innsbruck

Thomas Feuerstein

Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman | Innsbruck

Thomas Feuerstein is a universalist. Born in 1968, he has received a doctorate in art history and philosophy, been a co-publisher of the journal Medien.Kunst.Passagen, won research grants for electronic art, published articles on art theory, biotechnology, and other subjects, and taken part in exhibitions since 1988. In 1995 he initiated his Biophily project, named for Erich Fromm’s concept of “biophilia,” the love of life, as opposed to “necrophilia” (love of death). In The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1973) Fromm castigated a necrophiliac society narcissistically in love with everything nonliving and machinelike. Though adopting Fromm’s terminology, however, Feuerstein de-emphasizes its binary structure. His real interest is in processes of transformation and transition, the mixing of life and technology. Biophily, Feuerstein writes, “is dedicated to researching an inverse understanding

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