Alexander Hahn

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Currently based
New York, USA

Alexander Hahn (b. 1954, Rapperswil, Switzerland) has worked in the analog and digital media arts since 1977, integrating the time-based forms of video with practices of installation, computer imagery, print, animation, virtual reality and writing. A graduate of the Zurich University of Arts with a degree in art education (1979), he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York (1981). He lives and works in Zurich and New York.

The subject of Hahn’s work is the everyday. Always a video camera at hand, he collects day-to-day records, often randomly. He then processes these recordings on a computer, creating art that seamlessly intertwines the personal and the universal. These works merge imagination, memory, and dream with elements of science and history, unveiling the remarkable and extraordinary aspects inherent in our everyday lives..

Hahn's work has been seen in museums and media festivals worldwide, from New York to Zurich, Sydney to Berlin, Beijing to New Delhi, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, International Center of Photography in New York, Kunsthaus Zürich, Kunstmuseum Bern, Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Musée Pompidou in Paris, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Villa Croce in Genova, National Art Museum of China in Beijing. He's had major retrospectives at the Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria, and the Padiglione d'Arte Moderna in Ferrara, Italy. Recently, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen presented an extensive survey of his work, entitled Memory of Light - Light of Memory (Oct 28, 2022 - Apr 02, 2023).

Hahn is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Production Grant of the Canton St. Gallen in 2015, Cultural Prize of the City of Rapperswil in 2011, Cultural Award of the Canton of St. Gallen in 2009, Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts in 2008, the namics Art Prize in 2002, the Prize for Young Swiss Art in 1995, the Swiss National Grant in 1993, DAAD Fellowship in 1993.

Hahn's work can be found in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, UBS Art Collection, New York, WGBH Boston, Collection Nestlé, Vevey, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Kunstzeughaus Rapperswil

In addition to reviews in ZKM Mediagramm, Art Papers, Radio WBAI, NY, Huffington Post, Il Manifesto, Basler Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tagesanzeiger, Berliner Zeitung, Kunstbulletin and others, various monographs have been published, most notably Alexander Hahn - Works 1976-2007, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg in 2007 and Astral Memories of a Flying Man, Musée Jenisch, Vevey in 2002)

There are two documentaries about his work: 3 Approaches by Matthias Behrens in 1994 and Words of Artists/Portraits of Artists by Catherine Gfeller in 2012.

Born in Rapperswil | Switzerland, 1954
BFA, Hochschule der Künste/University of the Arts, Zürich, 1974-1979
Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, 1981
Lives and works in New York and Zurich
Select Solo Exhibitions
2022 Memory of Light - Light of Memory, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen/CH (curator: Roland Wäspe)
Filmtage Solothurn, world premiere of «INDOCAM», Solothurn/CH
2018 India Material, The Shed Space, Brooklyn, NY (curator: Roberta Bonisson)
2017. In Focus: Alexander Hahn, Kunstzeughaus Rapperswil/CH
(curators: Victoria Fleury, Lorin Reichwein)
Moonlighting: Dance by Lunar Polarity, Schlesinger Stiftung, Wald/AR/CH
(curator: Christian Rothmaler)
2015 All the World is a Stage, Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern/CH
2013 Indian Records, New York Electronic Festival, Harvestworks, New York
2012 Cao Chang Di Road on November 24 2009 I Stood There Waiting, Harvestworks, New York
2010 Bringing Things to a Standstill, Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern/CH
Luminous Point, Le Petit Versailles, New York
2008 Alexander Hahn - Luminous Point, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa/IT
(part of Festival della Scienza)
2007 La Signoria degli Astri, Padiglione d‘Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara/IT
(curator: Maria Luisa Pacelli, Daniele Gasparinetti, retrospective, cat.)
Alexander Hahn - Works 1976-2006, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg/AT
(curator: Toni Stooss, retrospective, cat.)
Alexander Hahn - Works 1976-2006, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH
(curator: Christoph Voegele, retrospective, cat.)
2006 Darat-al-Funun, Amman/JO
2003 Mémoires Astrales d'un Homme Volant, Kunsthalle Winterthur/CH (cat.)
2002 Mémoires Astrales d'un Homme Volant, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH
(curator: Dominique Radrizzani, cat.)
2000 Memory of Presence, Netmage, LINK, Bologna/IT
1999 I Came Here to Sleep, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin/DE (curator: Jo Eckhardt)
1998 Popular Admiration of Great Thieves, Melkweg, World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam/NL
The Invisible Never Happens, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal/CH (curator: Esther Jungo)
1997 Gesichtswahrnehmung, Kunstmuseum Bern/CH
1996 Fundamentals of Legerdemain, International Center of Photography, New York
(curator: Charles Stainback)
O Naturze Rzeczy - On the Nature of Things, Galeria Miasto, Ciesyn/PL
(curator: Joanna Mytkowska)
O Naturze Rzeczy - On the Nature of Things, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw/PL
(curator: Joanna Mytkowska, cat.)
1995 Personal Records, Kunsthaus Zürich/CH (cat.)
1994 Rats, Daad Galerie, Berlin/DE (curator: Friedrich Meschede, cat.)
1993 Of Shadow & Light, World Wide Video Centre, The Hague/NL (cat.)
1991 The Bernoulli Itinerary, Katharinen, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen/CH (curator: Roland Wäspe)
1984 Cyborgs and Other New Machines, White Columns, New York/US
1982 Plant #50-316, Franklin Furnace, New York/US
Plant #xx-xxx/Ways, 626 Broadway, New York/US
1979 Wege - Ways, Galerie Toni Gerber, Bern/CH
1978 Wege - Ways, Galerie Apropos, Luzern/CH
Bi-personal Exhibitions
2014 Vis-à-vis #6: Chiara Coccorese | Alexander Hahn, c|e contemporary, Milan/IT
2008 Room for Thought: Alexander Hahn & Yves Netzhammer,
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco/US (curator: Rudolf Frieling)
1989 Space & Memory: Marie José Burki & Alexander Hahn, Swiss Institute, New York, Mar 02 – 23 (-> cat.)
Group Exhibitions and Festivals
2023 Future Vision Festival, AI & Humans, Substore, Tokyo/JP («Endless Dream Co.», Official Selection)
25th Madurai Int. Documentary &. Short Film Festival, Madurai/IN («INDOCAM», Official Selection)
Artist Postcard Exhibition, Bahn Haltestelle Strahlholz/CH
(curators: Birgit Widmer, Harlis Schweizer Hadjidj and Hans Schweizer)
Topshot International Filmfestival, Kino Muranów, Warsaw/PL («INDOCAM», Official Selection)
On Art - Poland, Centrum Kultury, Lublin/PL («INDOCAM», Winner in the category Video Art)
Transparent Film Festival, New York («INDOCAM», finalist)
2022 Close:Up, Edinburgh Docufest, Edinburgh/GB («INDOCAM», nominated Best Experimental Docu)
Switzerland International Filmfestival, Aubonne/CH («INDOCAM», official selection)
Videosyntezy 2022, Galeria Ring, Legnica/PL («Occult Chemistry», Oct 10 - Nov 24, 2022)
Artist Postcard Exhibition, Bahn Haltestelle Strahlholz/CH
(curators: Birgit Widmer, Harlis Schweizer Hadjidj and Hans Schweizer)
The Collection :: Highlights & Heavyweights, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen/CH (cur.: Matthias Wohlgemuth)
GoGoGo, Le Grütli, Geneva/CH (Artist videos, curated by Marie-Ève Knoerle)
2021 We are Family, La Mama Gallery, New York
Heimspiel, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen/CH (project management: Nina Keel & Anna Vetsch
curators: Nadia Veronese and Lorenz Wiederkehr)
Artist Postcard Exhibition, Bahn Haltestelle Strahlholz/CH
(curators: Birgit Widmer, Harlis Schweizer Hadjidj and Hans Schweizer)
.ART Global Gallery, Ars Electronica Festival 2021, Linz/AUT (Sept 08 - Sept 12, 2021)
Sortie de Rout(in)e, Videoformes 2021, Clermont-Ferrand/FR (Mar 18 - Apr 04, 2021)
2020 Welt am Draht - World on the Wire, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen/CH (curator: Roland Wäspe)
#ICPConcerned - Global Images for Global Crisis, International Center of Photography, New York
(curators: David Campany & ICP staff)
Artist Postcard Exhibition, Bahn Haltestelle Strahlholz/CH
(curators: Birgit Widmer, Harlis Schweizer Hadjidj and Hans Schweizer)
Pictures in Motion, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (curators: Konrad Bitterli, Lynn Kost)
artTour, Galerie Sprenger & Tommasi, Wetzikon/CH curators: Claudine Sprenger, Sergio Tommasi)
Face to Face I, Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern/CH (curator: Ferdinand Oberholzer)
2019 9th Cairo International Video Festival, Cairo/EG (world premiere of Occult Chemistry)
Physical and Digital: multifaceted visions in electronic art, New York Electronic Art Festival,
Governor's Island, New York (curator: Carol Parkinson)
Art&Friends, Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York (curator: Regula Ruegg)
Poetische Flucht in die Wirklichkeit, Kino Kiwi, Schaffhausen,
(curators: Carmen E. Kreis, Eveline Schüep)
2018 Etherea # 2 - No Limits, Brera Mediateca, Milano/IT
(curators: Viana Conti, Derrick de Kerckhove, Virginia Monteverde)
EPA CINE – El Palomar International Independent Film Festival /AR
(Latinoamérica premiere of Antloop)
2017 Etherea # 1 - Digital Universe - The medium is the message
Art Commission Events Association, Genoa/IT
(curators: Viana Conti, Derrick de Kerckhove, Virginia Monteverde)
Little Cinema, International Festival for Experimental Films & New Media Art, TENT, Kolkata/IN
Extended Cahiers, GROUND Art Center, Moscow/RU (curators: Madeleine Amsler, Patrick Gosatti)
Cottidiana, Kunstzeughaus, Rapperswil/CH
(curators: Victoria Fleury, Petra Giezendanner, Lorin Reichwein )
Le Chat, BDFIL - International Comics Festival, Lausanne/CH, (curator: Dominique Radrizzani)
Rebel Video, Swiss National Museum, Zurich/CH (curator: Heinz Nigg)
Measured Time, Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York (curator: Regula Ruegg)
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich and Helmhaus Zürich/CH
Ewige Gegenwart. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Graphischen Sammlung ETH Zürich
(curators: Linda Schädler & Simon Maurer)
2016. Zeit verstreichen. Moment und Dauer in der Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH
(curator: Patricia Bieder)
Von Anselm bis Zilla: Einblicke in die Sammlung Peter & Elisabeth Bosshard,
Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil /CH (curator: Petra Giezendanner)
Maschinenträume. Kunst zwischen Science-Fiction und Zukunftsentwurf
Haus der Universität Düsseldorf/DE
Dreamscapes, Bronx Breeze, New York (curator: Anna Pasztor)
Art&Friends, Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York ( curators Regula Ruegg, Katrin Roos)
Nel Flusso dell'Opera, Contemporary Culture Center, Palazzo Tagliaferro, Andora/IT
(curator: Viana Conti) Festival della Scienza, Genova/IT
Film Implosion! Experiments in Swiss Cinema and Moving Images
Fri-Art Centre d'art contemporain, Fribourg/CH
2015 The Experimental TV Center, ETC - a History, Hunter Gallery, New York (curator: Sarah A. Watson)
Heimspiel, Kunsthalle St. Gallen/CH
2014. Hyper-Seeing, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing/CN (curator: Keyi Messi Luo)
TI-CH. Arte svizzera nelle acquisizioni del Museo Cantonale d’Arte 1999-2014,
Museo cantonale d'arte, Lugano/CH (curator: Elio Schenini)
2013 Lemancolia, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (curator: Dominique Radrizzani)
Experimental Documentaries, Anthology Archives, New York (curator: Tova Beck-Friedmann)
Difference Screen, Artisterium, Tbilisi/GE (curators: Bruce Allan & Ben Eastop)
Difference Screen, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar/MN
Difference Screen, Clarewell Caves, Forest of Dean/GB
VideoEx, Zürich/CH
Parallel Cities, Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi/IN
Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon/IN (Sarai Reader 09 | Event 03, curator: media Raqs)
2012. Video Lounge, India Art Fair, New Delhi/IN
Heimspiel, Kunsthalle St. Gallen/CH
Springende Lachse, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil/CH
2011 ctrl + 0 - digital Art, nextex, St. Gallen/CH (curator: Corinne Schatz)
Experimental Television Center Tribute, Anthology Film Archives, New York
(curator: Sherry Miller)
Art&Friends, Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York (curator: Regula Ruegg & Karin Roos)
Amphibian, Time In Gallery, New York (curator: Mathew Greenbaum)
Café des Rêves, Helmhaus Zurich/CH (curator: videocompany)
2010 IMAI Videolounge, Art Köln, Cologne /DE
Festival des Films sur l'Art, Montréal/CA (curator: Chantal Molleur)
Timelapse, Centre PasquArt, Bienne/CH (curator: Zhang Ga)
Theatre du Passage, Neuchatel/CH
An Evening of Swiss Video Art, Kunsthaus Aarau/CH
Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH (curator: Christoph Voegele)
Playlist, Galleria Neon Campobase, Bologna/IT (curator: Viana Conti)
Videonale Bonn /DE
2009 Media Art China - Timelapse, National Art Museum of China, Beijing/CN (curator: Zhang Ga)
art limited – multiple art, 18th Triennale Grenchen/CH
(curators: Daniel Gaemperle & Thomas Woodtli)
2008 30th Anniversary Benefit, Harvestworks, New York/US
Swiss Video Art from the 70s and 80s. A Reconstruction, Kunstmuseum Luzern/CH
(curators: Johannes Gfeller & Irene Schubiger)
I LOVE Jenisch, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (curator: Dominique Radrizzani)
Comme des bêtes, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne/CH
(curator: Bernard Fibicher)
2007 Brave Lonesome Cowboy, Villa Merkel, Esslingen/DE (curator: Konrad Bitterli)
Unterwegs, Trudelhaus, Baden/CH (curator: Brigitta Rosenberg)
2005 Dumbo Arts Festival, New York
Cinema Texas, Austin
Gallery 128, New York
Transat Video, Caen/FR
Mediaart Friesland, Harlingen/ NL
Brennpunkt Schweiz, Kunstmuseum Bern/CH
Me myself I, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (curator: Konrad Bitterli)
2004 whiz bang, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY (curator: Meg Shiffler)
whiz bang, Harvestworks, New York/US (curator: Meg Shiffler)
2003 Travel of the Immobile Man, Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca/IT (curator: Viana Conti)
bilder*codes# 1992–2002, ZKM | Medienmuseum, Karlsruhe/DE (curator: Barbara Könches)
2002 Travel of the Immobile Man, Villa Croce, Genova/IT (curator: Viana Conti)
Images of Catastrophe, 48. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen /DE (curator: Florian Wüst)
ZZ zur Zeit, Institut für digitale Kultur [IDK] Palais Besenval, Solothurn/CH (curator: Jörg Mollet)
2000 New Media Lounge, The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art (curator: Michael Rush)
Bleibe, Akademie der Künste, Berlin/DE (curators: Karen & Jörg van den Berg)
Media Art Action Interaction [produced@zkm], Galerie K & S, Berlin/DE (curator: Rudolf Frieling)
1999 au naturel, Oboro, Montréal (curator: Florian Wuest)
Phototage Biel/CH (curators: Vincent Juillerat & Stefano Stoll)
MediaSkulptur '99. Video-Kunst-Szene-Schweiz, Kunsthaus Langenthal/CH
1997 Un Autre Regard, Musée Neuhaus, Biel/CH (curator: Betty Stocker)
1996 Video-I see, Swiss Institute, New York (curators: Esther Maria Jungo & Maria Smolenicka)
Lointain. Wege des Imaginären in der Wiedergabe des Realen, Untere Fabrik Sissach/CH
curator: Esther Maria Jungo)
1995 Vagamundo: reflexiones sobre el exilio, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid/ES
1994 Lab V, Center for Contemporary Arts, Warschau/PL (curator: Ryszard Kluczyński)
Sommer Exhibition, Schloss Plön/DE (curator: Valentin Rothmaler)
Video-Installationen Szene Schweiz, Kunsthaus Langenthal/CH (curator: Ursula Widmer)
1993 The Final Frontier, The New Museum, New York (curator: Alice Yang)
Museum of Modern Art, Oslo/NO
Neues Technisches Museum, Dresden/DE
1992 Committed Visions, Museum of Modern Art, New York (curator: Barbara London)
Kunsthalle Basel/CH
Frammenti Interfacce Intervalli – Paradigmi della Frammentazione nell’Arte Svizzera,
Museo di S. Agostino, Genova/IT, Apr 08 - Jun 28 (curators: Viana Conti, Heidi Saxer-Holzer)
1989 Videoskulptur, Kunstverein Köln/DE (curators: Edith Decker & Wulf Herzogenrath)
Videoskulptur, Kunsthaus Zürich/CH (curators: Edith Decker & Wulf Herzogenrath)
Video-Kunst: Grafiken, Photos, Werkzeichnungen, RTL Plus Galerie, Köln/DE
Extended Definitions: Video Experiments in Perception, Artists Space, New York
(Curator: Cara Mertes)
Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Tokyo/JP
Video Gallery Scan, Tokyo/JP
Kunstverein Freiburg i. B./DE
San Francisco Poetry Film Festival, San Francisco
1988 SIGGRAPH, Atlanta, Georgia
3rd Australian Video Festival, Sydney/AU
North Florida Video Festival, Jacksonville
Video Wochen im Wenkenpark, Basel/CH (curators: Reinhard Manz & René Pulfer)
VFIPER, Lucerne/CH
WNET/13, New Television, New York (curator: Cara Mertes)
7th World Wide Video Festival, The Hague/NL
Swiss Institute, New York
18th International Forum Junger Film, Berlin/DE
London Video Arts, London/GB
1987 Stiller Nachmittag: Aspekte Junger Schweizer Kunst, Kunsthaus Zürich (curator: Toni Stooss)
Junge Künstler, Landesmuseum und Pavillon Werd, Zürich (curator: Christoph Schenker)
The Other New York, American Museum of the Moving Image, New York
Techno Bop, The Kitchen, New York (curator: Sara Hornbacher)
Waking Dreams, Museum of Photography, Woodstock, NY
Ars Electronica, Linz/AT
International Festival of New Cinema/Video, Montreal/CN
World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag/NL
1986 American Film Institute, Los Angeles
Cast Iron Cable TV, New York (curator: Ira Schneider)
Millennium, New York
The Alchemical Theatre Space, New York
New York State Museum, Albany
Video Refuses, San Francisco
AC-TV, Columbus, OH
Institut für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg/DE
Städtische Galerie Erlangen/DE
Video Szene Schweiz, Kunstverein Köln/DE
VFIPER, Lucerne/CH
Video Wochen im Wenkenpark, Basel/CH
1985 Alternating Currents, Alternative Museum, New York
Future Histories, Anderson Gallery, Richmond/US
Video Works On Paper, Film Video Arts, New York
Made in Switzerland, Fri.Art, New York
The Kitchen, New York
Anthology Archives, New York
Art & Ego, Pan Arts, New York
Galerie Sigma, Bregenz/DE
Art Atrium, Stockholm/SE
Alles und noch viel mehr, Kunstmuseum Bern/CH (curator: G.J. Lischka)
1984 Artists as Filmmakers, Franklin Furnace, New York
Makkom, Amsterdam/NL
Video 84, Montréal/CA
1983 International Video Art Festival, Locarno/CH
Szene Schweiz, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne/DE
Image Latente, 96 Grand Street Gallery, New York
Terminal Show, Brooklyn
Science & Prophecy, White Columns, New York (curators: Steven Whitesell & Joel Handorff)
Catchwords, Caidoz Gallery, New York (curators: Alexander Hahn & Robert Montoya)
Resurrection Show, Middle Collegiate Church, New York (curators: Steven Whitesell & Joel Handorff)
1982 Campus, Montréal/CA (curator: Monti Cantsin)
International Video Art Festival, Locarno/CH
Pinko, West Beth Painters’ Space, New York
Judy Caden Gallery, New York (curator: Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer)
Pastiche, Grommet Gallery, New York (curator: Jean Dupuy)
The Pyramid, New York
Ward Nasse Gallery, New York (curator: Maggie Reilly)
Franklin Furnace, New York
1981 A's, New York
Monumental Show, Des Refuses, New York, Brooklyn
(curators: Frank Shiffreen, Michael Keane & George Moore)
Video Installations and Objects, selection
Transit of Earth, HD video for LED mosaic, 2.10 x 6.50 x 0.2 m (2022)
Marquee - a Holographic Tiara, 2 channel video for 2 holographic LED fans, 2 x 1 m (2022)
The Ruins of Naurattan, 2 channel kinetic video sculpture (2022)
Moonlighting: Dance by Lunar Polarity #2, 360º virtual reality (VR) 3D computer animation (2022)
Albedo 0.30, 24hr HD video for LED mosaic, 10 x 4.3 m (2019)
The Dead | Dinanath Pathy, HD video loop, cylinder anamorphosis (2018)
CFL - Coded Fluorescent Light, for large HD video LCD panel, 5:55' loop (2016)
Gentleman of the Road - Going Back I'll Give You 100 Rupees, kinetic sculpture, 16 projectable pens, motors, dim. variable (2018)
Triumph of Labor, LED wheel, motor, 6ft 1 1/4" iron pipe, flange, motion sensor (2018)
The Rationalization of Sight, LED strobe, phenakistoscope, platter, motor, size variable (2017)
Endless Holidays, Star Magic, Acrobat, Finding Debbie. v. d. P., gifs, 4K, dimensions variable (2017)
Watching a Gora drive by while taking a Pee, stereoscope viewer, LED, 5ft 1" iron pipe, flange (2017)
The Dead | Maximo Cosentini, HD video loop, cylinder anamorphosis (2017)
Moonlighting: Dance by Lunar Polarity, 360º virtual reality (VR) 3D computer animation (2017)
Making Savaale Samaali, mixed media, HD video loop, dimensions variable (2016)
Boy by the Ganges, mixed media, HD video loop, dimensions variable (2016)
Tectonic Shifts, 6 augmented reality (AR) prints, cellphone or tablet, dimension variable (2016)
The Dead | Nico Castel, Lou Reed, Taylor Mead, etc., 12 HD video loops, cylinder anamorphoses (2015)
Morse Rigveda X, 158, 4-5, HD video projection or flatscreen, 1:34', loop, (2012)
Caochangdi Road, HD video projection, 41:43', loop (2012)
The Dead | Max Mathews, HD loop for mirrored cylinder (2012)
ON, single channel HD loop (2012)
Public Spaces - Private Strangers - Temporal Attractions, 3 channel HD video for LCD (2011)
Master of the Staring Eye, ultra wide video mural, 3 contiguous HD video projections (2007)
Luminous Point, interactive DVD (2005)
Occurrence on Broadway & Columbus, circular floor projection (2005)
N 36º25’12” W 116º48’43“ (Zabriskie Pt.), 16:9 plasma display work (2004)
Rabbit in your Headlights, 2 ch. anamorphic video mural (2003)
The Dead | 5 Anamorphoses, 5 TV tubes & cylindrical mirrors (2002)
Moving Vast Amounts of Water to a Barren Place, double projection (2002)
Plant Cycle, computer animation for 4:3 TV tube or LCD monitor (2002)
Memory of Present, 4 anamorphic video projections (2000)
My Own Private Universe, 3 computer animations for rear projection (1999)
Memory of Light - Light of Memory, for 2 video projectors (1998)
The Invisible Never Happens, for 3 video projectors and wax screens (1998)
My Life as a Ghost, linear anamorphic video for 2 projectors (1998)
Séance, for image wiper and video projector (1997)
On The Nature Of Things, for rain machine, 4 TV tubes & 1 video beam (1996)
The Kircher Itinerary, cycle of 4 installations w. stripped tv tubes (1990-1993)
Arthur, 5 video channels for 8 TV tubes, soundscape w. 10 audio channels (1988)
Urban Memories, for 3 TV monitors (1986)
Plant # 216/349, 2 TV-tubes, doll, anamorphic paper shapes (1982)
Permanent, commissioned Installations
2022 Transit of Earth, 8 x 22 ft. LED Mosaic, 46 min. loop
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen/CH
2019 Albedo 0.30, 33 x 15 ft. LED Mosaic with 24hr video,
F. Hoffmann - La Roche, entrance lobby of Home for IT , Kaiseraugst, Basel/CH
1999 My Own Private Universe, 3 computer animations, rear projections,
Swisscom headquarters, Worblaufen/CH
Single Channel Videos (selection)
Pandemic Life, 13:42’ (2023),
INDOCAM, 84:30’ (2022)
Occult Chemistry, 6:04' (2019)
Antloop, 6:27' (2013)
Indian Records, 33:28' (2013)
Shades of Gray 1 & 2, 3:00' (2012)
Capturing Natural Sounds in the age of the vintage 78 records and other thoughts on traveling between different realities, parts 1-4, 8:21‘ (2005)
Dirt Site, 15:30' (1990)
Aerial Stills, 5:00' (1988)
Viewers of Optics, 11:30' (1987)
Aviation Memories, 7:30' (1986)
Secret Sanctions, 10:00' (1986)
The Red Broadway Crawler, 14:31’ (1985)
State of Being, 20:00' (1982)
The Outer Plant, 28:00' (1982)
A Real World Film, 6:00' (1981)
Kleine Händerungen - Slight Handlings, S8, 11:09 (1979)
Demis, S8, 15:00' (1977)
Jona, S8, 3:00' (1977)
Glass, 1/2 reel to reel, 5:00’ (1977)
2nd Take - 2nd Flight, 1/2 reel to reel, 5:40’ (1977)
Flight, 1/2 reel to reel, 1:20’ (1977)
Hard Cover Video Book Editions
Upon opening the hard cover lid, a computer animation with sound will automatically play on the integrated 10” LCD screen. A mini USB port and mini USB cable (included)will recharge the battery from a computer or cell phone charger.
Endless Dream Co., 0:45’, loop (2023), Edition of 20 + 2AP, published by the Kunstverein St. Gallen,
Available here, or animation only as NFT on —>Rarible
Transmission, 0:30’, loop (2020), Edition of 10 + 2AP
Occurrence on Mount Kronberg, 2:00’, loop (2015), Edition of 10 + 2AP
CG Imagery | Prints (selection of most recent)
Older Medusa (on the Cover of VOGUE Magazine), A.I. images (2022 + ongoing)
Time & Again, A.I. images (in progress)
This Is Where Time Turns Into Space, A.I. images (in progress)
— And I Build a Crooked Space (2021 + ongoing)
Plein-air :: Spectacle of Public and Private Joy & Calamity (2020 + ongoing)
Public Places - Private Strangers - Temporal Encounters (2000 + ongoing)
Simulated Drawings - Spurious Engravings (2001 + ongoing)
The Artist's Studio as Encryption Lab (1996 + ongoing)
Black Hole Sun (2007-2010)
Answerable Questions & Questionable Answers to Various Visual Systems (2001 + ongoing)
Production Grant of the Canton St. Gallen Lottery Fund (2015)
Cultural Prize of the City of Rapperswil-Jona/CH (2011)
Cultural Award of St. Gallen/CH (2009)
Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (2008)
Work Grant of the City of Zurich/CH (2007)
Finishing Funds Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY/US (2005) (2004)
Cultural Foundation Award, Union Bank of Switzerland (2003)
the namics Art Prize/CH (2002)
The Laser d’Oro, VideoArt Festival, Locarno/CH (1998)
Price for Young Swiss Art, Zurich/CH (1995)
Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1995)
Swiss National Grant/CH (1993)
World Wide Video Festival Installation Award for The Bernoulli Itinerary, The Hague/NL (1992)
Grand Prix Festival International du Jeune Vidéo for Dirt Site, Montréal/CA (1992)
Special Mention 6ème MIV & TV Festival for Dirt Site, Montbéliard/FR (1992)
Work of Excellence for Dirt Site, Tokyo Video Festival/JP (1990)
Honorable Mention for Dirt Site, Australian Video Festival (1990)
Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1990)
Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1989)
San Francisco Poetry Film Festival Kenneth Patchen Award for Arthur (1989)
Swiss National Grant/CH (1988)
World Wide Video Festival Installation Award for Arthur, The Hague/NL (1988)
Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1988)
Recognition Award for Urban Memories, Union Bank of Switzerland (1987)
Swiss National Grant/CH (1987)
Grand Prix Ville de Genève for Viewers of Optics, 2e Semaine Int. de Vidéo, Genève/CH (1987)
Best of Festival for Viewers of Optics, North Florida Video Festival (1987)
Award 12th Poetry Film Festival for Viewers of Optics, San Francisco (1987)
1st Prize Computer Graphics for Urban Memories,
Video Culture International, Don Mills, Ontario/CA (1987)
New York Foundation for the Arts/US (1986)
Art Matters, New York (1986)
Cultural Foundation Award, Union Bank of Switzerland (1985)
Committee for the Visual Arts Grant, Artists Space, New York (1984)
Fondation de la Vocation, Geneva/CH (1984)
On-line, social media
vimeo, video archive & installation documentaries (ongoing)
Instagram, photo & video chronicle (@lxhahn1, ongoing)
facebook, video vignettes, (2008 & ongoing)
linkedIn, video vignettes (ongoing)
tumblr, «CGI’s«, 3D images (@hahnlx, ongoing)
«Singular Acts», photos, video vignettes (@lxhahn, 2013 - 2020)
blogspot, Bharat | India, video vignettes (Oct 2012 - Jan 2013)
Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, LINKI (2001)
(This a ported version with updated links, the piece commissioned by the Zamek. Work in progress to revive the original page with some of the links from 2001 no longer extant or now pointing to sites with same address but entirely different context.)
Experimental Television Center, Atlanta, 7 Links (2021)
(Miscellanea, created on the occasion of the ETC’s 50th birthday and relocation from Owego, NY to Atlanta, GA)
Artist in Residencies
Signal Culture, Owego/NY (2015, 2020)
Pro Helvetia, Swiss Cultural Council India Residency, New Delhi + Varanasi (2012)
Bogliasco Foundation, Artist in Residence, Genova/IT (1997, 2006)
Darat-al-Funun A.I.R., Amman/JO (2006)
art+com, Artist in Residence, Berlin/DE (1994-1995)
DAAD fellowship, Berlin/DE (1993)
Istituto Svizzero di Roma (1990)
Harvestworks Residency, New York/US (1989)
Experimental Television Center Residency, Owego/NY (from 1986 annually through 2012)
Visiting Artist, Lectures
Pratt Institute for Art and Design, New York (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2003)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland (2015, 2002)
Tongji University, Shanghai, China (2014)
School of Design, Basel, Switzerland (2014, 2007, 1986)
Fudan University, Shanghai, China (2009)
Media Art Academy Hangzhou, China (2009)
Now Art Museum, Beijing, China (2009)
CEPV, Centre d'enseignement professionnel de Vevey, Switzerland (2007, 2008, 2009)
ESBAT, École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Tours, France (1997)
Kunstschule Wetzikon, Switzerland (2000)
Humboldt University, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Berlin, Germany (1999)
University of Fine Arts, Zurich, Switzerland (1997)
University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany (1993)
Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany (1993)
Collections (selection)
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
ICP - International Center of Photography, New York
UBS Art Collection, New York
WGBH, Boston
Collection Nestlé, Vevey
Collection Crédit Suisse, Zürich
Kunstmuseum Solothurn
Musée Jenisch, Vevey
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
Kunstmuseum Winterthur
Kunsthaus Zürich
Kunstmuseum Bern
Kunstzeughaus, Rapperswil
Peter & Elisabeth Bosshard Collection, Rapperswil
The Re-invention of the Epistolary Form in the Work of Alexander Hahn, Cathie Payne in Digital Media and Documentary - Antipodean Approaches, Springer, 2018
Alexander Hahn - La Signoria degli Astri/The Segniory of Stars, Daniele Gasparinetti, Maria Luisa Pacelli, 36p./DVD, Italian, Padiglione d‘Arte Contemporaneo, Ferrara/IT, 2007
Alexander Hahn/Works 1976-2006, Christoph Voegele, Konrad Bitterli, Sabine Rusterholz, Margrit Zuckriegl, Yvonne Volkart, Alexander Hahn, 236 p./DVD, German/English, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg/DE, 2007
Mémoires Astrales d'un Homme Volant/Astral Memories of a Flying Man, Dominique Radrizzani, Ursula Perucchi, Danielle Chaperon, Alexander Hahn, Angelika Affentranger, 72 p. French/English, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH, 2002
O Naturze Rzecze/On the Nature of Things, Alexander Hahn, 36 p. Polish/English, Polish translation Adam Szymczyk, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw/PL, 1996
La natura delle Cose, Alexander Hahn, 36 p. Italian/English, Link Project, Bologna/IT, 1996
Personal Records, Alexander Hahn, 72 p. German/English, Kunsthaus Zürich/CH, 1995
Godzina Iluzji, Alexander Hahn, 48p., Polish translation Kasia Szotkowska, Warsaw/PL, 1995
Rats/Ratten, Alexander Hahn, Edith Decker, Pavel Mayer, 72 p. German/English, German translation Sybille Weber, DAAD Galerie Berlin/CH, 1994
Of Shadow & Light, James Minnis, Konrad Bitterli, Alexander Hahn, 36p., English. World Wide Video Centre, Den Haag/NL, Stop Over Press, Berlin/DE, 1993
One Hour of Deception, artist book, Alexander Hahn, 48p. English, Istituto Svizzero, Roma, IT, 1991
Alexander Hahn - Electronic Media, Robert Fischer, Michael LaChance, Alexander Hahn, 48p. German/English, Kunstreihe Pro Helvetia, Zürich/CH, 1989
A Long Shot of Delft, oneiric novel, Alexander Hahn, 40p., New York, 1985
Press, Articles (selection)
Konrad Bitterli, Ein Zeppelin in der Stube, Saiten, St. Gallen, Dec 2005, p. 36-37
Konrad Bitterli and Alexander Hahn, Of Shadow & Light – Riddle of Images. On the Pulsating of Images in the Reflection of a Text, in Alexander Hahn: Of Shadow & Light, 1994
Konrad Bitterli, The Bernoulli Itinerary, in Video-Installationen Szene Schweiz, cat. , p. 44-47, 1994
Dany Bloch, Videographia, Paris, 1982, p. 23
Wolfgang Brückle, Viewers of Optics & The Bernoulli Itinerary, Schriftenreihe Kunstmuseum Bern, No.9, 2005
Danielle Chaperon, Les Spectres Délectable de A.H., catalog Alexander Hahn - Mémoires Astrales d’un Homme Volant, Musée Jenisch, Vevey, 2002
Christina Cilli, Le Visioni Pensanti di Alexander Hahn, Arte Argomenti, Rom, May 1991
Patricia Collins & Richard Milazzo, The New Sleep, cat. Fri-Art, N Y, 1985
Viana Conti, Alexander Hahn - Luminous Point, interactive DVD and Digital Prints, solo exhibition at the Museo d'Arte Contemporaneo di Villa Croce, Festival della Scienza, Genoa 2008
Viana Conti, Modalities of Esthetic Communication based on the Notion of the Virtual Journey - The Journey of Immobile Man, GUD Design 04, Genoa, Dec 2003, p. 32-36
Viana Conti, Paradigmi della nozione di viaggio, Il viaggio dell’uomo immobile, Genoa 2003, p. 32-37
Dieter Daniels & Rudolf Frieling, Medien Kunst Interaktion, Wien, New York 1999
Edith Decker-Phillips, Memento Moriae, in Alexander Hahn: Rats - Ratten, Stop Over, Berlin, 1994, p. 23-25
Joshua Dexter, Alexander Hahn - The Technological Sublime, New York, 1986
Robert Fischer, Traumrealität, elektronisch, Tagesanzeiger, Zürich, 11-28-1986
Robert Fischer, Digitale Traumforschung des Alexander Hahn, Sphinx, Mar 1987
Robert Fischer, Rêveries d’un moine digital de l’ère post-industrielle, Gen Lock, Sept. 1987
Robert Fischer & Alexander Hahn, Alexander Hahn: Electronic Media, Cahiers d’Artistes, Pro Helvetia, Zürich, 1989
Francesca Gallo, L'artista è un nodo della rete - Alexander Hahn tra antico e moderno, online article in La Critica about La Signoria degli Astri, Alexander Hahn’s first retrospective in Italy at the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea in Ferrara (Sept. 16 - Okt.14, 2007)
Daniele Gasparinetti, La Natura delle Cose, La Stanza Rossa 25, Jul/Sept 1997, p.18-20http://www.lacrit
Johannes Gfeller, Alexander Hahn, in Dictionnaire biographique de l’art suisse, Zürich und Lausanne: Institut suisse pour l’étude de l’art, Zürich: Verlag Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1998, ad vocem
Samuel Herzog, Alexander Hahn in der Kunsthalle Palazzo, Kunst-Bulletin, Juni 1998, p. 40
Esther Maria Jungo, Regard Symbolique, dans Un Autre Regard, cat., 1997, p. 42
Slavko Kacunko, Closed Circuit, Logos Verlag, Berlin, 2004. p. 535-536
Michael La Chance, Freeze et moirés dans l’alienation télévisionaire, Cahiers, Vol. 10, 37, Montréal, 1988
Regina Lange, Alexander Hahn, in helvet’art, cat., 1988
Lysianne Lechaut-Hirt, Alexander Hahn, online at New Media Art, Musée Pompidou, Paris, France, 1999
Gerhard Johann Lischka, Alles und Noch Viel Mehr, Benteli, Bern, 1985, p.938 & 991
Georg Lutz, Vier Schweizer Künstler in New York, Winterthurer Landbote, 1985
Alan McClusky, Alexander Hahn, Scope, October 1992
Alan McClusky, Dirt Site, Gen-lock, Dec. 1990
James Minnis, L’Itinéraire de Bernoulli, in Partitions, une exposition réalisée en vidéo,
Vidéo indépendante Suisse, (s.l.): 1990-91
James Minnis, Dirt Site, catalog, Video Fest Berlin, 1992
James Minnis, Urbs Turrita - City of Towers. Some questions concerning fate and fragility and Fundamentals of Legerdemain, in Alexander Hahn: Of Shadow & Light, 1994
Jürg Neuenschwander, Skylines, Berner Zeitung, 11-19-1986
Nona Nyffeler, Höhenluft, Videoszene Schweiz, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, 1986, p.34-35
Ursula Perucchi, Szene Schweiz, Köln 1983
Ursula Perucchi, Alexander Hahn: Sleep - A Second’s Glance, Jahresgabe 1999, Schweizerische Graphische Gesellschaft
Ursula Perucchi, Les Premiers Travaux de Alexander Hahn, cat. Alexander Hahn - Mémoires Astrales d’un Homme Volant, expo Musée Jenisch, Vevey, 2002
Richard H. Pichler, Swiss Artists in New York, Vol I, New York, 1985, p. 48-51
Lia Petridis Maiello, Alexander Hahn's Digital Moments of Silence, in HUFFPOST Arts & Culture Sept 19, 2012, article about Hahn’s exhibition Cao Chang di Road, Harvestworks, New York
Caroline Philipp, Alexander Hahn’s Dirt Site (Hauptseminar Humboldt Universität Berlin, 1999)
Dominique Radrizzani, Un Art Péristaltique de la Lumière - A Peristaltique Art of Light, cat. Alexander Hahn - Mémoires Astrales d’un Homme Volant, expo Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH, 2002
Elfi Reiter, Metropoli immaginarie racchiuse in mondi digitali (Immaginary metropoli encrypted in digital worlds), il Manifesto, Visione, p. 16, Milano/IT, Sept 18, 2007
Corinne Schatz, Magier der Medienkunst, St. Galler Tagblatt, Kultur am Wochenende, Jan 07, 2023
Martha Schwendener, Video/I see, Art Papers, Atlanta, Mar/Apr 1996
Roberta Smith, The Final Frontier at the New Museum, Art in Review, New York Times, July 30, 1993
Hilar Stadler, Die Vieldeutigkeit der Zeichen, Kunst-Bulletin, p. 28-31, Sept 1995
Urs Steiner, Alexander Hahn: Fahrstuhl ins Reich des Unbewussten, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Dec 28/29, 2002
Andrin Uetz, Alexander Hahn — Flimmern der Erinnerung, Kunst-Bulletin, p. 98-99, Jan - Feb, 2023
Sabine Vogel, Schattenspiele im Labyrinth der Ordnung, Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin, Jun 21, 1994
Sibylle Weber, Meditative Bilder: Alexander Hahn untersucht das Fliessen der Zeit, Mediagramm 17, p. 10, ZKM, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, Oct 1994,
Sibylle Weber, Elektronische Alchimie, Turicum, p. 6-16, Apr/May 1995
Sabine Weder Arlitt, Magie des Lichts, Tages-Anzeiger, Aug 05, 1995
Stephen Whitesell, Cyborgs & Other New Machines by A. H., Radio WBAI, New York, 1984
Annelise Zwez, Alexander Hahn im Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Kunst-Bulletin, 2007
Documentaries Kunstmuseum St. Gallen | Alexander Hahn :: Memory of Light - Light of Memory, 2022
Catherine Gfeller Words of Artists/Portraits of Artists, 2012 Kunstmuseum Solothurn | Alexander Hahn, April 28, 2007 »»»
Matthias Behrens 3 Approaches, 1994
Alexander Hahn:: "Moonlighting: Dance by lunar polarity" at, R. und R. Schlesinger Stiftung, Wald/AR, Switzerland. Release of 360º VR work and CG inkjet prints inspired by the scarab's navigation system. During the opening immersive viewing on Samsung VR gear. See it at or

Curated by Christian Rothmaler

Alexander Hahn:: "Moonlighting: Dance by lunar polarity" at
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