Kirsten Geisler

  • Dream of Beauty 5.0 Maya Birth
  • Maya Brush Dream of Beauty 2.2.
  • Maya Birth
  • 2005, computer animation, 48 x 59 cm
  • 2011, computer animation
  • 2011, computer animation
  • 1999, computer animation, 35 x 30 cm
  • 2008-2011, computer animation

Kirsten Geisler was born in 1949 in Berlin and studied at the Vrije Academie in The Hague from 1984 – 1985 and from 1985 –1989 at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In the 90’s she was a visiting lecturer at the Art Academy in Utrecht, Department of New Media.

Her work employs new media and relies on the technical possibilities of the computer, creating video sculptures and projected images that blur the boundaries between material representation and the immaterial presence of her figures.

Her main subjects are female faces and figures, designed in a way to bring out beauty. A lot of research has gone into the perception of beauty, one of the “eternal” ideas, recently with the additional aid of computerised models. Long before of the advent of the computer, however, psychologists superimposed photographic images of faces, arriving at a somewhat out-of-focus but recognisable, generalised face. People asked to judge a face for its beauty very significantly chose those faces most similar to the generalised face, unanimously rated as the most beautiful. So, we know that there’s a deep structure underneath our perception of beauty and this has been deeply investigated by exact computerised measures, indicating distances (e.g. between the eyes) and proportions. With such models, one can generate images of virtual people who are really beautiful, at least according to the principles applied.

Kirsten Geisler’s women are all in accordance with the principles of beauty, but they still irritate the beholder. Some are of a kind of artificial, alien, metallic appearance, some look more natural, and yet even those have an irritating effect through their impersonal expressions. These virtual females (Kirsten Geisler called her first virtual female “Maya Brush”) represent the stereotypical image of women propagated by the media, but Kirsten Geisler defines it as a dream gone awry.

Gallery Exhibitions

Virtual Beauties, Nov. 19, 2005 - Jan. 6, 2006, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Virtual Beauties

Zeitschnitt, Jan. 14, 2006 - March 14, 2006, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Zeitschnitt

Museum Exhibitions

Mythos Beauty, May 6, 2015 - Nov. 29, 2015, Schlossmuseum Linz

Berlinische Galerie, 2013, Landesmuseum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin

Zeitgespenster, Oct. 27, 2012 - Jan. 6, 2013, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen

Jäger und Gejagte – Insekten in der Gegenwartskunst, March 25, 2012- June 17, 2012, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot

Museum - Shoes Or No Shoes - Stone, Antwerpen, SHOES SELECTION n°5, 2012.