Otavio Schipper

2019 Guest Artist

Otavio Schipper (Brazil) is an artist whose work delves with ready-made objects - antique telegraph machines, tuning forks, eyeglasses, elevator cabins or electric poles - to connect past physical worlds with present mental landscapes. He holds a degree in Physics from Universidade Federal do Rio do Janeiro. In Schipper’s installations, the spectator often experiences a spectrum of sensations, from enlightenment to nostalgia. Elements of hard science and technologies from different periods lead the viewer into territories more closely associated with dream states and imagination dives, instead of a systematic organization of knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.

The artist has presented his work at venues such as: Kunstmuseum Thun (Switzerland), Schering Stiftung Project Space (Germany), Max Planck Institute (Germany), MOT International (United Kingdom), Akademie der Künste (Germany), Kunsthalle Winterthur, (Switzerland)Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark), Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil), Galleri Specta (Denmark), Shin Gallery (USA) and Die Raum (Germany).

In 2019, Schipper visited CERN as part of the Guest Artist programme. This visit was organised in collaboration with KLAS  (Knowledge Link through Art and Science), an Artist-in-Residence programme of the Max Planck Society and Polyhedra.eu.