Florian Freier

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not to be seen
the moving city
eye of god
cached landscapes
profile page
untitled snapchats
face detection
views & shows

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bio / cv


    Florian Freier (1979, Munich) is exploring social, cultural and political topics by working at the intersection of photography, digitalization and communication.

Freier's works have been exhibited at international group shows, including works by Richard Prince, Marcel Duchamp, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Elaine Sturtevant and others.

His ongoing documentary Profile Page is exploring changing states of identity by matching facebook profiles with photographic documentations of their individual owners private living rooms. A selection of 100 images of the series has been published as a print on demand foto book and free e-book under a cc license and has been acquired by the library of the printed web and the collection of artist books of the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Searching for the visual traces of our everyday online travels Freier's experimental photo project Cached Landscapes is using forensic tools for reconstructing hidden image data from personal computers and mobile phone devices. The project has been awarded by Trevor Paglen and Frankfurter Kunstverein with the Eagle Eye Photo Award and presented along Paglen's first German solo show "The Octopus" at Frankfurter Kunstverein.

In his Barcelona based research project The Moving City Freier is documenting invisible change of urban spaces by matching street view apartment clearings with GPS located Airbnb listings picturing the inside of the buildings at the very same places. Data for the project has been extracted from a leaked database of about 17.000 local apartment offers.

Freier's works have been cited in international blogs and magazines, including Monopol-Magazin, Fastcompany, Süddeutsche Zeitung, WIRED, VICE creatorsproject, ilikethisart.net and frieze-magazine.

Freier graduated from Munich Academy of Art while working as a freelance webdesigner and google search engine optimizer. He is living and working in Munich and Barcelona.

Selected exhibitions:


Development Prize by the City of Munich, featuring The Moving City at Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich DE


"Untitled Snapchats" at Rencotres d'Arles #BYOPaper, Papeteries Etienne, Rencotres d'Arles 2017, Arles FR


"No Secrets" feat. "Cached Landscapes" at photographic collection of Munich Stadtmuseum
curated by Rudolf Scheutle (including Paolo Cirio, Susan Morris, Mario Santamaria, Jenny Rova, ...)


  "The Influencers - Internet Yami-Ichi" at CCCB, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, ES
  "Dadaclub.online - the exhibition" feat. "revolving poet" at Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia IT

"Polivalents 2016", feat. selected works at Hangar.org, Barcelona ES


Solo presentation at „unpainted LAB 3.0“ - MMA Munich Kesselhalle
curated by Nate Hitchcock and Annette Doms (including Michael Mandiberg, Miltos Manetas, Aram Bartholl, ...)


„Cached Landscapes“ at „Trevor Paglen - The Octopus“, Frankfurter Kunstverein


6PM your local time“ - feat. selected works at Link Art Center, Brescia IT

2014 "The Eye of God" at "(Mis)Understanding Photography" - Museum Folkwang, Essen
curated by Florian Ebner (including: Hans-Peter Feldmann, Richard Prince, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, ...)
2012 "Photogenus - Contemporary Meta Photography" - DAAP galleries, FotoFocus biennial Cincinnati, Ohio
curated by Aaron Cowan and Jordan Tate (including: Travess Smalley, Kate Steciw, John Houck, Sebastian Verdon, Clement Valla)
  "Déjà-vu? from Dürer to YouTube", Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
curated by Wolfgang Ullrich and Ariane Mensger
(including: Albrecht Dürer, Marcel Duchamp, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Elaine Sturtevant, ...)
2011 "The Eye of ... - Receptions of Input" - DAS weekend, Transmediale Berlin


Folkwang/Steidl, 2014, "(Mis)understanding Photography" - ISBN 978-3-869-30764-0
Kerber Verlag, 2012, "Déjà-vu? from Dürer to YouTube" -
ISBN 978-3-866-78676-9
Eres Stiftung / Munich Stadtmuseum, 2017, "No Secrets - Images of Surveillance" - ISBN 978-3-00-056058-3
Link Editions, 2015, "Florian Freier - Profile Page" - ISBN 978-1-326-49923-5
Florian Freier, 2017 - "Untitled Snapchats"
- ISBN 978-1-389-77346-4


Collections, grants and side projects:

"Profile Page" (ISBN 978-1-326-49923-5) has been added to the library of the New York Museum of Modern Art as part of the acquisition of the Library of the Printed Web (great company with artist books by Olia Lialina, Mishka Henner, Katja Stuke, Clement Valla, Cory Arcangel, Richard Prince, David Horvitz, ...)

"Cached Landscapes" has been published with Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Transforming World Atlas 2017. The Atlas is featuring an annually updated series of maps and graphics covering current social, financial and geopolitical topics (Link to come).

Freier is the founder and editor of Flachware.de, a virtual exhibition platform and early prototype for an artist-based social network site.

Freier has been granted with a hangar.org long term studio residency (Barcelona / ES) and is living and working between Munich and Barcelona.



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