Residency Unlimited

Jacob Ott

Jacob Ott, "Magazine Sun", 2022, Wood, Metal, Rubber, Photo: Finn Curry

Artist Name: Jacob Ott
Residency Dates: February – July 2024
Born: 1992
Hometown: Dorfen, Germany
Lives & Works: Basel, Switzerland
URL: | Instagram: @jajajaott
2019 – 2021 | Masters in Fine Arts, FHNW Institut Kunst, Basel
2017 – 2018 | Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
2013 – 2017 | Bachelors in Fine Arts, HKDM Freiburg


Jacob Ott works with various media – from sculpture, object, painting and installation to film, sound and performance. The form of his work derives from an investigation of the habits and symbols that shape social arrangements and institutions. Much of Ott’s work deals with fundamental elements of art production as well as the individual components and infrastructures of the institution of art itself. In doing so, he tries to create autonomous or context-specific artworks as well as works and exhibition formats that form their own context for other artworks. Through simple, seemingly illogical interventions as well as a de-naturalization of the natural, Ott’s work opens up a possible reflection on the often arbitrary or violent divisions and rules that come with the increasing cultivation of our world by us humans.

Select solo exhibitions include: Komm Feuer, geh mit mir ein Stück at Kunstverein Schallstadt, Germany (2022); All I Work For Is You at Atelier Haus Oslo, Switzerland (2021); Wirtshaus de Bank Fieber WWW ZZZ at Villa de Bank, Enschede, Netherlands (2020); Pretender at Casa Equis, Mexico City (2019); Komplize List at IDEAL Artspace, Leipzig (2019). Select group exhibitions include: Neubau Tropeninstitut at Rhythmus Messy Cambio, Basel (2023); We Are so Many Here at Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2022); I Hear a New World, at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen (2022); En Este Vida Hay Otra Vida at Galeria Albarran Bourdais, Madrid (2021); Open Systems at Fondazione Morra, Naples (2021);

Jacob Ott is part of the collective Hotel Simplon, founder of the Ott Orchestra and as a team runs the experimental publishing project Conservative Books in Basel.


Support: Jacob Ott’s residency is made possible with support from Atelier Mondial Basel (Christoph Merian Stiftung).

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