Biography
aLifveForms

aLifveForms are constructed identities fed and cared for by J.P.Raether. Their work explores questions of identity and reality as it is constituted through language. aLifveForms operate as the marker of constructed authorship and an evolutionary process of identity-making and -unmaking. J.P.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 trace 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.

J.P. Raether, born 1977 in Heidelberg, attended Berlin University of Arts and is currently holding a professorship for Artistic Practice in the Public Space at AdBK Nuremberg, Germany. He lives and works in Berlin and regularly talks at conferences.

aLifveForms’ work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions such as Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2019); Dortmunder Kunstverein (2019); 6th Athens Bienniale (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). Their appearances have been presented at PACT, Essen (2019); BAK, Utrecht (2019); Kampnagel, Hamburg (2018); Kammerspiele Munich (2018); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017), amongst others.
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Installation shots