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Outside In: Matthias Hoch

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

Visual artist and photographer Matthias Hoch presents his film Japan Sketches as part of Outside In.


Japan Sketches

Japan through the eyes of an outsider. The camera does not move, no pan, no zoom. It keeps its distance and observes: the city, the traffic, the architecture. People in the public space. The forest, athletes, a parking garage. Lucid, tranquil scenes. The sound lends a rhythm to the whole and propels the images forward. The video footage were recorded in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo during a three-month stay as artist-in-residence at the Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto.


Matthias Hoch, Japan Sketches, 2014

HD video, aspect ratio 16:9, 10’10 min
Camera and editing: Matthias Hoch
Sound: Ryoma Sasaki, Silencio
Kindly supported by Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa, Kyoto
Courtesy Rocket Gallery London
© 2021 Matthias Hoch


Matthias Hoch

Matthias Hoch is a visual artist and photographer, based in Leipzig, Germany. He studied photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig.

Solo exhibitions include Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (2016), Fotohof Salzburg (2016), Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (2014), Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco (2011), Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm (2010) and Rocket Gallery London (2008).

He was a recipient of scholarships at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (2018), Villa Kamogawa Kyoto (2013) and the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome (2003).

His work is included in such public collections as Berlinische Galerie, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Matthias Hoch’s solo exhibition “BER”, postponed due to Covid, will now open in June 2021 at Galerie Nordenhake Berlin. The accompanying catalog will be published by Spector Books.

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Photo: Miriam Steiner