Fabian Hesse

City, Country:

Berlin, München, Germany


2017, 2018, 2019


Nov 2018 - Feb 2019

Born 1980 in Augsburg/Germany.

Fabian Hesse studied with Prof. Olaf Metzel and Prof. Heimo Zobernig and graduated from Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich/Germany in 2012 with a diploma and Meisterschüler (master student) distinction.

Hesse’s work deals with social and material transformations in the course of the technological transition, in particular with digital fabrication. He uses it for his art and examines the question where new approaches for social, material and structural transformations of society could take place within the rapid development of technology. Fabian Hesse creates objects, installations, scores, and workshop formats, often together with other artists. He focuses on interfaces between human and automatic systems with the help of open hardware 3D-printers, -scanners, and 3D modeling. In doing so, it becomes clear that (post-)digital technologies rather close themselves off from the user instead of making the interaction between humans and technologies tangible. By means of 3D printers and interfering in their blueprints and printing processes, he co-creates abstract sculptures made from data sets. He counters the perfection of smooth surfaces and closed systems with glitches that reveal the construction and structures of the medium.

Fabian Hesse’s exhibitions, projects, workshops, and performances have taken place at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich/Germany, Kunstverein Wolfsburg/Germany, Goethe-Institut Bangalore/India, Transmission Gallery Glasgow/UK, Haus der Kunst Munich, 54. Venice Biennale/Italy, and nGbK Berlin/Germany.

From 2014 to 2016, Hesse was artist-curator at Lothringer13_Florida in Munich. In 2017, he co-organized the residency project Double Road with Bangalore, Karnataka/India. In 2018/2019, he teaches artistic experimentation with digital fabrication at HFBK Hamburg. Together with Mitra Wakil, he is a fellow from November 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019  in the framework of the »WimmelResearch-Fellowship« – a joint project of Robert Bosch GmbH, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and Wimmelforschung.

Fabian Hesse lives in Berlin and Munich.