Jürgen Claus | i |
last name: Claus
first name: Jürgen
birthday: May 28, 1935
birth-place: Berlin (Germany)

Jürgen Claus is an artists that works with different techniques, like painting, film, light, or underwater art, but he is foremost known for his solar installations. His interest lies in connecting technology and art. He worked as fellow and research affiliate at the renowned Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the MIT. He now lives and works with his wife in Baelen, Belgium, where he is the director of the Centre Overoth.

“Jürgen and Nora Claus organized the international [”SolArt Global Network":http://www.khm.de/~SolArt/] to coordinate work of artists, scientists, and theorists whose work was inspired by the sun. It was begun in the summer solstice in 1995. (…) Jürgen Claus sees the transition to solar energy as an absolute ecological necessity. He notes that the change will not happen without underlying cultural changes, and sees artists who understand solar energy as a critical element in bringing about that change. Claus creates sculptures that use solar energy." [Wilson, 2002, p.247/248]

Jürgen Claus describes three basic forms of interactive art [cf. Iskandar, 2005, p. 18]:

  • Cybernetic systems: Systems that answer by reacting through sound, light, shadow, movement and the elementariness like wind.
  • Digital systems: Computer-aided interaction that is marked by real-time, signal processing beyond the human’s range of perception, and the possibility to save and compute huge amounts of data with a computer.
  • Organic systems: A network of technical and natural systems.

1954-60 Universities of Marburg, Munich, Germany (Theater, Philosophy, Art)
1972 Artist-in-Residence, Institute for Humanistic Studies, in Aspen, USA
1883 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT,Cambridge
1987-89 Research Affiliate at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT,Cambridge
1990-2000 Professor Media Arts at Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany.
2000- Director of Centre Overoth, in Baelen, Belgium
1972 Institute for Humanistic Studies, Aspen, USA
1975 Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Germany 1975
University of the Arts, Osaka, Japan 1975
1979 Nature Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland 1979
1986 prodomo, Vienna, Austria
1979-2004 Autoren Galerie, Munich, Germany
1996 Katholische Akademie, Freiburg, Germany
2003-2007 RaumSolar, Munich, Germany
2009 Museum Reich der Kristalle, Munich, Germany
1970 Biennale San Marino, Italy
1975,1983,1990 ArtTransition, Cambrige, USA, Munich, Germany
1983-84 Electra, Musee d’art moderne, Paris
1986 Ars electronica, Linz, Austria
1999-2000 Lumia, International Lyskunst, Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
2005 ELEMENTA 1, Otto Galerie, Munich, Germany
2006 Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM Karlsruhe
2007 Trilog: William Blake – Jean Lurcat – Jürgen Claus, RaumSolar Munich
1967 68/ Finnisage : Hans Richter – Jürgen Claus
2008 RaumSolar Munich
Performing the City, Lothringerstrasse 13, Munich
1995 Solar Crystal, Juelich, Germany
1997-1998 Solar Icosahedron, Geislingen, Germany
1988 Prix Lago Maggiore, Videoart Festival, Locarno, Switzerland
1995 European Solar Prize, Bonn, Germany (with Nora Claus)
2000- Deputy Governor, ABIRA, American Biographical Institute – Research Association, USA
posted over 2 years ago
Hello Jurgen, Have been wanting to get in touch with you for the past few years. Hope you are well. I am still living in Cambridge and would really like to reconnect. My phone number is 617 5769581 and I m also on Skype. Hope to talk to you soon. aldo tambellini
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