Gretta Louw

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Gretta Louw
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Controlling_Connectivity, screenshot from networked performance at Art Laboratory Berlin, Gretta Louw, 2011.
Born 1981
Dundee, South Africa
Nationality Australian
Education Bachelor of Arts (2001), and Honours in Psychology (2002), University of Western Australia.
Known for new media art, net art, digital art

Gretta Louw is a multi-disciplinary artist working predominantly with digital media and networked performance. She lives and works in Germany and Australia. Her artistic practice explores the potential of art as a means of investigating psychological phenomena, particularly in relation to new technologies and the internet. Her focus is on how new digital technologies are shaping contemporary experience.[1]


Gretta Louw was born in South Africa and grew up in Australia. She graduated in 2001 from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts, and in 2002 completed her Honours degree in Psychology.[2] In 2007 she moved to Germany, living first in Berlin then moving to Mannheim in 2011 and three years later to Munich.


  • OK. Video Flesh, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2011.
  • Controlling_Connectivity (solo exhibition), Art Laboratory Berlin, 2011; curators: Regine Rapp und Christian de Lutz.[3]
  • Video Art For All, Fundação Oriente, Macau, 2012.
  • Moving the Still, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA, 2012; curator: Nowness.
  • On Off Moments, Grimmuseum Berlin, 2013; curator: Amelie Wedel.
  • Weiss auf Weiss (solo exhibition), TEN Gallery, Mannheim, 2014; curator: Heinrich Gartentor, Solothurn, Schweiz.
  • Hybrids, Stadtgalerie Mannheim, 2014; curator: Benedikt Stegmayer.
  • Bitrates - GIFbites, Dar-ol-Hokoomeh Project at Shiraz Artist House, Shiraz, Iran, 2014; curators: Morehshin Allahyari und Daniel Rourke.
  • Deltabeben, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany, 2014; curator: Barbara Auer.
  • Me Vs Internet (solo exhibition), Stadtgalerie Mannheim, 2014; curator: Benedikt Stegmayer.
  • Representation Vs Reality, AVU Gallery, Prague, 2014; curator: Benedikt Stegmayer.
  • Net Work, PLATFORM Gastatelier, Munich, 2014; curator: Gretta Louw.
  • Everybody Lies (On the internet), Pixxelpoint Festival, City Gallery, Nova Gorica, Slovenia, 2014; curator: Igor Štromajer.[4]
  • Radiance, FORM Gallery, Perth, Australia, 2015; curator: Sharmila Wood.
  • Jiggling Golems, Goethe Institute, Athens, 2015; curator: Mariana Ziku.
  • Homo Faber - ARTour Biennale, Centre de la Gravure et de l’image Imprimée, La Louviere, Belgium, 2015; curator: Jacques Urbanska.
  • 1984, Papierfabrik, Dachau, 2015; curator: Johannes Karl.
  • Maintenance Mode, Public Space One, Iowa, USA, 2015; curator: Beatrice Drysdale.
  • LAB 3.0, Unpainted Digital Art Fair, Munich, 2016; curator: Annette Doms.
  • NARGIFSUS, Transfer Gallery, New York City, 2016; curators: Carla Gannis, Tina Sauerländer.[5][6]
  • Networking the Unseen, Furtherfield Gallery, London, 2016; curator: Gretta Louw.[7][8][9]
  • Monsters of the Machine, LABoral, Gijón, Spain, 2016; curator: Marc Garrett.[10]
  • Selfciety, whiteBOX Gallery, Munich, 2017; curator Benjamin Jantzen.[11]
  • No Secrets, Stadtmuseum München, Munich, 2017; curator: Rudolf Scheutle.[12]

Prizes and awards[edit]

  • 2011: Karin Abt-Straubinger Stiftung Projektförderung
  • 2012: Finalistin der OK.Video Art Preis
  • 2014: Heinrich Vetter Preis der Stadt Mannheim
  • 2016–2020: Atelier Stipendium der Landeshauptstadt München im Atelierhaus Baumstrasse
  • 2016–2017: Bahnwärter Stipendium der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar

Other projects[edit]

  • Avatar as Prosthesis: an exploration of the possibilities for artistic production and collaborative projects in the field of inclusive art practices opened up by digital avatars; Munich, 2016–2017.[13]
  • The Cloud: a series of ongoing tasks that incorporates performance, video, digital collages, installation etc. and addresses the marketing techniques around cloud computing.[14]
  • Gifportrait: a project that allows anyone to commission an animated digital art portrait of themselves or someone else and, in doing so, contribute to the development of a net-based gesamtkunstwerk. GIF Portrait is a radical re-thinking of the traditional genre of portraiture, capturing and representing you in a format that is fit for the digital age.[15]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Louw, Gretta, Works 2011–2014 / Arbeiten 2011–2014, Verlag Einraumhaus c/o, Mannheim (2014).
  2. ^ "Gretta Louw – Flux Factory". 
  3. ^ de Lutz, Christian, Engl_essay.pdf|“Too Artful to be a Virtual Soul.” Performance, Psychology and Social Media in Gretta Louw’s project Controlling_Connectivity, November 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Gretta Louw". 
  5. ^ Palop, Benoit (19 March 2016). "More Than 50 GIF Artists Take On Selfie Culture". Creators. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Howard, Lindsay (22 March 2016). "Selfie-Self Portraits: An Interview with the Curators of NARGIFSUS". NewHive. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Networking the Unseen". Furtherfield. June 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Networking the Unseen @ Furtherfield Gallery reviewed". aqnb. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Lorenzin, Filippo. "Mediating Beach. A comment on "Networking the Unseen" exhibition". Digicult. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Monsters of the Machine". Laboral Centro de Arte e Creación Industrial. November 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Selfciety". whitebox. January 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  12. ^ Bilder der Überwachung: Reiz und Gefahr digitaler Selbstüberwachung. Rudolf Scheutle (Münchner Stadtmuseum) und Dr. Sabine Adler (ERES-Stiftung). 2017. ISBN 978-3-00-056058-3. 
  13. ^ "Avatar as Prosthesis -". Avatar as Prosthesis. 
  14. ^ "Gretta Louw". 
  15. ^ [1][dead link]