The work of American artist Peter Miller, who lives in Germany, still hints at his childhood dream of becoming a magician. Today, however, Miller’s preoccupation with magic finds expression primarily in the media of film and photography. Utilizing a wide variety of forms and materials, he explores the history of the technical media and their constituent, irreducible elements: light, chemistry, audience, flicker, optics, and perspective. In one piece, he transforms a mailbox into a darkroom (Envelope, 2020), and in another work, Miller brings a living tree into his lab and helps it to create a photographic self-portrait using photograms (The Leaves, 2021).
The Artist Tour with Peter Miller and Dr Kathrin Schönegg invites viewers to embark on a journey to discover analog media technologies and to reflect on how media shape the world around us.