Jürgen Trautwein


Jürgen Trautwein is a German born interdisciplinary artist working in a variety of forms, including new media and hypertext web-works, performative temporary interferences, installations, land-art, sound art, animation and classical forms such as painting, drawing, watercolor, collage and photography. Stylistically his work is process oriented and rooted in abstract expressionism, minimalism, conceptualism. His works are manifestations of the immediate, everyday and present experience.

For the past fifteen years Trautwein has been working on his Gesamtkunstwerk the evolving NIESATT drawing and multimedia hybridization project, a concept that includes a variety of media, resulting in site specific room installations, which reflect on issues of ephemeralness, disposability, depersonalization, disinformation, reproducibility, prefabrication, repetition and the unpredictability of the next thought; a project where meaning and statement levels are overlying each other. The drawings used for NIESATT are acid humorous, raw-thought line-based social commentaries. They are ironic cartoon-like reflections of the perpetually reoccurring human folly.

Trautwein's web-works are an integral part of his NIESATT project; under the domain jtwine.com he has been creating web based works since 1996 with a strong focus on repetitious sound-screens and interactive audio visual pieces. Jtwine.com functions like an archive of fictional and real incidents where personal experience merges with visual research and documentary. Jtwine.com is combining high and low tech, reflecting on the heterogeneous and pluralistic character of our visual culture and the web.

Trautwein's work has been shown widely in museums, non profit art spaces, festivals and galleries around the world and is included in private, corporate and public collections. His work has been included in many books and publications such as the Screengrab New Media Award exhibition, File Festival Sao Paulo, European New Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Plato Sanat Istanbul, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Arte -TV, Rhizome Artbase, Netart.org, Seattle Times, LA Times, Stuttgarter Zeitung, The San Francisco Chronicle, El Pais blog, El Centro & Hoy Quito, Micromuseum Athens, Net art guide Fraunhofer Institute Stuttgart, Badische Neuste Nachrichten, Javamuseum Cologne, and furtherfield.org London.

Trautwein studied painting, drawing and printmaking at the Roedel art college in Mannheim, Germany and painting at the University of the Arts in Berlin. He holds a Meisterschüler degree, a German equivalent to the Masters degree, from the University of the Arts in Berlin.

His work is represented by Gallery 60six in San Francisco

1958 - Born in Bruchsal, Germany
Lives and works in San Francisco, USA


1978-80 - Siemens Business School, Munich
1980-83 - Roedel Art College, Mannheim
1984-90 - University of the Arts, Berlin
1990 - Meisterschüler @ University of the Arts, Berlin
1997 - Founding of the experimental net art site - jtwine.com
Active exhibition record since 1986

One person exhibitions (selection)

2015 - Sister 7, Gallery 60six, San Francisco
2014 - Skins, Gallery 60six, San Francisco
2014 - NIESATT 0.14, Zero Arts e.V, Stuttgart
2013 - Topography, Gallery 60six, San Francisco
2013 - Silence has no existence, The Grotto, San Francisco
2011 - Sitting quietly doing nothing, Indian Valley Outhouse shows, Indian Valley, Ca
2009 - Combines, Bel Mondo, Heidelberg, Germany
2007 - Rien plus, Basement incorporated, San Francisco
2005 - The sleep of reason, Margit Haupt Gallery, Karlsruhe
2003 - NIESATT, The Rat Pack Lounge, Berlin
2001 - Narragonia, Jan Baum Gallery Los Angeles
2001 - Living by numbers, Place Pigalle Gallery, San Francisco
2001 - The post biological plenitude of ultimate emptiness, The...Gallery, Hollywood
2000 - The good times, Kulturkreis Sulzfeld-Baden, Germany
1999 - Investing in the Future Siemens AG, Bruchsal
1998 - Fresco y Natural, El Pobre Diablo, Quito, Ecuador

Group exhibitions (selection)

2015 - 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Artacker, Institute für alles Mögliche, Berlin
2015 - Leapsecond festival, Internet
2015 - File 2015, Festival for Digital Language, SESI at FIESEP, Sao Paulo (catalog)
2015 - NetArtizens, Online Exhibition and Symposium, Internet
2014 - More Than One Way, Southern Exposure, San Francisco
2014 - Screengrab 6, New Media Arts Award, Townsville, Australia (catalog)
2014 - Synthetic Zero, Bronx Art space, New York, NY
2014 - The Walking Encyclopedia, Stoke-on Trent, UK
2013 - Homeostasis Lab, the Wrong, New online Biennial
2013 - Espacio Enter Festival, Tenerife, Canari Islands
2013 - Secret and Evident, Forum of Conceptual Art, Artzond Festival, Saint Petersburg
2013 - USB_shuffle show, Institut fuer Alles Moegliche, Berlin (catalog)
2013 - 0P3NR3P0, Glitchworx/ internet superheros, MOCA, Chicago
2012 - Convergence Divergence, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, CA
2012 - Occupy Content, Web Biennial 2012, Aethens, Berlin, Istanbul
2012 - Espacio Enter Festival, Tenerife, Canari Islands
2012 - File 2012, SESI at FIESEP, Ruth Cardoso Cultural Center, Sao Paulo (catalog)
2012 - Revolution Now and Forever, VN Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia (catalog)
2012 - European Media Art Festival, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück (catalog)
2012 - Turgut Pura Art prize, Ismir Art Museum, Izmir, Turkey
2012 - Re: Referendum, curated by N./ B. Kadin, New media Gallery, Split, Croatia (catalog)
2012 - 25th Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany (catalog)
2012 - Conflux, Pearl Conard Gallery, Mansfield, Ohio
2012 - Leap-second festival, online
2011 - Soleil en Hiver, Hans Benda Gallery, Verviers, Belgium
2011 - File 2011, SESI Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil (catalog)
2011 - Synthetic Zero, Bronx Art Space, NY
2011 - Sketchbook project, the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
2011 - Regeneration.011, politics and poetry in net-art, curated by Marcus Graf, Plato Sanat, Istanbul (catalog)
2010 - WB 10, Web Biennial, museum for contemporary art, Istanbul
2010 - Festival of digital culture, Espacio Enter, Teneriffa, Canari Islands
2010 - No Food No Drink No Sticky Lollies, curated by F. Leuthäußer, Stattbad, Berlin
2010 - FAD - Festival Arte Digital, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (catalog)
2010 - Sonik 1, Climate Gallery , Long Island City, NY
2010 - Java museum (net art features), Cologne
2009 - DIWO at the dark mountain, HTTP Gallery London
2009 - A book about death, Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, New York (catalog)
2008 - A striking twelve, Live worms Gallery, San Francisco
2008 - White Noise, interactive noise screen @ Rhizome Art base, New York
2008 - Sight Sound Interaction, MICA, Rosenberg gallery, Baltimore
2007 - Breakthrough - jpg magazine, San Francisco Arts Commission, SF
2006 - Artists Space, (night of thousand drawings), New York
2006 - Artzond festival @ the Manhattan Club, Saint Petersburg
2006 - Nova Art fair with San Francisco based Bucheon Gallery, Chicago
2005 - Ephemeral Cities, Deptford X festival, London
2005 - Bayennale, Bay area international arts festival, San Francisco
2004 - Art and free expression, California Lawyers for the Arts, San Francisco
2004 - War peace and civil liberties, Berkeley Art Center Berkeley
2004 - Field of vision, The Lab Gallery New York
2004 - Coded Cultures (NIESATT parallel worlds), Vienna
2004 - NIESATT on the net, Feature and review @ furtherfield.org, London
2004 - RRF 2004 (violence channel) newmediafest, Java museum
2003 - Post postcard 7, The Lab, San Francisco
2003 - Perspectives '03, Java museum, Cologne
2003 - Denise Bibro Fine Art (summer show), New York
2003 - The Irish Museum of Modern Art (net art open), Dublin
2003 - New media festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand (catalog)
2003 - 30 years Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles
2003 - Power and jtwine, Furtherfield.org, London
2002 - Art on the net 2002 "9.11, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo
2002 - 12-12: Time based web cast, school of design, Cardiff
2002 - The Irish Museum of Modern Art (net art open), Dublin
2002 - Parallel Connections, Korean cultural center Los Angeles
2001 - Net_Working @ Watershed Media Center, Bristol
2001 - Micromuseum - Medi@terra , Athens, Lavrion (catalog)
2001 - 25 years Jan Baum gallery, Jan Baum Gallery (Los Angeles
2001 - Net Art Guide, Fraunhofer E- Business Innovationszentrum, Stuttgart (catalog)
1999 - Dusk, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle


2015 - Interview @home with furtherfield/ NetArtizens Exhibition and Symposium, online
2015 - Maintenant 9, contemporary dada writing and art, 3 rooms press, NYC, page 126
2014 - Review by Kenneth BakerSF Chronicle, Nov.2, 2014, Date book E 3,
2014 - Review by Kenneth Baker, SF Gate, Oct.31
2014 - Screengrab 6, New Media Arts Award, Queensland Australia, catalog
2014 - Wall Street International Magazine, Skins, Arts, Oct.6th
2014 - ArtBusiness.com, Oct.4th2013 - El Pais, Canarias: una hora menos y diez años adelante, Blogs Tech. Nov. 25th
2013 - Wall Street International Magazine, Agenda, US, Arts, June 13th
2013 - Review by Kenneth Baker at SF Gate, May 20 th
2013 - SF Chronicle, Datebook pg 2, Maps of no future, May 18th, review Kenneth Baker
2013 - ArtBusiness.com, Alan Bamberger, May 4 th
2012 - European media art festival, catalog, page 182
2012 - Stuttgarter film winter, catalog, page 76
2012 - Revolution now and forever, VN Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia, catalog
2012 - Re:Referendum New media gallery, Split, Croatia, catalog
2011 - Nictoglobe magazine “Homeless in San Francisco”, Amsterdam
2011 - File festival 2011 Sao Paulo, catalog
2011 - Interviewed by Togay Tanyolac, Istanbul
2011 - Regeneration 011, Plato Sanat, Istanbul, catalog
2011 - 30 years Kunstverein Leimen", Kunstverein Leimen, catalog
2011 - Sketchbook project, the Brooklyn art library, Brooklyn
2008 - White Noise, Rhizome Artbase, NY
2005 - BNN, Weisheit und Ware, Feuilleton, May 11th, review by Michael Hübel
2005 - BNN- Badische Neuste Nachrichten Bretten, April 5th, review by Claudia Schuler
2004 - NIESATT, Furtherfield.org, London, review
2003 - Power and jtwine furtherfield.org interview and review by Lewis LaCook
2002 - Art in America, summer edition
2002 - Stuttgarter Zeitung, Ins Netz gegangen, Eilige Maennchen, January 14th
2001 - LA Times Datebook, Narragonia, July 8th,
2001 - Micro museum ,Media terra exhibition catalog, Athens
2001 - Net Art guide catalog, page 52, Fraunhofer business center, Stuttgart
2000 - Sinsheimer Nachrichten, Müllberg und der blaue Planet, review
1999 - Seattle Times “Dusk”, Nov. 4th
1998 - Hoy/ El Centro, Mas de quarenta dibujos, review, Quito