Fabian Hampel

Fabian Hampel (b. 1991) deals with contemporary technologies and is interested in linear, reflexive forms as well as abstract borderlands. He asks himself questions like: what if an artificial intelligence had a seizure? His practice often boils down to essayistic video works, which fictitiously approach topics such as algorithm critique or the exploration of unknown perspectives. Formally and visually, the technology in question is often used; in other words, we observe a technology that tells us about itself, while it can also only be understood as an artistic tool. In his video work This Ghost Does Exist (2020), a neural network challenges the audience to a collective hallucination. In the live video sculpture BEFORE HE PAINTED THE WATER LILIES, MONET PLANTED THEM (2017), potentially infinite online videos are summed into a single collage.

Fabian Hampel graduated with honours at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, where he studied in the expanded cinema class with Clemens von Wedemeyer and the photography class with Heidi Specker. His work has been shown at Le Fil, Saint-Étienne; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig or Kunstverein Meißen, among others. Currently he is designing a concept for an exhibition at IDEAL art space Leipzig to show artistic works in virtual space.

From July to September 2022, Fabian Hampel is artist resident in the program Zu Gast bei Urbane Künste Ruhr at Halfmannshof Gelsenkirchen.

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