darktaxa-project, launched 2019


about darktaxa-project


darktaxa-project brings together works by artists working at the interface of photography and digital imaging in an experimental way.


The artists participating in darktaxa-project are: Banz & Bowinkel, Julius Brauckmann, Arno Beck, Ralf Brueck, Raphael Brunk, Philipp Goldbach, Alex Grein, Beate Gütschow, Florian Kuhlmann, Achim Mohné, Susan Morris, Johannes Post, Michael Reisch, Anna Ridler, Ria Patricia Röder, Aaron Scheer, Björn Siebert, David Young (Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Cologne, Leipzig, London, New York).


darktaxa-project works with digital photography, digital image editing, CGI (computer generated imaging), motion capture, 2D/3D/4D software, scanography, 3D scanning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, GANs (generative adversarial networks), programming, photogrammetry, 3D printing, augmented reality, etc., or with mixed forms of these tools (hybrid working methods). darktaxa-project can, in some cases, also be works that are not executed with digital tools but are digitally constituted.


The artists* participating in darktaxa-project are linked by common questions and issues arising from digital change and current post-photographic working and living conditions.


darktaxa-project does not aim for a coherent aesthetic-formal program and does not see itself as a collective. All participating artistic positions aesthetically stand for themselves, all concepts, strategies and working methods of the group are of different and independent artistic origins, and arise from individual motivations.


The artists* participating in darktaxa-project come from different backgrounds and educational contexts, such as traditional photography, traditional painting, programming, etc. Different generations, from analogue-natives to digital-natives, are involved, each of them looking at the current situation from their own point of view.


darktaxa-project carries out various projects, including exhibition formats, in which temporary experimental arrangements, permeable constellations, "clusters" are produced. The starting point here is an experimental, open-ended approach. Theory formation takes place, for example, in interviews and discussions between the artists themselves. Lectures and public discussions are also part of the group's activities, as are its publications.


The name darktaxa is borrowed from taxonomy and there describes animals that exist, but do not yet have a name or have not yet been assigned to a species.


darktaxa-project was founded in 2019 and initiated by Michael Reisch.



Michael Reisch, 3-2020




CV darktaxa-project:

- 2020 darktaxa-publication noManifest, collective text, 40 pages

- 2020 groupexhibition darktaxa-project: the Frankfurt-constellation, Schierke Seinecke Galerie, Frankfurt

- 2019 The Wrong Biennale, NRW Forum Düsseldorf

- 2019 about darktaxa-project: public lecture and panel, Haus der Fotografie/Deichtorhallen Hamburg, DFA Deutsche Fotografische Akademie

- 2019 groupexhibition Photon | Icon, Galerie Falko Alexander, Cologne, in connection with Photoszene Köln und/and Symposium Photographic materials: archives and tools, KHM Cologne

- founded 2019


upcoming projects, amongst others:

- 5-2020 presentation noManifest + Panel, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf,

- 11-2020 groupexhibition darktaxa-project: the Berlin-constellation, DAM Galerie, Berlin

- 3-2022 groupexhibition, Kunstmuseum Bonn, based on darktaxa-project, co-curated by Michael Reisch




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