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Otavio Schipper (Brazil) is an artist whose work dwelves with ready-made objects - antique telegraph machines, tuning forks, eyeglasses, elevarot cabins or electric poles - to connect past physical worlds with present mental lanscapes. He holds a degree in Physics from Universidade Federal do Rio do Janeiro.

Schipper designs installations that play with our perception of time and the cultural memory of objects, leading to the questioning of boundaries between science, fiction and reality. In his work, the spectator often experiences a spectrum of sensations ranging from enlightenment to nostalgia. Elements of hard science and technologies from different historical periods lead the viewer into territories more closely associeted with dream states, instead of systematic organization of knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.


Schipper has received the KLAS Award from the Max Planck Society in 2017 and a fellowship from the Akademie der Künste Berlin in 2015. His work has been presented internationally at Kunstmuseum Thun (Switzerland), Schering Stiftung Project Space (Germany), MOT International (UK), Akademie der Künste (Germany), Kunsthalle Winterthur (Switzerland), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark) and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Pulo (Brazil).


This 'Guest Artist' visit has been organised in collaboration with KLAS (Knowledge Link through Art and Science), an Artist-in-Residence programme of the Max Planck Society and Polyhedra.eu

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