Kunkel Oliver
Born in 1976, Frankfurt/Mein, Germany. Lives and works in Cologne, Germany
Oliver Kunkel defines himself as a sculptor, but isn´t restricted on a certain medium.
By his conceptual work he develops objects, installations, videos and prints using different techniques and materials.
Since 2001 main themes of his work are: Science / Entertainment / Environments and Space / Creation of myths / Biology and Bionics / Behaviour / Dissemination of information (e.g. by news through every channel).
In this manner Kunkel creates works that are contently complex and spread out in a real as well as virtual space. So their viewers should ask questions and find answers at the same time.
Oliver Kunkel was a student at the Media Art School, Cologne, at Marcel Odenbach, Peter Zimmermann and at the Art Academy Düsseldorf in the class of Rosemarie Trockel.
www.oliverkunkel.com

selected exhibitions:
2009 Young Artist Award Kunst aus NRW former Reichsabtei, Aachen/Kornelimünster, DE (solo), Embedded Art, Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz / Berlin, DE (group) / 2008 SLEEPING BEAUTY SYNDROME I, Exhibition at KJUBH Kunstverein, Cologne, DE (solo), New Talents, Rheinauhafen / Cologne, DE (group) / 2007 WELCOME to SAGACITY, Gallery Dieter Reitz / Berlin, DE (solo) / 2006 Kunstfimbiennale, Kunstwerke, Berlin, DE (group),
Satellite of Love – Exploding Television, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL (group) / 2005 I Will with Rosemarie Trockel and others at Schauspielhaus-Düsseldorf and play! Exhibiton at Stadtmuseum-Düsseldorf, DE (group) / 2004 be clean ...!, Musée d’Histoire – de la ville de Luxembourg, LU (group) / 2003 Invisible Threat, Break 2.2 Festival, Ljubljana, SI (group)

A clinical atmosphere, totally aseptic except for the excrement of the doves.
In the center of the room is a reproduction of a mobilephone microwave antenna, in every corner a reconverted speaker playing a dolby-surround sound. That one is dominated by a “Shepherd-Tone”: a sound that produces an illusion of permanent swelling, after a few minutes a noise of haunting effection because there is no releasing climax. Is it a trial? Who transmits and who receives? That soundfile is underlaid with a whispered text of 45 minutes. The remained tracks are sine curves of high-pitched and really low-frequented tones between 63 and 100 megahertz, extremely unpleasing for the human sense of hearing. The whispered text taken from the internet expresses a theory about a supposed incident in Great Britain while the era of Thatcher: the government is reported to have sent microwaves, by radio masts to socially disadvantaged, urban areas in order to depress riots, unbeknown to the population. Those waves shall prevent aggression and have an effect on the human psyche. The automatic laughing on the track comments on the theory. But: there is still an uncertainty about right or wrong information. The title of the piece „Sleeping Beauty Syndrome I“ refers to the codename of a military project established by the US government during the era of Reagan when a system of weapons working with microwaves, temporarily adopted in Iraq, was investigated.

Sleeping Beauty Syndrome I, 2008, sculpture / suroundsound / pigeons, ok 250 cm hights, other variable

The exhibition also shows:
Sleeping Beauty Syndrome II, 2009, rzeźba, video / sculpture, video, approx. 200 cm hights 80 x 80 cm, but in total variable
Island, 2005, video

Curated by Noam Braslavsky