In our first session, my 87-year-old therapist said to me: “OK, I have 17 diseases, five of which are deadly, so what’s your problem? I’m still doing my job because this is my passion and my life.” He was 100% right. I had to quit my job and return to my art.
After my first day minting on HEN, I told my therapist: “I just sold my art for €2,000 today.” It was an incredible moment — it gives you another level of energy if people appreciate your work, especially if they want to own and collect it.
I wasn’t very interested in keeping those works alive — some art is only right for today, and it doesn’t make sense to keep it alive online for years if it is a fragment of the past. Those works were intended as comments on the moment.
For me, it felt like the first time that participants in a protest were uploading huge volumes of images to the web. Thousands of violent pictures surfaced, and I felt a need to respond to that.
It’s not important for me to label myself with something that is already established. I would not call myself a media artist nor a generative artist because I don’t fit into one single group. It has always been important for me to create my own expressions.
The worlds that I create need a certain level of complexity to feel interesting to me. The macro-micro relationship is more a question of style.
I’m not an organized person. I live by chaos theory.
Kim Asendorf is a German visual artist who employs a fusion of experimental and conceptual strategies to craft abstract animations, images, and sculptures. Through the use of automations and algorithms, he engineers natively digital aesthetics to forge an immersive artistic experience. Asendorf is renowned as the creator of a pixel-sorting algorithm that, thanks to its open source nature, has been used by thousands of artists and designers since 2012. He has exhibited globally, including at Transmediale, Berlin; ZKM Karlsruhe; Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen; Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg; NCCA Yekaterinburg; Eyebeam, New York, Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk); and the Overlapping Biennial, Bucharest. He has received honorary mentions and created controversial discussions on major blogs, art magazines, and television.
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