Verena Friedrich


Verena Friedrich (DE)
Verena Friedrich (b.1981) studied at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) Cologne and the University of Art and Design Offenbach (HfG) and is currently based in Cologne, where she is Artist in Residence at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging. In 2005 she was awarded the International Media Award for Science and Art from ZKM Karlsruhe (ZKM) and in 2011, she received a special mention in the VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards. Friedrich makes use of analog and digital media such as classic sculptural materials, biological and organic matter, electronics and programming. Driven as much by theoretical research as by a hands-on experience with materials, form and function, she collaborates with engineers and scientists in order to translate complex issues into tangible forms.
The Long Now
  • © Max Pauer
  • © Victor S. Brigola

Being one of the classical vanitas symbols, soap bubbles are often used as visual metaphors for the transient nature of life. A soap bubble usually exists only for a few seconds until the fragile equilibrium cannot be maintained any more and the bubble eventually bursts. Similar to a soap bubble, life exists only for a relatively short period of time before it pops out of existence. The Long Now explores the object of the soap bubble from a contemporary perspective, based on its chemical and physical properties and in reference to current developments in science and technology. The objective for The Long Now is to develop a machine that will prolong the lifetime of a soap bubble. The machinery generates a bubble, sends it into a controlled atmosphere chamber and keeps it in suspension for as long as possible. In parallel, the chemical composition of the bubble is altered in order to improve its durability. The installation is realized in the form of an experimental setup, in which the technologically enhanced bubble permanently oscillates between ephemerality and stabilization.


Grant: April–May 2015, OBORO (CA)

Awards and nominations:
Winner “lab award“, lab.30 2016, Augsburg, Germany (TLN)
Nomination for Golden Cube, Kasseler Dokfest 2016, Kassel, Germany (TLN)
Nomination for NTAA – New Technological Art Award 2016, Gent, Belgium (TLN)
Nomination for Prix Cube – International Digital Art Prize for Emerging Artists 2016, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France (TLN)

EMAP/EMARE grants of Verena Friedrich