Jonas Höschl is a political conceptual artist and photographer.
Most recently, he received the Bavarian Art Award for Visual Arts and the Culture Award of the District of Upper Palatinate for printmaking for his artistic work, which encompasses the media of printmaking, sound, video and installation. He is part of the artist collective "Tannhäuser Kreis".
80 Portraits: 73 Männer, 7 Frauen2023
80 Portraits: 73 Männer, 7 Frauen, is a consists of a carousel slide projector, a device which recalls quaint nostalgic activities such as looking at vacation snaps. This one, however, runs through black-and-white photos, all depicting people in the same portrait format. Some of the poses are menacing, while the faces have been blurred out. The signifiers that these figures wear on their body—tattoos, shirts, logos, but also suits and folkloristic German apparel—betray their allegiance to far right groups. Höschl has sourced the images online, from anti-fascist networks where they have a clear purpose: mapping the Neonazi scene, documenting its protagonists, and potentially warning people who might fall victim to violent attacks. In the current setup, the pictures are lifted not only from their context, but also deprived of their function. They call to attention the mediated nature of photography: usually, photographer and subject are at considerable distance from each other, and only in rare cases the look is reciprocated, when the antifascists themselves are being photographed. – Philipp Hindahl
Fade Away Medley2021
"Time disappears and leaves behind memories - of people, moments, melodies. "Fade Away Medley" is what Jonas Höschl calls his work, which revels in the thoughts and feelings of a generation. Carried by the soundtrack of his youth, Jonas Höschl tells in the photo book of scenes of debauchery and rebellion, but also of pausing and looking up. The hedonistic urge for extravagance and exaggeration is palpable in the full-page photographs, which are juxtaposed and enter into dialogues of content and form in direct succession. The transfiguring view of days gone by is broken up by sobering images of conservative lifestyles and world views. The oppressive conformity goes hand in hand with the longing for dissolution of boundaries, which Jonas Höschl also embodies himself in his photographs. He confronts the dialectic of his pictorial milieus in order to overcome them.", Carina Essl (LEONARDO – Zentrum für Kreativität und Innovation)
A: Fade Away Medley 1 (11:09 min)
B: Fade Away Medley 2 (16:47 min)
LP Fade Away Medley
Artist: Jonas Höschl, Photography: Jonas Höschl,
Composer: Tydings McClary, Mastering: Emanuel Geller,
Presswerk: MATTER OF FACT,
Design: Michael Seibert (unfun)
And let my cry2022
"This criticism of journalistic reporting is repeated in his most recent work, And let my cry (2022): it is the transcript of an (internal) recording the Bavarian Broadcasting Company made during the setup and rehearsal for the memorial service for the victims of the racist attack in Munich’s Olympia shopping center in 2016. (...) False reports led to panic in the city, and despite the perpetrator’s unambiguous statements in chat forums, authorities long pointed to his psychiatric treatment as a motive for a supposed killing spree.", Mira Anneli Naß
Bilderbuch X Das Wetter2022
Gropiusstadt – Ist alles Kacke hier!2021
On the 7th of November 1962, the then Governing Mayor Willy Brandt ceremoniously laid the foundation stone for the first construction phase of the large housing estate „Berlin-Gropiusstadt“ in the presence of Walter Gropius. Almost 30 years later, the documentary „Gropiusstadt - Ist alles Kacke hier! (1990) by Eberhard Weißbart appeared, which deals with gang wars in the satellite town. At a similar time interval, the artist Jonas Höschl is now reacting to the documentary, using the Film as the basis for his work. In collaboration with the audio film author Petra Schielke and the narrator Christian Bergmann, he created a sound piece with the use of audio description. A sound framework freed from narration, consisting of descriptions of the protagonists and locations of the short film, which interrogates the visual material itself. The producer Philipp Dittmar (Red On) reacts to this with sound documents of the 1960s from Neukölln`s museum archive, which accompanied the building process and the inauguration of Gropiusstadt. The result is a melodious radio play between German officialese, the subcultural sounds of Berlin at the time of reunification and contemporary, experimental electronics.
"It confronts the history and contemporary implications of Neukölln's Gropiusstadt, one of West Berlin's major urban development projects from the cold war era. Höschl's contribution is a counter-narratological soundstream consisting of two elements: audio descriptions created to represent the protagonists and locations of the documentary "Gropiusstadt - Ist alles Kacke hier!" (1990) by Eberhard Weißbarth, as well as materials retrieved from audio archives dating to the 1960s documenting the building process and the inauguration of Gropiusstadt.", Mohammad Salemy
Politik von Medienbildern2022
"Through which framing do we perceive images? How comprehensively is our perception of global events influenced by their media processing? Which contextualization comes closest to the actual events? Can there be reporting that objectively reflects this?"
Raising questions like these - posed by art historian and photography theorist Mira Anneli Naß - rather than presenting answers, is at the core of Jonas Höschl's artistic practice. Based on his media-reflexive work, the artist gathers in Politics of Media Images numerous theorists, artists and authors who deal with media-theoretical questions in our increasingly fragile present time. The contributions make our social inflammations and injuries painfully tangible under a burning glass.
STELLA X The one and only Issue2021
The newspaper is the result of several workshops on the question "What do you do with your anger?", which took place within the framework of BLAST / ArtVerona. The portraits of the young people were made in the neighborhood of their daily communities.
Jackie. Oder: Hunde, die ich gesehen habe...2020
Jackie. Or: Dogs I saw…
I saw a trailer for a movie. A women touched the bottom part of her nose with two fingers. A dog reacted by raising his right paw.
I saw multiple covers of children's books with illustrations of a dog and a little boy. The colours were saturated and shiny.
I saw Konrad Adenauer with a dog in a photograph. The photographer explained during an interview, that the chancellor didn't want to be portrayed like this.
I saw an advertisement for a hoodie on Instagram. It showed a cartoon dog with a burning candle on its head.
I saw a prank video on YouTube. It was about a dog scaring pedestrians by being dressed up like a spider.
I saw a frozen dog in a garbage bin behind glass in an exhibition.
I read multiple times that the dog Jackie from the movie trailer must have really existed.
"Eating sushi in a fancy restaurant
Top floor and a rooftop bar
Black suit and my haircut's fresh
The waiter's jealous of my moustache",
aus Tokyo Drift von Mavi Phoenix
Big Ponder Podcast2021
The German edition of BIG PONDER was edited by Jenny Marrenbach. The authors of the plays are Sylvia Cunningham, Dina Elsayed, Florenz Gilly, Leon Ginzel, Jakob Lewis, Monika Müller-Kroll, Bilal Qureshi and Jocelyn Robinson. The German voices of BIG PONDER are Peggy Bachmann, Nina Ernst, Thomas Fränzel, Isabelle Redfern, Volker Wackermann and Timo Weisschnur. The broadcast package was composed and produced by Dirk Schwibbert. The photographs were taken at the Wild West adventure park Pullman City near Passau and at the Rose Barracks in Vilseck near Nuremberg, among other places. Sascha Ehlert coordinated the photo project, Jonas Höschl took the photos.
09. September 2015, Röszke2021
"He brings his own powerlessness into focus, addressing the journalistic routinization of news agencies and editorial offices in our digitalized world. The work was supported by the Alexander Tutsek Foundation and the Cultural Office of the City of Munich.", Kunstverein Baden (OE)
Der Weiße Saal X KALTBLUT2021
Tränen schützen nicht vor Mord2022
"Jonas Höschl nimmt auf die Olympiade 1972 Bezug. Der (...) Künstler (...) setzt sich in verschiedenen Medien mit den als "heiter" intendierten Spielen auseinander, die mit der Geiselnahme der israelischen Sportler und einem Blutbad mit elf ermordeten Geiseln, einem toten Polizisten und fünf toten Entführern endete.", aus dem Artikel "Bayerische Kunstförderpreise 2021" von Roberta De Righi in der Abendzeitung München vom 04. Februar 2022
"Manfred Weber (2019) consists of various samples from the commercials of 41 parties that contested the European elections in Germany in May 2019. The resulting mosaic of political diversity is dramatized musically; Falco's song "Europa" can be heard and the setting is based on Bavarian brass band music. Höschl examines the suggestive imagery of advertising agencies and makes clear how uniform the parties' self-representations are. The artist deconstructs the representations by breaking through the promising narratives with recordings of resistance and police violence.", HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark
Video-Production: Max Grünauer
Brass Music & Vocals: Philipp Lohmeier, Max Blechschmidt, Simon Kränkl
Lyrics: Falco, Thomas Rabitsch, Thomas Lang
Photography: Pilar Schacher
Wa22ermann X Das Wetter2023
Erotik Toy Records X Das Wetter2020
"The six young gentlemen of Erotik Toy Records have themselves photographed as if they came from another time. That of the Agfa pocket camera, approximately.", caption from the article "WM-Songs für die Krampfadern-Crowd" by Daniel Gerhardt in the Zeit of October 22, 2020
Buy Weather #21 as a PDF here. With covers by: Wolfgang Tillmans, Brown Shootta (Martin Tamba), Nina Francesca Nagele und Jonas Höschl
Europe is lost2018
"Europe is lost (...) leaves an oppressive feeling. One photo shows a man whose face is completely masked, another wears dark sunglasses and smokes.", from the article "Nie wieder!" by Amelie Völker in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 05, 2020
There's history all around us2022
"Nebenan nimmt Jonas Höschl auf die Olympiade 1972 Bezug. Der (...) Künstler (...) setzt sich in verschiedenen Medien mit den als "heiter" intendierten Spielen auseinander, die mit der Geiselnahme der israelischen Sportler und einem Blutbad mit elf ermordeten Geiseln, einem toten Polizisten und fünf toten Entführern endete.
Der Künstler verweist (...) auf Leni Riefenstahl, die das "Fest der Völker" 1936 unterm Hakenkreuz in Berlin filmisch heroisierte. Höschl macht aus Versatzstücken Anti-Propaganda.", aus dem Artikel "Bayerische Kunstförderpreise 2021" von Roberta De Righi in der Abendzeitung München vom 04. Februar 2022
TW: Europe is a dirty doormat, initially presented in a show with the same name at EIGEN + ART Lab. TW is short for trigger warning, and visitors of that show had to step over that doormat emblazoned with the trigger warning pictogram one might see on Instagram, when explicit content is blurred out. Cross the threshold at your own peril. – Philipp Hindahl
Das Wort Krise besteht im Chinesischen aus zwei Schriftzeichen2020
"The word “crisis” is made up of two characters in Chinese" (This video is the B-side of Jonas Höschl's exhibition which can be seen on @ck_offspace's Instagram page).
The state feels like an expanding vacuum, like a journey from Earth to the planet Trillaphon. There are no points of connection to this space, which seems more airless, nutrient-poor, unsubstantial, crowded. There are planets on which nights feel like merging black holes, while one senses the collision of exoplanets 10000 light years away.
Verifiziert X Das Wetter2021
"Alles kommt mir vor wie auf Repeat
Die Platte hängt, wieder nur das eine Lied
Alles kommt mir vor wie auf Repeat
Was passiert, wenn man immer nur das Gleiche sieht?",
Asphalt by Verifiziert
Der Arktis gegenüber2020
10 × b/w photographs, edition 2/5, 50 × 35 cm
4 × 4-color silkscreen prints, edition 2/5, 50 × 35 cm
1 × 4-color silkscreen print, unique (5 similar), 100 × 70 cm
"The photograph still promises to be a reflection of reality. But what does that mean? Color printing, on the other hand, with its overlays and clearly visible changes, is an artistic promise of distance from the real. But it is precisely in this combination of print and print, the two different media, that a reflection finally emerges on the subjective, individual attitude that determines the interpersonal as much as the relationship to an object.", Jochen Meister
Juergen Teller X Numéro Berlin2017
"That's what my students think of youth",
Contribution on the pages 581, 593, 600 & 601
"Wolken sind tief gelegt
Ich will dich wiedersehen
Mich tröstet der Nieselregen
Was für ein mieses Leben",
Wolken by Haiyti
Ein Lied für Deutschland2022
"Ein Lied für Deutschland - das ist der Titel einer Ausstellung im Kunstmuseum Heidenheim. Der Klangteppich dazu, teils mit Rhythmen rechtsgerichteter Demonstrationen, klingt bedrohlich. Der erste Impuls ist, sich umdrehen und weggehen. Trotzdem ist es sinnvoll, dazubleiben, eine gute halbe Stunde Zeit mitzubringen und einzutauchen in die Welt derjenigen, die nicht an die mögliche Gefahr durch Corona glauben, aber an die Schädlichkeit von Atemschutz-Masken und an einen weltweiten Plan der Politiker, die Wirtschaft zu zerstören.", aus dem Artikel "Wie Corona-Verschwörungsmythen entstehen" von Martin Miecznik in SWR Aktuell vom 25. März 2022
Audio production and arrangement by Kalas Liebfried, video by David Spatz & Lara Fritz
Das Wetter Merchandise '222022
Schwarz Rot Geil X AVISO Magazin2021
Team Teller X MYP Magazine2019
Public Possession X Das Wetter2021
Viko63 X Penglord2022
The Adventures of Bobby Ray2021