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Thomas Taube

Thomas Taube is a video artist. In his work however, he releases the medium from its linear and rigid narrative structure. Taube instead works with conventional cinematographic codes by using multiple approaches such as, associative, reflective and surreal sequences. He abolishes the immediacy of the medium by means of its various elements and discontinuous montage. Well known subjects (the night), like abstract structures (the narrative) are illustrated on the one hand, yet on the other they differentiate the ways of seeing, observing, experiencing and reflecting.

In »Dark Matters« (2015), Taube approaches the remote state of a distant night, by investigating and collecting various evening experiences and their atmospheric perspectives. He conducted a series of interviews with post-war workers from around the world who shared their observations and personal experiences. It resulted in a series of stories about the night as a state, a shelter, a danger zone and a place of darkness. Taube succeeds in distilling the individual responses and feelings and translates them into simple and strange pictures played by a single protagonist. The character developed from this hybrid personality is one that cannot be fully grasped. The sense of darkness and loneliness places everything under the spell of self-observation and elevation.
The film plays the aftermath that lies beyond the conventional or mystical encounters that one may experience in the shadow world. The night becomes the state of the figure; the darkness has penetrated their existence and now both have formed the nature of the isolated protagonist.

In »Narration« (2016), Taube devotes himself to the various aspects and qualities of narration. It is an intimate linguistic form of communication that carries cultural traditions, histories, developments and changes. Six interrelated elements are combined to create »Narration«, those being: Setting, Situation, Narrator, Approach, Past and Construct. Taube presents narrative structures literally, figuratively and atmospherically. They are situated in remotes places and discuss social, political, every day and emotional topics. In order to execute these themes visually the emotions and sensations are revisited and reflected upon by the characters.
In order to be able to experience simultaneity and entanglement, Taube presents his work through six parallel channels. He illustrates the notions of narration through image montage and through a series of continual images that project sensory experiences accompanied by auditory and visual codes. That said, the one-lane variant in a linear conception has the ability to intensify the integration of the many individual aspects and at the same time can show us that narrative, as the basic notion of our time will never cease to exist.


born in Munich
Diploma Studies of Media Art at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (HGB Leipzig) under the supervision of Prof. Günther Selichar and Prof. Clemens von Wedemeyer.
Guest Student of Prof. Candice Breitz, HBK Braunschweig
since 2014
Master-Student of Prof. Clemens von Wedemeyer
Thomas Taube lives and works in Leipzig.


»Das Surren der Bildmaschine« Spector Books, Leipzig

exhibitions (selection)

EXHIBITIONS (selection)
»Noch blühen die Gefüge« R E I T E R | Berlin prospect

»Marion-Ermer-Preis 2017« award exhibition, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig
»Narration« G2 Kunsthalle. award exhibition by the Leipziger Jahresausstellung. Leipzig »Dark Matters« maerzgalerie (plus). Leipzig
»Backup. art. screen« Weimar

»Pro M« 22th Leipziger Jahresausstellung. Leipzig
Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris. France

»Video Folkwang - Die nächste Generation VI« Folkwang Museum. Essen Graduate exhibition, Galerie, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig

Loriza Galerie. Berlin
»The Supershow« Galerie, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig; Halle 14. Spinnerei Leipzig Installation BraWo Park. Braunschweig
»Warten auf Gott« Kunstverein Gera
»editing spaces. reconsidering the public« exhibition in the public space of Vilnius. Lithuania 2010 »Künstlerförderung des Cusanuswerks« Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. Hamburg
»International Short Film Festival Oberhausen«fFestival cinema Lichtburg Filmpalast. Oberhausen
»Sehsüchte« - 46. International Student Film Festival. Potsdam-Babelsberg
»Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin« - New Cinema and Contemporary Art, Gaîté Lyrique. Paris.France
»RSVP (Situations)« Filmpremiere . Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
»Narration« Filmpremiere, UT Connewitz. Leipzig
»Backup. art. screen« 17. Kurzfilmfestival, Gaswerk, Weimar


Marion Ermer Prize
residence scholarship, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen at the ISCP New York City, USA
Scholarship by Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen
Award Winner Leipziger Jahresausstellung
Production grant for a publication, Kulturstifung des Freistaates Sachsen
Artist in Residence, production grant, ORF III, Vienna. Austria
Production grant, Volksbank-Raiffeisenbank Braunschweig-Wolfsburg, Braunschweig
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Thomas Taube News

Thomas Taube artist talk

  • Thomas Taube

artist talk for the exhibition »The Trope's Trap« with the artist Thomas Taube . R E I T E R | Berlin prospect . February 9th 7 pm

»Narration« (Filmstill)

  • Thomas Taube

»Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin« - New Cinema and Contemporary Art . screening of the film »Narration« at Haus der Kulturen der Welt . 2pm

Logo International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
05-11-2017 – 05-16-2017

  • Thomas Taube

»International Short Film Festival Oberhausen« . The award ceremony takes place on Tuesday 16th of May, 7pm at the Festivalkino Lichtburg Filmpalast

»Situative – die Protagonisten, die Möglichkeiten« (Videostill) 2016, HD, 4K 16:9, 8 Min.
04-26-2017 – 05-01-2017

  • Thomas Taube

»SEHSÜCHTE« 46th International Student Film Festival . Potsdam-Babelsberg