Born in Düsseldorf, Germany
Studied sculpture at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Ulrich Rückriem and Tony Cragg
Meisterschülerbrief (equivalent to postgraduate)
Awards and Residencies
Kunstfonds Bonn, twelve-month grant
Robert Jungk Award for the projects “Librarium“ and “frühbeet“
Travel stipends to Shetland and Glasgow, awarded by Shetland Arts, Studios Glasgow and Kulturamt Düsseldorf
wins the “Wasserzeichen” competition, Kunstmuseum Mülheim, Germany
awarded first prize in the competition for the remodelling of Oberbilker Markt, Düsseldorf
awarded first prize in the competition “Former Synagogue Universitätsstrasse“, Marburg, Germany
Projects and Exhibitions
Memorial „Former Synagogue Universitätsstrasse“ People linked to the location and its history are interviewed about subjects suitable for a memorial / to be remembered at this site / interviewed about their memories of the site. The ideas collected thus are published both in situ and on the internet, initiating a continuous discussion about culture of remembrance.
Marburg, Germany. 1st prize artistic competition “Former Synagogue Universitätsstrasse“ together with Christian Ahlborn and scape Landschaftsarchitekten; realization as from 2012 by the city of Marburg.
Wohnzeit („Living Time“) In a multi-stage project, residents of various city districts are interviewed about their ideas of communal living, and invited to put them to the test in a flexible life-size model.
Heilbronn,Germany, various locations. Concept and realization: Oliver Gather and Stefan Nolte, Theater Heilbronn 2010-2011, supported by Fonds Heimspiel der Kulturstiftung des Bundes.
Dilly Daily Dishes Residents are asked about their daily routes through the city. Landmarks charged with emotional significance are marked as such and commented upon. NON Festival, Bergen, January 2011
Heimathunde (Dog Spotting) A village’s dog owners are interviewed about their daily routines when taking their dog for a walk, resulting in portraits of their routes. Together with their dogs, they are invited to a presentation of these portraits at the village hall Vereinshaus Neundorf, Oberlausitz (Upper Lusatia).
2005 – 2009
Nomad City Passage Düsseldorf, Nomad City Passage Linz, Nomad City Passage Cologne
Organization of a mobile campsite travelling through the city.
Concept and realization: Oliver Gather, Rebekka Reich; Düsseldorf (2005)/Linz, Austria (2009)/Cologne (2009) www.nomadcitypassage.de; www.nomadcitypassage.at; www.ncp-koeln.de; www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_BeydwCkJU sponsored by Kulturamt und Stadtplanungsamt der Stadt Düsseldorf, Kunststiftung NRW, Linz 09, Festival der Regionen, Linz Kultur, plan09, Stadtbaukultur NRW, Kulturamt Stadt Köln, LVR, WDR
Dog Spotting, Scalloway, Shetland. sponsored by Shetland Arts
Nomad City Passage # 1, museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf. Lecture and documentation
Play Station Worringer Platz, concept and realization: Oliver Gather, Jens Barlag; director: Stefan Nolte; Worringer Platz, Düsseldorf. www.handbagreloaded.de
A real-life scenario which can be directed via a joystick and monitors by the visitors is staged on a public square. supported by Kulturamt, Stadtplanungsamt and Bezirkvertretung 1 of the city of Düsseldorf, Fonds Soziokultur and LAG Soziokultur.
Librarium, concept and realization: Oliver Gather, Anne Mommertz (A&O), Worringer Platz, Düsseldorf. supported by Kulturamt, Stadtplanungsamt and Bezirkvertretung 1 of the city of Düsseldorf.
frühbeet, A&O, Worringer Platz, Düsseldorf. sponsored by Kulturamt, Stadtplanungsamt and Bezirkvertretung 1 of the city of Düsseldorf.
Platzgeschichten(„Square Stories“), concept: A&O in collaboration with Annette Krohn, Stadtbüchereien Düsseldorf, and 10 writers
Fences’ Market, concept: Oliver Gather; realization in collaboration with Volker Ziebarth; Worringer Platz, Düsseldorf. sponsored by Kulturamt der Stadt Düsseldorf.
Making Ice Cream, Eiscafé Dolomiten, Düsseldorf. Installation.
Indoor Outsider, A&O. Installation
Botschaft Worringer Platz, Düsseldorf. Exhibition.
Weltgartenbank, “Freie Wahlen“, Baden-Baden. Exhibition.
French Fries, premises of the Wilhelm Reis company, Düsseldorf. Intervention.
Tree Exhibition, Schwander / Jesdinsky carpenter’s workshop, Düsseldorf. Installation.
Ollilaun, Raum X, Düsseldorf. Exhibition.
Genuine Photo Postcard Publishing, Düsseldorf. Intervention
last exhibited at Neuer Kunstverein Gießen: “Kosmos Kiosk“ 12.06.- 21.08.2010
Algerian Cuisine, A&O / Driss Ouadahi, WP8, Düsseldorf.
Gatta Donates Spinach, Jahresgabe for Kunstverein Düsseldorf.
Economy Art Award, Sammlung Brinkmann, Casino Hohensyburg, Dortmund, Germany. Installation.
Miracles of Inspiration, Sammlung Brinkmann, Düsseldorf. Exhibition.
Sometimes Waiting Takes Longer Than Travelling, Kulturbahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf. Exhibition with Thomas Demand, Georg Krefeld, Heike Pfohl, Andreas Siekmann, Till Velten.
Foundation of the artist group “Sammlung Brinkmann“ together with Peter J. Abels, Christine Bernhard, Alice Creischer, John Dunn, Christiane Post, Andreas Siekmann.
Realized Theatre Concepts and Set Designs
“Street Corner” by Hans Henny Jahnn. Concept: Stefan Nolte and Oliver Gather; director: Stefan Nolte, set: Oliver Gather; Theater an der Sihl, Zürich, Switzerland.
“The Good Person of Szechwan” by Bertolt Brecht. Concept: Stefan Nolte and Oliver Gather; director: Stefan Nolte, set: Oliver Gather; Stadttheater St. Gallen, Switzerland.
“The Mission. Memory of a Revolution” by Heiner Müller. Concept: Stefan Nolte and Oliver Gather; director: Stefan Nolte, set: Oliver Gather; Stadttheater St. Gallen, Switzerland.
“The Roy Black Connection”. Concept and realization: Stefan Nolte and Oliver Gather; HBK Hamburg. 1993 “Oedipus at Colonos” after Sophocles. Concept: Stefan Nolte and Oliver Gather; director: Stefan Nolte, set and costumes: Oliver Gather; TIK, Thalia Theater Hamburg.
“Teenage Express” kleines Fernsehspiel, ZDF. director: Jens Barlag, Dirk Oetelshoven; camera: Justyna Feicht; production design: Oliver Gather. Development of a science fiction movie in collaboration with adolescents visualizing their own individual visions of the future.