Oliver Sann


My research is as much informed by cultural studies—with its emphasis on locality and specificity—as it is by the aim to give expression to global issues of contemporary relevance, especially socio-economical urgencies (such as financial markets and global trading), and to the history of related systems that gradually void individual actors, instituting a post-social condition.

My work utilizes a variety of forms of visualization including photography, video, installation, games, performances, internet-based work, and books. On the threshold dividing document from created reality, on the border between factual occurrence and fictional bringing-into-being, my interest is to scrutinize the inherent idiosyncrasies of media and society. If art promises to act as an inchoate offense within culture, can artistic work negotiate speculation as mode of cognition?