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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. 


CV
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
2019          Smena Art Center, Kazan, RU (upcoming)
                   KulturFolger, curated by Petra Tomljanović, Zürich, CH (upcoming)
                   The Bally Stimmen, Bally Foundation, Milan, IT
2018          Boganium, Handwavium et les autres, Mineralogy Museum MINES-ParisTech, Paris, FR 
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, screenings and talks
2019          Cabinet des corps exquis, Musée de l'Ariana, Geneva, CH
                   Memoria del sublime (cur. Carole Haensler), Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona, CH
                   Artist Talk, Webster University, Geneva, CH
2018          Artist Talk, Smena Gallery, Kazan, RU
                   Artist Talk, Lumpen Universität, Espace Libre, Bienne, CH
                   Art Paris Art Fair, projection on the Grand Palais façade (cur. Karine Tissot), Paris, FR
                   Solitudes molles (cur. collectif détente), Espace Temoin, Geneva, CH
                   Artist Talk, Trafic Home Cinema, Lausanne, CH
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..., 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 LightningHEAD 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
2019           Memoria del Sublime, Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona, CH
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
2019           Simetrìa, Residency program at CERN, CH and at ALMA Observatory, CL (upcoming)
2018           Scientific Delirium Madness, Djerassi Residency, San Francisco, USA
2015           Artist in Residence, Landis & Gyr, Zug, CH
2014-15     Artist in Residence, Grant Simon I. Patiño / City of Geneva, Cité International des Arts, Paris, FR
2014           Summer Academy, Guest curator Raimundas Malašauskas, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, CH
2013-14     Artist in Residence, Swiss Institute, Rome, IT
2011           Artist in Residence, Pro Helvetia, Cape Town, ZA

Grants and awards
2018           Grant from Société des Arts, Geneva, CH
                    Bally Artist Award, Lugano, CH
                    Grant for the arts, FMAC Geneva, CH    
2017           Grant for the arts, FMAC, Geneva, CH
2016           Grant for the arts, Pro Helvetia, CH    
2015           Artist Studio, Maison des arts du Grütli, City of Geneva, period 2016-19, CH
                    Grant for the arts, FMAC, Geneva, CH
                    Grant for the arts, FCAC, Geneva, CH
2014           Grant for the arts, DIP, Geneva, CH
2013           Studio Roma Grant, Swiss Institute, Rome, IT
                    Grant for the arts for residency in Rome, Ticino and Geneva Canton, CH

Public Collections
2019           HEK, Haus der Elektronische Künste, Basel, CH
2018           Ticino public collection (MASI), Lugano, CH
2017           Fonds cantonal d'art contemporain (FCAC), Geneva, CH
2014           Fonds d'art contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC), Geneva, CH
2013           Institut de hautes études en administration publique (IDHEAP), Lausanne, CH