Diana Scherer is a visual artist living and working in Amsterdam.  She is born in Lauingen Germany  and studied fine art at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Her practice encompasses photography, material research, plant root-weaving and sculpture. Over the past years she has exhibited in several international solo and group shows. Recent shows include Hyper Rhizome Gallery Droog Amsterdam, Earth Matters; Textile Museum Tilburg, Art & Science Exhibition Tasis at the National Museum Beijing, Springtide; Photography Museum Rotterdam and  Fashioned from Nature at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Shenzhen. She published two books at Van Zoetendaal Publishers; Nurture Studies 2012 and Mädchen  2015.

Scherer explores the relationship of man versus his natural environment. Through her installations she examines the boundaries between plant culture and nature. What does “natural” mean in the Anthropocene and is man not also  nature or a parasitic species on the rest of  his environment? For the past few years her fascination has been focused on the dynamics of underground plant parts. She has been captivated by the root system, with its hidden, underground processes. Her longterm project Exercises in Rootsystem Domestication originated as an art project with an intuitive approach has also developed into an innovative material research. Working on this project Scherer shifts between disciplines, from design to art, craft and science. To develop the work she collaborate together with biologists, engineers and designers.

InterWoven has been honoured by the New Material Award Fellow . The New Material Award is a biennial prize organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam that challenges artists and designers to develop sustainable materials and innovative technologies.

Upcoming / Ongoing

Artificial Ecologies –  Kunstverein Kassel , Museum Fridericianum- September 2020/postponed 2021

Ecodata-Ecomedia-Ecoaesthetics -  RIXC Art Science Festival Riga – The National Library of Letland , 8 -17 .10 2020

Curators Yvonne Volkart, Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits.

Herbariums Imagined -  Curator Luis Castelo  Centro de Arte Complutense  University Art Center  Madrid

MAK   Lab – curator  Marlies Wirth : Austrian Museum of Applied Arts – Contemporary Art,  ongoing

Society Shekou, Shenzhen. -  curator Edwin Ehrman, Victoria & Albert Museum FASHIONED FROM NATURE  September  2020

Plant Fever -  curator Laura Drouet, travelling exhibition CID, Grand Hornu Belgium, Museum Fur Gestaltung -  Zurich, Somerset House – London, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Dresden https://plantfever.com/About

Design by Time ; curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox ,  San Francisco Museum of craft and design, 2020

Selected Solo / Duo Exhibitions

Hyper Rhizome  – Solo Exhibition Droog,  curator Renny Ramakers,  Amsterdam

Exercises In Rootsystem Domestications – Kennedy van der Laan curator Nathalie Bruys

Spectrum Crops  - Findings in Color, Mediamatic; Amsterdam

Interwoven;  Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

Looking up / Looking down – with Anne Geene, Arjan de Nooy;  Gallery Caroline O’Breen, Amsterdam

Duo- Kim, Yong Hoon & Diana Scherer; Korogram Korea Seoul

Interwoven: How science and art meet below ground ; Wageningen University

Nurture Studies – curator Wim van Krimpen  Villa Mondriaan; Winterswijk

Nurture Studies –  curator Let Geerling Nijmegen UMC;  Netherlands

The Peace Weary;  Menno Wigman & Diana Scherer; Balie  Amsterdam

Theo; Buro Leeuwarden, Fries Museum; Netherlands

Neue Arbeiten; Gallery Van Zoetendaal; Amsterdam

 

Selected Group Exhibitions/Presentations

2018/2019

TASIES 2019; 5th International Art and Science Exhibition , National Museum of China & Tsinghua University  Beijing China

Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie – Curator Raphaëlle Stopin   http://centrephotographique.com/

Nature Morte – Centre de Innovation et de Design, Hornu Belgium , curators Ralph Collier, Françoise Foulon, Veerle Wenes.

Plant & Human – Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

Biodesign - From Inspiration to Integration; curator William Myers Rhode Island School of Design;

Fashioned from Nature – by Edwina Ehrman Victoria & Albert Museum;  London

In Vivo; Noorderlicht  International Photo festival

Photo Basel; Gallery Caroline O’ Breen

Design Week Jerusalem; June

Bio meets Digital; Atelier Néerlandais Paris

A Queen Within – Adorned Archetypes curator Sofia Hedman & Serge Martynov/ New Orleans Museum of Art

Frankenstein, tussen fantasie en frictie / Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

 2016/17

Springvloed – curator Willem van Zoetendaal,; Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam

New Material Award – Vitra Museum; Wheil am Rhein

Earth Matters – curator Lidewij Edelkoort Textiel Museum; Tilburg until November 2017

Herbarium – Fotografisk Center; Copenhagen

The Principle of least Effort -  curator Alexandra Landre Kunstvereniging Diepenheim

Salone del Mobile – Milan Design Week,  Nieuwe Instituut

(Re)Inventing Nature – curator Rob Wetzer  Fotodok; Utrecht

Dutch Design Week; Nieuwe Instituut – New Material Award

Transnatural  Amsterdam; Regeneration

Photography Extended; Museum Het Valkhof Nijmegen

Post Books, Van Zoetendaal Publishers books; Tokyo

Still/Life; Contemporary Dutch Photography; Himalayas Museum Shanghai

The Peace Weary;  Menno Wigman & Diana Scherer; Balie /Athenaeum Amsterdam

World Book Design ;  Printing Museum Tokyo

 

Publications / Reviews

NRC- Tracy Metz on ‘Hyper Rhizome’ Droog ‘ 2020

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/02/05/wandkleden-van-wortels-tonen-onvermoede-schoonheid-a3989337

V&A Magazine 2018

Frame Magazine 2018

BLDG Blog by by Geoff Manaugh ‘Rootkit’ 2017

http://www.bldgblog.com/

Hortitecture University Braunschweig

Wired magazine by Margaret Rhodes, 2017

https://www.wired.com/2016/12/artist-teaches-roots-grow-beautiful-alien-patterns/ 

NRC  ’Dwarse vogel – encyclopedie en wonderlijke wortelpatronen’ by Rianne van Dijk 2017

Het Parool ‘De Natuur is Poezie’ 2017

Trouw – “De wortel als Borduurgaren’ by Joke de Wolf  2016

Art Das Kunstmagazin #3 /

Album #4 ‘Mein Freund der Baum’

Exit Magazine #55 / 2015 ‘Underground’ ; Madrid

Volkskrant Uitgelicht ‘Ondergrondse glorie’

Volkskrant, Best Photobooks

Hotshoe Magazine  ;Uk

Photoeye – Best Books nomination

Volkskrant; Best Photobooks

Athenaeum books; Schijnende schoonheid

 

Talks

Vom Ephemeren zum Nachhaltigen Symposium, Embassy of Italy Berlin,

with Prof. Stefano Boeri, Armin Linke, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Stefano Mancuso.

Symposium Hortitecture 03 ; TU Braunschweig ,

Symposium Future Matters; exploring our sustainable materiality; Central Saint Martins London

Symposium Alive. Active. Adaptive.  International Conference Emerging Materials – Nieuwe Instituut / TU Delft; Rotterdam

Interwoven – How science and art meet below ground; University Wageningen Netherlands

Material-Pioneers - Het Nieuwe Instituut;  Rotterdam

Biotalk Regeneration – Mediamatic & Transnatural; Amsterdam

Book exhibitions

Mädchen; Short list – PhotoEspaña 2015 Best Photography Book of the Year Award

Museum of the National Library; Madrid

Post Books 2015, Van Zoetendaal Publishers books; Tokyo

Undercover; Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta St. Petersburg

Best Dutch Book Designs; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The Peace Weary;  Menno Wigman & Diana Scherer; Balie /Athenaeum Amsterdam

World Book Design; curator Willem van ZoetendaalPrinting Museum Tokyo

New York Photobook Fair PS1; New York