Torsten Bruch

Torsten Bruch – “Veggy Dance” from 2014



Torsten Bruch (b. 1973) is a visual and acting artist born in Hannover, Germany. He is now living in Hamburg.

You can find his personal web page here:

The starting point of Bruch is the search for the other within the self by different strategies of role play. Meeting the self by addition is a central motive in his multi-tired, transmedial art work that uses (interactive) installations, sculptures, films, body art and performance.

He is currently doing a lot of research about fermentation. Fermentation means altering foods by the help of bacteria or fungus such as yoghurt, f.ex..

His current interest about fermented food arised when he ate Kimshi during a one month residency in Busan, South Korea in November 2015. When he returned from Korea he wanted to eat fresh Kimchi in Hamburg but could not find a good quality. He started a recipe reasearch and found out that he already had been interested in food fermentation for several years by baking bread, eating pickles, sauerkraut, tofu and using soy sauce. Since then he is testing different recipes and foods as well as making sauerkraut, kimchi and his own beer.

2005 – 2007  Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing – France
two year Post-diploma: new media
studied at André S. Labarthe, Chantal Akerman, Ryoji Ikeda, Christoph Kim
Diploma with: mention pour pénètrance

1995 – 2003  Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig
Studies of free art at: Prof. Hartmut Neumann, Prof. Raimund Kummer, Prof. David Lamelas, Prof. Paul Etienne Lincoln, Prof. Johannes Brus
Diploma with excellence

Since several years Bruch is engaged in the structure of the art center Frise – Künstlerhaus Hamburg e.V.. He is a member of the executive committee of FRISE/Hamburg, one of the longest existing artist-studio-houses in Germany. From 2008 to 2014 he was the CEO of Frise Coop. An artist governed cooperation that is acting as the landlord for the artist house FRISE.

Exhibitions since 2003 (selection):

2015 AVAF, Addis Video Art Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Ethiopia
2015 Road to Road, Davin Art Space, Busan, South Korea
2015 Bruch, Onoda, Schielein, Makii Masaru Fine Arts Gallery, Tokio, Japan
2015 Lumen, Sixth Annual Video and Performance Art Festival, Staten Island, New York, Usa
2015 Die neue Sinnlichkeit, JVA Magdeburg, Germany2015 Laubenland II, Art intervention in the Heimgartenverbund Altona e.V., Hamburg, Germany
2014 Nishininomiya-Funasaka Biennale 2014, near Osaka, Japan
2013 Niveau de la mer, l’Atelier National, Marseille, France
2012 Nishininomiya-Funasaka Biennale 2012, near Osaka, Japan
2012 Pi – Die Verwandlung des Kreises, Landdrostei in Pinneberg near Hamburg, Germany

Torsten Bruch is artist & curator of numerous exhibitions (selection):

2015   Traces ≈ トレシズ = Toreshizu
exhibition with Kenzo Onoda and Tatsuya Fujii
2013   Yukinori Yamamura & Bonjin Unit (Seira Uchida, Hiroka Shimizu)
2012   Ach, so?! = あっ、そう!? (#6) group exhibition
with Atsushi Koyama, Kazuki Akiyoshi, Junya Koike, Syuta
2011  Zeit Geschichte/n, Galerie IG Bildende Kunst – Wien
group exhibition with Eva-Brunner-Szabo, Torsten Bruch, Stefan Moos, Christoph Rothmeier, Tim Sharp
2010  Gegenliebe – Vastarakkaus II, Muu Gallery, Helsinki
group exhibition with Emine Sahinaz Akalin, Torsten Bruch, Hinrich Gross, Christian F Kintz, Sabine Mohr, Ole H Hagen, Sylvia Schultes, Chrisdian Wittenburg