Johannes Buss (1972) was born in Metelen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. From 1994 to 1998 he studied at the academy for fine arts and design in Enschede (NL), in 1997 he was a student at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver.
After his graduation he moved to Berlin in 1999 where he started of working with the collaborative art project HIGH END. They were invited a.o. to the Akademie der Kuenste Berlin and the Barbican Art Centre in London. Furthermore he was part of the artistic team for the art project Mindmapping at Mousonturm in Frankfurt and Hellerau Dresden. In 2004 Buss was invited to be artist in residence at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg and in 2005 he joined the artists foundation “Het Wilde Weten” in Rotterdam for a working period.
In his artistic practice Buss reflects upon the intersection of visual arts and design. He contemplates (in both directions) the role of the designer and of the artist and finds new forms to work against artistic commodification and to make visible the aesthetic and political forms of commodities. Buss extracts existing media and imagery out of popular culture and translates them into spatial installations and textile & sculptural works that ask questions about politics, economics and cultural identity. Since 2012 Buss produces works under the name “Radical Adults Productions“. As a conceptual company name, it allows Buss to work on different levels: as a visual artist, a scenographer and an experimental designer.
Buss has exhibited a.o. at:
Barbican Art Centre London, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Kammerspiele Muenchen, Staedtische Kunsthalle Lothringer 13 Muenchen, German Embassy in London, Schau Fenster Berlin, Uckermark Festival
Buss has worked for/at a.o.:
Mousonturm Frankfurt, Hellerau - Europaeisches Zentrum der Kuenste Dresden, Bag Factory Johannesburg,
Haus der Kunst Muenchen, Jeu de Paume Paris, Medienschule Babelsberg Potsdam (teaching), Kendel Geers, Berlin Festival, Party Arty Berlin, Treibstoff Theatertage Basel, Ballhaus Ost Berlin, Aua Wir Leben Festival Bern, Kammerspiele Muenchen, Lollapalooza Festival Berlin