BIO

Having studied photography, neuroscience, medicine and architecture, Warren Neidich brings to any discussion platform a unique interdisciplinary position that he calls “trans-thinking.” He currently uses video and neon to create cross pollinating conceptual text-based works that reflect upon situations at the border zone of art, science and social justice. His performative and sculptural work “Pizzagate Neon” (2018), a large hanging neon sculpture recently on display at the 2019 Venice Biennial, analyzed the relations of Fake News, networked attention economy, evolving techno-cultural habitus, and the co-evolving architecture of the brain.

His recent conceptual project Drive-By-Art (Public Sculpture in This Moment of Social Distancing) just opened on the South Fork of Long Island and Los Angeles to acclaim including reviews in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Art Newspaper, Time Out and Los Angeles Magazine. He is founder and director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (2015-), a theory intensive postgraduate course that attracts students worldwide operating in Los Angeles, New York City and Berlin. This year it addressed the topic of “Care, Caring and Repair in Cognitive Capitalism.”

In 1996, he founded www.artbrain.org and the Journal of Neuroaesthetics which is still active today including a recent issue on “Art and Telepathy.” He is a recipient of the Vilem Flusser Theory Award, Transmediale, AHRB/ACE Arts and Science Research Fellowship, Bristol and a Fulbright Scholarship. Additionally, he was a tutor in the departments of visual art, computer science and cultural studies at Goldsmiths College (2004-2008) where, in collaboration with the Center for Cultural Studies, he created the first conference on Neuroaesthetics (2005), as well as a Department of Neuroaesthetics (2005-2008).

As a remote research fellow at TU Delft School of Architecture he co-edited (with Deborah Hauptmann) Cognitive Architecture: From Biopolitics to Noo-Politics. Thereafter, he edited three volumes of the Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism, published by Archive Books, and Neuromacht, published in German by Merve Verlag. His Glossary of Cognitive Activism was published for the opening of his solo exhibition “Rumor to Delusion” at the 2019 Venice Biennial. Recently, he served as Professor of Art at Weißensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin (2017-2018). He has been a visiting lecturer in art departments at Brown University, GSD Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, Southern California Institute of Architecture, UCLA, La Sorbonne Paris, University of Oxford and Cambridge University.