Daniel Neubacher is a conceptual sculptor and appropriation artist born 1985 in Nuremburg, Germany. He finished his postgraduate diploma program at the University of Arts, Bremen in 2016. Neubacher´s work incorporates critical discourses evolving around media, identity, authenticity and production.
Neubacher´s current artistic practice isn't focused on a specific material or process nor on phenomenological spectacles or technological magic. His main agenda is not to develop interesting shapes nor creating narrative images. Even though Neubacher is fascinated by technology, production processes and aesthetic potential of computer generated imagery, his artworks often consist of a series of thoughts, actions and the interference in existing systems, instead of creating original physical objects that are then rendered as art.
These actions or interventions are often subtile gestures, accomplished with complex programming, recontextualizing original content, or by carefully planned use of existing applications which he then uses for a different purpose than originally intended. (These actions are not metaphors but actual actions)
Familiar with a spectrum of physical and non-physical production methods which reach from programming to 3D modeling, electronics, sound and image production to more classical methods like bronze molding and casting, Neubacher is examinines the reasons for materialization and creation.
Shapewise, his rare, physical works are in a aesthetic correlation with commercial products, due to Neubacher’s fascination with the ascription of productivity and potential onto current technological devices. Neubacher’s sculptures often reflect on the circumstances of their display and their contextual surroundings, as well as on their original purpose and function.
Neubacher´s relationships towards the sterile aesthetics of photographing, 3D scanning, and technological computer research studios and facilities often reappear in the presentation of his pieces.
In his current artistic research, Neubacher explores critical questions evolving around the means of contemporary artistic production and display, the presentation and utilization of artworks, as well as the artists identity, its capability to adapt to the means of presentation in the era of social media, and the impossibility of an imperative need of materialization in a highly mobilized, instantaneous time where innovation in display is no longer the primacy of the artist alone.
Neubacher is a fellow of the German Academic Foundation and has taken part in several exhibitions in Germany, Finland, Romania, and the United States of America. He taught 3D modeling and animation at the University of Art Bremen in 2015.
Neubacher is the founder and curator of the artist residency „remote residency“ starting in 2017, which is focused on critical media discourses and immaterial artistic strategies and the experimental electronic Music platform „Caché“. He is currently based in Bremen, Germany.