Thomas Köner

http://www.koener.de


born in 1965 in Bochum, Germany

Köner attended the music college in Dortmund and studied electronic music at the CEM-Studio in Arnhem. Until 1994 he worked for the film industry as editor and sound engineer.
He extended his concept of time and sound colour to images, resulting in video installations, photography and net art.
 
His point of departure was composition of sound in which aspects of a performance and visual language were gradually integrated.
At first in the collaboration with film artist Jürgen Reble and the live performance Alchemie (1992). Following this, he started to compose film soundtracks and music to accompany historic silent films for the Louvre Museum and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
 
2000 the Montreal International Festival New Cinema New Media awarded him
the "New Media Prize".
2004 the Prix Ars Electronica awarded him the "Golden Nica", and he was awarded the "Produktionspreis WDR / Deutscher Klangkunst-Preis" (german sound art award).
 
His media installation "Suburbs Of The Void" received the Transmediale 2005 award in Berlin and was presented at La Biennale di Venezia, Teatro La Fenice as a live performance in the same year.
Köners video "Nuuk" received the Tiger Cub Award (best short film) during the International Filmfestival Rotterdam 2005.

The Rimbaud Museum commissioned Thomas Köner five permanent sound installations for five rooms of the "Maison Rimbaud" in Charleville-Mezières, France.
 
Several significant museums acquired his audiovisual works for their collection.
 
In 2008 he was a participant of the Media Art Biennal in Seoul.
 

1985-1990 studies in electronic music at CEM Studio, Arnhem
1987-1992 Conservatory of Music, Dortmund
1992-1994 Avid Operator, cutter- and soundassistant, Ruhr Sound Studios, Dortmund
1995 – working as independant artist with sound, installation, film, photography, music, video, theater and radio art
 
Permanent installations:
Musée Rimbaud / Maison Rimbaud, Charleville-Mézières
 
Work in public collections:
Centre Pompidou Musée national d'art moderne Paris, France
Musée d'art contemporain Montreal, Canada
Comunidad Pamplona Collection, Spain
Comunidad Madrid Collection, Spain
Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona,Spain
Skulpturenmuseum Marl, Germany
F.R.A.C. Limoges, France

Commissioned works:
2008 25th Music Biennale, Zagreb
2007 Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas
          Metro Santiago de  Chile
2004 Musée Rimbaud, Charleville-Mézières
2001 Centre d’art contemporain, Rennes (with yann beauvais)
2000 Hayward Gallery, London (with Max Eastley)
1998 Musée National d'art moderne, Paris (with yann beauvais) 

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12. 07. 2009: Kontakt der Jünglinge




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