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Liat Grayver is a media artist and painter whose creative research explores the space between perception and action.

■ Artist Statement

My work is an attempt to manifest one’s own intimate biography through materials into the public and social discourse. This is not only about the form or the finished object, but rather about the process, the perspective and perception of a structure — all of which is defined by our dynamic surroundings, and contemplated through the tools, mediums, and technology of the present time and local place.

Putting a mark of paint on a surface is an intuitive gesture that holds within it the intention of the work more than it represents the finished image. The finished work narrows down visual information to its essential gestures and primordial symbolism, exploring collective perception, producing and communicating classical and local iconographic characters encountered in the visual and literary domain. 

photo by Kameradinnen

■ CV

Liat Grayver (1986, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel) is a Berlin-based cross-disciplinary painter and media artist, investigating methods to redefine one of the primitive forms of art — painting — within the current technology-based era. Since January 2016, Grayver has been collaborating with the University of Konstanz on the development of the e-David painting robot, exploring various approaches to integrate robotic and computer languages in the processes of painting and creative image-making. She is an active member of SALOON — Network for Women of Berlin’s Art Scene, and an associate artist research at the Epistemologien ästhetischer Praktiken programme at the ETH Zürich. In 2022 she co-founded the group EACVA - Embodied Agents in Contemporary Visual Art, a multi-disciplinary collaboration between artists, philosophers, psychologists and computer/robotics engineers dedicated to explore the use of robots at an interactive painterly tool, and how it influences the attribution of creativity, authorship, and agency to artificial systems?

    ■ Education

    2015–2018

    Meisterschülerin (Doctoral) Media Art. Prof. Joachim Blank, HGB — Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Leipzig, DE)

    2010–2015

    Diplom (MFA) Painting and Printmaking. Prof. Heribert C. Ottersbach, HGB (Leipzig, DE)

    2014

    New York Art Student League (New York City, USA)

    2013–2014

    Accademia di Belle Arti (Napoli, IT)

    2010–2013

    Private student of the artist Neo Rauch (Leipzig, DE)

    2008–2009

    Shiboku Studio, School for Japanese Painting and Calligraphy (Tel Aviv, IL)

    2005–2008

    Jerusalem Studio School of Painting and Drawing (Jerusalem, IL)

    ■ Residencies

    2020

    »Artist in Lab - Dualität« Residency of the Fraunhofer network for science, art and design (Jena, DE)

    2018–2019

    VERTIGO STARTS: Transhuman Expression, Casa Paganini| InfoMus (Genova, IT); Artist-in-Residence, Kulturwissenschaftlichen Kolleg “Cluster of Excellence Cultural Foundations of Social Integration,” University of Konstanz (Konstanz, DE) 

    2018

    Guest Artist, “Exploring Methods for Computational Creativity in Painting,” Curiosity Lab, TAU (Tel Aviv, IL)

    2017

    Optimization, Chung-Ang University (Seoul, KR) 

    2016–2017

    Artist-in-Residence, Kurt-Tucholsky-Literaturmuseum, Schloss Rheinsberg (Rheinsberg, DE)

    2016

    Endegra 8, European Network for Education and Development in Printmaking, Saimaa University of Applied Science (Imatra, FI); Pleinair Israel, Beit Sturman Museum (Ein Harod, IL) 

    2015

    Guest Artist (ongoing 2015–19) working with new robotics in the fields of painting, University of Konstanz (DE); Guest artist, StartLab MIT— Massachusetts Institute of Technologies (Cambridge, USA)

    2013

    Europäisches Pleinair Symposium (Jena, DE)

    2008

    Goliat Artist Residency, Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC, USA) 

    2007

    International School of Painting, Drawings and Sculpture in Umbria (Monte Castello di Vibio, IT)

    ■ Scholarships

    2021

    Continuum,  Modul C, BBK Berliner Senat.

    2020

    Atelierförderung, Berliner Senat; Stiftung Kunstfonds; Projektförderung, Kulturamt Konstanz

    2018–2019

    STARTS, European Commission; Exzellenzcluster, University of Konstanz

    2017

    Grant for International Project, Cultural Department of the German Embassy in Tel Aviv

    2015–2018

    Promovierendenförderung, Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerkes (ELES)

    2013–2014

    Leonardo-Stipendium (DAAD)

    2012–2015

    Studentenförderung, Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerkes (ELES)

    2007–2008

    Jerusalem Studio School

    ■ Awards, Nominations

    2018–2019

    1st DAGESH Kunstpreis, Jewish Museum Berlin

    2017

    Finalist, 25 Frauen, deren Erfindungen unser Leben verändern, Magazine EDITION F4th Prize, Robotart, international competition for robotic painting.

    ■ Solo Exhibitions

    2021

    InComputable Imagery: Reimagining the brushstroke, Kulturzentrum Konstanz (Konstanz, DE)

    2020

    Conditioned Gestures, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, IOF (Jena, DE)

    2019

    Open Closed Open/ פתוחסגורפתוח, with Yair Kira and Amir Shpilman, Jewish Museum (Berlin, DE); (Learning) The Grammar of the Act [Catalog], University of Konstanz (Konstanz, DE)

    2018

    Transhuman Expression, Casa Paganini| InfoMus (Genova, IT); Traversing the Threshold, Ex-girlfriend Gallery (Berlin, DE)

    2017

    Brushstrokes in the Digital Age,Weizmann Institute of Science, curated by Yivsam Azgad (Rehovot, IL);Étude de l’objet: Bilder und Klangbilder,Kurt-Tucholsky-Literaturmuseum (Rheinberg, DE); Pinselstriche im digitalen Zeitalter,Interdisziplinäre Forschung in Malerei und Robotik, Halle 14 (Leipzig, DE)

    2016

    Portrait of a Sabra: Gestalt of a Symbol,Jafo Creative (Jaffa, IL) 

    2015

    Wende und wende sie immer wieder / הפוךבהוהפוךבה, Tapetenwerk, Gallery Projektort 4D (Leipzig, DE).

    ■ Exhibitions

    2022

    Kunst Forscht, Kunstverein Wolfsburg (DE);

    2021

    The Golden NFT Project, Peng CollectiveLudwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Achen (DE); Chai, Of Offenbach (DE);  Streifzüge, Europäische Kunstakademie (Online Exhibition); AI, Robotics & Art. Hosted by the online platform Women in Ai and Robotics Germany;
    Offen Verschlossen Offen,[Catalog] Kunsthalle Trier (DE).

    2020

    IDENTITÄT [Catalog] Ignatz Bubis-zentrum (Frankfurt, DE); SÉANCE FICTION, Kunstverein Familie Montez (Frankfurt,DE); Vertigo STARTS, CENTQUATRE (Paris FR) 

    2019

    Out of Office. Wenn KI und Roboter für uns arbeiten [Catalog], Zeit Stiftung and Museum der Arbeit (Hamburg, DE); Heim_Spiel Lichtenberg [Catalog],RK Gallery (Berlin, DE); Lebens Wert Arbeit [Catalog], curated by Gabriele Lohberg, Museum am Dom (Trier, DE); Pendoran Vinci — Kunst und künstliche Intelligenz heute, curated by Tina Sauerlaender and Peggy Schoenegge (Peer to space), NRW Forum (Düsseldorf, DE); DRUCK SACHE Tendenzen zeitgenössischer Druckgrafik zwischen Tradition und Innovation [Catalog],Gallery Pankow (Berlin, DE)

    2017

    Transparent Bodies [Catalog], Gallery Hinterconti and Gallery 21 (Hamburg, DE); Optimization [Catalog]Gallery 301 of Chung-Ang University (Seoul, KR); Figuration und Variation,Werkstätten Zürcher Eglihof 8 (Zürich, CH); VSAC Art Night,Kunsthaus ACUD (Berlin, DE); Supervision,Studio Lange Strasse 31 (Frankfurt, DE);4th Europäisches Pleinair Symposium [Catalog]Gallery Huber & Treff (Jena, DE); Brushstrokes in the Digital Age [Catalog],Fresh Paint — Contemporary Art & Design Fair, Museum of Natural History (Tel Aviv, IL); Leipziger Grafikbörse [Catalog],travel exhibition Sächsischen, Kunstwandelhalle Bad Elster, Museum Schloß Burg (Burgk), Städtischen Museum Eisenhüttenstadt, Landtag (Dresden, DE); PENDORAN Vinci — Art & Artificial Intelligence Today, NRW Forum (Düsseldorf, DE)

    2016

    Leipziger Grafikbörse [Catalog], Museum für Druckkunst (Leipzig, DE); Transhuman Motivation,Kreuzberg Pavillon (Berlin, DE); Es lebe das Kollektiv, Cammerspielen, WERK II (Leipzig, DE); Endegra 8,Saimaa University of Applied Science (Imatra, FI); Eyesight,Beit Sturman Museum (Ein Harod, IL)

    2015

    Peace, Halle 11, Spinnerei (Leipzig, DE); L’espace de l’espèce,HB55 Kunstfabrik (Berlin, DE);Family Paint,Contemporary Art & Design Fair (Tel Aviv, IL); No Future — No Past,Institut fuer Zukunft (Leipzig, DE); Civilization,Gallery Kub, curated by Franziska Eißner (Leipzig, DE); 24 Stunde Kunst Westpool,(Leipzig, DE)

    2014

    Prints Made in Leipzig,Gallery of the Hungarian University of Budapest (Budapest, HU)

    2013

    Europäisches Pleinair Symposium [Catalog], Galerie Solotoy Plijos (Jena, DE); Grafikbiennale 100 Sächsische Grafiken [Catalog], Neue Sächsische Galerie (Dresden, DE)

    2012

    Pocket Landscapes, P8 Gallery, curated by Ron Bartosh (Tel Aviv, IL); Grafikbiennale. 100 Sächsische Grafiken [Catalog], Neue Sächsische Galerie — Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst (Chemnitz, DE) 

    2011

    Thus Far,Gallery Livia (Jerusalem, IL); Fresh Paint [Catalog], Contemporary Art & Design Fair (Tel Aviv, IL)

    ■ Artist Talks, Presentations, Lectures

    2021

    LINKed - AI as a tool in the Arts” hosted by Stiftung Niedersachsen and NRW Forum (Düsseldorf, DE)

    2020

    Kreativität und Künstliche IntelligenzLudwig-Maximilians-Universität München (München, DE)

    2019

    The Grammar of Robotic Paintings, Forschungsmaschine: Verschränkte Verfahren von Kunst & Theorie, Volksbühne Berlin (Berlin, DE); Open Closed Open, Jewish Museum (Berlin, DE); Machines and Creative Practice, Wissenschaftsjahr on Artificial Intelligence, Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (Berlin, DE); Transhuman Expression, STARTS Residencies, Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR); Painting Machines and Creative Practice, Goldsmiths University (London, UK); Painting Machines and Creative Practice, HKB — Hochschule der Künste (Bern, CH); Das genuin Menschliche Künstliche Intelligenz und Kreativität, Museum der Arbeit (Hamburg, DE); Painting in the Post-Digital Age, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Helsinki, FI)

    2018

    Transhuman Expression, Chaos Computer Club (35c3) (Leipzig, DE); Brushstrokes in the Digital Age, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Tel Aviv, IL)

    2017

    Optimization [work presentation], Dong-A University (Busan, KR); Optimization [work presentation], Chung Ang University (Seoul, KR); Avoiding the Image, DAGESH — ELES Kunstlab (Berlin, DE); Pinselstriche im digitalen Zeitalter: Interdisziplinäre Forschung in Malerei und Robotik, Halle 14, Spinnerei (Leipzig, DE); (Learning) The Grammar of the Act, University of Konstanz (Konstanz, DE); Étude de l’objet: The Infinite Visual Existences of a Singular Object, Kurt-Tucholsky Literaturmuseum (Rheinsberg, DE).

    ■ Publications

    2021

    The Machine as Art/ The Machine as Artist ISBN 978-3-03936-064-2 (Hbk); ISBN 978-3-03936-065-9 (PDF) שירת המדע, שנתון לספרות, אמנות ומדעweizmann institute of science

    2019

    Transhuman Expression: Human-Machine Interaction as a Neutral Base for a New Artistic and Creative Practice, co-authored with Gualtiero Volpe, Collection of Expressive Artwork, Eurographic (Genova, IT)

    2018

    Self-Improving Robotic Brushstroke Replication, co-authored with Marvin Gülzow and Oliver Deussen, in MDPI (CH); Lebens Wert Arbeit, Exhibition Catalogue [ISBN 978-3-945277-04-1], Museum am Dom (Trier, DE); Out of Office, Exhibition Catalogue [ISBN: 978-3-947178-05-6], Zeit Stiftung und Museum der Arbeit (Hamburg DE)

    ■ Teaching

    2021

    Ausgewählt für die W3-Professur für die künstlerischen Werkstätten, HGB Leipzig

    2019–2021

    Europäische Kunstakademie Trier (2019)

    2018

    Digital Humanities, Universität Genua

    2016

    StartLab, IAP, MIT — Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

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