1973, Witten, Germany, lives in Berlin.
In his video, sculpture and photographic works, Niklas Goldbach focuses on the dystopian aspects of the postmodern urban experience. Highlighting the politically charged tensions between the public and private spheres, Goldbach’s locations range from disquieting rural landscapes to the sleek glass facades of contemporary architecture to the ruins of a bombed discotheque. In the triptych High-Rise Goldbach creates a gigantic building alluding to J. G. Ballard’s novel of the same title, a study of the transformation of a society. Blurring the borders of reality and fiction High-Rise focuses on the role of the individual in an ever increasingly homogenized world and questions how the subjective experience is processed and characterised by feelings of disorientation, melancholy and rising a-sociality. This print-series is based on video material filmed for Goldbach’s work HOCHHAUS (2006) and refers to a building in the ‘Ernst-Thälmann-Park’, a park in former East Berlin.