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Biography

Alan Bogana was born in 1979 in Switzerland. He's a multidisciplinary artist based in Geneva, Switzerland. His art practice involves sculpture, computer graphics, electronics, time-based media and holography, and his works are usually presented in the form of installations.

During the last years his research has focused on the exploration, real and fictional, of the behavior of light and its interactions with matter. He investigates this broad field of study through various means, such as computer graphics simulations of impossible phenomena or the manipulation of translucent, phosphorescent and holographic materials.

Alan Bogana completed a Fine Arts Diploma with honors at the Geneva University of Art and Design, a specialization in computer graphics and one in artistic research methodologies at the Zürich University of Art and Design. He exhibited in Europe, in the United States, in the Emirates and in South Africa. He has been artist in residence at the Swiss Institute in Rome, at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, at the Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, in Cape Town with Pro Helvetia and in Zug with the Landis & Gyr Foundation. 


Education

2012-13 ZHDK, Zürich and HEAD, Geneva – CAS Program on artistic research methodologies
2004-09 Haute Ecole d’Art et Design, Geneva – HES HEA Diploma in Visual Arts with honours 
2007 National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland, exchange program
2006 Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom, exchange program


Solo shows

2017             
Surely Many Very Early Men Just Sat Under Native Palms, La Rada, Locarno, CH

Gamma Pool Confabulations (in collaboration with Hunter Longe), Lokal-int, Bienne, CH

2016
Transmutations I, OnOff, Winterthur, CH

2015
The Hypothetical Cabinet of Phlogistronics, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, CH
Consider that and measure, measure and receive the carmine, One Gee in Fog, Geneva, CH

2013
Tony and the Shape Junkies II, Hard Hat, Geneva, CH
Tony and the Shape Junkies, Espace Duplex, Geneva, CH

2012
Persistence of persistence Orchids, prisms and lenses, Usine Kugler, Geneva, CH

2011
Opuntiarium No Present, Blank Projects, Cape Town, ZA

2009
Morlockian mockups and Eloian prototypes, Galerie Ruine, Geneva, CH


Group shows and screenings

2017
Situations #100, Kurzfilmtage Festival invited by the Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH
Ex Situ. Samples of Lifeforms, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhague, DK
The best of bees, Duplex, Geneva, CH
Metamorfosi, Museo d’Arte, Mendrisio, CH

2016
Catch of the year 2016, Dienstgebäude, Zürich, CH
Gleis70, Zürich, CH
The Afterlife of Minerals, LASER Talks (with Ulrike Kastrup), Salotto, Zürich, CH
Che c'é di nuovo, MASI, Lugano, CH
Che c'é di nuovo, Dienstgebäude, Zürich, CH

2015
Cinem’Artistes, Ferme de la Chapelle, Grand-Lancy, CH
Clouds in the Cave, Fri-Art, Freiburg, CH
Voglio vedere le mie montagne, MAGA, Gallarate, IT
FMAC Collection, ArtGenève 2015, Geneva, CH
Swiss Evening, Cité des Arts, Paris, FR

2014
Lissignol Grant Show, CAC, Geneva, CH
ISEA 2014, Dubai, UAE
Megarave-Metarave, Kunsthaus, Langenthal, CH
Vues d'ici, Halle Nord, Geneva, CH
Swiss Art Awards 2014, Basel, CH
Triennale d'art – Valais 2014, Fully, CH
Spazi Aperti, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy
14th Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium, Ammerman Center, New London, Connecticut, USA

2013
Mensch-Maschine-Karaoke (happening), Espace Echallens 13, Lausanne, CH
Verena, Espace Kugler, Geneva, CH
Virtual Showroom, Bureau Culturel, CH
Substance, HEAD stand, ArtGenève Fair, Geneva, CH

2012
A strangely luminous bubble, LiveInYourHead, Geneva, CH
Different Strokes, Hard Hat, Geneva, CH
Overgamed, Villa Dutoit, Geneva, CH
Sociologie, anthropologie, géographie, histoire, qu’il est vaste le champs cognitif jusqu’à toi mon amour, Piano Nobile, Geneva, CH

2011
Alptraum, Blank Gallery Cape Town, ZA
The difference between here and here, Rotterdam VHS-Festival 17, Rotterdam, NL
Môtiers 2011 — Art en plein air, Môtiers, CH

2010
Art is out there, Galerie J, Geneva, CH
Swiss Art Awards, Basel, CH

2009
The difference between here and here, Saison Vidéo #33, Lille, FR
Greased Lightning ! HEAD 2009 diploma show, CIC, Geneva, CH 
The 2fdqs show. Prism Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, UK

2008
The difference between here and here, The Wharf Road Project, V22, London, UK

2007
The chicken or the egg, Electric rendez vous, Plug-in, Basel, CH

2006 
Bauer C61, Act06, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH


Publications

2017
Metamorfosi, Museo d’Arte, Mendrisio, CH

2016
Che c'è di nuovo, MASI, Lugano, CH

2015
The Hypothetical Cabinet of Phlogistronics, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, CH
Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee 2014, Bern, CH

2014
ISEA 2014, Dubai, UAE
La linea della palma, Nero, Rome, IT
Spazi Aperti, Accademia di Romania, Rome, IT
Nero - Supplemento L'Aquila, Nero Magazine, Rome, IT

2011
Môtiers 2011 Art en plein air, Môtiers, CH

2008
2031, Head, Geneva, CH


Residencies and Grants

2018            
Djerassi Residency Programm – Scientific Delirium Madness, San Francisco, USA

2017             
Grant for the arts, FMAC, Geneva, CH
Grant for the arts, DIP, Geneva, CH

2016
Grant for the Arts, Pro Helvetia, CH

2016-19
Studio Grant at the Maison des arts du Grütli – City of Geneva, CH

2015
Atelier in Zug — Landis & Gyr, Zug, CH

2014
Grant for the arts, City of Geneva, CH
Grant for the arts, Canton of Geneva, CH
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, CH

2013-14
Resident member at the Swiss Institute Rome, Studio Roma grant, Rome, IT

2013
Grant for the arts for the residency in Rome, Geneva Canton, CH

2011
Artist in Residence Pro Helvetia, Cape Town, ZA


Public Collections

2017         FCAC Public Collection, Geneva, CH
2014         FMAC Public Collection, Geneva, CH
2013         IDHEAP Public Collection, Lausanne, CH