Jürgen Trautwein is a German born interdisciplinary artist working in a variety of forms, including new media and hypertext web-works, performative temporary interferences, installations, land-art, sound art and classical forms such as painting, drawing, watercolor, collage and photography. Stylistically his work is process oriented and rooted in abstract expressionism, minimalism, conceptualism. His works are manifestations of the immediate, everyday and present experience.
For the past fifteen years Trautwein has been working on his Gesamtkunstwerk the evolving NIESATT drawing and multimedia hybridization project, a concept that includes a variety of media, resulting in site specific room installations, which reflect on issues of ephemeralness, disposability, depersonalization, disinformation, reproducibility, prefabrication, repetition and the unpredictability of the next thought; a project where meaning and statement levels are overlying each other. The drawings used for NIESATT are acid humorous, raw-thought line-based social commentaries. They are ironic cartoon-like reflections of the perpetually reoccurring human folly.
Trautwein's web-works are an integral part of his NIESATT project; under the domain jtwine.com he has been creating web based works since 1996 with a strong focus on repetitious sound-screens and interactive audio visual pieces. Jtwine.com functions like an archive of fictional and real incidents where personal experience merges with visual research and documentary. Jtwine.com is combining high and low tech, reflecting on the heterogeneous and pluralistic character of our visual culture and the web.
Trautwein's work has been shown widely in museums, non profit art spaces, festivals and galleries around the world and is included in private, corporate and public collections. His work has been included in many books and publications such as the File Festival Sao Paulo, European New Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Plato Sanat Istanbul, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Arte -TV, Rhizome Artbase, Netart.org, Seattle Times, LA Times, Stuttgarter Zeitung, The San Francisco Chronicle, El Pais blog, El Centro & Hoy Quito, Micromuseum Athens, Net art guide Fraunhofer Institute Stuttgart, Badische Neuste Nachrichten, Javamuseum Cologne, and furtherfield.org London.
Trautwein studied painting, drawing and printmaking at the Roedel art college in Mannheim, Germany and painting at the University of the Arts in Berlin. He holds a Meisterschüler degree, a German equivalent to the Masters degree, from the University of the Arts in Berlin.
Jürgen Trautwein lives and works in San Francisco and in Bruchsal, Germany.