Johannes Paul Raether
Artist / Schwarmwesen
Performs as Schwarmwesen and a myriad of other beings
Lives in Berlin, Germany
Schwarmwesen, The Geopathology of Parthenon [6.1.6] (2018), Schwarmwesen, Brandenburg Gate Chronostrophy [6.1.5] (2016), Schwarmwesen Exoskeleton (2013–ongoing)
Johannes Paul Raether creates fictional characters that he refers to as his tools and with which he generates and navigates situations in public space. These figures evolve over time and take on lives of their own, sometimes as more defined identities, sometimes as abstract personae with multiple subjectivities. Speculating on and animating future identities, these figures insert themselves in situations that involve both participants and uninvolved onlookers, raising questions of self-determination, gender, and posthuman futures.
Equipped with a specific array of skin paint, fabrics, and performative objects, Schwarmwesen invites AB6 visitors to a guided tour performance at a prominent tourist site in Athens that plays a central role in the construction of Greek identity, on November 3, 2018.
#alterego #wellness #spirituality #self-alienation
photos 1 & 2: Myrto Kyritsi, 6th Athens Biennale 2018
photos 3 & 4: Nysos Vasilopoulos
6th Athens Biennale 2018 ANTI
Schwarmwesen, Brandenburg Gate Chronostrophy [6.1.5], 2016
Video and installation
Schwarmwesen Exoskeleton, 2013–ongoing
Modified, backpack, tripods, bike Tires, camera-straps, souvenirs from respective sites of appearance in Florence, New York City, Glasgow, Hamburg, Paris, and Berlin
Courtesy of the artist