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Ulf Langheinrich, Austria

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Looped single projection, mono sound. Compositing assistance: Gerhard Gdaurer.

Delicate, spinning imagery effortlessly transforms from the nebulous to the crystalline and back again, taking the spectator on a journey through circular space. Langheinrich states that 'the exclusion of computer-aided interactivity activates and empowers the viewer's sensitivity. It releases them from the promise of navigation and allows them to accept their own activity as viewers.'

Ulf Langheinrich (1960-)
Born in Wolfen, Germany. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria and Kumasi, Ghana

Ulf Langheinrich began studying at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in 1978, the same year that he was called to do his military service in the National People's Army of the GDR.

In the early 1980s he studied industrial design, and carried out audio-experiments using organs and harmoniums. His request for his citizenship of the GDR to be dissolved was granted in 1984, and he moved to Göttingen, where he established a recording studio and took up photography. From 1985 to 1990, he taught drawing, painting and photography.

Based in Vienna since 1988, he continued to exhibit paintings and drawings, holding a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse and putting out a catalogue of his work. He designed musical soundscapes for various film and video projects and produced experimental concerts for Vienna's Kunstradio. During this time, he was also involved in the founding of the multimedia group Pyramedia, and joined the board of directors of the independent cultural organisation WUK.

In 1991 he founded the groundbreaking audio-visual performance and installation duo Granular Synthesis with Kurt Hentschlager. Granular Synthesis have presented their evolving body of work extensively in Europe and the United States.

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