Vita

Albert Raven (1967, the Netherlands) lives in Berlin.
www.albertraven.de | www.whisperingwallproject.com | www.albertravenportraits.com


In search of the concealed Now
Focussing on change and resistance to change, my work is about time. Driven by the notion that what we call ‘time’ does not exist, I question this world-without-time, using sound by means of my Whispering Wall project and image by the use of photography.

What we call ‘time’ is actually ‘duration’ (Dauer). It is not a universal constant, it is relative. And it can only exist where there is consciousness; where there is human life. Time is personal.

Composing, arranging and directing, I merge and weave bits of duration.


Auf der Suche nach dem verborgenen Jetzt
Mit Veränderung und Widerstand gegen Veränderung als zentrale Themen, geht es in meiner Arbeit um Zeit. Von der Überzeugung angetrieben, dass das, was wir ‘Zeit’ nennen, nicht existiert, erforsche ich diese Welt-ohne-Zeit mittels Klang (das Flüsterwand Projekt) und Bild (Fotografie).

Was wir gewöhnlich Zeit nennen, ist eigentlich Dauer. Und diese ist keine allgemeine Konstante, sondern relativ. Sie kann nur existieren, wo es Bewusstsein gibt; menschliches Leben. Zeit ist individuell.

Indem ich komponiere, arrangiere und anleite, verschmelze und verwebe ich Momente der Dauer.


Projects and expositions
2017  Exposition 48h, landart/public space, LHQ, Berlin-Buch, 15/9 – 17/9
2017  Exposition at gallery weisser elefant, Auguststrasse 21, Berlin, 17/6 – 15/7
2017  Whispering Wall exposition at Soundgallery Ohrenhoch, Berlin Neukölln
2017  Birdhouse, global Whispering Wall project
2017  Whispering Mirror, a Whispering Wall project
2016  Naturalisation | Naturalisierung, commissioned work for Whispering Wall, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Gerechtigkeitswoche 2016, Berlin
2015  Whispering Wall, solo-exposition during Berlin Art Week, Parochialkirche, Berlin
2015  Whispering Wall, solo-exposition at Ludwig Hoffmann Quartier, Berlin-Buch
2015  Photo for invitation and at exhibition ‘Family Man’ of Marc Bijl, Kunstverein Heppenheim
2011  Urban Landscape, group-exhibition DeFKa, Assen
2011  Window of opportunity, video-installation in public space, Assen
2011  Video installation at the Feithhuis, Groningen
2010  Gallery 14-16, Posthuys Texel, De Koog, group-exhibition
2010  Nieuwe uitleenschatten, group-exhibition, Der Aa-Kerk Groningen, CBK Groningen / SBK Amsterdam
, Jong in Groningen, group-exhibition gallery Noord, Groningen
2010  Nieuwe aanwas, group-exhibition, CBK Drenthe, Assen
2009  Against pragmatics, group-exhibition DeFKa Assen
2009  ArtOlive young talent ’09, group-exhibition, Westergasfabriek Amsterdam
2009  Rite of passage, group-exhibition, graduation Art Academy Minerva Groningen
2009  Showmaster, workshop and group-exhibition Minerva with curator Roel Arkesteijn
2008  Draft (first price) for a work in public space, commissioned by Jeugdhulp Friesland medical orthopedagogic daycare centre ‘de Reinboge’, Sneek
2007  I promise you, group-exhibition, gallery ‘t Mariushuys, Sleen
2007  Group-exhibition art academy Minerva regarding accreditation
2006  Animation for ‘the one minutes festival’, Amsterdam
2006  On the road again, group-exhibition about Richard Deacon, Ruud van de Wint en John Körmeling. Videoinstallation, CBK Drenthe, Assen
2006  Art auction Enova, group-exhibition, county hall, Assen

Commissioned work
2017  Photographs (portraits) in commission
2017  Whispering Mirror, commissioned work for Whispering Wall, EdenSpiekermann, Berlin
2016  Photograph at Terminal Groningen Airport Eelde, K&C, artproject ‘Into Nature’
2016  Naturalisation | Naturalisierung, commissioned work for Whispering Wall, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Gerechtigkeitswoche 2016, Berlin
2016  Photographs (portraits) in commission
2015  Photographs (portraits) in commission
2014  Photographs (portraits) in commission
2014  Photographs (portraits) of employees of Stamm
2013  Photographs (series of portraits) of several women in commission
2013  Photographs (a series of portraits) for the publication ‘Dorpscoöperatie Nieuw-Dordrecht’, commissioned by Stamm CMO en gemeente Emmen
2013  Directing and musical coaching of ING cabaret marketingdag, Amsterdam
2013  Directing of several video’s (Personal Banking) for ING Bank
2013  A series of portraits and a photographic work of the city council and mayor of Gouda, commissioned by Gemeente Gouda
2013  Several video’s and animations for an e-publication ‘Wijkeconomie’, commissioned by Stamm CMO
2013  Photographs (a series of portraits) for the e-book ‘Zorgexperiment’, commissioned by Stamm CMO
2013  Photographs (a series of portraits) for the publication ‘Zorg’, commissioned by Stamm CMO
2013  Workshop (directing) for the NAMateurs, the amateur theater group of NAM
2013  Photographs (portraits) of employees of Stamm CMO
2012  Photographs (a series of portraits) for the publication ‘Burgerkracht’, commissioned by Stamm CMO
2012  Workshop and photographs (a series of portraits) resulting in an e-book, for the association of Dutch clerks (Vereniging van Griffiers), commissioned by Bestuursacademie Nederland
2012  Workshop and photographs (a series of portraits) for StammLab, commissioned by Stamm CMO
2012  Directing and musical coaching of an amateur theater group
2012  Photographs (a series of portraits) for the publication ‘Mantelzorg’, commissioned by Stamm CMO
2012  Animations for the e-book ‘Wijkeconomie’, commissioned by Stamm CMO
2012  Photographs (portraits) commissioned by the Drentse Energie Organisatie
2012  Photographs (series of portraits) of several women in commission
2012  Directing and musical coaching of ING marketingdagen cabaret
2011  Photographs and a video for several publications and an exposition at CBK Emmen, regarding the recent completion of the Broken Circle, Spiral Hill film-project by Robert Smithson, commissioned by LACDA en SKOR.
2011  Photographs for a film about time-policy, commissioned by Provincie Drenthe
2011  Photographs (a series of portraits) for the publication ‘Krimp en kracht’, commissioned by Stamm CMO
2011  Photographs (portraits) of employees of Stamm CMO
2011  Gasten (Guests). Book consisting of 98 photographs that were made at a forge in Huizen, NH
2011  Workshop and consultancy for Bestuursacademie Nederland
2011  Workshop art/photography for PABO students
2011  Directing and musical coaching of ING marketingdagen cabaret
2010  I’m not here right now | ik ben er even niet. Five photographs and a work of art (installation with video) for an exhibion at city-hall Assen, in reference to the national day of care (dag van de mantelzorg)
2010  LoketZes. Concept of the environmental desk (WABO loket) of Gemeente Staphorst at the county-hall of Staphorst. The concept includes a work of art, consisting of a patch of real grass (2,80 x 2,40 meters) inside the building, which was soon removed for being controversial
2010  Gasten (Guests). Book of 128 photographs that were made at the first floor wardrobe of restaurant De Kompaszaal at the KNSM-Island in Amsterdam
2010  Stamm CMO. Portraits of employees
2010  Directing and musical coaching of ING marketingdagen cabaret
2009  Photographs for the N34 magazine from Provincie Drenthe and CBK
2009  City of Talent. Photographs for a magazine from Provincie Groningen a.o.
2009  Photographs for the Nieuwe Maten magazine from Enova Emancipatiebureau Drenthe
2009  Directing and musical coaching of ING marketingdagen cabaret

Publications
2017  Exhibition catalogue to Momentum, galerie weisser elefant, Berlin
2017  Artery, Berlin
2011  Several publications regarding the completion of the Spiral Hill film-project by Robert Smithson (commissioned work)
2009  N34 magazine (commissioned work)
2009  Against pragmatics, exhibition catalogue
2009  ArtOlive ’09, exhibition catalogue
2009  Nobody’s waiting for you, catalogue examination exhibition minerva

Education
2005 – 2009  Hanzehogeschool Groningen University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor of Fine Art, media art and photography
1996 – 1997  Conservatory Hilversum, arranging
1990 – 1994  Royal conservatory The Hague, jazz piano
1985 – 1990  German and English language, Ubbo Emmius, Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Academic
2013  Gast lecturer at Hanzehogeschool Groningen University of Applied Sciences, Minerva Art Academy

Grants and awards
2009  ArtOlive Amsterdam young talent nomination
2007  Menzisbeurs scholarship

Previous 2005-2010
New Media
Joint initiator and responsible for idea, concept, development and implementation of project Neighbor (De Buurman), a virtual social platform based on the website debuurman.eu, with the objective to help people better coordinate time spend on family-life, work and leisure. The project was developed as part of the program ‘Dagindeling ESF’ of the Dutch ministry of SZW/OCW and was financed by the European Union. It was acclaimed ‘most innovative ICT project’ and was nominated for the Best Practices Award of Nederland Breedbandland.
Consultant
Strategical advice, thinking out-of-the-box, finding creative solutions, participating in brainstorms, organizing workshops and creative thinking in development and change-processes. Giving advice regarding creating, developing and executing (internet)projects, corporate identity and internal / external communication.

Previous 1995-2005
Entrepreneur, business owner
Focussed on designing and building websites, communication advice and concept development. From 2000 to 2005 joint founder and owner of StepsAhead BV, a company selecting and detaching secretarial personal. As general director responsible for operational management, human resources and communications, which included the website. Responsible for idea, concept and development of the first Dutch secretarial job-site, secretaressebank.nl
Company-life
From 1997 to 2001 hired by KPN and Versatel, first as a technical engineer, then as a projectleader and consultant. Responsible for developing and implementing a nationwide internal network, network-migration, establishing a project office and reorganizing a management support office, managing planning and dispatching of a flying squad, a nationwide mobile technical team.

Previous 1985-2005
Director
Director of company-cabarets of NAM, Postbank, ING marketingdagen and ING-directiecabaret.
Music
Played in several bands and ensembles, accompanied other artists and musicians. Musical coach and director of company cabarets. Composing and arranging music for bigbands, quartets, orchestra’s, horns, violins and vocalists. Produced music for bands, ensembles and multimedia-projects. Worked as a piano teacher and was the first to give online pianolessons over the internet in 1995.