selfportrait, 2016

Biography :

Niki Passath searches in his artistic creations answers to the mystery of life, the people, their emotions, social behavior, their behavior compared to machines and to the surrounding nature. On this adventurous journey in search for know- ledge he touches different disciplines. From robotics to artificial intelligence, from quantum physics to the life sciences. On different research travels through Europe to the Americas, Asia and Australia he is finding answers, which he assembles in kinetic objects, photographs and artistic-scientific configurations.

He expresses himself using different materials, technologies and media and is always looking for new challenges in form and content.

He works in different artistic media and cooperates in scientific research projects.

Niki Passath was born 1977 in Graz, Austria. In 1988, he began with Violoncello studies, in 1995 with Architecture and graduated in 2004 in Digital Art (Peter Weibel, Karel Dudesek, Tom Fürstner) at the University of Applied Arts. He lives and works in Vienna and Graz, Austria.

Niki Passath is represented by the Gallery Peithner-Lichtenfels in Vienna, Austria and is member of the Künstlerhaus, Vienna.

Selected exhibitions:

k18 Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia; artnshelter, Tokyo, Japan; Schaufenstregalerie Scharf – Esc Medienkunstlabor – GalerieGalerie, Graz, Austria; Kunstraum Waldhaus, Zurich, Switzerland; Platform Projects Athens, Greece; 1st Fishingtown media art festival, Hechuan, Chongqing, China; Kunsthalle Graz, steirischer herbst 2017, Graz, Austria, Kunsthaus 7 b, Cisnadioara, Rumania; Riverside Art Center, Chicago, USA; Longli, Guizhou, China; Gallery Eugen Lendl, Graz, Austria; Flux Factory, New York, USA; Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria; Austrian Cultural Forum Istanbul, Turkey; Sacatar Foundation, Bahia, Brasil; Gallery Peithner-Liechtenfels, Vienna, Austria; Paraflows 11, 8 & 9, Vienna, Austria; Alma Gallery, Riga, Latvia; Gallery Freihausgasse, Villach, Austria; 5th Moscow Biennale – Special Projects, Moscow, Russia; Lalit Tikri Akademi Delhi, India; Viennafair, Vienna, Austria; Kibla, Maribor, Slowenia; Gallery ABC Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland; Gallery Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz, Austria; Kunstverein das Weisse Haus, Vienna, Austria; Gallery Augusta, Helsinki, Finland; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland; Museums-quartier, Vienna, Austria; Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Innsbruck, Austria; Ars Electronica 05, Linz, Austria; Transmediale03, Berlin, Germany; Lothringerhalle, Munich, Germany

Art Residencies / Fellowships:

2018: guestroom maribor, Maribor Slovenia

2016: Flux Factory, New York, USA

2014: Sacatar Fellowship, Itaparica, Bahia, Brasil

2012: State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

2011: M.A.R.I.N. Field Camp, Norwegen, Schweden, Lituania

2011: Field notes – Cultivating grounds, Kilpisjärvi, Finland

2009: Medienkunstlabor Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria

Book / Monography:

2017: „Niki Passath – an artists journey into robotics“ Edition angewandte, De Gruyter publisher




2018: Kunsförderungspreis der Stadt Graz, Graz, Austria

2017: „Best of Innovation“ Daoyu Fortress New Media Art Festival, Hechuan, Chongqing

2006: Theodor Körner Preis, Vienna, Austria