We are pleased to announce our Japan Resident Artist 2020, as part of the exchange program with the Kyoto Art Center / Japan. He will spend 8 weeks in Japan from January to March.
Philipp Dreber is a visual artist and designer.
During his studies Philipp was assistant to the metal sculptor Wolfgang Göddertz. Here he developed his interest to play with the potentials of materials and to exploit them. In 2010 he completed his studies at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences with a focus on Public and Social Design.
Philipp has been a freelance artist since 2010. He is dedicated to interventions in public space and architecture, the interface in which artistic design and human living space meet.
He empathises with the possibilities and peculiarities of a place or theme in order to explore what a concrete intervention can achieve.
In his sculptures he deals with physical phenomena of light, water and wind and works especially with reflective surfaces. In his imagination, things are never to be regarded as separate from their surroundings. In this way, relationships between the world and the object become perceptible. In his work Philipp searches for holistic answers and gives the viewer the opportunity to open up new perspectives and new levels of connotation.
This gives his installations an immediacy. In Philipp’s installations and objects, social attributions and readings are questioned and reformulated.
In this way, Philipp has produced a variety of works in recent years. For example, he created one of the largest holograms in public space in Viersen, a play ship for children in Cologne’s Rheinauhafen, floating sculptures in Schloss Dyck and the interactive installation NEGUA together with the artist collective Kalypso, which won the Blooom Award and could also be seen in South Korea.
Another aspect of Philipp’s work is the research of generative design processes. Using computer-aided modeling, he simulates the behavior and formation of swarms. In his residency project in Kyoto, Philipp investigates the relationship between modern design processes and Japanese traditional craftsmanship. He juxtaposes these two form-finding processes in order to create a synthesis from them.