Florian Hecker

  • Artist

Florian Hecker was born in 1975, in Augsburg, Germany. He studied Computational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics at Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich, and Fine Arts at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna. His sound pieces and performances have been presented most recently at Sadie Coles HQ, London (2012); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); Tate Modern, London (2011); MMK, Frankfurt/Main (2010); CAC, Vilnius (2008); Göteborg International Biennial (2011, 2003). In 2009 he collaborated on a series of performances with Aphex Twin, including amongst others Sacrum Profanum, Kraków, Bloc Weekend, Minehead, and Warp20 Cité de la Musique, Paris. In addition, Hecker has an extensive discography with over 25 releases on labels such as Editions Mego, Pan, Rephlex, Warner Classics, Warp and Tochnit Aleph.

In his sound installations and live performances, Florian Hecker deals with specific compositional developments of post-war modernity, electroacoustic music as well as other, non-musical disciplines. He dramatizes space, time and self-perception in his sonic works by isolating specific auditory events in their singularity, thus stretching the boundaries of their materialization. Their objectual autonomy is exposed while simultaneously evoking sensations, memories and associations in an immersive intensity.

Solo exhibitions include: Sadie Coles HQ, London; MD72, Berlin; Lumiar Cité, Lisbon, all in 2012; MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; IKON Gallery, Birmingham, and Chisenhale Gallery, London, all in 2010; Bawag Contemporary, Vienna, 2009.

Some of the group exhibitions and projects Hecker has participated in include Soundings: A Contemporary Score, MoMA, New York, 2013; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany; Push and Pull, MUMOK, Vienna, 2010; Evento, Bordeaux, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary; The Kaleidoscopic Eye, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; UBS Openings: Saturday Live: Characters, Figures and Signs, Tate Modern, London; and his most recent collaboration with Cerith Wyn Evans, No night No day, was premiered at the Teatro Goldoni as part of Fare Mondi, 53rd Venice Biennial, all in 2009. Manifesta 7, Trentino - South Tyrol, Italy; Art unlimited, Art Basel; Experiment Marathon Reykjavik, Reykjavík Art Museum in 2008; and Cerith Wyn Evans, Lenbachhaus, Munich in 2006; Off the Record, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris and 3. berlin biennale für zeitgenössische kunst, Berlin, in 2004; 2nd International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, 2003, and Mutations, TN Probe Gallery, Tokyo and Ausgeträumt..., Secession, Vienna, both in 2001.

Hecker has given a multitude of performances, audio presentations and concerts internationally since 1996. Amongst many other places, he recently presented his work at Jardim Botânico, Lisbon, 2012; Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2012; MIT Saarinen Chapel, Cambridge, MA; Push & Pull, Tate Modern, both 2011, and Life is Live # 2: listen with pain!, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, 2010.