Olaf Val (born 1968) grew up in Hanau and Frankfurt, Germany. After his studies at the Academy of Art, Kassel, he was awarded his diploma at a post-graduate course at the Art Academy For Media in Cologne. Val put on a multitude of exhibitions in Germany and Internationally. Since 2003 he works as a freelance artist and since 2004 he works as a lecturer, too. Apart from exhibitions Val facilitates workshops, stages performances, and produces game kits that are sold via the Internet.

Studies:
1995 – 2000 Art Academa Kassel
2000 – 2003 Academy of Media Arts, Cologne

Teaching experience:
2005 “Pervormative Devices”, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart
2005- Artistic and Academic Staff, Art Academy Kassel

Scholaship:
1997 – 2003 Cusanuswerke, Bonn
2004 – 2005 Meistermann Award, Bonn

Awards:
1996 “Spurensicherung”, Art School Kassel
1997 “Dr. Wolfgang Zippel Donation”, Kassel
2003 “Medienkunst Förderpreis NRW”, Düsseldorf
2005 “Miller und Partner Preis”, Stuttgart

Exhibition Projects / Curating:
2002 “Get High”, Galerie Projecktraum, Cologne
2013 “Hello World!”, Aram Barhtoll (solo show), Kasseler Kunstverein
2016 “The Paradox of Knowing Universals”, Ralf Baecker (solo show ), Kasseler Kunstverein

Workshop Projects:
2003 “Gameboy-Werkstatt”, Workshop, Games/Hartware, Dortmund
2005 “Media Art Biennale” Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul , South Korea
2005 “18 Stuttgarter Filmwinter”, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
2006 “Jugendforum NRW”, Workshop, Cologne
2007 “Game Kit Workshop”, Communication Museum, Frankfur Main
2007 “Phänomenale”, Phäno, Wolfsburg
2007 “Mignon Game Kit”, Workshop, Hartware Medien Kunst Verein, Dortmund
2007 “Game Boy Marke Eigenbau”, Communication Museum, Bern, Switzerland
2007 “Game Boy Marke Eigenbau”, Plug In, Basel, Switzerland
2007 “Game Boy Marke Eigenbau”, Walcheturm, Zürich, Switzerland
2008 “MIGNON GAME KIT Werkstatt”, Workshop, Hartware Medien Kunst Verein, Dortmund
2008 “Game Kit 2.0 Workshop”, Plug In, Basel, Switzerland
2008 “Game Kit 2.0 Workshop”, Walcheturm, Zürich, Switzerland
2009 “Next Level”, kuS, Heerlen
2009 “YouPrompt Workshop”, Stiftung Starke, Berlin
2009 “YouPrompt Workshop”, Sigint, Cologne
2009 “Mignon Game Kit Worlshop”, Workshop, Hartware Medien Kunst Verein, Dortmund
2010 “Next Level Conference”, NRW Kultur, Halle Kalk, Cologne
2010 “Spiel Computer Spiel!”, Stadtbücherei Stuttgart
2010 “Mignon Game Kit Workshop”, Casino Luxembourg
2010 “The Ultimate Machine Box”, Casino Luxembourg
2010 “Mignon Game Kit Worlshop”, Workshop, Hartware Medien Kunst Verein, Dortmund
2011 “Play It Yourself”, Workshop, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2011 “DIY Art-aktiv: Künstlerworkshops” MfK Frankfurt und Frankfurter Kunstverein 2011 “Create. Art and Technology” Tinker Soup, Berlin
2012 “fab * education” FabLab Bremen
2013 “Fandubbing Workshop” HMKV, Dortmund
2014 “SELFIES / Momente der Verwandlung” Staedtische-Galerie Nordhorn
2015 “FABLAB@SCHOOLdk” Vejle, Denmark

Performances:
1999 “Crisp-Club”, ARM, Kassel 2000 “B-Day”, Stammheim, Kassel
2000 “digital arena”, Khs, Kassel (link) 2002 “Late Lounge”, d-base, Kassel
2007 “How to make iron out of gold” Piksel Festival, with xxxxx, Roman Kirschner and Yunchul Kim, Bergen, Norway

Exhibitions in public space:
2000 “Phänomenta”, Kurfürsten Galerie, Kassel
2001 “Flora Medialis”, Flora, Cologne
2003 “Weltkindertag”, Computerspielemuseum, Berlin
2006 “Artspace”, Kindermuseum, Stuttgart

Art in construction:
2004 “Display 2”, BBK Health insurance scheme, Bochum

Single Exhibitions:
1997 “Öffentliche Fläche”, Gallerie Stellwerk, Kassel
2002 “Foliencollection”, Galerie Projektraum, Cologne
2004 “Living In A Box”, Kunstverein Bochum
2008 “Monkey_Up”, Plug In, Basel, Switzerland
2009 “Ich bin ein Anderes”, Stiftung Starke, Berlin
2010 “This Could Be Yours – Your Potential Property”, Galerie König, Berlin
2013 “Manoeuvre” Gallery König, Hanau

Group Exhibitions:
1995 “Dem Herkules zu Füssen”, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
1996 “13. Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest”, Filmladen, Kassel
1998 “Das Verschwinden der Kunst.. “, Kasseler Kunstverein
1998 “VideoBaustelle”, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt / Main
1998 “Verschaltungs Kunst”, Hansahaus Kassel
1998 “COMTECart”, Comtec, Dresden
1999 “Chronos & Kairos”, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
2002 “Unplugged”, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
2003 “Genie GS-3246”, Oktagon, Dresden
2003 “Games”, Hartware, Dortmund
2003 “Bingo”, Art Cologne, Cologne
2003 “Games Conference”, LEVEL UP, Utrecht, Netherlands
2004 “DETOX”, Grenslandmuseet & Malmaklang, Kirkenes
2004 “DETOX”, Trondhjems Kunstforening, Trondheim
2004 “DETOX”, Sörlandets Kunstmuseum & Quart04, Kristiansand
2004 “DETOX”, Tou Scene & Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger
2004 “DETOX”, Telemarksgalleriet, Notodden
2004 “DETOX”, Bergen Kunsthall & Landmark, Bergen
2004 “Transmitter”, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück
2004 “University of the Street”, c/o-pop, Cologne
2004 “ALT+CTRL”, Festival, Irvine, California
2004 “MuseumN8”, Montevideo, Amsterdam
2005 “18 Stuttgarter Filmwinter” Württembergischer Kunstverein und Wand5 e.V. Stuttgart
2006 “PONG.mythos”, Computer Game Museum, WKV, Stuttgart
2006 “PONG.mythos”, Computer Game Museum, Games Convention, Leipzig
2006 “Next Level”, Kunstverein Wolfsburg 2007 “PONG.mythos”, Computer Game Museum, Communication Museum, Frankfurt Main
2007 “PONG.mythos”, Computer Game Museum, Kornhausforum, Bern
2007 “beidseitig”, Gallery König, Hanau 2007 “Art for Fun”, Foundation “SA NOSTRA”, Casal Solleric, Mallorca, Spain
2009 “Gemeinsam in die Zukunft”, Frankfurter Kunstverein
2009 “Monitoring”, 26. Dokfest, Kassel
2009 “eArts Beyond”, Shanghai, China
2010 “CECI N’EST PAS UN CASINO!”, Casino-Luxembourg
2010 “StartUp”, Sala Birolli, Verona, Italy
2010 “CECI N’EST PAS UN CASINO!”, Villa-Merkel, Esslingen am Neckar
2011 “Do It Yourself: Die Mitmach-Revolution”, Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
2012 “Bis hier – 50 Jahre Kunstverein Bochum”, Kunstmuseum Bochum
2013 “Manoeuvre”, Gallery König, Hanau
2013 “OPUS V”, Bruxelles, Belgium
2013 “ZKM_Gameplay”, ZKM, Karlsruhe
2013 “#Nextlevel2013-Exhibition” Museum Ostwall, Dortmund
2014 “Staedtische-Galerie” Nordhorn 2014 “Paraleles” Kiblix, Kibla Portal, Maribor, Slovenia
2014 “LAB30.2014” Kunstlabor, Augsburg
2015 “Brückenbauer” Gallery König, Hanau
2015 “Pet Market” Erstererster Galerie, Berlin
2015 “DAY IN DAY OUT / Störungen des Digitalen” Geh8, Dresden
2015 “LAB30.2015” Kunstlabor, Augsburg
2016 “DIALOGE 2” Gallery König, Hanau