Johannes M. Hedinger is an artist, curator, researcher, educator and author. He is the director of the Institute for Land and Environmental Art, of Art Safiental and Alps Art Academy, co-founder of Com&Com, co-Head of Methods of Art and What’s Next? and he’s the co-creator of Bloch and Mocmoc.
Hedinger studied fine arts at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) as well as the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA, obtained second degrees in Art history, Cultural studies, Film studies and German studies at the University of Zurich and at the Humboldt University of Berlin, as well as a postgraduate degree in Strategic marketing at the Berlin University of the Arts, and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Lausanne.
Johannes Hedinger is lecturer and researcher at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) (since 2006) and teaches at the Institut für Kunst und Kunsttheorie at the University of Cologne (since 2010), where he was a substitute professor for intermedia in 2013/14. Since 2015, he is founder and director of the Alps Art Academy, since 2019 he is also the director of the Institute for Land and Environmental Art.
Hedinger’s artistic production is mostly known as a part of the Swiss artist duo Com&Com (with Marcus Gossolt, since 1997). His latest projects include Bloch (since 2011), Point de Suisse (2014-15) and Mocmoc (2003-08). Together they participated in nine Biennales (Venice, Shanghai, Singapore, Sharjah and Moscow amongst others), solo exhibitions at the Kunsthaus Zürich, Kunstwerke Berlin and Knockdown Center New York amongst others; group exhibitions at the ZKM Karlsruhe, Kunstmuseum Bern, Migros Museum Zürich, Pratt Manhattan Gallery and Shanghai Minsheng Museum amongst others. Overall, he has participated in more than 150 exhibitions and 25 short films. Com&Com is represented by Galerie Bernhard Bischoff und Partner in Bern.
Since 2008 Hedinger collaborates also with Frank Bodin and the Institute of Robotics of the ETH Zürich under the Label HEBO to produce a series of humanoid robots.
Curatorial works include Art Safiental (2020, 2018, 2016), TEKTONIK (2018), Methods of Art (Ural Biennale 2015, Connecting Space Hong Kong 2015), Point de Suisse (Museum of History Basel 2015), Kunstsalon (Bard Hall New York 2014), La réalité dépasse la fiction (CentrePasquArt Biel 2009/10) and Beauty is the new punk (White Square Gallery Las Vegas 2009).
Research and mediation works include initiatives such as The New Artist (since 2016), Methods of Art (since 2014), What’s next? (since 2013), Urban Interventions (since 2012) and Cultural Hacking (since 2009). Hedinger is the editor and author of many books on contemporary art, such as New Land Art (2017), The Book of Bloch (2017), Point de Suisse (2015), What’s Next? Kunst nach der Krise (2013), Lexikon zur zeitgenössischen Kunst (2010), Kunst, öffentlicher Raum, Identität (2004). He regularly publishes articles on art for newspapers and magazines such as Kunstforum International and Schweizer Monat.
His focus and research topics include: transdisciplinarity, socially engaged art, participatory art, new land art, urban interventions, cultural hacking, art strategies, art world studies, art market studies, sociology of art and artistic research.