Residency 2016/2017

The Residency Grant of the Leuphana Arts Program for 2016 has been awarded to the German artist Johannes Paul Raether. Raether will present his work at Leuphana in May 2016 and then be involved in the university in various formats during the course of the year. He will develop his project with academics and students of the Leuphana. A course is planned for the winter semester 2016/17.

Johannes Paul Raether

Identitecture Project

March 2016 – February 2017   

During his residency at the LAP, Johannes Paul Raether will work on further developing the research avatars Transformellae und WordWideWitch. In his project draft he states:

For the art residency at the Leuphana Arts Program, I propose bringing my artistic alter ego, the “Drag-Research-Avatar” Transformella to the university. As a “being,” “creation,” “figure,” or precisely an “avatar,” Transformella functions within a “herd” I have created as a collector and the medium of an assemblage of improbable and often also absurd moments, techniques, narrations, and knowledge contexts. 

Transformella’s psycho-realistic research is focused on altering parameters of human reproduction at the moment of their biotechnological outsourcing from the body and the direct places and temporal horizons of sexual reproduction. Since 2010 Transformella has been engaged with establishing a (fictive) learning and teaching institute that applies the means of distorting, exaggerating and alienating language, material and space to work out the contradictions of radical digital and biotechnological changes in the field of the life sciences. 

The main concern in this context is to start from the field of culture with the attempt – despite all ascriptions of inefficiency and (technical) amateurism – to develop social and communal reproduction models, appropriation strategies, modes of speaking, and visions together with interested parties, students and activists.


Johannes Paul Raether lives and works in Berlin. From 2006 to 2011, he co-organized the artist-run space “Basso” and participated in its collective performances. His works and performances have been presented at, among others, the KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn (2010), Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2010), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2012), Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin (2012), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013), Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2014), Donau Festival Krems (2014) Foreign Affairs Festival of the Berliner Festspiele (2015) and the Friedericianum, Kassel (2015). Solo shows, among others, at Galerie September, Berlin (2011), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012), Ludlow 38, New York City (2014), Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2015), and District Berlin (2016). Together with the duo Discoteca Flaming Star, he organized various performance projects and edited the book “Zeig Her, Führ Vor, Tausch Ein. Performance-Art-Academy“ (2013). Raether contributes to Texte zur Kunst and in 2013 he was visiting professor at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. He has been awarded the Villa Romana Kunstpreis (2015), among others, and is currently Artist in Residence at the Leuphana Arts Program of the Leuphana University Lüneburg. 

The Residency Program of the Leuphana Arts Program is funded by the Niedersächsische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur.


Abschlusspräsentation der Residenz 2016/2017 – ReproReality HackLab 005 – 006, FertilityCave 1.0.7

Vorträge und Diskussionen von und mit Andreas Bernard (Leuphana), Steve Kurtz (CAE), Felicitas Reuschling (Kitchen Politics), präsentiert von Transformellae (a.k.a. Johannes Paul Raether) –11. und 12. Januar 2017, 18:00, Kunstraum, Leuphana Campus

ReproReality HackLab 005 – 006, FertilityCave 1.0.7: (The Coming of Age of The) Flesh Machine. Eine Zusammenkunft, bei der ReproTechnologien ihrer biopolitischen Festlegungen entzogen werden. Präsentiert von Transformellae (Transformella generalis und Transformella malor)

Veranstaltungen im Rahmen der Abschlusspräsentation


Künstlerpräsentation "(Constructing) The ReproTechnoTribe". Auftritt der psycho-realistischen Avatara Transformalor (a.k.a Johannes Paul Raether), das seine Reprotechnologischen Diagramme diskutiert. Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg


Öffentliche Seminarsitzung “Sie nennen es Leben, wir nennen es Arbeit" mit Felicita Reuschling (kitchen politics) Berlin, Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg


Vortrag "Making Children. An Introduction to Reprotechnological Machines and their History." Andreas Bernard (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg), Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg


Vortrag "(Revisiting) The Flesh Machine." Ein Vortrag über Projekte und Texte des Critical Art Ensemble, und ihres Buchs von 1998, "The Flesh Machine" mit Steve Kurtz (Critical Art Ensemble), Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Wintersemester 2016-2017

Lehrveranstaltung, BA Kulturwissenschaften "Werkzeuge für Avatars und Repro-Tribe"


Workshop zur Theorie und Technik distributiver Datenspeicher. Digital Cultures Research Lab, Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg


Künstlerpräsentation "ForschungsAvatara Spezies Transformellae und die WordWideWitch – Konstruierte Körper in psycho-realistischer Wissensernte" , Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg


"The Common Sense: Kollektivität, Technologie und Austausch", Gast im Master-Seminar von Prof. Dr. Ulf Wuggenig


Vortrag im Rahmen des Workshops der Forschungsgruppe "Reconfiguring Anonymity", Digital Cultures Research Lab, Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg