Achenbach Hagemeier

Andreas Fischer

born 1972, lives and works in Düsseldorf, DE

Düsseldorf-based artist Andreas Fischer transforms conventional household appliances into complex kinetic sculptures, thus building on the modernist tradition of assemblage. Freed of their original functions or any recognizable purpose, the newly arranged parts surprise viewers with unexpected maneuvers. Triggered by hidden motion detectors, they rotate, speak, sing, dance, pause, or repeat themselves. The artist acts as a director and leaves his machines to do the acting and talking. Andreas Fischer ironically extrapolates the everyday into absurdity.

"His artistic materials are technical devices that are destroyed, damaged, or obsolete and decommissioned, even if—with a little help—they would have perhaps still been functional. In a world where so many electrical appliances are disposed of, either because “the new generation” has come onto the market, or simply because there is nobody left to repair it (tinkerers like the artist have become ever rarer), there is more and more material available for Fischer’s art every day. Gathered in his studio are the most diverse components: furniture, motors, lamps, computers, radios, fans, buckets, and even a conveyor belt. Little by little they come together and are added to new machines. The cables and cogs connecting the parts remain visible in this process. These machines do not have to pass a technical examination, only that of the artist, and they do not even want to be perfect in the first place.The bringing together of the different components is carried out without a plan, according to the principle of “trial and error.” Andreas Fischer works like a choreographer, leaving hismachines to find their own potential, movement, and expression. He helps them to live, butallows them autonomy along the way. The elements of his art are also all very close to the performative—body, rhythm, movement, voice. The time factor is important at every stage of his work. It is time that brings the devices to the artist. He in turn needs a lot of time to test out all the possibilities. The finished work takes the time it needs to find complete expression on the stage of the exhibition space. In the end, anyone who does not take the time to look at the machines will definitely miss something, if not everything."

Paola Malavassi, Andreas Fischer: As if there was a plan, Achenbach Hagemeier Düsseldorf, 2019

Andreas Fischer
*1972 in München, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

EDUCATION
1997–2003  Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
(S) soloshow, (T) two-person show,(G) groupshow, (C) catalogue 

2019
As If There Was A Plan, Achenbach Hagemeier Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (S)
d – polytop. Kunst aus DüsseldorfKunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (G), (C)

2017
Neue Maschinen, Villa Concordia, Bamberg, Germany(S)
APPARAT, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany(G)

2016
Lichtparcours Braunschweig, Germany (G)
das KAPITAL, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany(G)
Asphalt Festival, Düsseldorf, Germany(G)
30 Jahre Peill-Stiftung, Leoplod Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany(G)

2015
Hut in the Mud, Galerie Johann König, Berlin, Germany(S)
Blue Moon, Kunsthalle HGN, Duderstadt, Germany(G)
Lichtparcours Auftakt, Kunstverein Braunschweig,Germany(G)

2014
Breaking bad by baking bread, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren,Germany(S)
OLYMP, Märkisches Museum, Witten, Germany(S)
Hut in the Mud, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, Germany(S)

2013
Head of the Clock, Galerie Johann König, Berlin, Germany(S)
Ofen über Uns, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany(S)
A World of Wild Doubt,Hamburger Kunstverein, Germany(G)

2012
Your time is my Rolex, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany(S)
Atelier+Küche=Labore der Sinne, Martha Herford, Germany(G)

2011
Contract with America, Galerie Vera Gliem, Köln, Germany(S)
Westblindung, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart,Germany(S)

2010
Lappenloch, Wandinstallation, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany(G)
Installation Wandheizung Jorge, Kunst aus NRW, Aachen-Kornelimünster, Germany(G)
Happy End, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Germany(G)
ICH WICHT, Kunstraum Potsdam, Germany(G)
Houseparty, Galerie Baer, Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Dresden, Germany(G)
Elevation, Schloß Ringenberg, Germany(G)
Das Merkwürdigste an einem Loch ist der Rand, Oktoberbar, Düsseldorf, Germany(G)
Who They, What Do And Why, Kunstverein Kölnberg, Köln, Germany(G)