Overview participating exhibitions

Terra Cognita
2012

Terra Cognita

Michael Najjar

High Altitude

In January, 2009, Michael Najjar stood on the top of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the world outside of Asia. The photographic material that he assembled there formed the basis for a series on the fluctuations in financial markets. Najjar visualized the indexes of the world’s most important stock exchanges and made virtual data tangible by giving it the form of serrated mountain tops. The work is a metaphor for the thin line that separates the real and the virtual, a line which in the Exchanges – where virtual money has become more important than the goods and firms that it is supposed to represent – has become blurred perhaps more than anywhere else.

  • Dow Jones 80-09


Metropolis
2011

Metropolis

Michael Najjar

LIQUID CITIES (2011)

As in all his work, in LIQUID CITIES Michael Najjar investigates the society of the future, which, according to him, will be dominated by information technology. He works out a largely theoretical concept: architecture that is not rigid, but which is comprised of flexible forms that are constantly in motion. In LIQUID CITY cities are literally fluid – buildings change with the requirements of their users. The boundary between architecture and cyberspace blurs – a development that we are now already seeing in smart cities and Tokyo’s new Media City.

  • LIQUID CITIES (2011)

  • LIQUID CITIES (2011)

Material World
2007

Material World

Michael Najjar

BIONIC ANGEL (Germany, 2006)

With increasing frequency, man is playing God. Developments in genetics, robotics, computer science and nanotechnology intervene with our bodies, our minds, our identity and our offspring. All these sciences are directed toward improving mankind. Genetic and technological possibilities hold out the promise of a superior humanity, strikingly enough rooted as far back as in classical antiquity. The idealized image of man that was the norm there was rediscovered in the Renaissance as the perfect image of human control over body and mind. Michael Najjar unites this timeless ideal in a playful metamorphosis of old and new representations of the ideal human.

  • BIONIC ANGEL (Germany, 2006)

    With increasing frequency, man is playing God. Developments in genetics, robotics, computer science and nanotechnology intervene with our bodies, our minds, our identity and our offspring. All these sciences are directed toward improving mankind. Genetic and technological possibilities hold out the promise of a superior humanity, strikingly enough rooted as far back as in classical antiquity. The idealized image of man that was the norm there was rediscovered in the Renaissance as the perfect image of human control over body and mind. Michael Najjar unites this timeless ideal in a playful metamorphosis of old and new representations of the ideal human.

  • BIONIC ANGEL (Germany, 2006)

Traces & Omens
2005

Traces & Omens

Michael Najjar

INFORMATION AND APOCALYPSE (2003)

The events of September 11, 2001, have had great consequences, not in the least for our perception of things, says Michael Najjar. The manner in which the media treat war and terrorism has changed drastically since then. The war in Iraq could be followed live on broadcasters such as CNN, sometimes even 24 hours a day. The reporting was often exciting and spectacular, and drew strongly on the vocabulary of Hollywood films. Furthermore, there was the question of to what extent one could even call this reporting: wasn't it really directed by the Pentagon? For INFORMATION AND APOCALYPSE (2003) Michael Najjar mixed images of September 11 and the Iraq war with his own photo work, thus providing a new context for information from the media. With this unique visual editing he shows how the invasion of Iraq and the war on terror is first and foremost a media event.

  • INFORMATION AND APOCALYPSE (2003)

    The events of September 11, 2001, have had great consequences, not in the least for our perception of things, says Michael Najjar. The manner in which the media treat war and terrorism has changed drastically since then. The war in Iraq could be followed live on broadcasters such as CNN, sometimes even 24 hours a day. The reporting was often exciting and spectacular, and drew strongly on the vocabulary of Hollywood films. Furthermore, there was the question of to what extent one could even call this reporting: wasn't it really directed by the Pentagon? For INFORMATION AND APOCALYPSE (2003) Michael Najjar mixed images of September 11 and the Iraq war with his own photo work, thus providing a new context for information from the media. With this unique visual editing he shows how the invasion of Iraq and the war on terror is first and foremost a media event.

  • INFORMATION AND APOCALYPSE (2003)

  • INFORMATION AND APOCALYPSE (2003)

  • INFORMATION AND APOCALYPSE (2003)

  • INFORMATION AND APOCALYPSE (2003)

  • INFORMATION AND APOCALYPSE (2003)

  • NETROPOLIS (2003-2005)

    The Industrial Revolution changed the face of the large metropolises radically. The impact of digitization is no less great. To an important extent computers and computer networks define the development of the urban landscape. Cities no longer exist in a physical sense alone, but also have a digital double. The city itself has become a mixture of physical and digital space. Michael Najjar visualizes this new, partly invisible landscape in NETROPOLIS (2003-2005) (photo and video). From various angles he made panoramas of cities such as Berlin, Paris and Tokyo and pasted these over each other. The result is a landscape of lines which can be read as a carpet of digital relations, under which the contours of the selected cities remain visible.

Biography

Michael Najjar (West Germany, 1966) is a pioneer. His work is on the interface of photography and information technology, of the past and future. By mixing realistic elements with imaginary creations, he forces us to see and think in new ways. In 2008 his first large-scale retrospective was to be seen in the Fotomuseum and in GEM in The Hague. In 2005, 2007 and 2011 he collaborated on the Noorderlicht festivals

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Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 17,50

Terra Cognita

Terra Cognita

Price EUR 15,00

Traces & Omens

Traces & Omens

Price EUR 10,00