Dr. Niklas Henke
Artist/
Painter

Dr. Niklas Henke

Painter

Bio

Dr. Niklas Henke is a Düsseldorf based Communication Scientist and experimental Mixed-Media Artist. After working in Berlin (Germany) and Grenoble (France) for innovation-, and design agencies, he started mixing Science–Design–Art via his HenkeundHenke agency – an agency specialised in creative communication consulting. His works deal with societal issues and combine theoretical and creative perspectives. Therefore, his Ph.D was about the role of Design in Innovation Projects, or more precisely, the role of emotions and the human body in creative practices. He criticises current design and innovation culture, no-tably via the lens of the Francfort School. This perspective can be found in the books of Adorno, Horkheimer, Habermas etc. that serve him as sketchbooks, and which he loves to transform into confetti. Confetti actually represents his leading colour paradigm. His work encourages to bring more colour into public space. He loves to contrast the intellectual perspectives of for example Axel Honneth, with contemporary lyrics from gangster rapper (for example Hanybal). Since Niklas Henke is an enthusiastic Aikido practitioner he tends to incorporate Japanese calligraphy into his artworks.

Statement
“Private, professional, and public life needs more colour!"

Artworks