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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

2016
Transmutations I, OnOff, Winterthur, CH

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

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

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

2011
Opuntiarium No Present, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa

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


Group shows and screenings

2017      
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, Switzerland
Che c'é di nuovo, MASI, Lugano, Switzerland
Che c'é di nuovo, Dienstgebäude, Zürich, Switzerland

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

2014
Lissignol Grant Show, CAC, Geneva, Switzerland
ISEA 2014, Dubai, UAE
Megarave-Metarave, Kunsthaus, Langenthal, Switzerland
Vues d'ici, Halle Nord, Geneva, Switzerland
Swiss Art Awards 2014, Basel, Switzerland
Triennale d'art – Valais 2014, Fully, Switzerland 
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, Switzerland 
Verena, Espace Kugler, Geneva, Switzerland
Virtual Showroom, Bureau Culturel, Switzerland
Substance, HEAD stand, ArtGenève Fair, Geneva, Switzerland

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

2011
Alptraum, Blank Gallery Cape Town, South Africa
The difference between here and here, Rotterdam VHS-Festival 17, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Môtiers 2011 — Art en plein air, Môtiers, Switzerland

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

2009
The difference between here and here, Saison Vidéo #33, Lille, France
Greased Lightning ! HEAD 2009 diploma show, CIC, Geneva, Switzerland 
The 2fdqs show. Prism Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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

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

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


Publications

2017
Metamorfosi, Museo d’Arte, Mendrisio, CH

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

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

2011
Môtiers 2011 Art en plein air, Môtiers, Switzerland

2008
2031, Head, Geneva


Residencies and Grants

2016
Grant for the Arts, Pro Helvetia, Switzerland

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

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

2014
Grant for the arts, Geneva, Switzerland
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
FMAC Public Collection, Geneva, Switzerland

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

2013
Grant for the arts for the residency in Rome, Geneva Canton, Switzerland
IDHEAP Public Collection, Lausanne, Switzerland

2011
Artist in Residence Pro Helvetia, Cape Town, South Africa