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Gaming into Mindfulness
Interview with Joas Nebe by Rebecca Schoensee
(excerpt)

“It’s a never-ending game of disintegration. I
challenge the viewer by not living up to his or
her expectations. I am denying the satisfaction of
solving the riddle, hidden within the depth of my
artwork.” By turning his filmic cabinet of
curiosity into an intriguing jigsaw puzzle of
hybrid geometric patterns, Joas Nebe teases the
viewer into accessing his game. He believes:
“Riddle games of this kind spark creativity and
pass on the role of the artist to the viewer.”

Taking the Reason Prisoner

“To Nebe, “fantasy and creative intelligence are
important survival skills today.” So is chess, an
analogy he keeps referring to: “Chess exemplifies
my game with the viewer. In a world of shortening
attention spans, it’s an ideal
concentration-practice. One always has to think a
few steps in advance.” By screening the insanity
of our daily chase towards evolutionary
bankruptcy, Nebe in a clever move takes the reason
prisoner, only to appoint reason to be the king of
his game of chess. He calls for a close review of
the encyclopedia of our philosophical and cultural
foundations. In his opinion reason has the
potential to direct a path away from the horror
vacui he is depicting: “The model of enlightenment
has increasingly been discredited, wrongfully I
believe. Today survival and coexistence are only
possible if governed by the faculty of reason.
Labeling and connoting intellectual categories
help to bring new relations into sight and to gain
unexpected terms of knowledge.”
The interview essay “Gaming Into Mindfulness” has
been published in Humanize Magazine, issue 11, p.
20-31.

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"Yet although the imagery is tied to a concrete city, it is not subjected to common perception. Rather than sharing the spectator's perspective by listing popular sights, Nebe alienates the familiar by picking four scenes consisting of static (architecture) and moving (traffic) elements, in order to fragment, rearrange and precipitate them almost beyond recognition."
("Machine Fair by Joas Nebe", Charlotte Lindenberg, VisualArtbeat Magazine, issue 8, 2011)