Mauren Brodbeck, born 1974 in Geneva. Lives and works in Geneva

Mauren Brodbeck, a Swiss multisensory artist and singer-songwriter, uses visual and auditory elements to create startling reinterpretations of common objects and experiences. Her multidimensional works invite her audience to step outside their safe and familiar realities and reconsider their relationships with the people and environments around them.

Brodbeck’s arts education began at the Collège de Saussure in Geneva, where she focused on the visual arts—drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and videography. After graduation, she moved to the Pacific West Coast for several years, first attending the Vancouver Film School in Canada for a diploma in film production, and then going on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Southern California. 

As a student at ArtCenter, she gained international attention when her work was selected for inclusion in the inaugural “reGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow” global travelling exhibition, curated by a committee from the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. The exposure she received led to a solo exhibition with the J.J. Heckenhauer gallery, ongoing representation with the Lumas Editions Gallery, and inclusion in a number of Art Fairs, including Photo Miami, Paris Photo, and the Berliner Liste.

Following these successes, she decided to expand into multisensory works and enrolled in the post graduate program at Geneva Haute École d'Arts et de Design to study interactive arts and new media. Her recent multisensory productions include “Barenaked,” a solo show at the Auer Photo Foundation, and “Mood Motel,” an interactive, automated installation at the Andata Ritorno Laboratory for Contemporary Art. In 2014, Drago Publishing released a 10 year retrospective of her work, Mauren Brodbeck, Oeuvres Photographiques/Photographic Works: 2004-2014. Brodbeck’s pieces can be found in a number of private, public, and museum collections.

Brodbeck’s current works focus on the concepts of identity and authenticity, exploring the gap between reality and fantasy and reinterpreting common experiences to reshape our stories and emotions. These influences also shape the singer/songwriter work she does with her electro-pop glamrock band, Jim Margin. She is also the creator of Raw and Radical, a project focused on inspiring, connecting, and supporting women artists including a series of podcasts. When not immersed in her artistic pursuits, she writes and spends time with her family at their home in Geneva.

REPRESENTATION

Gallery JJ Heckenhauer eK
Markstrasse 14 D-80802 Münich + 49 (0) 172 740 9569
www.heckenhauer.net

“Erasure” Paper Positions Münich, October 18th - 21st, 2018

Solo Exhibitions

« Mood Motel », Andata Ritorno Laboratory for Contemporary Art, Geneva 17.03.16 - 24.04.16
« Exploration of a Sonic Landscape », Paris Photo Off, Salon H, Paris, 14.11.15 - 15.11.15
« Barenaked » Auer Photo Foundation, Hermance, 22.01.15 – 27.02.15
« Shame & Vulnerability » Tafkaj Art Gallery, Geneva 28.11.12 – 31.05.13
« Seven Wonders » Espace R - 50 JPG - Centre de la Photographie, Geneva 03.06.10 - 31.07.10
« I have to call Cathy Kim » Gallery Helmut Hartmann, Vienna, 04.11.08 – 06.11.08
« New Work, NW» Espace R, Geneva 07.10.08 – 07.11.08
« Urbanscape, Cityscape and Chocolate » Gallery Heckenhauer, Berlin, 24.03.07 – 27.04.07

Performances

« Mood Motel » special guest Love Motel, 25 minutes, Andata Ritorno Laboratory for Contemporary Art, 2016
« Barenaked » 30 minutes, Auer Photo Foundation, Hermance, 2015
« Shame » 90 minutes, Design Days 2013, Sicli, Geneva, 2013
« Shame » 22 minutes, Bal des Créateurs, Geneva, 2013

Talks & Conferences

« The Missing Motel »  avec Pauline Marchetti, Jacques Ferrier et Philippe Simay de Sensual City Studio Paris, Sicli Genève, 19.04.16
« Franchement Femmes»  Auer Photo Foundation, Hermance, 2015
« Horyou TV » Horyou, Fonction : Cinéma, Geneva, 2015
« FuckUp Nights » Lausanne, 2015
« Event concept and design » CREA, Geneva, 2012
« Sonic branding » University of Geneva, Geneva, 2010

Collective Exhibitions (selected)

« Les trésors de la Fondation Auer Ory de 1839 à nos jours » Le Bolero, Versoix, Auer Photo Foundation, 24.04.15 - 07.06.15
Fototropia, Geografica, Guatemala, 07.07.14
« Regarde ! des enfants » Auer Photo Foundation, BAC Le Commun, Geneva, 04.10.13 – 23.11.13
« Perfect Day » Lumas Editition Gallery, Berlin, 12.09.13 – 13.10.13
« Shame » performance et wallpaper, Design Days 2013, Sicli, Geneva, 26.09.13 et 26.09.13 – 29.09.13
040 Festival für Fotografie in der Gegenwatskunst, Frappant E.V. Gallery, Hamburg, 12.06.13 – 16.06.13
Fototropia, Geografica, Guatemala, 30.05.13 – 30.06.13
« Mouvances, Les tribulations de la photographie dans le monde de l’art de 1888 à nos jours » Auer Photo Foundation, Geneva, 11.10.12-24.11.12
Chic Art Fair, Art City Gallery, Paris, 22.10.10 – 25.10.10
« Lux Metropolis » Art City Gallery, Paris, 0.09.10 – 21.10.10
« Sweet People » Factory gallery & Compactspace gallery, Los Angeles, USA 09.09.10 – 16.10.10
« Urbanscapes » LAS gallery & Espace Vertical, Gare de l’Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, 28.12.09 – 04.02.10
Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelber, vvork exhibit, Mannheim, 05.09.09 – 25.10.09
Festival International de l'image environnementale, Arles, 07.07.09 – 12.07.09
« ReGeneration, 50 photographers of Tomorrow » Albin OKuhn Library et Gallery, College Park, MD, 13.04.09 – 07.06.09
« ReGeneration, 50 photographers of Tomorrow » Hoffman Gallery, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR, 22.01.09 – 15.03.09
« Repeat Until » Compactspace la, Los Angeles, CA,  24.01.09 – 10.03.09
F/Stop International Photography Festival, Leipzig, 16.07.08 – 20.06.08
« Mutations » Festival Voies Off, Arles,  08.07.08 – 12.07.08
« Collective » Galerie Boyer-Labarre, Geneva, 24.01.09 – 29.02.08
Photo Miami, gallery Heckenhauer, Berlin, 06.12.08 – 10.12.08
Paris Photo, gallery Heckenhauer,Berlin, 15.11.07 – 18.11.07
Berliner Liste, gallery Heckenhauer, Berlin, 30.09.07 – 03.10.07
« Real and Constructed Places », Gallery Heckenhauer, Berlin, 07.06.07 – 14.07.07
« Reality Strikes Back » Universal Cube, Postgraduate HEAD, Leipzig, 28.04.07 – 02.06.07
« Metric » Installation interactive, Mapping Vijing Festival, BAC, Geneva 26.04.07 – 13.05.07
Art Cologne, gallery Heckenhauer, Cologne, 18.04.07 – 22.04.07
« Future View » Art & Vision Gallery, Geneva, 22.03.07 - 05.05.2007
« ReGeneration, 50 photographers of Tomorrow » Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Pasadena, CA, 04.02.07 – 22.04-07
« ReGeneration, 50 photographers of Tomorrow » Pingyao Int. Photography Festival, China, 16.09.06 – 22.09.06
« ReGeneration, 50 photographers of Tomorrow » Art Institute of Boston, Boston, USA, 04.09.06 – 05.11
« 7 fotographers Sbf|Pps|Fps » Casa Cavalier Pellanda, Biasca, 18.06.06 – 30.07.06
Nu Art, Art Amsterdam KunstRAI, Lumas edition gallery, Amsterdam, 03.05.06 – 07.05.06
« ReGeneration, 50 photographers of Tomorrow » Aperture Fondation, New York, NY, 06.04.06 – 22.06.06
« First Sight » Lumas Editions galerie, Berlin, 26.11.05 – 28.02.06
« ReGeneration, 50 photographers of Tomorrow » Galerie Carla Sozzani, Milan, 10.11.05 – 11.12.05
« ReGeneration, 50 photographers of Tomorrow » Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, 25.06.05 – 31.10.05
« Radio Berlin » public art installation, Alexander Platz, Berlin, fall 2003

International Film Festivals (selected)

Canneslions International Advertising Festival, Film « Tekna », 2009, Cannes
Houston International Film Festival, Film « Plastik », 2008, Houston, TX
Intercom, The International Communications Film & Video Competition, Film « Plastik », 2008 Chicago, IL
Cristalli Di Locarno,  Film « Tekna », 2009, Locarno
The Flagstaff International Film Festival, Film « Plastik », 2008, Flagstaff, AZ
Spiez Film Festival, Swiss Panorama, Film « Plastik », Best Swiss Film Awards, 2008, Spiez, Switzerland
Ankara International Film Festival, Film « Plastik », 2008, Ankara
Message to Man St. Petersburg International Film Festival, Film « Plastik », 2008, St.Peterburg
Chichester Film Festival, Film « Plastik », 2008, Chichester
Leeds International Film Festival, Film « Plastik », 2008, Leeds
Boston Film Festival, Film « Plastik », 2007, Boston, MA
Figuera Da Foz International Film Festival,  Film « Plastik », Figuera Da Foz, 2008, Portugal
Cinema Tout Ecran,Geneva IFF, Film « Plastik », 2007, Geneva
Raindance Film Showcase, Film « Plastik », 2009, London
Filmmakers Exclusive Networking Night, Film « Plastik », 2008, London

Awards

London International Creative Competition Award 2013, Creative Award Performance « Shame »
Deutsche Design Prize 2012, nomination
Grand Prix Romand de la Création 2011, Best digital campaign - interactive photography, “Plus qu’une Mission” Geneva state police
ED Award 2010, European Design Award, Silver Award, Signs & Displays, Ecole des Petites-Fontaines, Geneva
Grand Prix Romand de la Création 2009, Graphic Design / Signage, Ecole des Petites-Fontaines, Geneva
Regional Design Annual 2007, New York City, Key: New York Times Real Estate Magazine, nov/dec 2007, Art photography
Color Awards 2007, nomination Fine Art category
2002 Adobe Achievement Awards, Photography Section, Honorable mention
Houston Int. Film Festival 1999, Silver Award, Educational TV & Film Commercial category, director and producer advertising film « Tekna »
Flagstaff Int. Film Festival 1998, Bronze Award, Ind. Experimental Film and Video Awards, writer and director « Plastik»
Spiez Film Festival 1998, Best Film Award, short film « Plastik »