BIO

Tom Fecht launched his artistic career in 1992 at Jan Hoet’s Documenta IX. In the late 1990s, he embraced photography as his preferred medium. Since then, he has produced an extensive body of landscape and portrait work. In recent years he became in particular known for his seascapes and night photography focusing phenomena invisible to the naked eye. His large scale minimalist works cross the line between the physical world and the invisible, magic part of our universe while pushing photography to the edge of quantum physics.

Inspired by the Apollo moon missions he studied cybernetics, engineering, and art history at Columbia University New York and Technische Universität Berlin. As a young engineer, Fecht was involved in developing fax machines and computer-based imaging at IBM. In the 1970s, Fecht founded the gallery and publishing company Elefanten Press in Berlin. During the next two decades, Fecht worked as a gallerist, publisher, and editor focused on documentary and artistic photography. Fecht enjoys exploring photography as a tool in art, architecture and design; he also teaches at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London currently conducting scientific research on a new generation of scientific lenses and silver gelatins.

As of 2012 his photographic works are limited to one unique vintage print. His work is regularly presented at TEFAF Maastricht and has featured in numerous museum exhibitions and collections, including the New National Galerie and Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn; Royal College of Art, London; Helmhaus Zurich; Museum DKM Duisburg, MuCEM Marseille and Musée des Beaux-Arts LAAC, Dunkerque – including also corporate and private collections.

His work is currently represented by Gallery Laffanour Downtown Paris and Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf

EXHIBITIONS

2017

Gravity Fields
SETAREH GALLERY, Düsseldorf (D)

DeepTime / TiefenZeit
Museum DKM, Duisburg (D)

GRAVITY MIRROR
Laffanour Gallery DOWNTOWN, Paris (F)

DARK MATTERs
SETAREH GALLERY, Düssseldorf (D)

2016

Magic Moments
Château Palmer, Margaux 2016 (F)

Prouvé – Takis
Collection François Laffanour
La Patinoire Royale, Brussels 2016 (BE)

2015

Entre 6 & 8
Galerie Saluden, Quimper 2015 (F)

Downtown @ Monaco
Electric Cinema
Colombia Gallery, Monaco 2015

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Retour de mer
Curated by Jean Attali
Musée des Beaux-Arts LAAC, Dunkerque 2014 (F)

Masterpieces (Group show)
Galerie Downtown Paris, 2014 (F)

Magic Divan – A portrait of Daniel Barenboim
and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Installation for “An Ocean of Possibilities”
at Noorderlicht Photofestival Groningen (NE)
and Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), 2014

The Water Line – Video installation for “The Politics and Pleasures of Food”
funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, ACC Galerie Weimar, 2014 (D)

Surface tension – An accidental meeting of ocean and slaughterhouse (with J. Zissovici).
ENSA École nationale d’architecture Malaquais. Galerie J. Callot, Paris 2013 (F)

Equilibre Les Vivres de l’Art / Fondation du Patrimoine.
Photo installation in the former slaughterhouse of Bordeaux, 2013 (F)

Trait pour trait – Autoportraits
Galerie Saluden, Quimper 2012 (F)

Land’s end – Photographies
Galerie Saluden, Quimper 2010 (F)

Equilibrium
Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel 2009 (CH)

Ma couleur préférée
Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel 2009 (CH)

Names and Stones – Cold Square
New installation for the Art and Exhibition Hall
of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn 1993 / 2008 (D)

Fotografie – On Landscape
Galerie Schöneck, Basel 2008 (CH)

Unstern Sinistre Disastro – 7 Studies on Gravity
ACC Galerie, Weimar 2008 (D)

London Confidential – The Chinese Suite
Galerie Mews42 / Vanessa Suchar, London 2008 (UK)

All Under One Heaven – The Chinese Suite
Royal College of Art, London 2007 /(UK)

Finis Terrae – Seascapes and Photo-Glasses
Galerie Downtown, Paris 2007 (F)

Portraiture – The Chinese Suite
Eyestorm Gallery, London 2007 (UK)

Rendez-Vous – La Nouvelle Athènes. Seascapes.
Gallery Vanessa Suchar, Paris 2007 (F)

Namaste – Land and Seascapes.
Gallery Vanessa Suchar, London 2006 (F)

Cause and Effect – The Dust of Childhood.
Hartwell Gallery / Cornell University, NY 2005

Movement Into the Open – Seascapes.
Ahorn Grieneisen AG, Berlin 2005 (D)

Transformation – Seascapes
Art Home Gallery, Istanbul 2004 (Catalog) (TUR)

Silent Images – Photographs and Works on Paper.
Ahorn Grieneisen AG, Berlin 2004 (D)

Food For Thought: An Evening with Siegfried Zielinski.
Performance at V2 Dutch Electronic Art Fair, Rotterdam 2004 (NE)

Torso – Cité des Sciences, Paris 2003 (F)

Approaching the Unpredictable – Paper Art 8. Milk Skin (Milchhaut).
Installation at Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren 2002 (Catalog) (D)

En Face – Gisèle Freund photographed by Tom Fecht.
Martin Gropius Bau – Werkbund Archiv / Museum der Dinge, Berlin 2001 (Catalog) (D)

Sense of Space – Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen 2001 (Catalog) (NE)

Homage – Galerie Nina Beskow, Paris Photo 2000 (F)

Kaltes Tor Commission for EXPO 2000, Hanover (D)

COLLECTIONS

Museums

Neue National Galerie / Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin (SMPK), Germany
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Bonn, Germany
MuCEM – Museé National des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée Marseille, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Liège, Belgium
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Museum DKM, Duisburg, Germany
Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum Hagen, Germany
Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Bonn, Germany
Leopold-Hoesch-Museum Düren, Germany

Corporate and private collections

Allianz Immobilien GmbH, Stuttgart
Ahorn Grieneisen AG, Berlin
Artprice.com – Collection Thierry Ehrman, Lyon
Benoit Herault (Clos du Léthé), St. Mediers
Château Palmer Art Collection, Margaux
Christian Langlois-Meurinne, Paris
DKV AG, Berlin and Cologne
Decaux Collection, Paris
Nicolas Ferretjans, Zürich
François Laffanour, Paris
Christian Langlois-Meurinne, Paris
Françoise Louis, Liège
Lee Mindel, New York
Guy Porré, Bruxelles
Claude Serra, Paris
Shinsegae Corporation Collection, Seoul
Vanessa Suchar-Marcus, San Francisco
Yumiko Seki, Paris
Société Financière St. James, Paris
Pierre Thonon, Liège
Eduard Viollier, Basel

Public Comissions

Seven Stones (Zen Garden with Yoshiyuki Kakaedo). EXPO 2000 Hanover, Germany
Chiffre (Relief). Hospice Hamburg, Germany 1998
L’amour blessé. Memorial at St. Peter”s Kirchhof, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 1994
Names and Stones. Permanent installations in 27 cities across Europe 1992-2011

NAMES and STONES

Cold Square I, 1993. 200 stones, names, framed in brass 236 x 253 cm
Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn

Names and Stones started at Documenta IX in Kassel, Germany in 1992 in collaboration with the German AIDS-Foundation. Over the next 10 years it developed into a pan-European epitaph comprised of sculptural installations in major museums and public places across 40 cities. The work includes a pendant body of 1000+ works on paper, entitled Milk Skins (Milchhäute). A photographic record unifies this geographically complex memorial, it still maintains an active role in contemporary memorial culture across Europe.

The entire project was documented and published in three successive editions: Ulrich Heide / Dietmar Kamper (ed.): Tom Fecht, NAMEN und STEINE – Mémoire Nomade
(Köln 1993, Bonn 1998, Springer Verlag Wien New York, 2001)

Names and Stones
Website

German Aids Foundation
Website

PUBLICATIONS

Catalogues

ECLIPSE – 25 unique vintage prints with an essay by Hans Irrek.
Galerie Downtown François Laffanour, Paris 2015
ISBN 978-2-9520349-4-4

Nocturnes – Unique vintage prints. Work in Progress.
Galerie Downtown Francois Laffanour, Paris 2014

Electric Cinema. Galerie Downtown Francois Laffanour, Paris 2013

The West Pole. Galerie Downtown Francois Laffanour, Paris 2012

Equilibre – Three Studies. Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel 2009

En Face – Gisèle Freund photographiert von Tom Fecht. Werkbundarchiv im Martin Gropiusbau, Berlin 2001

Tom Fecht – Namen und Steine, Mémoire Nomade. Edited by Ulrich Heide and Dietmar Kamper. Cologne 1993, Bonn 1998, Springer Verlag Wien New York, 2001

Photographs

Vivo A Beira, http://www.vivoabeira.org/, Paris/São Paulo 2/2017
Soundings, L. Karshan-C.Richardson, Satellite Berlin 5/2016
CRASH, Paris 10/2015
ECLIPSE, Galerie DOWNTOWN, Paris 1/2015
Jean Atali: Retour de Mer, Editions Dilecta, Paris 2014
Inventario, Milano 7/2014
The Cornell Jlournal of Architecture #9, NY 5/2013
Kunstforum International Vol 220 1/2013
GoGolobal Rural-Urban, London/Beijing 4/2012
selected views 12/11
Le Monde, Paris 6/11
Top Basel, 1/11
Ouest France, Rennes 7/10
Le Télégramme, Morlaix 7/10
FAZ, Frankfurt 10/09
Channel Thirteen, NYC 1/09
Les Conférences de Malaquais, Paris 10/08
The New York Times 9/08
Morgenbladet, Oslo 8/08
EQULIBRIUM, London 3/08
AXIS, Tokyo 10/07
Design, Beijing 6/07
Performance Research: On Beckett, Devon 3/07
Menschen, Bonn 1/07
O Globo, Rio de Janeiro 10/06
AXIS, Tokyo 10/06
The New York Times 8/06
Dialogue, Taiwan 3/06
new design, London 2/06
BLUEPRINT, London 1/06
Pure PSP, UK 1/06
Edge 1/06
Dialogue, Taiwan 12/05
DIE ZEIT, Hamburg 12/05
The Inquirer 11/05
Bladid, Iceland 11/05
BLUEPRINT, London 9/05
bob, Graz 1/05

Author / Editor

Tom Fecht: ON SIGNATUREs in: ARIK LEVY – FixingNature edited by Arik Levy Studio, Paris 2016

Tom Fecht: Mirror and Transformation in: FLUSSERIANA – An Intellectual Toolbox edited by Siegfried Zielinski and Peter Weibel. ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe and Univocal Publishing, Minneapolis 2015. ISBN 9-781937-561529

Tom Fecht: Refocusing the Euclidian Horizon in: The Cornell Journal of Architecture # 9 Mathematics – From the Ideal to the Uncertain. Ithaca, NY 2014

Tom Fecht: Towards Projection, in: Dessin et Représentation: Comment communique-t-on les idées? Les Conférences de Malaquais, ed. Jean Attali / Nasrine Seraji, Paris 2008

Tom Fecht: Meine Planeten – Fotografien mit Texten von Hans Belting, Claudia Benthien, John Berger, Daniel Defert, Ute Guzzoni, Dietmar Kamper, Antonio Skarmeta, Susan Sontag, Paul Virilio und Siegfried Zielinski, in : bob 01 pp.50 – 65, Graz 2005

Tom Fecht: The Magic Demeanour of Floating Images. On Manu Kumar’s and Tom Heneghan’s Light Installation in: Con_Con Constructed Connections, Verlag Silke Schreiber, pp 43 – 49, Berlin / München 2004

Tom Fecht: Transformation in: Transformation – Paintings by Ismet Ergün. Exhibition catalogue Berlin and Istanbul, 2004

Tom Fecht: In Memoriam: Dietmar Kamper in: Janus No.10, Antwerp 2002

Tom Fecht and Dietmar Kamper (ed.): Umzug ins Offene – Vier Versuche über den Raum. Springer Verlag Wien New York, 2000

Tom Fecht: Die Stadt als ästhetisches Leitmotiv, in: Schriftenreihe Praktische Psychologie Vol. XXII, Hagen 1999

Tom Fecht: Die Ausstellung als Moderne Ruine. Parcours der Melancholie – Die Stadt als heimliches Leitmotiv, in: Kunstforum International, Die documenta X Vol. 138 pp 90-95, Ruppichteroth 1997

Tom Fecht: Käthe Kollwitz – Works in Color, Schocken Books / Random House, New York 1988. (Käthe Kollwitz – Das Farbige Werk, Elefanten Press Verlag Berlin 1987; Sara/Van Gennep, Amsterdam 1987; Alfabeta Bokförlag, Stockholm 1988)

Other

Christian Jacobs (ed.): Way Home / Heimweg. Verlag für moderne Kunst, pp 62-64, Nürnberg 2004

En face – Tom Fecht portraitiert Gisèle Freund. Article by Enno Kaufhold in: Photonews Nr. 10, 13. Jhg. pp 8-9, Hamburg 2001

Verlorene Inhalte – Verordnetes Denkmal. Article by Stephanie Endlich, in: Beiträge zum Wettbewerb ’17 Juni 1953′, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin 2000

“Vergehende Räume – Zu Tom Fechts Installation Namen und Steine”. Article by Andreas Ruby in: neue bildende kunst Vol 6, pp 32-33, Berlin 1999

REFERENCES

Photo Glass, Fotocurit®

Six Elements
DMP Architects, Munich
for Bosch and Siemens. Client: Aviva, Munich

Polaris
Henn Architects, Munich. Client: Volkswagen AG

Noah’s Arc
KSP Engel & Zimmermann Architects, Cologne. Client: DKV AG

In Free Fall
Client: Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung Berlin

Arena
Alsop & Störmer Architects Hamburg, London, Moscow.
Client: Allianz Immobilien GmbH for DKV AG, Berlin

Planets
Alsop & Störmer Architects Hamburg, London, Moscow.
Client: Allianz Immobilien GmbH for DKV AG, Berlin

Basics
Alsop & Störmer Architects Hamburg, London, Moscow.
Client: Allianz Immobilien GmbH for DKV AG, Berlin

Passion
Château de Keriolet. Prototypes for Chapel and Tower, Concarneau (France)

Photography Clients

Corporate Clients:

BECKS
BMW
BOSCH
DKV
GE PLASTICS
RENOLIT
SIEMENS
SONY
VOLKSWAGEN

Wine Industry:

Château Dauzac, Margaux Grand Cru Classé
Château Le Puy, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux
Château Soutard, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
Clos Puy Arnaud, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace Grand Cru

Other:

Blueprint, London
Claudia Skoda Fashion Design, Berlin
Domaine des Étangs, Massignac
Fondation Beyeler, Basel
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Freitag, Berlin
Inventario, Milano
KUNSTFORUM international
Le Monde, Paris
The New York Times, NYC
RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin
The Media Centre, London
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Berlin

Agencies:

iTEM, Paris
nk Nienhaus Knüwer and Friends, Düsseldorf
Plexgroup, Berlin

VG Bild, Bonn
The New York Times, NYC

CURRENT RESEARCH

Study of exposed silver crystals, 2016 (400 ISO / CNRS)

Capturing the Invisible
The study explores the dormant thermic potential of silver halides in classic gelatin films pushing photography at the edge of quantum physics. This includes monochrome imaging with residual light and the development of new filter options for night-photography beyond the visible spectrum. Sequential testing in collaboration with the CNRS – Scientific Imaging Center of the University of Bordeaux, France.

Towards a 3rd Eye
Reassembling a Master-Tool. Research for a new typology of camera systems fusing the traditional elements of the camera obscura with the high performing features of a new generation of scientific image tools.

TEACHING 2003 – 2017

Royal College of Art, London, Imperial College, London, Cornell University AAP (College of Architecture, Art and Planning), Ithaca NY and Rome Program, Italy.

Lectures and master classes

AAA Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Academy of Applied Sciences, Berlin-Potsdam. ENSA École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais, Paris . ETH, Zürich. University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Buffalo NY. Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT.

Academic projects

2008 – 2017
Joint master courses at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London. Photography as a master-tool and design-strategies for the future agenda. IDE – Innovation Design Engineering.

2005 – 2007
Go Global. A collaborative project between the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and the Department of Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art London. Tutor and photographer on a series of training modules involving students from both faculties to develop their design skills in a global environment. While the 2005 module focused on design products for the Chinese market, the 2007 module targeted the negative effects of extreme consumer culture. To develop critical response and long-term design strategies in a global market scheme, the research in China explored a broad spectrum of meta-themes like Time, Wellbeing, Intimacy, Truth, Scale, Spirituality and Narcissism/Hedonism. After selective prototyping the modules close with public presentations followed by marketing activities.

2004 – 2005
Broken Vision – The Projection of Surface and the Displaced Image. Experiment with architecture and art students at Cornell University co-taught with John Zissovici, Associate Professor of Architecture. Included a fieldtrip to Donald Judd’s installations in Marfa, Texas and the collaborative design and construction of projection devices for a touring exhibition (Hartell Gallery/Cornell University, NY and Royal College of Art, London); accompanied by as a ‘Passport’ with an introduction by Mohshen Mostafafi.

2002 – 2005
Metropolitan Transformation -Interdisciplinary study series in connection with annual excursions for students of Industrial Design, Architecture, Photography and Media Design at the Academy of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Paris (2003) in cooperation with Boston University Paris Internship Program and the Centre Georges Pompidou/Centre de Création Industrielle; London (2004) in cooperation with the Royal College of Art, The London Consortium and The West London Architectural Society; New York (2005) in cooperation with Cornell University, SOM, Diller Scofidio Architects, DIA Foundation, photographer Gregory Colbert (Ashes & Snow) and interior designer Dakota Jackson and Lee Mindel.

1997 – 2000
Movement Into the Open – Four Experiments About Space. Interdisciplinary project in collaboration with Dietmar Kamper at the Institute for Historical Anthropology, Free University Berlin. Organized into four areas of focus, the project’s experiments were executed in conjunction with European academic and professional institutions: Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg and Architectural Association Hamburg (1997), Academy of Media Arts Cologne (1998), Bauhaus Academy, Dessau and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (1999). Participants included John Berger, Herman Czech, Daniel Defert, Jan Fabre, Ute Guzzoni, Knowbotic Research, Anthony Moore, Juan Munoz, Nasrine Seraji, Peter Sloterdijk, Lars Spuybroek, Andreas Ruby and Siegfried Zielinski. Outcome published in 2000, see Publications.

1997 – 1998
The Skin Laboratory – Borderlines Between Art and Architecture (Hautlabor). Project as visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg in conjunction with the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne. Participants included Hubertus von Amelunxen, Peter Anders, Claudia Benthien, Werner Hofmann, Dietmar Kamper, Knowbotic Research, Gerd Lovink, Harald Singer, Andrei Ujica, Siegfried Zielinski.

1997
The City as Key Aesthetic Experience at the Turn of the 21st Century and the Documenta X . Visiting professor and artistic director of advanced studies for architectural students of Muthesius University of Architecture Kiel, Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg and Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Project included a public discussion between T. Fecht and Rem Koolhaas.

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FORMATION

1971 – 1974
Columbia University (New York City). Undergraduate studies in cybernetics and computer science. Recipient of IBM scholarship.

1974 – 1978
Free University and Technical University of Berlin (West Berlin, Germany). Diploma in Computer Engineering (1976). Research on computer based imaging at IBM (Westchester Co., NY and Chicago, Illinois) and at Columbia University (New York City).

1973 – 1989
Founder and director of Elefanten Press in West Berlin 1973, an experimental Gallery and forum for artists, photographers and art historians and Elefanten Press publishing company in 1977. Publisher, author, editor, curator, art dealer and exhibition designer until 1989. Publications spanned from art, architecture, biography, children’s books, cultural history, industrial design, literature, photography, satire and travel guides to weekly journals and monthly periodicals.