Wolfgang Mally is concerned with entering into a dialogue with nature, with learning in what kind of state and relationship we humans currently stand to it, and which realities we can create out of this web of interdependencies. For Mally, the relationship of man to his existence and the images that he has made and continues to make of his world and its basic materials has always been something very dynamic … He deals with works that question existence.
That which could be existence and reality is today tested and questioned in his open laboratory. What appears to be digital is analogue, what seems to be computed has a phenomenological constitution. When navigating in these worlds, he is assisted most of all by beings or devices that have other sensoria at their disposal: plants, bees, sonar scanners, lizards, mobile phones, dinoflagellates.
Gregor Jansen, from: Möglichkeitsräume – Aus dem Labor Wolfgang Mallys für unausweichliche Interaktionen, 2012
Biography Wolfgang Mally 1952* Magdeburg • 1969-73 Study of visual communication at the FH-Düsseldorf • 1973-80 Study at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Masters student with Professor Uecker • 1979 Scholarship from the Gustav Poensgen donation • 1980-81 Studio and work scholarship P.S.1 New York • 1981 Benefical award for fine art from the city of Düsseldorf • 1997 NRW jury award winner: Int. Short Film Festival Oberhausen. • • 1978 Arts centre Duesseldorf: 366 seasons – a field (installation) • Art Association Bonn: Processes • 1980-81 P.S.1 New York: Elements Meeting (installation) • 1982 Kadruf 7, Kassel • P.S.1 New York: Circulations (performance) Arts Center Bremen: Nature Art Landscape • 1983 Urban Gallery Regensburg: Good relations (installation) • De Fabriek, Eindhoven, Kadruf 6 • Art Association St. Gallen: Installation to relativity • 1984 Biennale Venice, Aperto 84 • Art Association Duesseldorf: It is as it is (installation) • 1986-87 Centre of sience Bonn, Art Museum Duesseldorf, Arts Centre Munich: The other view • 1990 Gallery Ursula Walbröl • 1992-96 Our star home, geodesy and immigration (project) • 1993 Interdependence funnel for catching questions and answers Gallery Ursula Walbröl • 1996-97 The inner-self and that which is foreign – exchange toards approximation (video): Sculpture Museum Glass Case Marl • Art association of Baden Karlsruhe • Blue Box video forum Wiesbaden • New Art Association of Berlin • Sprengel Museum Hannover • New Museum Weser Castle Bremen • Urban Gallery in Lenbachhaus Munich • International Short Film Festival Oberhausen • Documenta X Kassel (contribution to the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen) • Video Art Festival Palermo • Video installation Gallery Ursula Walbröl Düsseldorf • 1999-00 Krhyzomoria (video): International Short Film Festival Oberhausen • European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck • Viper VideoGallery Tour Luzern: ICAM Lissabon, Int Film and Video Art Festival Palermo, Int. Festival of new film and Video Split, Impact Festival for audiovisual arts Utrecht • Int. Short Film Festival Theran • Regensburger Short Film Week • Int. Hamburg Short Film Festival •Urban Museum Abteiberg, Moenchengladbach: Krhyzomoria (video installation) • KoKi Freiburg, CLOSE UP •
Krhyzomoria (video) on Tour of the European Media Art Festivals: Proyectos Culturales Madrid, Shortfilmfestival Manchester, Filmmuseum Frankfurt, Danish Film Institute Copenhagen, Scratch/Cent. Wallonie Paris, New Cinema Basel, Olive/Frison Fribourg, Goethe Institute Glasgow, Cinema in the Sprengel Hannover, Goethe Institute Warsaw, Goethe Institute Krakau, Film Festival Emden, Goethe Institute Hong Kong, Goethe Institute Bangalore India, Goethe institute Glasgow, Dundee Contemporary Arts Dundee. • Projects: 00 – 2001 Random spaces (From the laboratory for unavoidable interactions) • Works/Interaction-performances • 2001 Condensed particle currents Krhyzomoria, Beckett • 2002 experimental arrangements of collective habitats • Studio for podarcisse and burned universal connectors • 2003 Atmosphere – transcription. Magnetic resonance, love poems, bees, lizards • 2004 Interdependency – Installations. Glacial mud, plants, frost protection agent,whipped cream spray, bugs, liquid nitrogen • 2005 Olfactory topographies. Desert plants, Songlines, UV light traps • 2006 Symbioses re-vision. Soilmatrix, Mycorrhiza strings, steel, ideoblasts, breath • 2008 Biographie transcriptions. Interviews, silicone membranes, bioluminescense, dinoflagellates • 2009-2011 Colony Kollapse Disorder – Cooperations. Beehives, mobile phones, mushrooms, celestial charts, copper • 2012 Barnard 211Ey5 Transcription in reference to the molecular cloud Bernard 211 and the molecules of the human body (In cooperation with the Lab for Vegetative Physiologie, University of Münster, Gallery Ursula Walbroel Düsseldorf • 2013 Mol-46-talk-ting. Dialogues, modulation, interaction. Seminary: Department of cellular biology Autonomous University of Barcelona.• 2014 Talk-ting-lift 14. Metabolism-capable environments for DNA interactions. Ride and video projection on transit object rudiments. Can Parra Lab • 2015 Waiting room. Cooperating sculptors in the field of molecular processes. Can Parra Lab and Gallery Ursula Walbröl Düsseldorf • Barnard211Ey5-ZKM. Installation for Exo-Evolution, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe • Off target. Videoprojection on mother´s milk in bacteriological culture. Art Association MMIII Mönchengladbach. • 2016 THH-56 Can Parra Lab, in cooperation with Elena Ibañez & Sally Arkley.