Richard Jochum (photograph) is a conceptual artist working in a broad variety of media with a strong focus on video, interactive installation, performance, and photography. He is a studio member at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and an associate professor of art and art education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has worked in various media since the late 1990s and has had more than 130 international exhibitions and screenings. Richard received his PhD from the University of Vienna (1997) and an MFA in sculpture and media art from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (2001). Richard’s art practice is accompanied by publications and research in the field of cultural theory, new media, and contemporary art and he has been awarded several grants and prizes. One of his latest large scale art installations has been a 30,000 square feet collaborative video mapping project onto the Manhattan Bridge.
1) I am a post-minimalist and post-conceptual sculptor and media artist drawing from a variety of media and artistic practices reaching from land and public art to social sculptures, installation, photography, video, and artist's books. To cross boundaries has proven typical for my artistic practice over the years in its attempt to explore and bridge diversity in media, technology, and the arts.
(2) I believe in the power of art rather than in decoration. I think art continually has to create new images for the time we live in. For the conditions and issues we deal with: existentially, politically, physically, and globally. Searching such images is what I am aiming for.
(3) My artistic work is often based on participation or embedded in local communities. I believe in an intriguing encounter between art producers and the public. To embrace education is a rewarding way to expand our creativity. Audiences can make us learn better and see things we would not have known yet. I understand both intelligence and creativity to be profoundly social.