JoJo Tillmann


1966 born in Aderau (D) 1991-1996 studies of theater and event technologies since 1996 light-, stage- and video designer, freelance artist since 2006 lectureship: master classes for popular music for the Deutsche Musikrat in Berlin 2009 "What you see is what you get", Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf 2008 ArtRmx 2008 Vol. 1, Cologne Adventsturm 2008 - 24 nights - 24 artists, Frankfurt Stage design Europe: Patrice „Freepatriation“ 2007 artistic director of the production of Live DVD “Live in München” by pop group Juli light installation for the concert tour of the European Ensemble Akademie mit Mauricio Kagel, Manfred Schoof und Moritz Eggert Stage design europe: Juli “Ein neuer Tag” - Sportfreunde Stiller “La Bum Tour” Gentleman “Confidence Tour” - DePhazz “Days of Twang Tour” - Manowar, Europa-Tour - Guano Apes, Europa-Tour 2006 Light installation with Prof. Dipl. Ing. Gunther Vettermann for "Event LX" at Lichtharfe, Messe Köln 2005 “BreakUp No. 202” at Internationale Fachmesse und Kongress für Veranstaltungstechnik, Event und Service in Berlin Nomination for World Stage Design Award in both categories Light design and set design by International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT), WSD Toronto, Canada 2003 Interactive stage installation Europe tour Guano Apes “Walking on a thin line” 2002 light, stage and video installation world tour A-ha “Lifelines” 2000 Light and stage installation for A-ha world tour “Minor earth – major sky” 1996 Light design for ZDF / Michael Jackson in Germany Since 2003 Participation in international art fairs

Current exhibition


The first solo exhibiton entitled "What You See Is What You Get" will show new works from the "BreakUp" series by light artist JoJo Tillmann. Tillmann's objects are back-lit with the latest LED technology that is primarily used for stage design. The light display can be programmed, whereas every single LED is individually controllable in colour and intensity. The light can be even manipulated with a digital video camera that conveys the audience's movement into a digital signal. The double sided motifs gain a three-dimensional effect. According to the intensity of light, parts of the motif become more or less visible; the programming effects the particular dynamics. Accurately constructed geometric spaces form the basis of the motifs. These spaces are then diversified by multiplication, overlaying, and distortion until they release spatial forces. Within this composition, the viewer acts as a modulator for light intensity, colour and velocity. He dives into the light, manipulates it and is part of the space created.