Frank Geßner, born in 1965, Würzburg/Germany. Studied “Free Art“ with focus on Sculpture and Painting at the ABK Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. “Academy Award“ by ABK and “Doctoral Scholarship of the State of Baden-Württemberg“. “Meisterschüler“ degree at the Berlin Academy of the Arts.
Since the mid-1990s, independent artist and working in adult education at Berlin folk high schools and at juvenile detention center Berlin-Plötzensee “Department of Addiction“. Adjunct and visiting professorships at the Academy of Film and Television HFF “Konrad Wolf“, Berlin University of the Arts, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, Jilin Animation Institute Changchun, China. In 2002 and 2003 he was awarded by the Berlin University of the Arts with the “Prize for good Teaching“. 2004 Appointment to the professorship “Visual Arts for Animation“ at the HFF “Konrad Wolf“. 2005 Frank Geßner founded *ATELIER BERLIN PRODUCTION for the realization of artistic research projects. 2006 to 2009 simultaneously vice president for teaching, research and development at the HFF “Konrad Wolf“. In 2008 he co-founded the IKF Institute for Artistic Research. Since 2009 he has been full professorship for “Theory and Practice of Visual Arts“ at today’s Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.
As a multidisciplinary artist and researcher, Frank Geßner works on an expanded concept of animation based on classical and experimental arts in order to pass on cultural heritage and develop hybrid art formats. The interdisciplinary work is particularly interested in the interrelation of visual, performing and time-based arts and their relationship to architecture, sculpture, image, poetry, music, and language. This opens up new, and necessarily critical spaces for thinking about artistic practice and theory building. Similar to basic research, art enables knowledge gain and the development of new forms, combinations, perspectives, and models.
Arts-based research interests: Pre- and Future-Cinema; Expanded Animation; New Genres; Installation, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Text and Photography; Tableau Vivant; Experimental Essay, Video and Hybrid Film; Theory and Practice of Visual Art; High- and Lowtech Media Production as well as Consulting. Teaching activities, presentations and exhibitions at home and abroad. ARCHIVE