Uli Westphal
1980, Bochum, Germany
works and lives in Berlin, Germany

My works deal with the way humans perceive, depict and transform the natural world. I am especially interested in how misconceptions and ideologies shape our view of nature. In recent years I have focused on the portrayal and transformation of nature through the food industries. My work is multidisciplinary and research based, frequently consisting out of collections, classification systems, simulations and experimental set-ups.

Education

2008 Master of Art / Art in Context
2005-2008 Study at the Institute for Art in Context - Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany
2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts
2002 Study at the Maryland Institute, College of Art , Baltimore, USA
2000-2004 Study at Aki – Academy for Fine Arts and Design , Enschede, The Netherlands

Exhibitions

2017 Feldstudien - Museum der Brotkultur, Ulm, Germany (solo)
2017A Moment Before - Dokhuis Gallery, Amsterdam, The Neterlands
2016 Vynikající - Art Wall Gallery, Prague,Czech Republic (solo)
2016 Paris Food Art Week - Freegan Pony, Paris, France
2016 표준자연 | Quality Control - Sky Plaza Gallery, Seoul City Hall, Seoul, Korea
2016 SATTisfaction - Vollgutlager, Berlin, Germany
2016 Vestígios: Uma reflexão sobre o homem e o alimento - Galeria Rabieh, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2016 Reflexiones de La Habana - Galería Odalys, Madrid, Spain
2015 Supermarket of Emotions - Entretempo Kitchen Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2015 In Vitro Garden - NON Berlin - Asia Contemporary Art Platform, Berlin, Germany
2015 Museo Organico Romerillo - 12th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
2015 Mehr von Weniger - Voegele Kultur Zentrum, Zurich - Pfäffikon, Switzerland
2015 Food Waste Money - Entretempo Kitchen Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2014 Essen und Trinken - Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany (permanent)
2014 we , animals - scenarios - MEINBLAU Projektraum, Berlin, Germany
2014 we , animals - biographies - MEINBLAU Projektraum, Berlin, Germany
2014 SUMMA Artfair - Madrid, Spain
2014 Transplantation - SMBA - Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2014 Schlaraffenland - Villa Van Delden, Ahaus, Germany (solo)
2014 Off - Contemporary Art Fair Brussels - Brussels, Belgium
2014 Cornucopia - Ming Studios, Boise, Idaho, USA (solo)
2014 Unsere Tiere - Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany
2014 One Hour One River - Waterwheel - World Water Day Symposium Berlin, Germany (online)
2014 Art Fair Tokyo - Tokyo, Japan
2014 Le Zeste Qui Compte - PointCulture, Liege, Charleroi, Uccle, Namur and Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (traveling exhibition)
2013 Fantastic Library - Dostoyevsky Library, Moscow, Russia
2013 Human Nature - Odalys - Galeria de Arte, Caracas, Venezuela (solo)
2013 Natural Studies - MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary
2013 Crossovers - Design Terminál, Budapest, Hungary
2013 Elemental 1|4 - Galeria Odalys, Madrid, Spain
2013 Internaturalita - PAV Parco d'Arte Vivente, Torino, Italy
2013 Food Project - The Shape Of Taste - MART Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
2013 Transformation - Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2012 Eating by Design - Designhuis, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2012 Precarious - P142, Berlin, Germany
2012 Supernaturale - NOPX, Torino, Italy (solo)
2012 Essenziell - Kunstraum T27, Berlin, Germany
2012 Tuin der Lusten (Garden of Earthly Delights) - Fotogalerie Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2011 Museumsbauhütte II - Werkbundarchiv / Museum der Dinge, Berlin, Germany
2011 Taste the Waste / World Food Day - DQE, Cologne, Germany
2011 Supernatural - VBM 20.10 Contemporary Art & Design, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2011 Food for Future - Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
2010 Domestikation - Phyletisches Museum, Jena, Germany
2010 A house, a rooster & its's chicks - P142, Berlin, Germany
2010 Naturgeschichten - Naturmuseum Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany (solo)
2010 Consume - Exit Art, New York, USA
2010 Cabin Fever - Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, USA
2009 Wildwuchs - pica pica, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009 Vermessung - Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany
2009 Vermessung - Schloss Agathenburg, Hamburg, Germany
2009 Genealogien - Phyletisches Museum, Jena, Germany (solo)
2009 Mutatoes - KK Outlet, London, United Kingdom (solo)
2009 Criteria - Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, USA
2009 Re-Creation - Artists and the Animal Kingdom - St Andrews Museum, St Andrews, Scotland
2008 Museumsbauhütte - Werkbundarchiv / Museum der Dinge, Berlin, Germany
2008 Vijversburg 6 - Sculpture-Park Vijversburg, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands (commission)
2008 Aus dem Kontext - Universität der Künste Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2008 Palm Fiction - Palmkernölspeicher, Berlin, Germany
2008 Ist das ein Frosch ? - tmp.deluxe - temporary space for art & media, Berlin, Germany
2008 The More Things Change... - BEFF 5 - 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand
2008 POV - KLUBB Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2007 Mutatoes - Markt am Kollwitzplatz, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006 Ball of Fame - Umspannwerk (former Vitra Design Museum), Berlin, Germany
2005 Subterrania - Kruithuisje, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands (solo) (commission)
2005 Via II - Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
2005 Via I - Quidian Art Center, Quanzhou, China
2005 Destillaat VII - Extrapool, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2004 Tupajumi International - Kaapelitehdas (Cablefactory), Helsinki, Finland
2004 Gog-Bot Media Art Festival - Planet Art, Enschede, The Netherlands
2004 Aki 2004 - Academy for Fine Arts and Design, Enschede, The Netherlands
2004 O Sole Mio - Kloster Bentlage, Bentlage, Germany
2002 Arche Noah - MICA - Stationbuilding, Baltimore, USA (solo)
2002 Shaped Places - Kloster Bentlage, Bentlage, Germany
2001 Textour - Berkelkraftwerk, Vreden, Germany
2001 Leviathan - former Sporthall, Ahaus, Germany (solo)

Talks / Lectures

2017 A Moment Before... - Dokhuis Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2016 Arte, Alimentação e Ativismo - Casa Do Saber, São Paulo, Brazil
2016 Reflexiones de La Habana: La Habana Comestible - Galeria Odalys, Madrid, Spain
2015 Intro, podium discussion - Food Film Festival, Wageningen, The Netherlands
2014 Elephas Anthropogenus - ICIM3 - International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Berlin, Germany
2014 Visual Narratives - Waterwheel - World Water Day Symposium, Boise, Idaho, USA (online)
2014 Cornucopia - MING Studios, Boise, Idaho, USA
2014 Transplantation - SMBA - Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2014 Schlaraffenland - Villa Van Delden, Ahaus, Germany
2013 Human Nature - Odalys - Galeria de Arte, Caracas, Venezuela
2013 Human Nature - Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas, Architecture Department, Caracas, Venezuela
2010 Naturgeschichten - Naturmuseum Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany
2009 Genealogien - Phyletisches Museum, Jena, Germany
2008 Elephas Anthropogenus - Museumsbauhütte - Museum der Dinge, Berlin, Germany
2005 Via II - Xiamen University, Xiamen, China

Residencies

2014 MING Studios, Boise, Idaho, USA

Work in Public Collections

Domaine de Chamarande , Chamarande, France
Phyletisches Museum , Jena, Germany
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden , Dresden, Germany
DOK Delft , Delft, The Netherlands

Selected Printed Media (Newspapers, Books, Magazines)

2017 Augsburger Allgemeine, Augsburg, Germany, 13. March, Marcus Golling: Schöne Form abseits der Norm
2017 Südwest Presse, Germany 26. January, Lena Grundhuber: Museum der Brotkultur: Die Fenster öffnen
2016 Manmade - Contemporary Art about the Relationship between Mankind and Earth, Mathieu de Meyer, Tim Joye, Benoit Stubbe, Hannibal Publishing, Bruges, Belgium, ISBN 9789492081636, pp. 150-151,
2016 El Trono, Torino, Italy, N° 3, cover, pp. 3-4 U. Westphal: 3,5 pesci l'ora
2016 Ontdekkingsreis naar een duurzame wereld, Annouk Post, Artez Press, The Netherlands, ISBN 9789491444289
2016 Revista GOL, Brazil, June, N° 171, p. 33, O Que Você Come
2016 sag gentechnikfrei, Zurich, Switzerland, June, N° 90, pp. 6-11, D. Battglia: Gemüse ausser Norm
2016 Ecology & Environment, Tel Aviv, Israel, June, N° 2, cover, back-cover, pp. 1, 176
2016 Esquire, Russia, May, N° 122, p. 14, I. Sadreev: ОГУРЕЧНЫЙ РАСКОЛ
2016 Scholastic Math, New York, USA, 14. March, N°8, Vol. 36, ISSN 01988379, pp. 12-13, Natalie Smith: A Rotten Problem (photography)
2016 New Republic, USA, April, p. 6, C. Kummer: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (photography)
2016 Wired, UK, March, p. 116, Olivia Solon: Could eating ugly fruit help save the planet? (photography)
2016 Design, Korea, February, N° 452, ISSN 1227-1160, pp. 100-103
2016 Scholastic News Edition 5/6, Jefferson City, USA, February, N° 16, ISSN 1554-2440, cover (photography)
2015 The New York Times Upfront, New York, USA, 11. January, N°7, Vol.148, ISSN 15251292, p.5, Ugly but Edible, (photography)
2016 GQ China, Beijing, China, p. 116, Ugly Fruit (photography)
2016 Scholastic News Edition 4, New York, USA, N°17, Vol.78, ISSN 0736-0592, cover, Ugly Foods (photography)
2016 Scholastic News Edition 3, New York, USA, 7. November, N°7, Vol.73, ISSN 0736-0576, cover, Would You Eat This? (photography)
2016 Junior Scholastic, New York, USA, May, N°13, Vol.118, ISSN 0022-6688, p. 18, Laura Anastasia: From Farm To Trash (photography)
2016 fluter - Magazin der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Germany, Fall, N°60, p.51 (back cover), (photography)
2016 Dynamath, New York, USA, April, N°7, Vol 34, ISSN 0732-7773, p.3, Ugly Veggies (photography)
2015 Bio Art: Altered Realities, William Myers, Thames and Hudson Ltd, London, UK, 12. October, ISBN-13: 978-0500239322, pp. 82-85,
2015 Design, Korea, October, N° 448, ISSN 1227-1160, pp. 86-87, Eat-Experience: Food Meets Experience Design
2015 El Pais, Spain, 24. July, p. 24, J. Salas: Cómo dibujar un animal que no se ha visto en siglos
2015 Interni - Annual Cucina, Italy, June, N°6, Mondadori, p. 22, P. Romagnoli: Foodaddicted
2015 Zoologischer Anzeiger Vol. 256, Journal of Comparative Zoology, Munich, Germany, Elsevier, ISSN 00445231, pp. 36-41, U. Westphal: Elephas Anthropogenus (manuscript)
2014 Ruperto Carola Forschungsmagazin, Germany, June, Universität Heidelberg, (cover photography)
2014 Camera, Germany, April, ISSN 21951837, pp. 6-9, F. Sturm: Kulinarische Randgruppen
2014 Trouw, The Netherlands, 5. August, p. 7, K. de Vré: Een activistisch tableau van tomaten
2014 Münsterland Zeitung, Germany, 12. June, N°134, C. Nitsche: Blick hinters Schlaraffenland
2014 Idaho Statesman, USA, 30. May, pp. 10-11, D. Oland: International Residency opens with 'Cornucopia'
2014 TAZ, Germany, 28. April, Tom Mustroph: Ein Borstenvieh mit Namen Gustel
2014 ICIM3 - International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Germany, p. 80, U. Westphal: Elephas Anthropogenus
2014 Experimental Eating, T. Howells, Black Dog Publishing, London, UK, ISBN 9781908966407, pp. 168-169,
2013 El Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela, 30. November, p. 4, A. Martínez Santiso: Los vegetales también sufren la discrimininación humana
2013 Grand Design Magazine, Shanghai, China, January, ISSN 1674-3113, pp. 64-65, 只拍不正常的蔬果
2013 ArteFakte. Wissen ist Kunst – Kunst ist Wissen, Germany, G. Stock, H. Parzinger, S. Aue, Transcript Verlag, ISBN: 9783837624502, p. 333, M. Fehr: Kunst im Kontext – Skizze eines Arbeitsfeldes
2013 Le Zeste Qui Compte, Belgium, F. Müller, PointCulture, pp. 4, 5, 7, 31, 45, 65, 77, 89, 111, 121, 132 (photography)
2013 Chi porta da mangiare? Il cibo tra eccessi e scarsità, P.Costa, C. Ferlan A. Villafiorita, FBKPress, Trento, Italy, ISBN: 9788890771156, p. 78, P. Costa: Il convitato di pietra: dilemmi morali a travola (photography)
2013 Vida Simples, Brazil, November, N°138, Abril, ISSN 16787609, pp. 38 - 45, A. L. Nahas: Beleza nao se poe a mesa (photography)
2013 Galileu, Brazil, March, N°260, ISSN 14159856, p.12, J. Elias: Voce compraria estes vegetais? (photography)
2013 Taste the Waste - Rezepte und Ideen für Essensretter, G. Oertel, V. Thurn, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Germany, ISBN 9783462044836 (main photography work)
2012 Greenpeace Magazin, Germany, September - October, N°5, ISSN 16113462, p. 5, Ausschussgemüse (photography)
2012 Turbantia, The Netherlands, 8. December, pp. 14-15, A. van Dongen, J. Trommelen: Guerrillastrijd voor beter eten
2012 Le Monde, hors-séries: Les nouveaux paysans, France, October - December, ISBN 9782368040034, p.32, Mutatoes
2012 Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, USA, Summer, Vol. 12, University of California Press, ISSN 15293262, p. 126, The Mutato Project ,
2012 Der Tagespiegel, Germany, 4. July, N°21297, pp. 24-25, Mehr Berlin: Die Kunst / der Künstler
2012 Terra Eco Magazine, France, March, N°34, ISSN 21001472, pp. 38-40, F. Meurisse: Especes Vitales
2012 NRC Weekend, The Netherlands, 7. July, p. 4, T. Metz: De etende mens gefileerd
2011 Juliet Art Magazine, Italy, October-November, N°154, pp. 64-65, V. Marinone: Recensione: Uli Westphal "Supernatural"
2011 Zeit Magazin, Germany, 10. November, N°46, p. 8, Heiter bis glücklich
2011 Design Indaba Magazine, South Africa, 4. Quarter, p. 99, Mutated Produce
2011 Tagesspiegel, Germany, 11. December, N°21183, p. 28, M. Weber: Schnittstelle zur Schöpfung
2011 Ca M'Interesse, hors-série, France, July-August, N°2, ISSN 02431335, pp. 84-85, F. Bequette: Bienvenue sur la planete des 99 tomates oubliees!
2011 Velvet Magazine, Venezuela, Christmas Edition, N°14, pp. 99-100, M. Vidal: El arte de la gula
2011 Spick - Es lebe die Vielfalt! Ein Heft für die Natur, Switzerland, March, N°345, ISSN 14248018, cover + pp. 12-13, (interview)
2011 f5 Magazine, Russia, 28. June, N°65, p. 30, Sci-fi
2009 Kunstforum, Germany, N°196, p. 277, R. Berg: Museumsbauhütte
2009 Welt am Sonntag, Germany, 24. May, N°21, pp. 72-73, Krumme Sachen
2009 Berliner Kinderpost, Germany, 30. May, p.1, Krumme Dinger
2009 Berliner Morgenpost, Germany, 24. May, N°139, p. 9, S. Donner: Die Ära der krummen Dinge beginnt
2009 Stader Tageblatt, Germany, 10. August, M. Kock: Schaulust und Nachdenken
2009 Stader Tageblatt, Germany, 13. August, Rüsseltiere in Menschensicht: Wie Elephantenbilder die Welt ordnen können
2009 Travelogue, Issue Two: Tactical Objects, Berlin, Germany, Spring, ISSN 18676863, U. Westphal: A short guide to the Museum of Supernatural History
2008 ffw>>mag!, Sao Paulo, Brazil, N°8, ISSN 1809830, pp. 84, 88-91, J. Jurandy Valenca: Supernovas
2008 Publico, Lisbon, Portugal, 26. January, p. 16, J. Amaral Cardoso: Legumes Mutantes
2008 Nature: Inspiration for Art and Design, Fabiola Reyes, Monsa, Spain, ISBN: 9788496823358, pp. 76-78
2008, 12, 14 What is Life?, W. H. Freeman/Worth Publishers, USA (photography)(college biology textbook)
2007 Wonderland Magazine, London, UK, October, p. 46, Odd Bods
2005 Xiamen Evening News, Xiamen, China, 2. February
2005 Strait News, Quanzhou, China, 21. February, p. A4
2004 Subject, K. Cooper, T. Kimura, Dutch Art Institute, The Netherlands, p. 7, U. Westphal: Illumintating the Lack of Light (Essay)

Selected Digital Publications (Websites, Radio, TV, PDF)

2016 Brasileiros, Brazil, 03. June, Mariana Tessitore: A política na mesa
2015 Playground Mag, 22. February, Luis M. Rguez: Estos son los motivos por los que deberías empezar a consumir alimentos 'feos'
2015 Deutsche Welle, Germany, 31. July, Klaus Esterluss (Interview): Mutatoes: the models of the vegetable crate (Interview)
2014 Domus Digital Edition, Italy, 29. December, Best of 2014 #art
2013 informe21, Spain, 09. September, Jose Puglisi: El ‘Proyecto Elemental’ busca internacionalizar el arte venezolano
2012 Designboom, 14. July, Lara Mikocki: food culture: eating by design
2012 NDRC (Natural Resources Defense Council) Issue PAPER, USA, August, iP:12-06-B, D. Gunders: Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill (cover photography)
2012 Zukunftsprojekt-Erde, Germany, Gemüse außer Form - Mutatoes
2011 20 Minutos, Spain, 13. May, H. Celdran: Mutato: Frutas y verduras raras que no llegan a supermercado
2011 Edible Geography, USA, 1. March, N. Twilley: The Mutato Archive
2011 Hungry Beast, ABC Australia (Television), Australia, 27 April, Mutatoes
2011 La Repulica, Italy, 5. March, Il foto-amarcord dei cibi anomali
2011 Yahoo News, USA, 19. July, The Mutato-Project
2007 Deutsch Welle, Germany, 15. August, J. Chase: German artist rocks design blogs with mutant vegetables

Campaigns

2013 Oz Harvest / Feeding 5000 , Sydney, Australia

Exhibition Catalogs

2016 Reflexiones de La Habana , Galería Odalys, Madrid, Spain pp. 14-15,
2015 Mehr von Weniger , Vögele Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland, pp. 28-29
2015 We, Animals - Artistic positions on human-animal relations , MEINBLAU projektraum, Berlin, Germany, A. Hoelck, Meinblau e.V., pp. 42-43, 58-59
2014 Unsere Tiere - Siebzehn Positionen im künstlerisch-wissenschaftlichen Feld , Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldtuniversität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, M. Fehr, Universität der Künste Berlin, ISBN 9783894622572, pp. 90-93, 108-114
2014 Off - Contemporary Art Fair Brussels , Brussels, Belgium, p. 108
2014 Summa Contemporary - International Artfair , Madrid, Spain, p. 46
2013 Human Nature - Uli Westphal , Odalys Galería de Arte, Caracas, Venezuela (solo) German / Spanish
2013 Elemental 1|4 , Galería Odalys, Madrid, Spain, Odalys Eddiciones De Arte, pp. 12, 39-41
2013 Internaturalità , PAV - Parco Arte Vivente, Torino, Italy, C. Cravero, Prinp Editoria d'Arte 2.0, ISBN 9788897677284, pp. 48-49, 117
2013 Progetto Cibo; La Forma Del Gusto , MART Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy, B. Finessi, Mondadori Electa, ISBN 978883709490
2010 Naturgeschichten - Uli Westphal , Naturmuseum Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany, (solo)
2009 Genealogien - Uli Westphal , Phylethisches Museum, Jena, Germany, (solo)
2009 Criteria , Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, USA, J. Acosta, E. Godoy, p. 3
2009 Vermessung , Schloss Agathenburg, Hamburg / Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany
2009 Museumsbauhütte - Zwölf künstlerische Museeen und Museumsentwürfe , Museum der Dinge, Berlin, Germany, pp. 21-22
2008 Palm Fiction – Contemporary Art in Temporary Space , Palmkernölspeicher, Berlin, Germany, White Elephant Collective e.V.
2008 Vijversburg VI – Kort is de tijd, en onherroeplijk , Stichting Beeldenpark Vijversburg, Vijversburg, The Netherlands
2008 Aus dem Kontext , Institut für Kunst im Kontext, Universität der Künste Berlin, Berlin, Germany, ISBN 9783894621582, pp. 58-59
2007 Het Kruithuisje - Van Haeftenpark , Appeldorn, The Netherlands
2006 Ball of Fame , ehem. Vitra Design Museum, Berlin, Germany, L. Brekenfeld, pp. 4, 14, 38
2004 AKI 2004 , AKI - Academie voor Beeldende kunst en Vormgeving, Enschede, The Netherlands, ISBN 9075522231, pp. 214-215
2004 Osolemio , AKI - Academie voor Beeldende kunst en Vormgeving, Enschede, The Netherlands
2002 Shaped Places , AKI - Academie voor Beeldende kunst en Vormgeving, Enschede, The Netherlands