For many years Mischa Kuball, from Düsseldorf, Germany, has been working conceptually and artistically with artificial light, creating works that, beneath their coolness and academically oriented phrasing, are driven by the heart.
Born 1959 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he currently lives and works, Mischa Kuball has been working in the public and institutional sphere since 1977.
He uses light as a medium to explore architectural space as well as social and political discourse in his installations and photographs, reflecting on a whole variety of aspects from sociocultural structures to architectural interventions, emphasising or reinterpreting their monumental nature and context in architectural history. Public and private space merge into an indistinguishable whole in politically motivated participation projects, providing a platform for communication between the audience, the artist, the work itself and public space.
Since 2007 Mischa Kuball has been a Professor for public art at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and 2006-2008 professor for media art at Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM, Karlsruhe. Since 2015 he has been a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Düsseldorf. In 2016 he was honoured with the German Light Award.