Dieter Meier in conversation with Tom Hunter at the National Portrait Gallery

Friday 20 May 2016
National Portrait Gallery
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin's Pl
London WC2H 0HE

© Dieter Meier / Datasound AG

Photographer, performance artist, experimental film maker and musician Dieter Meier talks about his life and work with  Tom Hunter (Artist, Professor, London College of Communication).

Dieter Meier, born in 1945 in Zurich, began his artistic career as a performance artist and experimental film maker. Since 1969 his work has been shown at film festivals and art exhibitions, such as: Kunstmuseum Luzern, 1970, Documenta 5 Kassel, 1972, Kunsthaus Zurich, 1976, Museum Tinguely Basel, 2007, Sammlung Falckenberg/Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 2011, ZKM Karlsruhe 2012, AargauerKunsthaus Aarau, 2013, The Watermill Center New York, 2013. In 1979 he co-founded the music group Yello with Boris Blank, Considered pioneers of electronic music, they are still internationally successful today. Dieter Meier has won various awards for his prolific output of music videos.  He has published numerous literary works: in 2006, Hermes Baby, a collection of stories and essays by AmmannVerlag, in 2011 Out of Chaos – an autobiographical picture book by EdelVerlag, and in 2012 the monograph Works 1968-2012 and the Yello Years by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König. Dieter Meier lives in California, Europe and Argentina, where he produces organic beef and wine (Ojo de Agua and Puro).

Tom Hunter’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in major solo and group shows and is held in many collections including MOMA, New York, The V&A, London, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Smithsonian, Washington, National Gallery of Art, Washington, National Gallery, London and the Los Angles County Museum of Art. Tom graduated from the London College of Printing in 1994 with his work The Ghetto, now on permanent display at the Museum of London. He studied for his MA at the Royal College of Art, where, in 1996, he was awarded the Photography Prize by Fuji Film for his series Travellers.  Awards include an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of East London (2011) and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2010. He is a Professor of Photography Research at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.


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