BIOGRAPHY

 
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Art Group RANDOM INTERNATIONAL run a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. Founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, today they work with  larger teams of diverse and complementary talent out of studios in London and Berlin.

Questioning aspects of identity and autonomy in the post-digital age, the group’s work invites active participation. RANDOM INTERNATIONAL explores the human condition in an increasingly mechanised world through emotional yet physically intense experiences. The artists aim to prototype possible behavioural environments by experimenting with different notions of consciousness, perception, and instinct.

Their work Rain Room is in the collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art having been exhibited under the museum’s historic Art and Technology initiative. The artwork has also been shown at the YUZ Museum in Shanghai (2015), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), and London's Barbican (2012). An edition of Rain Room has become the first permanently installed artwork at the Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE) and is housed in its own building.

In 2017, their work Zoological debuted at London’s Roundhouse as part of Wayne McGregor’s +/- Human. The group's work has also formed part of the Lichtsicht Biennale (2015), Ruhrtriennale (2013), and Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011). RANDOM INTERNATIONAL: Everything and Nothing is currently on view at the Yuz Museum, Shanghai until 14 October 2018. Prior solo presentations of their work have been exhibited at Lunds konsthall, Sweden (2014), Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris (2012), and Pace Gallery, New York (2016). Their work is in the collections of MoMA, Sharjah Art Foundation, YUZ Museum, LACMA and V&A, where their Swarm Study / III is on long-term display.

 

Florian Ortkrass born 1975, Rheda-Wiedenbrück,Germany. Graduated from Brunel University in 2002 and Royal College of Art in 2005. 

Hannes Koch born 1975, Hamburg Germany. Graduated from Brunel University in 2002 and Royal College of Art in 2004.

 

RANDOM INTERNATIONAL Studio is today a wider team based in London and Berlin. Read more

 


 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2018

Everything & Nothing Yuz Museum, Shanghai, 20 April — 14 October 2018

 

2017

Zoological  (part of ‘+/- Human’ by Wayne McGregor), Roundhouse London, August 2017

Home is not a Place (Group Exhibition), German Embassy London, June 2017

Glasstress (Group Exhibition), Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, On view for the duration of La Biennale Di Venezia, 2017

 

2016

On The Body Pace Gallery, 537 West 24th Street New York, 23 September — 22 October 2016

Everything & Nothing Manchester Museum of Science & Industry, 22 July 2016 — 25 June 2017

Swarm Study / IX Chemnitz Station, Germany, from September 2016

Swarm Study / IX Research Exhibition, Former Jewish Girls School Berlin, 4 June — 17 Sep 2016

150 Milliseconds Le Laboratoire Cambridge Massachusetts, 22 April — 1 July 2016

 

2015

Rain Room Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, 1 November 2015 — 6 March 2016

Aspect (White) Lichtsicht Biennale, 18 September 2015 — 7 February 2016

Rain Room Yuz Museum, Shanghai, 1 September — 31 December 2015

FOMO La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille, 14 May — 2 August 2015

 

2014

Studies In Motion Lundskonsthall Lund, 27 September — 16 November 2014

 

2013

Tower: Instant Structure for Schacht XII  Ruhrtriennale, 23 August — 6 October 2013

EXPO 1: New York / Rain Room MoMA, New York, 12 May — 28 July 13

 

2012

Rain Room Barbican, London, 4 October 2012 — 3 March 2013

Before The Rain Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, 8 September — 21 December 2012

 

2011

Rewriting Worlds 4th Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2011

Swarm Study / III Victoria & Albert Museum London, since June 2011

Reflex The Wellcome Commission, Wellcome Trust, London,  2011 / 2012

Waste Not Want It Bloomberg Space, London,  January 2011

 

2010

The Behaviour Of Objects Carpenters Workshop Gallery, October 2010

Design Vertigo Spazio Fendi Milan, 2010

 

2009

DECODE Victoria & Albert Museum, London, December 2009

Random International Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, November 2009

 

2008

Nowhere NOW HERE Laboral Centro De Arte, Gijon, October 2008

Ignite Royal Opera House, London, September 2008

Design and the Elastic Mind MoMA, New York, February 2008

 

2007

Spazio Krizia (with Ingo Maurer) Milan, April 2007

 

2005

JUNG+DEUTSCH Berlin / Tokyo, 2005

 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Museum of Modern Art New York, US

Victoria & Albert Museum London, UK

Sharjah Art Foundation Sharjah, UAE

Maxine & Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art Detroit, US

YUZ Foundation Shanghai, CN

Los Angeles County Museum of Art LA, US

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

150 Milliseconds H. Reynolds ed. Exhibition catalogue, Random International Berlin, June 2016

Random International: Studies In Motion by C. Faust; A. Nacking; H. Reynolds; D. Vogues; J. Wainwright. Exhibition catalogue. Lunds konsthall, September 2014

‘The Retooling Issue’ by Peter Weibel, Parabol no.8, September 2014

‘Limits of Control: Rain Room and Immersive Environments’ by Felicity Scott, Artforum Volume 52, no.1, September 2013

Random International H.Reynolds ed. Limited edition artists’ book, reprinted in paperback. Carpenters Workshop Gallery / Random International, March 2013

Rewriting Worlds: 4th Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art N.Molok ed. Exhibition catalogue. Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow, September 2011

  

 

TALKS & ACADEMIC

 

Everything and Nothing²: artist talk during ‘Home Is Not A Place’ Random International in conversation with Johannes Vogel, Director of the Museum of Natural History Berlin, German Embassy London, September 2017

Intelligence²: Daniel Dennett, The Evolution of the Mind, Consciousness and AI Daniel Dennett, Random International, Nick Shea, Tara Swart, Blaise Agüera y Arcas. Discussion chaired by Daniel Glaser at The Emmanuel Centre, London, 20 February 2017

On The Body: You And Your Visual System Artist talk with Prof Niko Troje (BioMotionLab), Pace Gallery New York, 23 September 2016

On The Body: Art In Public Panel Discussion with Janet Echelman and Michal Rovner, Pace Gallery New York, 24 September 2016

The Directors Series: Random International on Autonomy Random International in conversation with Michael Govan, LACMA, 9 March 2016

National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Speaker (art + science), November 2015

Harvard School Of Applied Sciences Artist residency, February 2014 - ongoing

Penny Stamps Lecture: What It Isn’t Michigan, 23 October 2014

OFFF Conference Mexico City, 30 August 2014

Mitchell Lecture School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 13 September 2013

Live Art and Working The Room, Venice Agenda, Venice Biennale Conversation event with Hans Ulrich Obrist, 28-29 May 2013

Rain Room in Conversation: Obrist, McGregor & Random Barbican Centre, London, 8 February 2013

TEDx Conference: Our Future Selves Berlin, 31 August 2012

Strelka Institute, Keynote Moscow, 18 July 2011

Cranbrook School of Art & Design / Guest lecture Troy (Michigan), 2011