THE DEED | DAS WERK: Bodo Korsig

The German artist Bodo Korsig, born in 1962 in Zwickau and currently living and working in Trier and New York, talks in his interview about the central message of his artistic work.

Bodo, please describe the core theme and the central message of your work.

Introduce us to the work that, in your view, exemplifies or best embodies the message of your work.

What is the aim of your art, your work, what is it supposed to achieve in the viewer?

For more than 20 years, I have thematized in my art human behavior under extreme conditions such as fear, violence, power, coercion or death. The examination of neurological processes and the resulting emotions in the brain are the core of my work.

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Bodo Korsig, traces of live 2020, Felt, 130 x 145 cm

Strong feelings, their development and processing are difficult to depict with a purely scientific approach. Therefore, it is a particularly exciting challenge for me to work on these topics through a wide variety of artistic media and approaches in order to present them in a condensed form.

Depending on the subject matter, I also deal in my artistic work with spatial installations, with drawings, sculptures and videos. 

Since 2015, the focus of my work is on three-dimensional felt works. The large-format, expansive, almost monumental felt works understand themselves as a reaction or mirror of social developments that put people in extreme situations. 

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Bodo Korsig „the world inside your brain“ 2021, 400 x 400 x 400 cm, interactive video installation

Dynamic and precisely planned cutouts reproduce brain structures in their abstracted form. I also depict the transmission of electrical impulses between the synapses in this way. In this way, they form a comprehensive projection surface for the viewer.

The felt works in turn created expansive video projections, which one can interactively change through movement and sound. These dynamic structures can be influenced and shaped by position, movement and speed of the body – similar to a virtual reality – turning the artwork into a breathing entity in which the recipients have novel experiences.

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Bodo Korsig, shape of memories 12 x 6 Meter

Different subjects require different materials.

In my sculptural works, on the other hand, I love to play with the material, to push the limits of what is possible, and I use the material specifically for its pictorial and qualitative properties.

At the same time, the often colorful sculptures and wall works under the black skin conceal the truth about the fragile materiality.

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Bodo Korsig „lost in though“ 2020, Felt, 400 x 400 cm (above),
(no)roots,  2019, Diameter 4 Meter, Felt (under)

THE DEED | DAS WERK is a complementary and separately presented part of THE INTERVIEW IN|DEEDS with Bodo Korsig.

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