Rebecca Hackemann
Since 2004
Works in London/New York, New York United States of America

Rebecca Hackemann is a British/German conceptual artist / researcher, who works in a variety of media that are concerned with viewer interaction, perception and the construction of private and public space. The work is exhibited both in the public realm and in traditional gallery spaces. Some work, such as the stereoscopes, can also function as hand held optical devices, or as wall hung sculptures. Hackemann has exhibited in New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, London, England and Philadelphia, PA and was born, raised and educated in Germany, England and America.

Hackemann holds an MFA from Stanford University, CA (1996) and received her BFA (Hons) from the University of Westminster, London, UK. (1994) In 2000/2001 she was a Whitney Museum of American Art ISP Program studio fellow in New York.

Hackemann’s art practice consists of photographic / optical work, social practice and public art in cities and Drawing / iInstallation. Her works commonly challenge existing media categories and formats, such as the flat photographic image on the wall, the flat drawing or the static aesthetic object as public work. Her interest in philosophy and theory have always influenced the themes contained within her work, which are concerned with issues of perception, representation, and the intersection between language and image, public and private space.
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Smoke + Mirrors / Shadows + Fog

Tue Apr 13, 2010 00:00 - Tue Apr 13, 2010

Curated by Tracy L. Adler and Mara Hoberman, the exhibition “Smoke+Mirrors/Shadows+Fog” brings together an international group of sixteen contemporary artists whose work conjures deliberate deceptions (“smoke and mirrors”) and naturally occurring illusions (“shadows and fog”). From the emergence of Chinese shadow puppetry in the second century B.C., to the ancient Roman frescoes at Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries, to the phantasmagorias of 18th-century France, art throughout time has attempted to trick the eye by imitating the natural world and manipulating viewer perception. Although the illusory nature of the work on view would seem to lend itself to digital special effects and other cutting-edge technologies, this selection of artists tends to prefer age-old techniques such as trompe l’oeil painting, shadow play, and mirror anamorphosis. Collectively, these artists forgo high-tech gadgetry in favor of simpler materials. Rather than embracing the virtual they flaunt materiality and artisanship and, in this way, suggest a counter trend to the increasing prevalence of computers and digital technology in the process of art making.

To create the illusions in “Smoke+Mirrors/Shadows+Fog” the artists make use of a variety nontraditional mediums smoke, light, shadow, reflection, gravity, wind, ash, water, and light refraction to produce an astonishing array of images, which range from representational landscapes and figures to abstract forms to words and phrases. Ultimately, the shadows cast, the light reflected, and the smoke captured result in a diverse sampling of unique but intrinsically related artworks that explore the limits of materiality and transform the ephemeral into substantial and lasting works of art.

ARTISTS FEATURED: Claudia Bueno, Jim Dingilian, Fred Eerdekens, Hanna von Goeler, Rebecca Hackemann, Susanne Kessler and Herbert Cybulska, Heather Lewis, Charles Matson Lume, Oscar Muñoz, Sarah Oppenheimer, Hiraki Sawa, Suzanne Song, Mary Temple, Kumi Yamashita and Bohyun Yoon.
Through 4/23


Visionary Sightseeing Binoculars, Chinatwon In/Flux by Rebecca Hackemann

Fri Apr 03, 2009 00:00 - Fri Apr 03, 2009

Opening Reception Friday April 3rd 5.30 - 7.30pm

Walking tours AT 6.30 ON 3RD and 3PM ON 4TH.

Two altered sightseeing binoculars will be installed in unlikely places in Philadelphia’s Chinatown along Vine Street. Inside the binoculars will be unexpected images created by the community, which show future versions of that location. Each binocular also contains one image of that location in the past before the expressway was built. The Visionary Sightseeing Binoculars are part of the Asian Arts Initiative’s “Chinatown In/flux: Future Landscape” exhibition designed to address and inspire future change and redevelopment in the landscape and infrastructure of Chinatown and call attention to these issues within and outside of the community.

Rebecca Hackemann • Visionary Sightseeing Binoculars
Nadia Hironaka • Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio
Kikuchi + Liu • Chinatown Orange
Jonathan + Kimberly Stemler • the little red string


click/shift/enter exhibition at Marcia Wood Gallery

Thu Sep 06, 2007 00:00 - Tue Sep 04, 2007

click/shift/enter presents works by contemporary artists incorporating the spectrum of pre-photographic optical techniques to current state of the art video, photographic and digital technologies. Encompassing a range of sculptural, interactive and video works, the exhibit includes stereoscopic photography, anamorphic drawings assisted with computer technology, three-dimensional mirror installation, video animations utilizing zoetropes, hand-drawn computer animations and video works.

Opening Reception Sept. 6th 6-9pm.
Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sat. 11a, - 6pm
263 Walker Street SW
GA 30313

Participating artists:

peter bahouth frances barth amber boardman monica duncan
REBECCA HACKEMANN Lara Odell Tony Romano


Talk with stereo 3-D projections

Thu Jun 07, 2007 00:00 - Mon May 28, 2007

Left Brain/Right Brain

Kaufmann Auditorium, American Museum of Natural History
Thursday, June 7, 7:00pm
Please use the 77th street entrance

Brain surgeon Chun Siang Chen and artist Rebecca Hackemann will share the stage for an evening of anaglyph projections. We'll see stereoscopic work motivated by very different objectives.

Teaching Brain and Spine Surgery with 3D Images

Dr. Chen in his laboratory at Mt. Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Chun Siang Chen, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and co-author of the textbook Microsurgical Anatomy of the Skull Base, will share with us the latest stereo images and techniques that he uses in teaching neuroanatomy to medical students.

Optical Sculptures

The Indoctrination by Rebecca Hackemann

Rebecca Hackemann made her first stereoscope images in 1993. She has created 3D installations around the world, most recently at the Gigantic Art Space in New York last fall. Her work was featured in the January 2006 issue of Stereo World.

After the presentations, members are welcome to share work informally in viewers, on laptops, etc. and enjoy the opportunity to meet and catch up with 3D friends.


Peek! July 7th public art project opening Greenpoint

Fri Jul 07, 2006 00:00 - Mon Jul 03, 2006

Peek! Rebecca Hackemann's first public art project opens on Friday June 7th 7-9pm.

Debora Gallery Window -
1080 Manhattan Avenue (between Eagle and Dupont)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 11222
L to Bedford Ave and short B61 bus ride (or walk) - or G to Greenpoint Avenue.

curated by David Gibson/Article Projects


Rebecca Hackemann is transforming the window and creating a an optical installation for David Gibson's new Article Projects window, which will be blocked off -- only peepholes will remain which the viewer must peep into. The window will become a 'spectacle' to be seen upclose on the street by passersby. Behind the peepholes are new three dimensional stereo constructed black and white photographs that reflect a critical, humorous and questioning view of the world seen layered through the lens of a future memory of a fictional place. The viewer is prompted to "peek, "look" or "see" and thus becomes a participant, a performer and a challenger within the Cartesian structure of vision.More at