"Timo Kahlen". Schwartzsche Villa, Berlin 2001




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Timo Kahlen. Vibration, 1991

Time exposures on paper negatives
from the camera obscura series of works






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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
From: punctum (Prometheus), 2017






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Timo Kahlen
From: Gefaltetes Licht (Light Folds),
Vienna 2016





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Timo Kahlen
From: Heavy Light (Schweres Licht), 2015

Courtesy FRISE, Hamburg






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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
From: Money I've Burnt for Art, 2009 - 2016

The process of burning all receipts and invoices
incurred by producing art in the previous fiscal year;
and seven glass jars of conserved, remaining

ashes of each year

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



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Pictures: Ashes of the year 2016. "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
remains,
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 and communication:
reposted


 


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Timo Kahlen. Blattlinien (Leaves), 1999 - 2018

Digital scans of leaves,
segmented and marked by insects

Work in progress. First exhibited at
"Timo Kahlen: Staubrauschen", Galerie Pankow, Berlin 2001






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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"
.

http://www.staubrauschen.de/delete/
http://www.staubrauschen.de/fromscratch/
http://www.staubrauschen.de/audiodust/
http://www.staubrauschen.de/signal/
http://www.staubrauschen.de/carpe/

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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 (Melting), 2011

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

Work in progress





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Timo Kahlen. From: Wasserlinie
(Waterline), 2015

Projections of light
on water




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Timo Kahlen. From : Cohesion
(Kohäsion) series, 2017

Projections into and out of the surface of water






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Timo Kahlen
Windphotographien, 1991 - 2018
from: Works with Wind


The series of 'Wind Photographs'
records visual traces of wind moving
through the branches and foliage of trees.
In the long time exposures, defined contours
of organic material dissolve into abstract
representations of a transient motion


See the related series of 'Works with Wind',
Timo Kahlen's site-specific, acoustic and/or kinetic
wind installations and wind sculptures.




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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.


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Sammlung Kuenstlerfoerderung Berlin and Collection DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main etc.
Installation view at "Timo Kahlen: Windwechsel", Luftmuseum Amberg 2010
Work in progress 1991 - 2018






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Timo Kahlen. Projektion (Projection), 1994

Jam jar enclosing the
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. 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
Lichtsaum (Fringe of Light), 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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Timo Kahlen
Further works from the punctum (Prometheus) series, 2017



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Timo Kahlen
Lichtmass,1995

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

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





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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

Images of translucent
phosphorescent screen exposed to light

in the camera





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Timo Kahlen. From: Construct, 2009

Images of translucent phosphorescent screen
exposed to light in the camera






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Timo Kahlen. From: Phospheme, 2016

Digital recordings of translucent
phosphorescent screen
in the dark of the camera






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Timo Kahlen. Emission (Quitten),
2009 - 2017

Image of sweet and ripe fruit (a quince)
showing first signs of deterioration, decomposition and mold.
Digital photographs, with minimal graphic inscriptions






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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

Series of photographs related to
synaesthetical sound sculptures / 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. 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 soun.

See Kahlen's oeuvre of site-specific and kinetic sound sculptures.






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Timo Kahlen. Further works from the series

Cohesion (Kohäsion), 2017 and Frozen, 2018


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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 was awarded a
Master of Fine Arts (Meisterschüler)
degree at the Berlin University of the Arts in 1993,
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 more
than 25 years, to the present.






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