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    Pe Lang
    Born in Sursee (CH) 1974, lives and works in Berlin.
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    Pe Lang creates kinetic systems that control and put physical forces in action with a captivating elegance. His machines obey a stringent constructive optimization in which each element can be deciphered with respect to its functionality. Nothing about them seems ornamental or arbitrary. Their syntax is dominated by precision and control as the framework for sophisticated aleatorics where order and chaos are brought into a fragile balance. The movements of the sculptures are visual events that lead back to themselves on an aesthetic level and, like a magic trick, also contain an illusionistic moment, which, in the second step, evokes questions about the principles of action. Often, he duplicates the same constructive starting situation wherein the possibility of kinetic variation unfolds in many places simultaneously. This serial moment is as dedicated to minimalism as the hermetic iconography of material is to the devices, which cannot be linked to everyday object experiences.

    He has shown his works internationally in exhibitions at museums, galleries and festivals.
    SOLO EXHIBITIONS - Selection

    2018

    MUDA museum of digital art, Zurich, CH  
    Galerie Denise René : espace marais, Paris, FR

    2017

    Villa Concordia, Bamberg, DE
    The barns gallery, Oxford, UK

    2015

    Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, FIN
    Galerie Denise Renè, Espace Marais, Paris, FR

    2014

    Galerie Denise Renè, Paris, FR

    2013

    Moving Objects, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, FIN
    Kunsthalle Arbon, Arbon, CH
    Standing Pine Cube, Nagoya-City, JP
    Gallery ABC Contemporary, Zürich, CH

    2012

    Moving Objects, Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Berlin, DE

    2011

    Kiblix Festival, SFAI, San Francisco, US
    BSgroup technology innovation:art@work projekt, Zürich, CH
    Interstice, Artothèque und City Hall, Caen, FR

    2010

    Moving Objects, Sound and Space, Tokyo, JP

    2009

    Falling Objects, Växjö Art Hall, Växjö, SWE

    2008

    Pe Lang, Gosia Koscielak Gallery, Chicago, US
    Bon Accueil / Elektroni[k] Festival, Rennes, FR

    2007

    Untitled Sound Objects, Espacio Menosuno, Madrid, SP
    Untitled Sound Objects, Die Schachtel, Milan, IT
    Untitled Sound Objects, Artis Gallery, Büren a.A., CH

    2006

    Untitled Sound Objects, Stadtgalerie, Bern, CH
    Untitled Sound Objects, Leerraum [ ], Bern, CH

    2005

    Untitled Sound Objects 023, Kunstraum, Aarau, CH
    Untitled Sound Objects, Freie Internationale Tankstelle, Berlin, DE
    Untitled Sound Objects, Marks Blond Gallery, Bern, CH

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS - Selection

    2018

    Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong, PRC
    DIA-LOGOS, Ramon Llull und die Kunst des Kombinierens, ZKM, Karlsruhe, DE
    ECLAT festival: performative installation, Stuttgart, DE
    Taming Chaos, Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Berlin, DE
    unREAL. The Algorithmic Present, Chronus Art Center (CAC), Shanghai, PRC

    2017

    unREAL Die algorithmische Gegenwart, Hek, Haus der Elektronischen Künste, Basel, CH [un]erwartet, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, DE
    Odalys, Madrid, Spain on blue, Gallery Denise René, espace marais, Paris, FR
    Touch, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, FIN
    Supersonic, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

    2016

    +ultra. gestaltung schafft wissen, Martin-Gropious-bau, Berlin, De
    [un]erwartet, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, DE
    Transparence, Galerie Denise René : espace marais, Paris, FR
    Irisations, Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence, FR
    Automata, BIAN Biennial, Montreal, CDN
    ISEA 2016: Connecting Spaces utomata, BIAN Biennial, Montreal, CDN
    Odalys: Interactive Practicas Digitales Contemporáneas, Madrid, SP
    Quantum entaglement 2.0 : nizhny novgorod, Arsenal, Kremlin, RU
    Touch: Events in Nature, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, FIN
    PERPETUUM MOBILE ART CINÉTIQUE, Galerie La Vitrine, Fribourg, CH

    2015

    Quantum of Disorder, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, CH
    NGORONGORO, Artist Weekend, Berlin, DE

    2014

    Hommage à Denise René, Espace Expresion, Miami, USA 
    Thingworld: International Triennial of New Media Art 2014, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, CHN 
    meta.morf biennale, Trondheim art museum, Trondheim, N
    Transiente, Palazzo Santa Margherita, Modena, IT
    Events in nature, EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, FIN
    Kunsthal Aarhus, DK

    2013

    Turbulence II, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, BE
    Open Space 2013, NTT ICC, Tokyo, JP
    Art cinétique -Art numérique, Galerie Denis René, Paris, FR
    Los Maquinistas (The Machinists), Centro de Arte Complutense, Madrid, SP
    Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division, Jury Selection, Tokyo, JP
    Construction, Standing Pine Cube, Nagoya-City, JP
    Contact, La briqueterie, Saint-Brieuc, FR
    Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division, Jury Selection, Tokyo, JP

    2012

    Segment#2, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, TR
    Zero1 Biennale, San Jose, CA
    Yebis International Festival for Art & alternative Visions, Tokyo, JP
    Residency at Museum of Science, art and human perception, San Francisco, US
    Think Art act Science, Utah Musum for Science, Technology and art, Salt Lake City, US

    2011

    Decay, Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Berlin, DE
    Aktuelle Kunst aus der Region, Sankturbanhof, Sursee, CH
    Think art - Act Science, Kunsthalle Luzern, Schweiz und SFAI, San Francisco, US
    Leerraum, Störung Festival, Barcelona, SP
    performing the exhibition, Chàteau Mercier, Sierre, FR
    Kunstler-Residenzprogramm, Akademie Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart, DE

    2010

    Think Art - Act Science, Centre d‘art santa monica, Barcelona, SP
    Modifier, Dienstgebäude, Zürich, CH
    Plattfon, Basel, CH
    Hanareproject, Kyoto, JP
    Notation of a signal, Nuit Numérique#8, Centre Culturel Saint-Exupéry, Reims, FR
    Starkart Gallery, Zürich, CH
    Durch die Wand, Kunsthaus L6, Freiburg, DE
    Energy, AV Festival 10, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK
    Aktuelle Kunst aus der Region, Sankturbanhof, Sursee, CH
    Grand Prix Fenetre. FR
    Swiss Art Awards, Basel, CH

    2009

    Unpredictable Forms of Sound and Motion, bitforms Gallery, New York, NY
    Swiss Art Awards, Basel, CH
    Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, DE
    Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, CH
    Sounds to Tabakalera,Tabakalera, San Sebastian, SP
    See this sound, Lentos Art Museum (optofonica capsule), Linz, AT
    Jubiläumspavillon Balgrist, Zürich, CH
    Untitled (plate tectonics), Program, Berlin, DE
    Leerraum, Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn New York, NY

    2008

    Sonicacts XII, Amsterdam, NL
    Lucid Fields, ISEA 2008, Singapore, Singapore, SG
    Nemo Festival, Paris, FR
    Version beta, Centre pour l‘image contemoraine, Geneva, Ch
    Kunsthalle, Bern, CH
    Miller Fine Arts Center, Mcminnville, US
    Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, NL
    Syncronie Festival, Milan, IT
    Progr, Bern, CH
    Sitemapping/Mediaprojects Award, Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK)

    2007

    CSEM Artists in labs residency (BAK: 9 Month stipend 2007 at the swiss center for electronics and microtechnology CSEM)
    Premio-Award (Video-software «Jitterbug»-project)

    2006

    Sound of Music, Volksystem, Toulouse, FR
    Cybersonica 06, London, UK
    Intersolar, Freiburg, DE
    Kunstexpander, Aarau, CH
    S11, Solothurn, CH

    2005

    Dampfzentrale, Bern, CH
    Sitemapping/Mediaprojects Award (Software development), Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK)

    2004

    Galerie Anton Meier, Geneva, CH

    AWARDS

    2016

    Artist in residence, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, NY
    Artist in residence, Technorama, Winthertur, CH
    Pro Helvetia Award, Swiss Federal Office for Culture, CH

    2015

    Artist in residence, Technorama, Winthertur, Switzerland

    2013

    Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division, Jury Selection, Tokyo, Japan

    2012

    Residency, Exploratorium, museum of science, art, and human perception, San Francisco, USA.

    2011

    Sitemapping/Mediaprojects Award, Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK).

    2010

    Swiss Art Award.
    Grand Prix Fenêtre.

    2009

    Swiss Art Award.

    2008

    Sitemapping/Mediaprojects Award, Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK).

    2007

    CSEM Artists in labs residency (BAK: 9 Month stipend 2007 at the swiss center for electronics and microtechnology CSEM).
    Premio-Award (Video-software «Jitterbug»-project).

    2005

    Sitemapping/Mediaprojects Award (Software development),Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK)





    Pe Lang
  • moving objects nº 502-519, 2011
    Gearmotor, magnets. 66x54 cm.
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  • moving objects nº 502-519 (detail), 2011
    Gearmotor, magnets. 66x54 cm.
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  • moving objects nº 45-47, 2011
    Gear motors, metal spheres, foam board. 50x70 cm.
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  • falling objects nº 562, 2011
    Motor, copper, magnets, mechanic parts. 100x10x13 cm.
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  • moving objects n. 1415-1702, 2015
    Actuators, cables, silikon, various, mechanical parts. 3x4 mt.
    View at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich
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  • color nº 8, 2015
    Motor, linear polarization filters, various mechanical parts. 110x110x4 cm.
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  • color nº 3, 2015
    Motor, aluminum, dual color cards, mechanic parts. 110x110x4 cm.
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  • moving objects n. 1703-1750, 2015
    Actuators, cables, silikon, various mechanical parts. 10x4 mt.
    View at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich.
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  • Polarization nº 9, 2016
    Motors, linear polarization filters, various mechanical parts. 35x45x10 cm.
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  • Polarization nº 9, 2016
    Motors, linear polarization filters, various mechanical parts. 35x45x10 cm.
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  • Polarization nº 1, 2014
    Motors, linear polarization filters, various mechanical parts. 110x110x4 cm.
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  • Speaking of membrans, 2015
    Actuators, speakers, various mechanical parts. 2x2x2 mt.
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