Michael Najjar nasdaq_80-09

Dimensions:
202 x 132 cm (102 x 67 cm) / 79,5 x 52 inch (40,2 x 26,3 inch)

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Taken from the high altitude series. Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

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2008-2010

Michael Najjar dow jones_80-09

Dimensions:
202 x 132 cm (102 x 67 cm) / 79,5 x 52 inch (40,2 x 26,3 inch)

Description:
Taken from the high altitude series. Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008-2010

Michael Najjar bovespa_93-09

Dimensions:
202 x 132 cm (102 x 67 cm) / 79,5 x 52 inch (40,2 x 26,3 inch)

Description:
Taken from the high altitude series. Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008-2010

Michael Najjar rts_95-09

Dimensions:
202 x 132 cm (102 x 67 cm) / 79,5 x 52 inch (40,2 x 26,3 inch)

Description:
Taken from the high altitude series. Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008-2010

Michael Najjar sensex_83-09

Dimensions:
202 x 132 cm (102 x 67 cm) / 79,5 x 52 inch (40,2 x 26,3 inch)

Description:
Taken from the high altitude series. Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008-2010

Michael Najjar hangseng_80-09

Dimensions:
202 x 132 cm (102 x 67 cm) / 79,5 x 52 inch (40,2 x 26,3 inch)

Description:
Taken from the high altitude series. Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008-2010

Michael Najjar nikkei_66-09

Dimensions:
202 x 132 cm (102 x 67 cm) / 79,5 x 52 inch (40,2 x 26,3 inch)

Description:
Taken from the high altitude series. Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008-2010

Michael Najjar dax_80-09

Dimensions:
202 x 132 cm (102 x 67 cm) / 79,5 x 52 inch (40,2 x 26,3 inch)

Description:
Taken from the high altitude series. Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008-2010

Michael Najjar msci_80-09

Dimensions:
202 x 132 cm (102 x 67 cm) / 79,5 x 52 inch (40,2 x 26,3 inch)

Description:
Taken from the high altitude series. Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008-2010

Michael Najjar lehman_92-08

Dimensions:
202 x 132 cm (102 x 67 cm) / 79,5 x 52 inch (40,2 x 26,3 inch)

Description:
Taken from the high altitude series. Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008-2010

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Michael Najjar
high altitude

On 29 January 2009 at 2.25 in the afternoon Michael Najjar stood on the summit of Mount Aconcagua, at 6,962 meters in the highest mountain on the American continent and the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas. The photographic material gathered in the course of the three week trek forms the basis of the picture world of the high altitude work series.

The series visualizes the development of the leading global stock market indices over the past 20-30 years. The virtual data mountains of the stock market charts are resublimated in the craggy materiality of the Argentinean mountainscape.

Just like the indices, mountains too have their timeline, their own biography. The rock formations soaring skywards like so many layered folds of a palimpsest bear witness to the life history of the mountain – stone storehouses of deep time unmeasurable on any human scale. The immediate reality of nature thus becomes a virtual experience.

Such experience of virtuality is strikingly exemplified by the global economic and financial system. If the focus used to be on the exchange of goods and commodities, it is now securely on the exchange of immaterial information.

Michael Najjar

The information society has brought about a tectonic shift in our understanding of space and time. Humankind is confronted with a process of such dynamic complexity that the borderlines we seemingly identify at one moment are already sublimated in the next. In future the virtual value system could demand its proper reincarnation in the real world.

The jagged rock formations of high altitude are emblematic of the thin edge separating reality and simulation.

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Portrait photo © Thomas Rusch Michael Najjar is a German artist, adventurer and – future astronaut. Born in 1966, he has lived and worked in Berlin since 1988. His work is shown in museums, galleries and biennials around the world. He works with Photography and Video. The focus of his work is on key elements of our modern society driven and controlled by computer and information technologies. Najjar,...