Florian Hecker was born in 1975 in Augsburg, Germany. In his sound installations and live performances, he deals with specific compositional developments of post-war modernity, electro-acoustic music, and other, non-musical disciplines. He dramatizes space, time and self-perception in his sonic works by isolating specific auditory events in their singularity, thus stretching the boundaries of their materialization. Their objectual autonomy is exposed while simultaneously evoking sensations, memories, and associations in an immersive intensity. Hecker studied Computational Lingusitics and Psycholinguistics at Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich and Fine Arts at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna, where he received his diploma.
Solo exhibitions include: Sadie Coles HQ, London, MD72, Berlin, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon, all in 2012; MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; IKON Gallery, Birmingham; and Chisenhale Gallery, London, all in 2010, and Bawag Contemporary, Vienna, 2009.
Some of the group exhibitions and projects Hecker has participated in include dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany; Push and Pull, MUMOK, Vienna, 2010; Evento, Bordeaux; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary; The Kaleidoscopic Eye, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; UBS Openings: Saturday Live: Characters, Figures and Signs, Tate Modern, London. His most recent collaboration with Cerith Wyn Evans, No night No day, was premiered at the Teatro Goldoni as part of Fare Mondi, the 53rd Venice Bienniale, in 2009. Other group exhibitions appeared at Manifesta 7, Trentino – South Tyrol, Italy; Art unlimited, Art Basel; Experiment Marathon Reykjavik, Reykjavík Art Museum (2008); and with Cerith Wyn Evans, Lenbachhaus, Munich in 2006. His work has also appeared at Off the Record, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; 3. berlin biennale für zeitgenössische kunst, Berlin, (2004); the 2nd International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, 2003; and Mutations, TN Probe Gallery, Tokyo and Ausgeträumt…, Secession, Vienna both in 2001.
Hecker has given a multitude of performances, audio presentations and concerts internationally since 1996. Amongst many other places, he has presented his work at Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MIT Saarinen Chapel, Cambridge, MA (2011); Push & Pull, Tate Modern (2011); Life is Live # 2: listen with pain!, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, 2010; Sound out of line, Urbanomic Studio, Falmouth; Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, Palais de la Bourse, Paris, 2009; Utopia of Sound, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna, 2008; Bridge the Gap?4, CCA, Kitakyushu and Shanghai and Cut and Splice, ICA, London, both 2006. Casa Da Música, Porto; ZKM, Karlsruhe; No Fun Festival, Brooklyn, in 2005. Taktlos, Dampfzentrale, Bern; Freunde Guter Musik, Maria am Ufer, Berlin, in 2006. Others include CCA, Kitakyushu; Ars Electronica, Brucknerhaus, Linz; All Tomorrows Parties, Chamber Sands; Sonic Light, Paradiso, Amsterdam in 2003. büro 44, Purple Institute, Paris; Número Festival, Lisbon; International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan; Nesh, Electrowerkz, London; LoveBytes, Sheffield all in 2001. büro 30, Spiral Hall / CAY, Tokyo; Sónar, MACBA, Barcelona; Synthèse 2000, IMEB, Bourges; Avanto, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Wien Modern, Konzerthaus, Vienna in 2000. In 2009 he collaborated on a series of performances with Aphex Twin, including amonst others Sacrum Profanum, Krakow; Warp20, Cité de la Musique, Paris and Bloc Weekend, Minehead.
Since 2005 Hecker has presented a series of UPIC Diffusion Sessions in collaboration with Russell Haswell, peforming recordings made exclusivly with Iannis Xenakis’ legendary graphic input computer music system. Amongst many other locations, at Serralves em Festa, Fundação Serralves, Porto, 2009; Conway Hall, London; Patronage of Space, Lopud; Donaufestival, Krems; Kunsthalle, Zürich all in 2007 and Cubitt at City University, London, 2005.
Together with iconic Japanese artist Yasunao Tone, he performed Palimpsest at Recombinant Media Labs, San Francisco; Experimental Intermedia, New York, in 2005; MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, 2004; LAMPO, 6Odum, Chicago and at Spectacles Vivants, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, in 2002 amongst other locations.
Books and and catalogues include: Florian Hecker, Chimerizations, Primary Information, New York, 2013. Susanne Gaensheimer, Florian Hecker, Event, Stream, Object, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2010, David Bussel, Looking at display, images of contemporary art in London galleries, Koenig Books, London; Johannes Porsch, Daniela Zyman, Transitory Objects, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, both 2009. Hans Ulrich Obrist, Formulas for Now, Thames & Hudson, London, 2008; Christina Werner, Ars Viva 07/08 Sound, Revolver, Frankfurt, Germany, 2007; Akiko Miyake, Substantials # 02, CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, 2005; and Petra Lewey, Max Pechstein Förderpreis der Stadt Zwickau 2003, Kunstsammlungen der Städtischen Museen Zwickau, Zwickau, 2003. Igor Zabel, Kathrin, Rhomberg, Ruth Sonderegger, Ausgeträumt…, Secession, Vienna, 2002 and Rem Koolhaas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Stefano Boeri, Sanford Kwinter, Atelier Bow-Wow, Mutations, TN Probe, Tokyo 2001.
Hecker has an extensive discography with over 25 releases, including: Chimerization, Editions Mego, Vienna, 2012; Triadex Muse Trecks, nbk, Berlin, 2012; Speculative Solution, Editions Mego, Vienna, 2011, 3 Track 12”, Editions Mego, Vienna, 2010; NEU CD, Galerie Neu, Berlin, 2010; Acid in the Style of David Tudor, Editions Mego, Vienna, 2009; Live @ WDR, Tochnit Aleph, Berlin, 2009, Hecker, Höller, Tracks, Semishigure, Berlin 2007, Recordings for Rephlex, Rephlex, London, 2006; PV Trecks, Kölnischer Kunstverein / Mego, Cologne / Vienna, 2004; Sun Pandämonium, Mego, Vienna, 2003; ‘s/t’, Alku, Barcelona, 1999; IT ISO161975, Mego, Vienna, 1998 and Kanal GENDYN Editions Mego, Vienna, 2011, UPIC Warp Tracks,Warp Records, London, 2008; Blackest Ever Black (Electroacoustic UPIC Recordings), Warner Classics, London, 2007 and Revision, Mego, Vienna, 2005 as Haswell & Hecker. Palimpsest, Mego, Vienna, 2004 as Yasunao Tone & Hecker.