LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Austrian artist Michael Bachhofer is best known for his ultra-high resolution, large scale photography work which each consists of tens of thousands of single photos often shot through the microscope and set together to form one art piece. To perceive the unperceivable, to see the audible, to hear the visible or feeling data are among his main aims. His art focuses on changed and expanded perception. It is revealing a more complete and ‘holistic’ point of view. Michael enjoys using tools and methods such as photomicrography, interviews, causal diagrams, projection mapping, space-time transformation and acoustics at low frequencies. 'I´m not an artist but an artistic explorer' he said when he was talking about being strongly influenced by the philosophy and epistemology of the radical constructivism by Heinz von Foerster and Ernst von Glasersfeld. Michael´s main interests are questions dealing with perception, reality and truth as well as the interaction of art, science, technology and society.
Michael Bachhofer was born in the Austrian Central Alps in a rural environment. Early he developed his interests in nature, life sciences and art. Michael studied several subjects at six Universities. After graduating with distinction in biology/ecology from the University of Vienna and after founding an IT-Company specialized in data enrichment he started studying fine arts at the department of Art&Science of the University of applied Arts Vienna. He spent one year overseas at the Tokyo University of the Arts where he focused on art anatomy, photography and Kendo. Shortly after graduation - again with distinction - he found a gallery to represent him and his artwork. Michael had several solo exhibitions, was shown at international art fairs and he also contributed to a list of group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Among his most important exhibitions he counts the Natural History Museum of Vienna (2018), the Ostrale 2016 in Dresden/Germany and his participation in the European Capital of Culture 2018 in Valletta/Malta - 'Science in the City'.
Michael in 2018 has been granted a one-year scholarship in fine art by the state of Carinthia. Besides winning several art prices and being granted funds for his projects by intitutions like the Federal Chancellery of Austria he has been an invited Artist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
His work is part of the Collection of the Central Bank of Austria as well as in several private collections.
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