INTERVIEW with Joas Nebe on one of his big themes on how humans communicate and how communication shapes the experience of the world.

“One of my main interests today is communication and how communication between humans of the same/different gender/race/origin etc.. is shaped by ideologies around how communication is determined. In human evolution, language comes into being for making the other understand one's own position. Later, humans developed habits of mind called ideologies, like the fascist’s or communist’s thought patterns. Even some religious sectarianism turns grammar and words into a killing tool by dividing humans into followers and enemies. Crucial to an ideologist’s abuse of grammar is turning it’s communication function into an order message system."

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INTERVIEW with Joas Nebe on how he developed his artistic approach and expressions.

"I used to paint big figures and groups of mostly naked people of all colors on huge canvases. Some figures seemed to come from mythology; others are like people I have been watching on the street of my birth town, Hamburg. Hamburg is a harbor city, and because of the harbor, the population is quite diverse. People from all nations live there—these people I pictured in my paintings, even the ones who lived on the streets."

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A LIKE ARTIST Vol. 1 - A Collector´s Book, limited edition, Artist Interview Joas Nebe pp. 60 - 65, Al Tiba9, 2022, article

INTERVIEW with Joas Nebe about his latest work on birds in urban habitats and the climate change impact on bird species and insects

"My video work always depends on where I am living. I have been living in the most part of my life in big cities like Hamburg or Berlin. Five years ago, I moved to a small town in Southwest Germany close to the French and Swiss border. Since i am living-so to speak -at the countryside and my interest has shifted to nature and here especially to the smallest creatures, insects and birds."

MAGAZINE 43 - Artist Of The Month, june issue 2019, pp 49 - 55, MAGAZINE 43, Artist Of The Month June 2019

INTERVIEW with Joas Nebe conducted by the curators JOSH RYDER and BARBARA SCOTT on the artist´s OPERA SERIAL

"Joas Nebe´s practice ranges in a wide variety of media, including Sculpture, Painting and Video: his exploration of the perceptual mechanisms and their unexpectedly wide consequences on the act of feeling, draws the viewers into the liminal area in which the usual expressive potential of the single media is hybridized into the consistent unity of his work. … One of the most convincing aspects of Nebe´s practice is the way it accomplishes the difficult task of creating a deep synergy between our limbic parameters and our perceptual categories."

Josh Ryder and Barbara Scott in: ARTiculAction meets Joas Nebe

The artist interview is about how the artist´s education and interest in psychology, philosophy and drama influenced his work and what are the cinematographic strategies behind his Opera serial that help create a multi-layer experience for the viewer.

"ARTiculAction meets" is a format of the journal on contemporary fine art which introduces artists to readers. The interview is conducted by curator Josh Ryder and curator Barbara Scott.

ARTiculAction Contemporary Art Review, Anniversary Edition, special issue, may 2016, pp.120 - 147
ARTiculAction Contemporary Art Review, special issue, may 2016

INTERVIEW with Joas Nebe on YALE UNIVERSITY RADIO WYBCX, hosted by BRAINARD CAREY, 20th october 2015

In the interview the artist speaks about his OPERA film series.

Interviews from Yale University Radio WYBCX
Lives of the Most Excellent Artists, Curators, Architects, Critics and more, like Vasari´s book updated. The Art World Demystified, Hosted by Brainard Carey.

On WYBC Brainard CAREY is hosting interviews with major figures in the arts, e.g. artists, curators and writers.

INTERVIEW with Joas Nebe on his work PARADISE GARDENS + SPA series

"From the start i used to be fascinated by art works with hidden messages. I always estimated art works that works like a puzzle or a crosswords without showing a clear picture or meaning at the end."

The artist interview is about the cinematographic style and how the artist developes his ideas and realizes in a film series. The artist speaks about his PARADISE GARDENS + SPA series, it´s making of, style and messages.

Since it´s foundation, Stigmart10 has encouraged a conception of art based on a dynamic dialogue between artists and audience, reflecting the interactive nature of the creative act itself.

VideoFocus Stigmart10 Art Review, 12th Edition, march 2015, pp.98 - 109
Stigmart10 VideoFocus, special edition, march 2015

INTERVIEW with Joas Nebe on the history of his CINEMATOGRAPHIC STYLE

"I started creating my visual world by putting some figures on canvas surrounded by a plain color background. This color background was covered with enigmatic „senseless writings“ like the scribbles you can find next to your phone or on the walls of a toilet room. Some writings were combined with line drawings of another figurine that worked like a caricature of the big monsters next to it."

The artist interview is about the change of style in the artist´s work and how his painting and building light sculptures experience shaped his cinematographic language.

Art Reveal Magazine is dedicated to promote and publish independent artists from all countries and all genres of visual art. Each issue of the magazine will present several contemporary artist portfolios and their artistic statments.

The interview has been published in Art Reveal Magazine, issue 4, p. 28-33

Art Reveal Magazine, issue 4, may 2015


"Yet although the imagery is tied to a concrete city, it is not subjected to common perception. Rather than sharing the spectator's perspective by listing popular sights, Nebe alienates the familiar by picking four scenes consisting of static (architecture) and moving (traffic) elements, in order to fragment, rearrange and precipitate them almost beyond recognition. This blend of a specified and an abstracted site parallels the audio-visual experience of a person not familiar with the sights, sounds and speed of urban life. Overwhelmed by the size of architecture and the dynamics of traffic such a person would hardly be able to focus on individual human beings. Consequently individuals are substituted by dummies – indistinct shapes constituting “just another brick in the wall.” "

The essay "Machine Fair by Joas Sebastian Nebe" by Charlotte Lindenberg focuses on the overwhelming Machine Fair´s images´s impact on viewer´s perception.

The Visual ARTBEAT Magazine is created in English for European and Middle Eastern Art Collectors and Art enthusiasts. It is an Art Magazine of new ideas. Talented young artists roll players of the art markets and the art works, with increasing values of contemporary art world talk here.

The essay "Machine Fair by Joas Sebastian Nebe" has been published in The Visual ArtBeat Magazine, issue 8, 2012, Index no. 35.

Visual ArtBeat Magazine, issue 8, january 2012


The essay "Crushing Shadows" by art historian Rebecca Schoensee has been published in HUMANIZE MAGAZINE, issue 8, pg. 44-61. The essay describes the video art series Philosophical Cartoons as an experience "driving full speed against the wall only to find out that you just crushed into a some kind of hyper nothingness".

Humanize Magazine is a completely bilingual publication (Spanish and English) that deals with indie and alternative culture in an innovative manner.
The complete essay is available only in English.



"I feel a burning desire to break the spell and to step out into the open to take a deep breath of the fresh salty fall air. As I feel the wind caressing my lungs, I hear Nebe’s “Totems Toons” uttering a faint, sardonic chuckle."

The essay "Tunes of Trauma" by Rebecca Schoensee describes the intriguing visual play of the video series "Totem Toons" as interaction of trauma and female/male role models.
"Tunes of Trauma" has been published in Humanize Magazine, issue 9, p. 26-35


ESSAY on Joas Nebe´s ENCYCLOPEDIC CARTOONS project with statements of several artists

"Some people have legs but no reason to dance. Others have none yet fields they waltz through are infinite. Legs are overrated most days."

The essay "Video Artists on Video Art, Joas Sebastian Nebe´s Encyclopedic Cartoons" presents a choice of artist voices on one of Nebe´s big video projects.
"Video Artists on Video Art" has been published in Humanize Magazine, issue 10, p. 16-27


ESSAY on Joas Nebe´s work in general, introducing MACHINE FAIR by REBECCA SCHOENSEE

"Nebe in a clever move takes the reason prisoner, only to appoint reason to be the king of his game of chess. He calls for a close review of the encyclopedia of our philosophical and cultural foundations. In his opinion reason has the potential to direct a path away from the horror vacui he is depicting."

The essay "Gaming Into Mindfulness" by Rebecca Schoensee analyses the interaction between pattern and words on the screen and viewer´s expectation in Joas Sebastian Nebe´s film "Machine Fair".
The essay "Gaming Into Mindfulness" has been published in Humanize Magazine, issue 11, p. 20-31.

Humanize Magazine issue 11, july 2011

"Interview with Joas Nebe by Rebecca Schoensee", Ism.ology Art Magazine, spring edition 2015, pp. 31-33, article

articles in German language only:

ARTICLE on Joas Nebe´s work focusing on the issue architecture by SIMONE KRAFT, MAGAZINE ON ARTitecture / ART AND ARCHITECTURE, interview with the artist about the intersection of philosophy and architecture in Nebe´s film work. The interiew is available in German language only. focuses on art and architecture and how they meet. wants to be a platform for discussion and information for everybody who is interested in architecture and art and how they meet. In reports and interviews will introduce – young and innovative – artists whose work circles around questions of architecture, space, building,…

The Interview "„Ich sehe Kunst als Moeglichkeit, aus Antworten neue Fragen die generieren.“" has been published on, 13th october 2011, october 2011

The essay "Schattenhaus, Ein Nachtstueck" by art historian Rebecca Schoensee
The essay is about shadow house sculptures and figurative paintings of the 1990´s


"Gesichtsverlust-Be(com)ing (in)visible
international group exhibition, curated by Simone Kraft, Kunstverein Viernheim, Germany
e-catalogue, only in German available

"Ich moechte den Betrachter durch Unterhaltung zum Nachdenken verfuehren", Interview with Joas Sebastian Nebe, pp. 34-37