“Ralf and I have been working together for five years. Since falling ill with schizophrenia, he now lives a self-imposed “life of punishment” on Lanzarote. He spends his whole time building planetary offices and is responsible for holding the entire world. He is king, he can travel into the future and the past, but he’s caught in what he calls the FIX. I have conducted and recorded many conversations with him. In the last year, he has begun painting images with MSPaint; he refers to these as the “daily keys.” His approach is oriented, amongst other things, around the principle of painting by numbers, where he uses the pixel grid to interpret and justify past and future events.”
Email from Lukas Marxt to Delmes & Zander, 18.01.2018
Ralf Lüddemann (*1964) lives in Salzgitter throughout his childhood and adolescence. In 1984 he learns the trade of an orthopaedic mechanic, which he practices for six years. In 1990 his career takes a different path when he qualifies as an assistant flying instructor, and two years later he begins working as a paragliding instructor. In 1995 he opens a school for hang gliding and paragliding in Goslar. Following a long stay in hospital, he is forced to shut the school in 2003. He moves to Lanzarote in 2004, where he still lives today.
The first, coincidental encounter between Ralf Lüddemann and the artist Lukas Marxt comes in 2012. In the years that follow, an intensive exchange develops between the two, in the course of which they produce the film Ralfs Farben (Ralf’s Colours, DE/AT 2019, 74 min) together.
Ralf Lüddemann has been creating digital images since 2017. He is the first artist in Delmes & Zander’s programme with an exclusively digital body of work.