Michael Najjar

Berlin, Germany

Michael Najjar is a German visual artist. He was born on 31 October 1966 in Landau, West Germany. Since 1988, he has lived and worked in Berlin. From 1988 to 1993, Michael Najjar studied at the Bildo-Akademie für Kunst und Medien in Berlin, the first private art academy in Germany, where he studied experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to the media of photography, video and computers. It was there that he first became acquainted with the work of the cultural theorists Jean Baudrillard, Vilém Flusser and Paul Virilio which exerted a major influence on his later creative output. He graduated in 1993. The marked global outlook shown in his art is colored by his life and work in Brazil, Cuba, Spain, England, Japan and the USA. Najjar currently works on a new series entitled “outer space“, which is dedicated to the latest developments in space technologies. He is also one of Virgin Galactic´s Pioneer Astronauts and will be the first artist in space. Michael Najjar works with Photography and Video. The focus of his work is on key elements of our modern society driven and controlled by computer and information technologies. Najjar, widely seen as a visual futurist, transmutes science, history and philosophy into visions and utopias of future social structures emerging under the impact of cutting-edge technologies.

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