Mario Asef is an architect and conceptual artist based in Berlin. He studied architecture at the University of Architecture and Urban Development in Córdoba, Argentina (Dpl.), and art at Chelsea College for Art and Design in London, England, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe and at the Universität der Kunst (UdK) in Berlin, Germany, where he obtained a master’s degree. His work has been exhibited worldwide, most recently at Daegu Photo Biennale (South Korea), Quartier 21 (Museumsquartier, Vienna), Wild Palms (Düsseldorf), Silent Green (Berlin), Junge Kunst e.V. (Wolfsburg, Germany), Kasa Galerie (Istanbul), SSamzie Space (Seoul), The Drawing Hub (Berlin). Recent museum exhibitions include Hamburger Kunsthalle, Villa Merkel (Esslingen, Germany), Kunstlerhaus Bregenz (Austria), and the Akademie der Künste Berlin. Since 2014 he organizes exhibitions and lectures for Errant Sound, a project space dedicated to sound art in Berlin.
Mario Asef’s works are divided into three methodological categories: the field of language as a structurer of physical space, the field of history and writing about history as a construction of mediated reality from a post-colonial point of view, and the scientific field of transdisciplinary enquiry and exchange.
Starting from media such as language, sound and image, he tries to follow the path towards the creation of urban space as the physical environment of the Logos. It is here that landscape as an ideological construction appears together with concepts of nature and ecology, which cannot be observed without their social and political background.
Mario Asef’s works focus on the legibility of urban space and architecture into a specific socio-cultural context within a historical moment. His public interventions, videos, soundscapes and installations deal with architectonic as well as sociopolitical questions and confront issues related to their spatial representability.
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