About

Thomas Völker is an artist and independent filmmaker who has lived and worked in Germany , Spain and the United Kingdom.

Coming from an eclectic professional and artistic background his work ranges from painting, performance and installation to moving images and sound.

Much of Völker`s work is concerned with the phenomenon of voyeurism, human curiosity – often in its morbid manifestation – and issues of transgression beyond visible or physical boundaries.

After several years of working as a musician (drummer/percussionist) with various chamber ensembles and experimental rock bands such as Hamburg-based groups “PHON” and “Passierzettel” – a collective of musicians and artists who collaborated with members of Faust, Amon Düül and Damo Suzuki of Can – Völker became interested in digital media and the Internet. As a result he branched out into another discipline, starting out as a webdesigner, but was gradually drawn towards analogue media and traditional artistic disciplines such as painting and drawing. These have progressively become an important part of his work. In recent years Völker has developed a strong interest in film, video and their relationship to sound.

During his time in London, Völker organized and curated the Viewing / Listening Space together with filmmaker Akhila Krishnan – a regular event that is dedicated to showcasing the work of experimental filmmakers and sound artists, which has become a permanent forum – a time and place for discussion and analysis.

Thomas Völker studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He now lives and works in Berlin.

 

Selected works and exhibitions:

 

2016

Ronald Corp – A Short Portrait (Film)
Premiere at Royal Festival Hall London, 7 March

 

2015

TOUCH – A film about Touch Music London (in progress)

TRESPASS
In collaboration with Shobana Jeyasingh and King`s College London,
Filmed at King`s College, June 2015

SINAPSI – The Painter Daniele Bordoni (Film)
Premiere at CORPO 6 Galerie, Berlin

 

2014

Walking The Line (Video)
Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento 2014
Buenos Aires (Argentina), 20 – 30 November

One Double One (Video)
in collaboration with Carla Busuttil and The Static Hand,
Joburg Art Fringe (Johannesburg), 20 August

No More History (Video Installation)
in collaboration with Carla Busuttil and The Static Hand,
Joburg Art Fringe (Johannesburg), 19 August

Walking The Line (Video)
Das Andere Wo – Künstlerische Visionen der Ferne
OFF-Raum (Wien), 26 – 29 June

Marcelle Hanselaar: Postcard from the Edge (Video)
55 limited Kupferdruck & Galerie (Berlin), May

 

2013

No More History (Video Installation)
in collaboration with Carla Busuttil and The Static Hand,
Josh Lilley Gallery London, 6th September – 4th October

A Conversation with Russell Mills (Video)
A portrait of the multi-media artist who`s known for his Cover Art for Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Michael Nyman, Peter Gabriel and The Nine Inch Nails

Marcelle Hanselaar: Postcard from the Edge (Video)
A portrait of the London-based Dutch painter

No More History (Video Installation)
A collaborative project with artist Carla Busuttil and The Static Hand, Generation V, Josh Lilley Gallery London

 

2012

One Double One (Video)
In collaboration with artist Carla Busuttil and The Static Hand

Film and Video Works 2008-2012
NOMADICS, Gallery Tristesse, Berlin

 

2011

BERLIN – THE ABANDONED PLACES (Photography)
in collaboration with Mathias Roesner, Kudamm 101 Design Happening, Berlin

TRANSFIGURED NIGHT (Moving Image)
featuring Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Cadogan Hall, London

PLAYING WITH FIRE (Moving Image)
National Theatre, London

WHAT MAKES A MAN START FIRES? (Installation)
*nominated for the Terence Conran Award, RCA Show 2011, London

CHOKE (Moving Image)
10 Gales Prize, 10 Gales Gallery, London

 

2010

WALKING THE LINE (Moving Image)
Barbican Centre, London

At The Places of Accident (Painting)
WIP Show, Lower Gulbenkian Gallery, RCA, London

 

2009

Uphill, Downhill and Across (Moving Image)
Viewing Space, RCA, London

4 ACOUSTIC IMAGES (Moving Image)
Hockney Gallery, RCA, London