Jan Vormann

Franco-German artist Jan Vormann (b. 1983 in Bamberg, Germany) currently lives and works between Berlin and Valdivia. Vormann is best known for his public space interventions, where he incorporates Legos in the mendings of monuments and city landscapes. “I have always sought to improve the appearance of public space in various ways, whether through graffiti or collage…As far as I can remember, I have never appreciated the grayness of cities and I’ve always wanted to give them back some color” Vormann says. Vormann studied visual arts at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin in Germany, and monumental arts at the Stieglitz Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. For Vormann, re-energizing and reinvigorating sites of public heritage, from monuments to ancient buildings, is his approach to providing passers-by with new perspectives of what they might be accustomed to seeing. 


Academic Teaching Positions

2013 – 2017    Lecturer at New Media / IXD Department, BTK Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule


2016    Publication (Master) Archive and Presentation of IXD-Department

2013–2017     Creative Physics 1 (Bachelor) – Introduction to Mechanics

Creative Physics 2 (Bachelor) – Rapid Prototyping;

Arduino and CPU-based installation

2013–2015    Creative Coding 1 (Bachelor) – Introduction to Processing

2014    Tangible Interaction Research (Master) – Tactile Interfaces and Responsive Spaces



2016    Creative Physics – Fabrica Beirut, LBN

2015    Weatherballoon – Kunsthochschule Burg-Giebiechenstein, Halle, DE

2011    Repairing Ars Electronica – ARS Electronica, Linz, AUT


Selected Conferences, Talks

2015    About Transitory Art – T.R.I.B.E., Artos Foundation, CYP

2014    Transitory Projects in Transitory Places–Museum of Transitory Art, Ljubljana, SL

2014    PechaKucha Wall edition – Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin

2011    The Art of Games – Venice Biennale of Art, Collateral Event, IT

2010    Gadekunstdag (Streetart Day) – Aarhus city council, DK

2009    Streetart and Art in public spaces–ARCAM Institute for Architecture, Amsterdam, NL



2004 – 2011   Visual Arts, Kunsthochschule Berlin KHB-Weißensee

Graduation with Diploma (2010) and as Meisterschüler (2011)

2008 – 2009    Monumental Arts, Stieglitz Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, RU

2003 – 2004    Art history and Conservation of Monuments, Otto Friedrich Universität, Bamberg, DE


Administrative student positions at KHB-Weißensee

2009        Technical manager of showroom Ackerstraße 18

2008    ASTA Committee

2008    Foreign exchange student advisor


Selected Exhibitions, Art fairs and Independent Projects

2019 Nuart Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
Deviations Volontaires, Creteil, Paris FR with Grand Paris Express

2017    Coup de Chauffe Cognac, FR
Dispatchwork (solo) Kunstverein Bamberg, DE

2016    Irregularites (solo) Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris, FR

2015  Birmingham Weekender Birmingham, UK
Ganz Novi Festival Zagreb, HRV
La Toma Caracas, VEN
DOMA Art Festival Sofia, BGR

2014 Nuits Blanches City of Paris, FR
About Blank Galerie Lehmann, Berlin
With Eyes Wide Blinking / It’s about time Kindl Brauerei Berlin, DE

2013  Hidden Heroes Vitra Design Museum, Weil, DE
Sonica Festival for transitory art MoTAa Point, Ljubljana, SL
Paperjam 2  Paris FR, Zurich, Geneva CH, Weimar DE, Bangkok THA

2012 Miss Read Edition Dasein; ABC artfair, Berlin, DE
Eckenfest Görlitz, DE
Kanalarbeiten Potsdam, DE
Very Fun Park Fubon Art Found., Taipei, TWN

2011 _35 Galerie Sassa Trülzsch, Berlin, DE
Cityleaks DQE, Köln, DE
Swab artfair Barcelona, ESP
Skulpturen am Rheinkilometer 529 Bingen, DE
NEOLUDICA. Art Is A Game Venice Biennale of Art, collateral event, Venice, IT

2010  Volta NY New York, USA
Ars Electronica Linz, AUT
Festival de la cité Lausanne, CH
Imaginez Maintenant Toulouse, FR

2009  Anders zur Welt kommen. Das Humboldt Forum im Schloß Altes Museum Berlin, DE
Dispatchwork ARCAM Institute of Architecture Amsterdam, NL

2008  Rochav/Orech (length/width) Darom Gallery, Tel Aviv, ISR
Young Moscow international Biennale Art Strelka Complex, Moscow, RU

2007    Moje, Twoje Miasto (My, Your city) Bookart Museum, Lodz, PL
I´m longing and I don´t know what. IRANAO Iranian Artist Organization, Teheran, IRN
Venti Eventi Bocchignano, Rome, IT /

2006    Babylonian Dream – Anna Ahmatova Museum, St. Petersburg, RU


Grants, Awards and Institutional support

2015     Collaboration with Goethe Institute Caracas, VEN

Collaboration with Goethe Institute Sofia, BGR

2014    Collaboration with Goethe Institute St. Petersburg, RU

Artos Foundation Nikosia, CYP

2013    Residency at Museum of Transitory Art MoTA, SL

2011    Bernhard-Heiliger Prize, Berlin, DE

2009    Co-financed by Pro Helvetia CH

2008    Collaboration with Goethe Institute Tel Aviv, ISR

2008    DAAD-GoEast Scholarship

2007    Collaboration with Goethe Institute Rome, IT



Kunstmuseum Schwerin, DE
Sammlung Andrea und Johannes Teiser, DE
Gerda und Kuno Pieroth Stiftung Bingen, DE
Private Collection Richard Cohen, USA


Selection of Media Coverage


New York Post (2010, US), Financial Times Deutschland (2010, DE), El Mundo (2013, ESP), La Vanguardia (2011, ESP) Berliner Zeitung (2016, DE), The Telegraph (2015, UK), Corriere della sera (2012, IT), Sydney Morning Herald (2011, AUS), Berliner Morgenpost (2016, DE)


Wired (2011, 2016, UK), New York Times Mag (2010, US), Art Magazin (2008, DE), Das Magazin (2010, AUT), Deutsche Bauzeitung DBZ (2009, DE)


Le Monde (2018, FR), NBCnews (2016, US), Woostercollective (2009, US), Aol News (2010, US)

Book Publications

Urban Interventions – Personal Projects in Public Spaces Gestalten Verlag (2010, DE)

Radio and Television

Le grand Journal, Canal+ (2011, FR), DW-World – Deutsche Welle TV (2016, DE), ARTE (2010, DE/FR), AT5 (2008, NL), Media Radio GP, Ontario (2012, CAN)