2018 JAN–FEB

Timo Bredenberg

Timo Bredenberg, Planned Obsolescence, 2017. Installation view at Tampere Kunsthalle

Timo Bredenberg, Planned Obsolescence, 2017. Installation view at Tampere Kunsthalle

Visual artist Timo Bredenberg is FCINY’s artist-in-residence from January to February 2018.

Timo Bredenberg prefers talking about methods rather than mediums when asked about his artistic process. “My works begin with ideas that are not attached to certain mediums. In fact, they are based on combining and reinterpreting existing documents. This is also one of the reasons why I work with computers.”

The Internet and the network economy are some of the major themes in Timo Bredenberg’s work. His approaches and artistic methods, however, vary significantly, ranging from programming, game engines, and visualization software to installations and video. Through his art, Bredenberg speculates on possible future landscapes, dystopias and utopias, balancing between survival horror and tranquil observation. His works have been featured in both gallery settings and online.

Timo Bredenberg, Planned Obsolescence, 2017. Installation view at Tampere Kunsthalle

Timo Bredenberg, Planned Obsolescence, 2017. Installation view at Tampere Kunsthalle

Technology doesn’t just represent a method but also forms part of the content of my art. Each piece carries the historical and ideological weight of its technology.

When creating a new piece, Bredenberg pays careful attention to the spatial and historical context of its future location. In Spring 2017, Bredenberg’s installation Planned Obsolescence was exhibited at the Tampere Kunsthalle, which formerly functioned as a bank vault. The location provided a natural context for the work.

Bredenberg finds New York fascinating thanks to its history as one of the key locations of the development of the modern network economy, where economic activity manifests through information technology. During his two-month residency in New York, Bredenberg will conduct research for his project that focuses on the development of information technologies in finance from the late 19th century onwards. His main focus is on the collections of the Museum of American Finance.

Timo Bredenberg, Last Worker Standing, 2015. Still from video

Timo Bredenberg, Last Worker Standing, 2015. Still from video

http://fciny.org/projects/mobius-jenni-nurmenniemi
http://fciny.org/projects/mirage
http://fciny.org/residency/liinu-grnlund
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