Philipp Geist (VIDEOGEIST) was born on February 28, 1976, in Witten, Germany. He grew up in Weilheim (Upper Bavaria). Since 1999, he has been living and working in Weilheim and Berlin.
Philipp Geist works internationally as a multi-media artist in the mediums of video, performance, photography and painting. In September 2007, he realized the video installation “Time Lines” on the entire front of the Palazzo delle Espozioni in Rome at its re-opening after it had been closed for five years. The installation was opened by the mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, and was seen by approx. 20.000 visitors. In 2005, he realized the large project “Winterzauber” (“Winter Magic”) for the Lake Side Restaurant in Zurich and in 2006, he opened the Salon Noir within the context of the exhibition “Melancholie, Genie und Wahnsinn” (“Melancholy, Genius and Insanity”) in the Berlin Neuen National Galerie. Together with the symphony orchestra OBC Barcelona and the Finnish sound ensemble Pan Sonic, Geist opened in 2004 the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. His works were shown at the Dissonanze Festival in Rome, at Clubtransmediale in Berlin and at the Mutek Festival in Montreal which is renowned for new media. He has exhibited his live video performances internationally at the Central House of Artists (CHA) in Moscow, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, the National Gallery in Warsaw (Zacheta) and at the opening of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.
In his video-room-installation “RIVERINE” Geist shows video recordings of rivers from different international locations. With underwater-video-cameras, he records the world under water. It is an attempt to get in touch with our immediate, but distant reality, an artistic discussion with the element water. Geist points out a part of our reality that is usually hidden from us. As in Geist´s other art projects, the form and content of RIVERINE is conditioned by the place where the work is being presented, most of all in art galleries, but also in other places like Club11 in Amsterdam. The project has passed the following stations so far: Köln, Berlin, München, Chiemsee, Bremen and Dresden. A highlight was the exhibition in the Three-Walls-Gallery in Chicago in April 2007, supported by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA).
He has been invited to give courses and workshops, for example in the summer academy in Dresden in 2006 and in the “Württembergischen Kunstverein” in Stuttgart in the context of the interdisciplinary festival CAMP in August 2007. In the same year he joined the jury of the BackUp-Festival in order to evaluate the submitted films.
He has taken part in various group exhibitions, for example in the Illustrative 2007 in Berlin where he presented his his multi-channel-Installation “Paradise Lost” based on the engravings by Gustave Doré.
Further projects are characterized by their complexity and the integration of the location, the sound and moving images. In the end of 2006 he contributed visuals to the DOM-project, performing with the saxophonist Johannes Enders in a church in Weilheim.
Music and sound play an important role in Philipp Geist´s works. The music influences the speed of the images, the intensity of its effects, its colours and contents. In the course of this process an audo-visual merging is created, leading to the fact that images, music and the location can be experienced in a new, synaesthic way. Geist selects the images live and as the music is generally improvised, the images are found and modified spontaneously.
Geist worked together with zither soloist/composer Leopold Hurt and electronic musicians Hannes and Andi Teichmann (Gebr. Teichmann) for the project Hurt Teichmann Geist. Moreover, his collaborative work with Dirk Dresselhaus (SchneiderTM) and Ilpo Vasäinen (Pan Sonic) resulted in the “noise” music project “Angel”.
It was through photography and painting that Geist gradually made his way to video art. He had his debut as a painter at the age of 18. For the presentation of his artworks he selected an unusual location: a forest in Polling, Upper Bavaria. A number of exhibitions of his pictures and photography followed thereafter in the Stadtmuseum Schonau and Munich (slideshow with Console/Martin Gretschmann),
In the year 2000 Geist created a video composition for the musical piece “Jolanda” by the Weilheimer Avantgarde jazz ensemble Tied & Tickled Trio (with Markus and Micha Acher (“The Notwist”) as well as with jazz saxophonist Johannes Enders and others). From that time onward his works have been sought after at international video and digital art festivals such as the Biennale in Santiago de Chile, “Kurzfilmtagen” in Regensburg, the media tower in Graz, “Filmwinter” in Stuttgart and the Electronic Art Festival in Warsaw. Geist's subsequent projects included the production of music video clips for Phonem, Tied & Tickled Trio, Console, Philip Boa, Angel, beigeGT, Ephy and Kpt.michi.gan.