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Jorinde Voigt (German b. 1977)

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Diagrammatic drawings, written notations, self-generating musical scores: algorithms become visualizations of thought processes that methodically fill the paper in sweeping arcs, arrows, and lines in the work of Jorinde Voigt (1977). Voigt holds degrees in both Visual Culture Studies and Visual Art Studies. The artist was most recently shown in the 2011 Venice Biennale and was a Future Generation Art Prize Winner in 2010. Voigt is also an accomplished cellist and a former philosophy scholar; she lives and works in Berlin.

Drawing is well served by its particular relationship with reality—both as a complex medium of representation, a tool for the painterly abstraction of reality, and, owing to its ability to convey the draughtman’s conceptions and ideas, by way of its potential to “record”, protocol or even (re)construct these with a quick stroke. Drawing as a medium is thus served by the fact that it can mediate between the subject and the world, or between the perception of reality and representation.”  —Jorinde Voigt, Hans-Jürgen Hafner. 2008. “Jorinde Voigt,” from the exhibition catalogue ANDREAS TELLEFSEN / JORINDE VOIGT / RALF ZIERVOGEL.

My work is like music, you can enjoy it without being able to read the score.” —Rory MacLean, February 2010, Jorinde Voigt interviewed by Rory MacLean, Meet the Germans. Goethe Institute.

Drawing allows me to develop maps to many constellations, across many possibilities. . . . I deal a lot with what is subjective and objective, I create a time construct which is beyond our ability to experience.” —Rory MacLean, February 2010, Jorinde Voigt interviewed by Rory MacLean, Meet the Germans. Goethe Institute.

Of course it’s all an experiment. I am always discovering in my work.” —Rory MacLean, February 2010, Jorinde Voigt interviewed by Rory MacLean, Meet the Germans. Goethe Institute.

Jorinde Voigt
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I find it exciting to ask a viewer to imagine something in a different way, in ten different ways. Of course people can just enjoy my work visually but I liked to share my thinking, to help them to understand its logic so they can—if you like—read the score.” —Rory MacLean, February 2010, Jorinde Voigt interviewed by Rory MacLean, Meet the Germans. Goethe Institute.

 “Making the non-visible visible is the energy field found in the works of Jorinde Voigt. The idea of infinity is not yet exhausted.” —Marianne Hoffman in Burg, Tobias and Museum Folkwang Essen. 2008. Zeichnung als prozess [drawing as process]. Essen; Heidelberg: Museum Folkwang; Kehrer.

Voigt endeavors in her musical scores, as she herself refers to her work, to find rhythms that live from repetition and variation and condense into poetic visions.” —Marianne Hoffman in Burg, Tobias and Museum Folkwang Essen. 2008. Zeichnung als prozess [drawing as process]. Essen; Heidelberg: Museum Folkwang; Kehrer.

 
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