Werner Nekes was born on April 29th, 1944 in Erfurt. He # nished primary school and high school in Oberhausen and Mülheim/Ruhr where he made his # rst literary attempts. During 1963 he studies linguistics and psychology in Freiburg. From 1964 onwards lives in Bonn where he becomes the head of the University Film Club, later also chairman of the FIAG. He forms friendships with film directors, sculptors and painters. These included Dore 0., his companion and collaborator since 1967. In 1965, Nekes produces paintings made of diverse materials and objects with which he organized various exhibitions.

This year he also made his first 8 mm film, from May 1966 onwards uses 16 mm. In spring 1967 his films were rejected by the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and because of this Nekes organizes a counter-event. During this year he also holds several film seminars at the Institut für Jugendbildung in Dörnberg/Kassel. In November 1967 Nekes comes to Hamburg with Dore 0., whom he marries the following month. Co-founder of the Filmemacher-Cooperative and of the Hamburger Filmschau. On many occasions he organizes # lm events in his apartment, Brüderstraße 5. That year he also holds film seminars and retrospectives in various European cities. Some of his other achievements: -1969 regular film showings and discussions with film directors in the “Prokino”, Hamburg -1970-1972 professorship at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg -1973 sojourn in Sweden, travels, seminars on # lm and on film-theory, retrospectives all over the world.



He moves to Mülheim/Ruhr in summer 1978 -1981 guest professorship at the university of Wuppertal -1982-84 professorship at the Kunsthochschule Offenbach. -1988 chart member of ICNC (International Center for New Cinema) in Riga -1990/96 professorship at the Kunsthochschule für Medien, Köln -2004/2006 professorship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg -1981-91 Idea, conception und realisation of the Camera Obscura in Mülheim/Ruhr -1992 Conception und realisation of the exhibition “Von der Camera Obscura zum Film” in Mülheim -1993 Exhibition “SCHATTEN PROJEKTIONEN”, Städtische Galerie Schloß Oberhausen Festival administration of “Internationales Schatten theatre fest Oberhausen 1993” -1994-2008 Exhibitions of the Media Magica collection u.a. “Imagination” und “3D Beyond the Stereography” beide: Metropolitan Museum Tokyo;


“Perspektiva” Muscarnok, Budapest;“Das verführte Auge”, Focke Museum Bremen; “Devices of Wonder” Getty, Los Angeles; “Ich sehe was, was Du nicht siehst. Sehmaschinen und Bilderwelten” Museum Ludwig Köln; “Die Wunderkammer des Sehens” Graz; “Eyes, Lies and Illusions”, Hayward Gallery London; “Lust und List im Augen Blick” Barock museum Salzburg, Sorö: Skyggen. The Shadow, Altonaer Museum Hamburg; “Schaulust”, “Rare Künste”, Wien; “Lumière, transparence, opacité”, Nouveau Musée National, Monaco; “Eyes, Lies and Illusions” ACMI, Melbourne; “Schaulust Die Kunst des Sehens und des Täuschens”, Krems Retrospektives: Münchener Film museum, Österreichisches Film museum, Cinémathèque Paris, Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Kinemathek Oslo, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Algiers, Film museum Frankfurt, Anthology Archive New York, Auckland, Wellington, Studio Settanta Rome, Centre Pompidou Paris, Athens, Kopenhagen, Rotterdam, Arnheim, Amsterdam, Belgrade, Split, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakau, Zürich, Göteborg, Madrid, Barcelona, Riga, Volta, Helsinki, Turkku, Ankara, Izmir, Eskecir, Cairo, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Tampere, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk. AWARDS: 1968 Sao Paolo: international awards for put-putt. 1969 Bambi award for complete oeuvre. 1970 Deutscher Filmpreis: Filmband in Silber for jüm-jüm with Dore 0.. 1972 Mannheim: special award for T-WO-MEN. 1975 Montreal: Diplom d’Excellence. 1975 Deutscher Filmpreis: Filmband in Silber for Hynningen (from Diwan). 1975 Preis für Kunst und Wissenschaft der Stadt Mülheim with Dore 0.. 1981 Preis der deutschen Filmkritik for Beuys with Dore O.. 1982 Mannheim: Filmdukaten Uliisses. 1982 London: Film of the Year Uliisses. 1983 Figueira da Foz: Placa prata for Uliisses. 1984 Deutscher Kritikerpreis for Uliisses. 1986 Ann Arbor Festival: Award for Uliisses. 1986 Awards for Was geschah wirklich zwischen den Bildern? (Film Before Film): Figueira da Foz: Special Award of the International Jury, Gold medal of the CIDALC-Jury, Award of FICC-Jury. Chicago, USA: Gold Plaque for the best documentary. Spain: Mikeldi for the best documentary.


Dore O. and Werner Nekes

Dore O. and Werner Nekes