About

Is there a contradiction between my different lives as a physicist, photo artist, journalist, and entrepreneur? I don't think so. However, there's no solution to the unescapable competition of those different states of existence for the resource of time.

Statement

I use my camera like a lab instrument. Parameters like shutter time, exposure and perspective allow me to make things visible which would have otherwise stayed hidden. I use the term "situ art" to refer to art created at or in relation to a specific place (in situ). However, my projects at public places like airports, railway stations or office buildings don't depict concrete venues but rather capture the essence of a situation: a gathering of people linked by common goals or interests and the desire to communicate with each other and their surroundings. Instead of using a camera to capture a composition in that notorious “decisive moment” I practise a form of robotic image acquisition. I usually set up a camera very much like a scientific experiment, to obtain technically optimized input, triggering the shutter automatically whenever suitable subjects enter the field of view. The pictures created from this input reduce the original place to a few, often abstract, features revealing the human dimension even more clearly: People performing seemingly mysterious rites – riding escalators and elevators, climbing enigmatic stairs, traversing unfathomable spaces. My works are sometimes printed in large formats. Not because those sizes have become fashionable, but rather because the viewers are meant to relate to and interact with the people inside the virtual spaces. Printed, e.g. on glass, the pictures become objects that open a viewport into those alternate realities.

Education

  • 1993 | Promotion Dr. rer. nat. (experimentelle Halbleiterphysik) (DE)
  • 1989 | Diplom Physik, Informatik, Journalistik
Universität Hamburg (DE)

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 2014 - heute | Unternehmensberatung, Orgelbau (DE)
  • 2006 - heute | Medienkunst, künstlerische Fotografie, Industriefilm (DE)
  • 2000 - 2006 | Mitgründer, Entwicklungsvorstand und COO, Advalytix AG, München (DE)
  • 1996 - 2000 | Wissenschaftsredakteur, stellv. Ressortleiter „Zukunft“, DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg (DE)
  • 1993 - 1995 | Wissenschaftsredakteur Focus, München (DE)
  • 1989 - 1993 | Wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiter,
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München (DE)
  • 1989 - 1993 | Freier Wissenschaftsjournalist (DE)

Personal Website

http://scriba.photography

Galleries

Jürgen Scriba | Situ Art (2007 - 2010)

Jürgen Scriba | Situ Art (2007 - 2010)

Could there be a more public space than a busy escalator in Berlin's crowded railway station or the busy check-in plaza at the Hamburg airport? And yet, people seem to live in their own intimate space while being transported. Forced into complacency they do not seem to notice the discrepancy between their inability and unwillingness to interact and their posing on some kind of stage – exhibiting much more about their true self than they might want to reveal. These people have a mission. Dressed in a strangely uniform fashion they are out to make a point, convince customers, close a deal or get that job. And, yet, there's always that nagging feeling: Where's my ticket? Did I pack that important folder? Is this the right gate? It's almost like we could read their minds while watching this surreal dance of passage and departure.

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Jürgen Scriba | Paternoster (2013)

Jürgen Scriba | Paternoster (2013)

People at work, a camera intrudes into their daily routine. In the course of a day, a fascinating interaction between the observer and the observed unfolds. Some clerks start to pose, some try to evade the camera, others seem utterly unimpressed. The “Paternoster” series was shot during one day at the insurance company Signal-Iduna in Hamburg, Germany.

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Jürgen Scriba | Travelers (2007)

Jürgen Scriba | Travelers (2007)

Humans in motion. Travelers in transit. Their traces engrave the choreography of randomness, the interaction of time and space. This still pictures were created together with a series of timescaping videos, like "berlin.central" which was animated using around 80,000 photos taken in Berlin central station. The "Travelers" stills combine chronologically sequenced phases of movement freezing the ephemeral constellations. Two pictures show the corresponding installation at a hotel bar right across the street from Berlin central station. The backlit wall depicts a cross section of the multi-level maze. Four monitors wake up at random replacing parts of the puzzle with timescape-snippets of the bustling travel hub.

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Jürgen Scriba | Element 1 / Ignition (2012)

Jürgen Scriba | Element 1 / Ignition (2012)

The Greek philosopher Empedocles attempted to describe all matter as combinations of the four basic elements. Of course, we know today that those combinations of atoms are not physically elementary, at all - not even well-defined substances. Nonetheless, the concept of mythically pure natural substances is still extremely attractive. For the series "Element_1" I use photography to fix the fleeting element fire in a new aggregation state. I used pictures from the series for a large installation printed on glass for the bar of a hotel in Stuttgart. "Ignition" was commissioned to relate to the inventor Robert Bosch, whose electrical ignition systems harnessed the element fire to accelerate locomotion immensely by internal combustion engines.

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