Sebastian Häger

1979 · Germany

The works of Sebastian Häger reflect his approach towards a topography of the interspace. Within them, one is able to view the bizarre and concealed world hidden between paper layers. Through multiple overlaps and by means of analogical design interventions, new spaces are created that visualize the confusion of reality and illusion.

"I leave the house and follow the sidewalk to the right, just like I do on any other day. I reach an intersection. The sun is shining; people are passing by. While I wait for the traffic lights to switch, the rising sun breaks over an angled ridge of a roof and cuts the space diagonally in half. The top is almost completely illuminated and it seems as though in places the light has blasted away the facade peaks. It is a scenario of unreal architectural skeletons, an ever-changing play of light that happens takes place in my background. The ground level of shop windows and street displays constitute a low-contrast gray and the individual contours of design and motion seamlessly blend into each other. Once perceptible figures are peeled out of this haze, they become part of this spectacle. Light throws its projections through the glass of the windows, they break over the edges of tables, minimize in glasses – becoming barely perceptible short episodes of their interaction with light, space and its elements – a collage which is too short to perceive while in motion. For this world of liquid, autopoietic textural landscapes, movement is a fundamental part. In my work I have found a way to freeze time and depict the playful world concealed within the movement of light and space." Sebastian Häger, 2017

SHORT BIORGRAPHY

Sebastian Häger * 1979 lives and works in Berlin.

Between 2006 and 2009 he is part of an artist collective that artistically revived the former Kindl brewery in Neukölln. In 2015 he completed his Master of Arts at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). His works are regularly shown at the annual UdK tour.

From 2016 to 2018 he works as an assistant for City Culture and Art in urban space for the district of Berlin Mitte. During this time he is also part of the artistic direction of the Bärenzwinger Lab and curator of several exhibitions. He is the current artistic project manager of the annual program "Exhibitions for a speculative audience" in the gallery white elephant. Sebastian Häger acts at the interface of artistic and curatorial practice.

Sebastian Häger