Hans-Peter Dimke was born in 1941. At various points he has been a radio- and tv-technician, played in a rock band, and studied arts at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg. From 1972 on he worked as a free-lance photographer. In 1984, he started working as an artist and art theorist. He was professor in the University of Fine Arts Braunschweig (Germany). His friendship with Vilém Flusser lasted several years, starting when they met in the early 1980s. In 1994, he got his PhD and worked as a part time professor at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg. In 1995 he published Eine Künstler Theorie der Universellen Maschine: Die Kunstfähigkeit des Computers in Bezug auf seine Anwendung, Verwendung, Animation + Installation. In 2002, he began working as a painter.
Articles of Hans-Peter Dimke
Die Verbesserung von Beobachtung
An artistic theory is different from a scientific one. The artist theorizes by addressing the breaking point of modernity, which is characterized by a change from considering a work to be a conceptual, and considering it to be a physical object. The artist describes this as a part of his art. Vilém Flusser analyzes the camera (the black box) in relation to administrative, economic, political, social apparatuses. Roland Barthes considers pictures from the double perspective of studium (the scanning process) and punctum (the captivating moment). In the present case, the artist’s theory and the photo collages bearing the title Photo Shop Massacre are to be understood in their conceptual intention as an indication of the actual massacre that is taking place around us.