Timo Menke

Sweden (residence), Germany (citizenship) °1967
research interests: visual art, materiality

Timo Menke is an interdisciplinary artist, director, and writer. He lives and works in Stockholm. His practice is driven by an interest for dark objects, processes and methodologies to cultivate a “dark holism” – a new cosmopolitics of the dark encompassing the paradoxical complexity of (w)holeness. Using a wide spectrum of light-sensitive, performative, conceptual and text-based methods, his works deal with various forms of nature-cultures and their entangled histories, phenomena, and agencies – from Danish sperm donors to Finnish male choirs, from a defunct Swedish mine to a transgenic grey pea cultivar. His work unfolds in both studio- and research-based, site-specific and trans-material processes. Menke is currently working on the long-term project "Making the World (W)hole Again" reflecting our eco-oedipal dilemma – to chase the enemy we ourselves are in order to save the world.


Menke graduated from Konstfack in 1999 where he was also an Assistant Professor in the Art Department between 2004-2014. Menke is represented by Moderna Museet Stockholm (Modern Art Museum in Stockholm), Kalmar konstmuseum (Kalmar Art Museum), Pori Art Museum and is distributed by Filmform – The Art Film and Video Archive. He holds major grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee/IASPIS and has been Artist-in-residence at Coalesce BioArt Lab, Buffalo, USA (2017), Baltic Art Center Visby, Sweden (2015), a Trans-Siberian Train Residency, Russia (2015) and at SÍM in Reykjavík, Iceland (2015). He contributes regularly with essays about Nordic lens-based art for VERK webmagazine in Swedish.


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Cogito ergo Pisum

  • Tree Man Syndrome (video) (01/09/2018)
    Art object: Video, Timo Menke, Malmö, artist(s)/author(s): Timo Menke
    Tree Man Syndrome photo frame object Part of the installation "Cogito ergo Pisum" at Double Solo show Hybrid with Jonas Theselius at Molekyl Gallery, Malmö, 1 – 23 September 2018.