Kim Asendorf is a visual artist working with conceptual strategies and generative systems to create abstract animations, images, and sculptures. He lives and works in Bremen, Germany.
His abstract visual systems are conceptually set and realized in algorithms, that are open to a wide range of interpretations. He is working on a per-pixel level to create worlds that mix simplicity with complexity, that never sleep, and that can put the viewer in a mesmerizing state. He loves to experiment, is driven by curiosity, and finds satisfaction when the results of his work surprise himself. With roots in Net Art, he likes to keep his work easily accessible, and the Internet is his favorite canvas.
Asendorf's works has been shown at festivals and institutions like Transmediale, ZKM Karlsruhe, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, NCCA Yekaterinburg, Eyebeam, NIMK, LEAP or the Overlapping Biennial Bucharest and at galleries and fairs like Unpainted (Munich), Moving Image Contemporary Art Fair (London), Creation Gallery G8 (Tokyo), Carroll / Fletcher (London), Office Impart (Berlin), XPO Gallery (Paris) or The Photographers' Gallery (London) and received honorary mentions and created controversial discussions on major blogs, media and art magazines, and television.
Pixel Matter, Kim Asendorf & Olia Lialina, Roehrs & Boetsch, Curuna Ardez, 2022
Black Scree, Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach, panke.gallery, Berlin (Curated by Robert Sakrowski), 2018
Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach: Computer's World, Carroll / Fletcher, London, 2015
init(Internet); DAM Gallery, Berlin (Curated by Wolf Lieser), 2014
Selected Group Exhibitions:
DYOR (do your own research), Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich (Curated by Nina Roehrs), 2022
Art and the Blockchain, Ethereum DevConnect, Rozenstraat Art Gallery, Amsterdam (Curated by Jan Robert Leegte & Stina Gustafsson), 2022
IN TOUCH: ART IN THE AGE OF POST-NFTism, Vertical Crypto, Despace, Berlin (Curated by Micol Ap & Anika Meier), 2022
NFT Show Europe, City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia (Curated by Pablo Alpe), 2022
Refraction Festival @ NFT NYC, ZeroSpace, New York City (Curated by Dina Chang), 2022
Dreamlands, Whitney Museum, New York (Curated by Chrissie Illes), 2016
Ways of Something, HeK, Basel (Curated by Tina Sauerländer), 2016
PUNTO y RAYA Festival, ZKM, Karlsruhe (Curated by Robert Seidel), 2016
EGO UPDATE, NRW Forum, Düsseldorf (Curated by Alain Bieber), 2015
Transmediale Capture All, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (Curated by Robert Sakrowski & Kristoffer Gansing), 2015
Ways of Something, The Photographers' Gallery, London (Curated by Lorna Mills), 2015
net.art Painters and Poets, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana (Curated by Vuk Ćosić), 2014
Kim Asendorf is widely known for the creation of a Pixel Sorting algorithm he made Open Source and that has been used by thousands of artists and designers since 2012. The pixel is the main building block in his work, seemingly alive in his abstractions, or rearranged in his iconic Pixel Sorting aesthetics.
He created image file formats as works of art or the first animated GIF sent into Deep Space.