Christoph-Both-Asmus

About

Christoph Both-Asmus is a visual artist who lives and works in Berlin. In 2004, Both-Asmus began his studies of Fine Arts at the AKI Academy of Art and Design in Enschede, Netherlands and completed them in 2010 at the Sandberg Institute / Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam.

For Christoph Both-Asmus, the longing for meaning and the joy of collaboration with other people play roles in his work, as well as the pleasure of being able to create art with his own hands. He is curious about how different the world will be tomorrow and believes in changing existing mind-sets. He uses art to highlight present problems, but also to recognise the still existing beauty and value of our once so green planet. With an interdisciplinary approach, he seeks out the relationship between knowledge and non-knowledge in his sensitively explored artworks.

The multimedia work of Christoph Both-Asmus is often site specific and focused on performance. There for his drawings, installations, sculptures, photography and videos are also frequently performative. Authenticity of his materials plays an important role. He creates his works with natural materials such as plants, fire, ice, soil, and appreciates their value. Manufactured materials are often exposed to natural elements as they are used.

Collaboration with artists, as well as with interdisciplinary natural and social scientists and nature activists, have become an important pillar of Both-Asmus’ work. A few prominent examples include his numerous successful collaborations with the filmmaker Salomé Lamas and his ongoing work with the artist Hervé Youmbi, about the spiritual powers of African masks. In recent years the artist has joined the performances of his mentor David Medalla. As well the NGO Operation Canopy and Prof. Francis Hallé, who is one of the leading botanists in the world.

To gain an understanding of others’ perspectives, Both-Asmus believes in the importance of cultural exchange. He draws inspiration from his many travels, such as venturing to Russia’s Far East to follow the tracks of the last Siberian Tigers, which are an indicator species for the quality of the environment. And to meet the Udehe, indigenous people, who still live of hunting, fishing and foraging, but whose traditional techniques are getting lost. Both-Asmus has also spent the last decade making annual visits to Japan, where he developed many of his key works, such as “Requiem” under the influence of the Japanese Arts. Recently, he has been spending time running an interdisciplinary summer and winter school residing in a cave located at the Macizo de Anaga, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Tenerife.

Funded by the “Mondriaan Fonds Amsterdam”, and by “ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen”, as well successfully working with sponsors such as Jack Daniels Whisky and Ortlieb Outdoor, he has been concentrating on developing his idea of “The Tree Walker”, a collaboration across continents, borders, national boundaries, disciplines and identities.

Both-Asmus’ work has been presented in exhibitions throughout Germany, Netherlands, Poland, UK, Portugal, Greece, Japan and the US, p.e. at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin/DE, Center for Polish Sculpture Oronsko/PL and Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei/DE.


Christoph Both-Asmus CV

Education

2008 - 2010    

  • MA - Fine Arts, Sandberg Institute for Fine Arts, Amsterdam/NL

2004 - 2008    

  • BFA - Sculpture, AKI Akademie for Fine Arts and Design, Enschede/NL


Grants &. Residencies

2017 

  • Abenteuer Baumkrone, Residency, Hambacher Forst, Kerpen/DE

2016    

  • International Wood Sculpture Open-Air Symposium, Gdańsk/PL

  • K Factory, Residency, Douala/CM

  • ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Künstlerkontakte (Travel/Research-grant), Stuttgart/DE

  • Ortlieb Outdoor, Sponsoring, Heilsbronn/DE

  • 3iD Gabon, Sponsoring, Libreville/GAB

2015    

  • CAP (Corinth Art Platform), Residency, Corinth/GR

  • Jack Daniels - Supporter Of The Independent Program, Sponsoring, Hamburg/DE             

2014  

  • Kunst im Block, Grant & Residency, Greifswald/DE

2012    

  • Kurt Schwitters ‘DIY’ Summer School, Kurt Schwitters' Last Merzbau: The Elterwater Merz Barn/GB

2011    

  • Mondriaan Fonds, Working-grant, Amsterdam/NL

2010  

  • Blooming Artists, Residency, Bergen an Zee/NL


Solo Exhibitions &. Performances

2017

  • Inhaling Nature, Whiteconcepts Gallery, Berlin/DE

2016   

  • Requiem, rk-Gallery/Berlin Art Week, Berlin/DE

2015   

  • One Life to Life, CAP (Corinth Art Platform), Corinth/GR

  • Rivers and Trees, WHITECONCEPTS Gallery, Berlin/DE

  • A Moment In Time, The 100th Anniversary of Joszéf Brandt’s Death, The Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko/PL

2014    

  • Requiem, Manpower - international art festival, Lisbon/PT

2011    

  • Tree Walker, kuiperdomingos projects, Berlin/DE

2009

  • Christoph Both-Asmus, Het Torentje, Almelo/NL

2007    

  • Pregnant Man, Coda Museum For Modern Art, Apeldoorn/NL


Group Exhibitions &.Screenings (selection)

2019

  • The Universal Sea, Universität der Künste, Berlin/DE

2018

  • Our Anthropocene: Eco Crisis, The Center For Book Arts, New York/USA

2017

  • Art Panigiry, CAP (Corinth Art Platform), Corinth/GR

  • Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel Aviv/IL

  • The Intricate Detail - Symbols in Contemporary Art, Whiteconcepts Gallery, Berlin/DE

2016    

  • Who Wants to Die? rk-Gallery, Berlin/DE

  • Gdańsk Community Foundation &. Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, Gdańsk/PL

  • Manpower - international art festival, Lisbon/PT

2015    

  • Art Market Budapest, Budapest/HU

  • The 100th Anniversary of Joszéf Brandt’s Death, The Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko/PL

  • Spinnereirundgang, Halle14 - Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig/DE

  • Forest, Global Group 3000, Berlin/DE

  • Resist Restart, Vesselroom Project, Berlin/DE

2014   

  • Der Innere Reichtum, Essentis Biohotel, Berlin/DE

  • OPENthewoods, Von Gimborn Arboretum, Doorn/NL

  • Rhizome, Camden Image Gallery, London/GB

  • Conquering Places, Greifswald/DE

2013   

  • False Sentimentale, Kunstverein Fulda/DE

  • Book Fair Amsterdam/NL

  • Branchings / Verzweigungen, Rosalux, Berlin/DE 

  • Re:Rotterdam - Prospects & Concepts, Rotterdam/NL

2012   

  • Lovely Wilderness, CBK, Roosendaal/NL

  • English shorts, Sputnik Kino, Berlin/DE

  • Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm/SE

2011     

  • Salon, kuiperdomingos projects, Berlin/DE

  • Attempts To Get Inside The World, Lewisham Arthouse, London/GB

  • Luxus Loft, Ehemaliges Atelierhaus Friedenstr. 6, Berlin/DE

  • Green House, Foundation Zet, Amsterdam/NL

2010    

  • Tuyap Art Fair, Istanbul/TR

  • Post Dort, CBK Dordrecht/NL

  • Art Pie, Amsterdam/NL

2008    

  • Just Drawing, Het Havenkwartier Te Deventer, Deventer/NL

  • Just Drawing, Rc De Ruimte, Ijmuiden/NL

  • Debut, M.I.C.K, Delden/NL


Lectures

2015    

  • The Tree Walker – Lecture, Conference Of The Visionaries, Essentis Biohotel, Berlin/DE

  • The Tree Walker – Lecture, CAP (Corinth Art Platform), Corinth/GR

  • The Tree Walker – Lecture, Jack Daniels Annual Tagung Deutschland, East Hotel, Hamburg/DE

  • The Tree Walker – Lecture, Spinnereirundgang, Halle14 Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig/DE

2014   

  • The Tree Walker – Lecture, Conquering Places, Falladahaus, Greifswald/DE

2010    

  • The Herzogian Moment, Lodge222, Dortrecht/NL


Artist Talks/other

2018

  • Artist Talk: Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, HKW (Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt), Berlin/DE

2017

  • Artist Talk: Inhaling Nature, Whiteconcepts Gallery, Berlin/DE

2016    

  • Panel discussion in trialogues: What does pacifism means nowadays?, Christoph Both-Asmus, (Artist), Dr. Ute Finckh-Krämer (MdB/SPD), Martin Schwarze (Artist), Dr. Hans Jörg Schrötter (Lawyer, Journalist), Katharina Weiß (Social pedagogue, Mediator), Ruthe Zuntz (Artist), rk-Gallery, Berlin/DE

  • Radio broadcast: The Tree Walker, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) Kulturradio, Berlin/DE

  • Artist Talk: Thinking Like a Forest, Elsa Salonen, Lauren Reid, Christoph Both-Asmus, Toby Tatum, Johannes Braun, Acud, Berlin/DE

  • Radio broadcast: The Tree Walker at international forest day, Funkhaus Europa, Bremen/DE

2015    

  • Artist Talk: Life &. Art – Christoph Both-Asmus &. David Medalla at Whiteconcepts, Berlin/DE

  • Artist Talk: The Forest, Global Group 3000, Berlin/DE

  • Artist Talk: Resist Restart, Reflections on Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ (1854), Christoph Both-Asmus &. Clement Loisel &. Mit Borras at Vesselroom Project, Berlin/DE

2013   

  • Artist Talk: Branchings – Christoph Both-Asmus &. Pedro Callapéz &. Uwe Poth, Rosalux, Berlin/DE

2012   

  • Artist Talk: English shorts, Sputnik Kino, Berlin/DE

2011   

  • Artist Talk: Tree Walker, kuiperdomingos projects, Berlin/DE


Participation in Performances (selection)

2017

  • "Mondrian Pavilion": performance by the Mondrian Fan Club (Adam Nankervis and David Medalla), Venice Biennale, Giardini, Vennice/IT

2016

  • Holy Process, Festival of Ephemeral Art – Contexts (by Chika Takabayashi), Sokolovsko/PL

2014

  • The Tunnel, (by David Medalla), Another Vacant Space, Berlin/DE

2013

  • The Egg, (by David Medalla), Saarländische Galerie, Berlin/DE

2009

  • Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries, Incubate festival, (by Hermann Nitsch), Apeldoorn/NL


Publications

2019

  • The Universal Sea: Pure or Plastic?! – The Art And Innovation Guide Against The Plastic Epidemic, Publisher: The Universal Sea, Berlin/DE

2018

  • Our Anthropocene: Eco Crisis, Publisher: The Center Of Book Arts, New York/USA

2016   

  • Sustainable Art Facing The Need for Regeneration, Responsibility And Relations, Publisher: Tako/PL

2011   

  • Earth, Branches, Sky, Green Forrest, Publisher: kuiperdomingos projects, Berlin/DE

2010   

  • 20th Istanbul Senat Fuari Art Fair, Publisher: Tüyap Istanbul/TR

2009   

  • Genius Loci – Publisher: Foundation Het Torentje, Almelo/NL

2008   

  • Aki Jaarboek 07/08 – Publisher: AKI, ArtEZ Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Enschede/NL

2007   

  • Smart Materials Wearable Technology, Publisher: AKI, ArtEZ Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Enschede/NL


Travels &. Projects

2017 - ongoing

  • Macizo de Anaga, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Tenerife, Both-Asmus sets up an Artist in Residence and a Summer School in a cave

2016

  • Forest of the Giants - Akanda National Park, Gabon, Afrika, preparation for “The Tree   Walker” a sustainable, trans cultural and interdisciplinary art project.

  • Western Cameroon, traveling with Hervé Youmbi to meet the contemporary art scene 

2011

  • Ussuri region, Russia far East, preparation for a performance piece about the   encounter with one of the last Siberian Tigers (an indicator species, telling about the quality status of the environment) . And to meet people of the Udehe, (an indigenous minority).

2005 - ongoing

  • Regular visits to Japan, where Both-Asmus develops many of his key works, such as    “Requiem” under the influence of the Zen Culture.


Other Education

2014

  • Guest Student / 1 semester at MA - Art in Context, UdK Universität der Künste, Interdisziplinäres Projekt Forum, Prof. H. A. Knapp, Berlin/DE

2009        

  • Master Class of Hermann Nietsch, Apeldoorn/NL

2001 - 2003

  • College for Design, Ferdinand-Braun-Schule, Fulda/DE


Collaborations with the Filmmaker Salomé Lamas

– Both-Asmus is staging and developing performances for Lama’s Films and Videos –

WORK

“The Tree Walker” by Both-Asmus for “Extinção / Extinction (2018)” by Salomé Lamas: HD video, 2:39, black and white, Dolby 5.1 sound, 80 min., Germany-Portugal

SCREENINGS &. FESTIVALS (SELECTion)

2019

  • Mostra de Films de Dones, Spain

  • Kubik Gallery – Outbuilding Gallery Luisa Strina – Group Show, Brazil

  • SALT, Turkey

  • GEGENkino Leipzig – Salomé Lamas Retrospective, Germany

  • Costa Rica International Film festival, Costa Rica

  • TAGV – Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

  • Deptford Cinema in London, UK

  • McGill University, Canada

2018

  • RIDM, Canada

  • IDFA, The Netherlands

  • São Paulo International Film Fesitval, Brazil

  • Porto/Post/Doc, Portugal

  • NMAC – Museu do Chiado – Solo Show, Portugal

  • Sevilla Festival de Cine – Cine Europeo y Contemporáneo, Spain

  • Doc Lisboa, Portugal

  • Fidocs – Salomé Lamas Retrospective, Chile

  • BlackCanvasFCC, Mexico

  • Dokufest, Kosovo

  • Museum of Moving Image NY, USA

  • Transcinema, Peru

  • Bertha DocHouse, UK

  • Artists’ Moving Image, – Tyneside Cinema, UK

  • CinéDOC-Tbilisi, Georgia

  • ICA – Institute for Contemporary Art, UK

  • CPH:DOX, Denmark

  • Cinema do Reel, France

Theatrical Release: Portugal, UK

VOD: MUBI


WORK

“One Life To Live” by Both-Asmus for “Ubi Sunt III (2016)” by Salomé Lamas: Three-channel HD video installation, 2:39, color, stereo sound, 22min. sync in a loop, Portugal

Festivals &. Screenings (selection)

2017

  • Solar – Galeria de Arte Cinemática - Solo Show Salomé Lamas, Portugal


WORK

“Requiem” by Both-Asmus for “Ubi Sunt II (2016)” by Salomé Lamas: HD video installation, 2:39, color, stereo, 90min loop, Portugal

Festivals &. Screenings (selection)

2017

  • Solar – Galeria de Arte Cinemática - Solo Show Salomé Lamas, Portugal


WORK

“One Life To Live” & “Requiem” by Both-Asmus for “Ubi Sunt I (2016)” by Salomé Lamas: HD video, 2:39, color, Dolby 5.1, 30min. Portugal

Festivals &. Screenings (selection)

2019

  • GEGENkino Leipzig – Salomé Lamas Retrospective,, Germany

  • La Casa Encendia - Short Film Program "Monograficos", Spain

2018

  • Fidocs –Salomé Lamas Retrospective, Chile

  • Berlinische Galerie – Salomé Lamas profile, Germany

  • Arco Lisboa, Portugal

  • VideoEx - Salomé Lamas focus, Switzerland

  • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin New Cinema and Contemporary Art / Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Germany

  • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, France

  • Festival de Cinema Luso Brasileiro De Santa Maria da Feira – Salomé Lamas Person in Focus, Portugal

  • Oberhausen – Salomé Lamas profile, Germany

  • Go Short, The Netherlands

  • FICCI, Colombia

  • Cineteca Nacional – Short film retrospective, Equator

  • Cineteca Nacional – Short film retrospective, Colombia

  • Cineteca Nacional – Short film retrospective, Uruguay

  • MALBA – Short film retrospective, Argentina

  • Cineteca Nacional – Short film retrospective, Chile

  • Cineteca Nacional – Short film retrospective, Mexico

  • Caminhos do Cinema Português, Portugal

  • Solar – Galeria de Arte Cinemática - Solo Show, Portugal

  • Cineco, Portugal

  • Curto Circuito, Spain

  • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin New Cinema and Contemporary Art / Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Germany

2017

  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany

  • Indie Lisboa, Portugal

2016

  • Teatro Rivoli, Portugal

TV: RTP, TVCine, Portugal


WORK

“The Tree Walker” by Both-Asmus for “A Torre / The Tower (2015)” by Salomé Lamas HD video, 16:9, black and white, Dolby 5.1 sound, 8 min., Portugal/Germany/Moldova

Festivals &. Screenings (selection)

2019

  • Francois Ghebaly Gallery, USA

  • GEGENkino Leipzig – Salomé Lamas Retrospective, Germany

  • La Casa Encendia - Short Film Program "Monograficos", Spain

2018

  • Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Brazil

  • Walk&Talk, Portugal

  • Museu Nacional Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal

  • Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Coruña, Spain

  • VB Associação Cultural Videobrasil, Brazil

  • Fundación Luís Seoane, Spain

  • Berlinische Galerie – Salomé Lamas profile, Germany

  • Fuso, Portugal

  • Festival de Cinema Luso Brasileiro De Santa Maria da Feira – Salomé Lamas Person in Focus, Portugal

  • Oberhausen – Salomé Lamas profile, Germany

  • GlogauAIR gGmbH, Germany

  • Cineteca Nacional – Short film retrospective, Equator

  • Cineteca Nacional – Short film retrospective, Colombia

  • Cineteca Nacional – Short film retrospective, Uruguay

2017

  • MALBA – Short film retrospective, Argentina

  • Cineteca Nacional – Short film retrospective, Chile

  • Cineteca Nacional – Short film retrospective, Mexico

  • Casa del cinema / Videoteca Pasinetti, Italia

  • Berlin Atonal, Germany

  • Loop Discover Awards, Spain

  • Córtex - Festival de Curtas Metragens de Sintra, Portugal

  • Anthology Film Archive – Salomé Lamas Special Program, USA

  • Forum Schlossplatz, Switzerland

  • Cinemateca – Museu do Cinema, Portugal

  • daadgalerie, Germany

2016

  • Museo Universidad de Navarra, Spain

  • Scanorama- Salomé Lamas Focus, Lithuania

  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur – Salomé Lamas Person in Focus, Switzerland

  • Cinéphèmére FIAC Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain, France

  • Festival Tous Courts - Aix en Provence, France

  • MAAT - Museu de Arte Arquitectura e Tecnologia, Portugal

  • CineEco, Portugal

  • Fuso, Portugal

  • FID Marseille, France

  • Arco.Lisboa, Portugal

  • Academia Portuguesa de Cinema - Gala de Prémios Sophia, National Competition, Portugal

  • Oblíqua / Mostra Internacional de Videoarte & Cinema Experimental, Portugal

  • Node Center, Germany

  • HANGAR - Solo Show, Portugal

  • Les Rencontres Internationales Nouveau Cinema et Art Contemporain in Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Germany

  • TABAKALERA – Artist of the Month, Spain

  • Les Rencontres Internationales Nouveau Cinema et Art Contemporain, France

  • Museum of Moving Image, USA

2015

  • Cinemateca – Museu do Cinema, Portugal

  • Caminhos do Cinema Português, Portugal

  • Darb1718, Egypt

  • Festival Nouveau Cinema, Canada

  • Curt’Arruda - Salomé Lamas Focus, Portugal

  • Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugal

  • Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves - Exhibition Salomé Lamas: Parafiction, Portugal

Video Installation Edition

  • Fundação EDP/MAAT Museu de Arte Arquitectura e Tecnologia - collection, Portugal

  • Harvard Film Archive (HFA) / Harvard University - collection, USA

  • Video Installation Edition: CNAP – Centre National de Arts Plastiques - collection, France







































































2017

  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, DE 

  • Indie Lisboa, PT 

2016   

Teatro Rivoli, (ante-premiere) Porto, PT

WORK

A Torre / The Tower 8’ (2015) b&w, stereo (without dialogues), PT, DE, MD. Short film directed by Salomé Lamas in collaboration with Christoph Both-Asmus (based on the original idea of THE TREE WALKER)

Screenings &. Festivals (selected)

2017

KINOSCOPE At Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA

Forum Schlossplatz, CH

Cinemateca – Museu do Cinema, PT

daadgalerie, Berlin, DE

2016    

Museo Universidad de Navarra, ES

Scanorama- Salomé Lamas Focus, LT

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur – Salomé Lamas Person in Focus, CH

Cinéphèmére FIAC Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain, FR

CineEco, PT

Fuso, PT

FID Marseille, FR

Arco.Lisboa, PT

Academia Portuguesa de Cinema - Gala de Prémios Sophia, National Competition, PT

Oblíqua / Mostra Internacional de Videoarte & Cinema Experimental, PT

Node Center, DE

Gala de Prémios Sophia, National Competition Academia Portuguesa de Cinema, Lisbon/PT

ACUD macht neu – Thinking Like a Forest, Acud, Berlin/DE

Les Rencontres Internationales – Possible Worlds, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin/DE

I am looking at that Wardrobe but it was smaller, HANGAR, Lisbon/PT

TABAKALERA, San Sebastián/ES

Les Rencontres Internationales Nouveau Cinema et Art Contemporain, Paris/FR

NYC Museum of Moving Image, New York/USA

2015    

Cinemateca - O Dia mais Curto - Agencia da Curta Metragem, Lisbon/PT

Caminhos do Cinema Português, (Special Mention: Press Award), Lisbon/PT

 Darb 1718, Cairo/EG

Festival Nouveau Cinema, Montreal/CA

The 100th Anniversary of Joszéf Brandt’s Death, The Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko/PL

Curtas Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival, Vila do Conde/PT

Exhibition - Salomé Lamas – Parafiction (avant-premiere), Serralves Museum, Porto/PT

Awards

Caminhos do Cinema Português Special Mention Press Award, Portugal

Video Installation Edition

Fundação EDP/MAAT Museu de Arte Arquitectura e Tecnologia - collection, PT
Harvard Film Archive (HFA) / Harvard University - collection, USA