1958 – Born in Bruchsal, Germany
Lives and works in San Francisco, USA and in Bruchsal, Germany.
1978-80 – Siemens Business School, Munich
1980-83 – Roedel Art College, Mannheim
1984-90 – University of the Arts, Berlin
1990 – Meisterschüler @ University of the Arts, Berlin
1997 – Founding of the experimental net art site – jtwine.com
Active exhibition record since 1986
Jürgen Trautwein is a German born interdisciplinary artist working in a variety of forms, including new media and hypertext web-works, performative temporary interferences, installations, land-art, sound art, animation and classical forms such as painting, drawing, watercolor, collage and photography. Stylistically his work is process oriented and rooted in abstract expressionism, minimalism, conceptualism. His works are manifestations of the immediate, everyday and present experience.
For the past fifteen years Trautwein has been working on his Gesamtkunstwerk the evolving NIESATT drawing and multimedia hybridization project, a concept that includes a variety of media, resulting in site specific room installations, which reflect on issues of ephemeralness, disposability, depersonalization, disinformation, reproducibility, prefabrication, repetition and the unpredictability of the next thought; a project where meaning and statement levels are overlying each other. The drawings used for NIESATT are acid humorous, raw-thought line-based social commentaries. They are ironic cartoon-like reflections of the perpetually reoccurring human folly.
Trautwein’s web-works are an integral part of his NIESATT project; under the domain jtwine.com he has been creating web based works since 1996 with a strong focus on repetitious sound-screens and interactive audio visual pieces. Jtwine.com functions like an archive of fictional and real incidents where personal experience merges with visual research and documentary. Jtwine.com is combining high and low tech, reflecting on the heterogeneous and pluralistic character of our visual culture and the web.
Trautwein’s work has been shown widely in museums, non profit art spaces, festivals and galleries around the world such as the Screengrab New Media Award exhibition, Australia, File international digital art Festival Sao Paulo, Festival de Arte digital, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, European New Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Plato Sanat Istanbul, Turgut Pura Foundation, Izmir, Turkey, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Arte -TV, Rhizome Artbase, Netart.org, El pobre diablo, Quito, Micromuseum Athens, Wand5, Stuttgart, Zero Arts, Stuttgart, Javamuseum Cologne, The Wrong online digital art festival, furtherfield.org London, Bronx art space, New York, Denis Bibro Fine Arts, New York, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, Berkely art center, Berkeley, Gallery 60six, San Francisco and Galerie Marek Kralewski, Freiburg, Germany among many others.
Trautwein studied painting, drawing and printmaking at the Roedel art college in Mannheim, Germany and painting at the University of the Arts in Berlin. He holds a Meisterschüler degree, a German equivalent to the Masters degree, from the University of the Arts in Berlin.