aLifveForms (fed and cared for by JP Raether)


aLifveForms operate as the marker of constructed authorship and an evolutionary process of identity-making and -unmaking. They explore questions of identity and reality as it is constituted through language. JP Raether activates these AlterIdentities, which appear as humanoid beings in performative, distributed social interventions, engaging an elaborated vocabulary. In their appearances, the AlterIdentities work to demonstrate that in every common reality the potential for another reality is always present.


There are currently three active AlterIdentities. Transformellae research globalized and industrialized human reproduction. The Swarm-Being traces the transnational circulations of bodies in trade and tourism. Protektoramae seek out sites of production of contemporary information technologies, interrogating the relation of the human body to its technological devices. Within aLifveForms’ mythic existence, media such as photography emerges as derivatives of their performative appearances. Their sculptural practice crystallizes the AlterIdentities’ psycho-reality into complex, sculptural-spatial ensembles.


JP Raether lives and works in Berlin. He attended Berlin University of the Arts and is currently holding a professorship for MA Live Art Forms at the Akademie der Bildenen Künste in Nuremberg, Germany. JP Raether and aLifveForms are supported by the Fellowship Programme 2020/2021 of PACT Zollverein; Essen.


Protektoramae is the winner of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphics Arts’s Grand Prix, 2021.


aLifveForms’ work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bratislava (2023); Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin (2023); National Gallery Prague (2023); Kunsthal Bergen (2022); Seventeen Gallery, London (2022); Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund (2021); Ljubljana Biennial (2021); Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin (2021; solo); nGbK, Berlin (2020); Zitadelle Spandau (2020); Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2019); Dortmunder Kunstverein (2019); 6th Athens Biennale (2018); Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (2018); Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg (2017); transmediale Festival, Berlin (2017); Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2017; solo); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); 9th Berlin Biennale (2016); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2015); Fridericianum, Kassel (2015); MMK, Frankfurt (2015); District, Berlin (2015) (solo); Kunst Werke, Berlin (2013). They have appeared at Kunsthal Bergen (2022); Tanznacht Berlin (2020); PACT Zollverein, Essen (2020); nGbK Berlin (2020); BAK, Utrecht (2019); Kampnagel, Hamburg (2018); Kammerspiele Munich (2018); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017).

Installation shots