Thomas Köner

Thomas Köner, 2015. Photo credit: Thomas Köner

Thomas Köner (b. 1965 in Bochum, Germany) studied at Musikhochschule Dortmund and CEM Studio Arnhem. He is a distinctive figure in the fields of contemporary music, techno and multimedia art, working across the spheres of composition, visual arts, installation work and music production. For more than three decades his work has been internationally recognised and he excelled in all the areas of his artistic activity, receiving awards such as Golden Nica Ars Electronica (Linz), Transmediale Award (Berlin), Best Young Artist at ARCO (Madrid), and many more.

His familiarity with both the visual and sonic arts resulted in numerous commissions to create music for silent films for the Auditorium du Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, and others. Likewise, he created installations for diverse situations for example ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago de Chile, to name a few.
His works are part of the collections of significant museums such as Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou Paris, Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal.
Thomas Köner is continuing his close relationship with sound art by creating radiophonic works for the national Radio in Germany and France (Deutschlandradio Kultur, WDR Studio Akustische Kunst, Radio France), while also working as a live performer and composer and producer. His music compositions from the early 90’s, including albums Permafrost, Nunatak and Teimo, were considered pioneering in the field of minimal electronic and are still in print (Type label). His current album Novaya Zemlya was released by Touch. Köner’s acclaimed production skills with his more beat-oriented duo Porter Ricks, whose album Biokinetics is considered “a classic of techno sound”, resulted in remix commissions for a.o. Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails.

His performances and installations are audiovisual meditations that explore our notion of time, memory and location. He invites audiences to enjoy impressions of depth, distance and disappearance, and to fathom the qualities of the space around our limits of perception.

works
Thomas Köner, Topografia del Vuoto, 2015, video still.
Thomas Köner
Topografia del Vuoto
2015
1ch (single screen)
Stereo and quadrophonic
45′ seamless loop
Thomas Köner, The Futurist Manifesto, 2009-2015, video still.
Thomas Köner
The Futurist Manifesto
2009-2015
1ch (single screen)
Stereo sound
35′ loop
Thomas Köner, Novaya Zemlya, 2012, video still.
Thomas Köner
Novaya Zemlya
2012
FullHD Video
1ch (single screen)
Stereo sound
6’30” loop
Thomas Köner, Flutmarken: Riga, 2012, video still.
Thomas Köner
Flutmarken: Riga
2012
1ch (single screen)
Stereo sound
4′ seamless loop
Thomas Köner, In the Shadow of Tabor (Im Taborschatten), 2011, video still.
Thomas Köner
In the Shadow of Tabor
(Im Taborschatten)

2011
3ch (triple screen projection)
Stereo sound
5′ seamless loop
Thomas Köner, La Barca, 2010, video still.
Thomas Köner
La Barca
2010
1ch (single screen)
Stereo sound
5′ loop
Thomas Köner, Can you beat out the sky, hard as a metal mirror?, 2010, video still.
Thomas Köner
Can you beat out the sky,
hard as a metal mirror?

2010
1ch (single screen)
Stereo sound
5′ seamless loop
Thomas Köner, Pneuma Monoxyd, 2007, video still.
Thomas Köner
Pneuma Monoxyd
2007
1ch (single screen)
Stereo sound
10′ loop
Thomas Köner, Pasajeros Peregrinos Pilotos, 2007, video still.
Thomas Köner
Pasajeros Peregrinos Pilotos
2007
1ch (single screen)
Stereo sound
3′ seamless loop
Thomas Köner, Périphériques 1 : Harar (Anicca), 2005, video still.
Thomas Köner
Périphériques 1 : Harar (Anicca)
2005
1ch (single screen)
Stereo sound
15′ seamless loop
Thomas Köner, Peripheriques 2 : Beograd, 2005, video still.
Thomas Köner
Peripheriques 2 : Beograd
2005
1ch (single screen)
Stereo sound
6′ loop
Thomas Köner, Peripheriques 3 : Buenos Aires, 2005, video still.
Thomas Köner
Peripheriques 3 : Buenos Aires
2005
1ch (single screen)
Stereo sound
5′ loop
Thomas Köner, Nuuk, 2005, video still.
Thomas Köner
Nuuk
2005
1ch (single screen)
5.1 sound
6′ loop
Thomas Köner, Suburbs of the Void, 2005, video still.
Thomas Köner
Suburbs of the Void
2005
1ch (single screen)
5.1 sound
12′ loop
Thomas Köner, Banlieue du Vide, 2004, video still.
Thomas Köner
Banlieue du Vide
2004
1ch (single screen)
5.1 sound
12’12” seamless loop