selected works

you don't understand things. Rundgang Düsseldorf Kunstakademie 2019

oil on canvas. 2018

till on chess. installation and video. Rundgang Kunstakademie Düsseldorf 2018

The video part of the work Till on Chess examines my relationship to art and chess in relation to Marcel Duchamp and his ostensible position, that he describes here. The fake documentary Till on Chess is based on the scene of Duchamp’s famous documentary, where he describes his relation to art and chess. I reenacted the video, only Duchamp’s original voice was retained. Conceptually it is important for me that I completely shared his position – even before I knew about it. I copied his thoughts in a very literal way, but manipulated the context.

The other part of Till on Chess was a chess machine, inspired by Duchamp's and John Cage's performance Reunion, in which chess games were translated into pieces of music. The chessboard I use comes from a Mephisto Modular Chess Computer, which can out read the position of the pieces via magnetic sensors. The position of all pieces is read out once per second and then transferred into sound waves by playing samples. Each sample is assigned to one specific field and is only activated, if a chess piece stands on it. Because one is allowed to use the work, curious people can play chess with it (what Duchamp would have done) or experiment with it (what John Cage would have done).

oil on canvas. 2017

oil and spray paint on canvas. 2017

Till Bödeker
Born in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Philosophy Literature, Heinrich-Heine-Universität.

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Class Rita McBride.
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