studio Adib Fricke
Berlin – Schöneberg




Artists with works at this studio


Adib Fricke (b. 1962, Frankfurt a. M.) works with words and text since the late ‘80s. He studied experimental design at the Universität der Künste, Berlin and Japanologie at Freie Universität Berlin. Fricke’s early works involve chance generators like The Smile of Leonardo da Vinci and other experimental language based works such as The Space Shuttle – a film in words. 1994 he established The Word Company, an institution with which he produced and distributed ›protonymes‹ (words without meaning) and ›units consisting of words‹. 2004 projects followed, in which Fricke isolated text fragments from digital text collections which he then connected in a freely contextualized way. 2013 Fricke additionally started, a project platform, in which he artistically investigates subjects around neuro-science and creative research.

Melanie Manchot (b. 1966, Düsseldorf, Germany) is a London based artist who works with photography, film and video as a performative and participatory practice. Her projects often explore specific sites and public spaces in order to locate notions of individual and collective identities. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including exhibitions at The Whitechapel Gallery, London; MacVal, Musee d’Art Contemporaire, Paris; The Photographers Gallery, London; Galerie m, Bochum, Germany; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Australian Museum of Photography, Sydney; The Courtauld Institute, London; Museum Folkwang, Essen and as part of Nuit Blanche, Paris. She is the recipient of many awards including the Oriel Davies Award 2012 and the Great North Run Moving Image Commission 2013. In 2015/2016 there will be a UK solo touring show of her new video installation Twelve.

Markus Wirthmann (b. 1963, Aschaffenburg am Main) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Braunschweig and the Berlin University of Arts, where he later served as an instructor. Wirthmann constructs his pieces with ephemeral and amorphous materials. Water, sand, light, and air are arranged in technical experiments that reframe scientific processes in aesthetic terms. While the material conditions are determined by the artist, the form they take is usually left to machines that reproduce seemingly natural phenomena, such as the creation of sand dunes or a solar eclipse. In his many exhibitions, the work and the apparatus that created them are shown in tandem. Through this combination, the artist evades metaphysical or poetical reference. Instead, Wirthmann’s sculpture is in a permanent flow, congealing again and again to an image that reveals the conditions of its own formation. Markus Wirthmann has received such awards as Cuanuswerk, Worpswede, the Dix Prize, and the Art Fund Scholarship. When not in residence at Amherst College or working abroad, Wirthmann lives and works in Berlin.