About

I studied visual art and philosophy because I hoped to find an answer to the questions of life in one of them. But now, only my questions got more precise. Since 2008, my theoretical interest has shifted from philosophy to psychology and related areas. I work alone and collaborate with other artists on equal terms.

Statement

I am a photomedia artist, investigating the unconscious mind. THE MIND IS A CURIOUS THING. Despite over 200 years of psychology, the unconscious remains as vague and powerful as the gods it emancipated itself from. As a reservoir of our past experiences, it stores urges and feelings that we rationally have no access to. However, some images can open these doors, trigger emotions and unlock memories. Using archetypes and symbolic acts, the work speaks the language of the unconscious and communicates on a dreamlike level. My visual poetry transports the viewer between the sublime and the uncanny – where the attributes of photography, painting, theatre and film unite. WORKING LIKE A MOTH I only work at night, with minimal equipment, an in-camera approach and without digital manipulation. Like a moth, I roam the streets searching for light, practicing what I have termed ‘Inverted Street Photography’: instead of exploring stories, a place or a person, I hijack and transform what I see in front of my camera into a symbol for the timeless workings of the mind. I also stage images with models to create a portrait of the Collective Unconscious. To develop ideas and impulses for the shoot, I map the overlapping areas of my unconscious and the model's. I am then guided by the dynamics of the shoot to move deeper down the rabbit hole.

Education

  • 2013 | "Roger Ballen Masterclass", Photofestival Belfast (UK)
  • 2002 | "2.Staatsexamen (Art & Philosophy)", Berlin (DE)
  • 1992-98 | "Visual Art", Akademie für Bildende Künste Mainz (DE)
  • 1992-98 | "Philosophy", Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (DE)
  • 1995 | "Conceptual Art" & "Intermediate Studies" Academy of Fine Arts Prague (CZ)
  • 1994 | "Visual Art", Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts & Communication, Hyderabad (IN)
  • 1991-92 | "Media & Drama", "Philosophy" and "German Studies" - Albertus-Magnus-Universität Cologne (DE)

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 2016 - ongoing | Lecturer, PhotoWerkBerlin, Berlin (DE)
  • 2012 - 2016 | Lecturer, Hochschule Furtwangen (DE)
  • 2008 - 2010 | Lecturer, Photography Studies College, Melbourne (AU)
  • 2004 - 2009 | Lecturer, The Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (AU)
  • 2004 - 2005 | Lecturer, Akademie für Bildende Künste, Mainz (DE)

Selected Awards

  • 2015 | "Photography Show Award", FORMAT Festival Derby (UK)
  • 2013 | "Prix Voies Off", Arles (FR)
  • 2009 | “X Media Forum / 31st International Film Festival“, Moscow (RU)
  • 2008 | “Prix Partouche du Court Métrage Expérimental" Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Le Havre (FR)
  • 2007 | “Körber Foto-Award (selection)“, Körberstiftung Hamburg (DE)
  • 2007 | “Exhibition Grant“, Senatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin (DE)
  • 2001 | “Friends of the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Award”, Mainz (DE)
  • 1996 | “Best Student Award”, Federal Minister of Education and Science, Bonn (DE)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • 2018 | Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi (IN)
  • 2017 | Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (FR)
  • 2017 | Chobi Mela Festival, Dhaka / Bangladesh
  • 2016 | Singapore International Photography Festival (SG)
  • 2016 | Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (DE)
  • 2016 | 9. Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Kunsthalle Darmstadt (DE)
  • 2015 | Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen (NL)
  • 2015 | Format Festival, Derby (UK)
  • 2014 | Encontros da Imagem, Braga (PT)
  • 2014 | Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL)
  • 2013 | Voies Off Festival, Arles (FR)
  • 2012 | WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg (CA)
  • 2011 | Moscow Museum of Modern Art (RU)
  • 2011 | 2nd Internet Pavillion, Venice Biennale, Accademia di Belle Arti, Venezia (IT)
  • 2010 | Museum of New Art, Detroit (US)
  • 2009 | European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück (DE)
  • 2008 | New Media Scotland, Edinburg (UK)
  • 2007 | Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (AU)
  • 2007 | Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (DE)

Personal Website

http://www.eldagsen.com

Galleries

Boris Eldagsen & Tanvir Taolad | THE OTHER SIDE (2017 - heute)

Boris Eldagsen & Tanvir Taolad | THE OTHER SIDE (2017 - heute)

In the psychology of the mind, the Other refers to the unconscious side, to silence, insanity, and God. With this work Berlin-based artist Boris Eldagsen and Dhaka-based artist Tanvir Taolad travel to outer limits: inside & outside, here & beyond, conscious & unconscious, heaven & hell. Their collaboration brings together Western and Eastern approaches of defining the deep unknown: Us. Working purely from their archives, Eldagsen & Taolad use their experimental skills of fusing and condensing photographs to create images that dig deeper into the human condition. This is not a remix. It is an expedition into the psyche of mankind, haunted by hope. Their collaborative work premiered with an installation at the Indian Photography Festival Hyderabad in September 2018 and was followed by a 360° site-specific installation at Kochi-Muziris Biennale in December 2018.

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Boris Eldagsen - OTHER POEMS (2015 - ongoing)

Boris Eldagsen - OTHER POEMS (2015 - ongoing)

OTHER POEMS is a further development of the meta-series THE POEMS. In contrast to this, each picture has its own title. The work is exhibited as site-specific installations with changing combinations of wallpaper, objects, photographs and video.

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Boris Eldagsen | THE POEMS (2010 - 2017)

Boris Eldagsen | THE POEMS (2010 - 2017)

Despite over 150 years of psychology, the unconscious remains as vague and powerful as the gods it emancipated itself from. As a reservoir of our past experiences, it stores urges and feelings that we rationally have no access to. However, some images can open these doors, trigger emotions and unlock memories. Using archetypes and symbolic acts, THE POEMS speaks to the language of the unconscious and communicates on a dreamlike level. The visual poetry transports the viewer between the sublime and the uncanny – where the attributes of photography, painting, theatre, and film unite. THE POEMS is a meta-series of 115 single images and 10 videos. The work is exhibited as site-specific installations with changing combinations of wallpaper, objects, photographs, and video.

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Boris Eldagsen feat. Kupalua & LabLUXZ_ | The Marriage of Yan & Ying (Pt.1) (2019)

Boris Eldagsen feat. Kupalua & LabLUXZ_ | The Marriage of Yan & Ying (Pt.1) (2019)

HD-Video, 03:30 Loop. Collaboration with Kupalua, a Brazilian performer from the genderbend / genderfuck scene. The classical idea of androgynous gods meets sci-fi and soft porn. Lasers by labLUXZ_

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