Thursday, June 20, 2024

Stefan Römer

Based in Berlin, Stefan Römer, works as a de-conceptual artist; his works and essays are widely published.

He teaches as professor for art and art-theory and received the Award for Art Criticism by the Working Commitee of German Kunstvereine (AdKV) 2000.


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  1. Great interview, I really enjoyed it, especially when I noticed about reading feeding the artist’s mind. It is very true and I have experienced that.


  2. […] Stefan Romer has a specific idea when it comes to artist interviews. He thinks of them as an “imaginary facing of art history” a challenge that makes him a little nervous. Despite this intimidating game of Duchampian Chess, he spoke to us from Berlin about his life and work. Romer takes a broad view of work when it comes to his actions as an artist. Reading, for example, is to him part of the process. It is a way to feed his brain, ultimately gaining knowledge and potentially influencing his artistic work. Friends have struggled to see how something like reading could be work, a plight not unfamiliar to artists. Often others do not understand that the work of an artist is not only broad in scope, but also legitimately work. Reading, while for some a leisure activity, can indeed be a work endeavor for the artist. Presently Romer is working on a multimedia performance piece. The piece titled Recoda centers around the idea of coding in our every day lives. The elements of the piece are leveled images and text. Romer visually references old sci-fi films and layers this with scraps from historical texts. The complex performance piece runs around 50 minutes long and features Romer himself as a sort of narrator. The story is about a woman working in the New Media industry questioning whether her work makes sense and has meaning. This line of questioning is entirely relevant to artists and to the world at large especially as we continually redefine what constitutes the public sphere in our age of decreasing privacy. Romer’s work questions how we can continue to critique what is going on around us in an increasingly coded age. Themes of identity, family, community, and of course art production in the context of the digital age are addressed. The performance is touring at present. To hear more about this and other upcoming work from Stephan Romer including a current book project, listen to the complete interview. […]


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