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OUBEY (1958–2004) was a visual artist.

Life and work[edit]

OUBEY attended the University of Karlsruhe from 1979 to 1983, where he studied architecture. Parallel to his studies, he developed his early works at this time.

Inspired by Prof. Fritz Haller, who gained popularity by developing the modular furniture system USM Haller, OUBEY came into contact with visionary projects such as the planning of prototypical space colonies and the futuristic concept of a global city planning, named Integral Urban. The findings of these projects, along with his thinking, and his early-on interest for science, mathematics, philosophy, poetry, science fiction and arts form the mental background for OUBEYs artistic works.

Before attending university, OUBEY already had begun to study space exploration, Newtons, Einsteins and Heisenbergs works in physics, the metaphysics of Leibniz, ancient Greek science, philosophy and arts, the geometric and musical theory of harmony, the poetry of Rilke, Celan and Trakl, as well as science fiction literature from Stansilaw Lem to Perry Rhodan. While studying the scientific work of Ilya Prigogine and his pioneering discoveries about complexity, irreversibility, chaos, order, and entropy, OUBEY found confirmation of his holistic view of the world and the cosmos.

In 1983, OUBEY decided to live and work as a freelance artist.

From 1987 to 2001, he worked in the former studio of Markus Lüpertz, where he created, amongst other works, his avant-garde computer paintings on the Amiga 500. He called them “PhotonPaintings”, and presented them 1992 in his first and very successful sales exhibition. Soon thereafter, he decided to retreat from the public, in order to work on his art independently for an indefinite period of time, as free as possible, far from any outside influence, and to only make a comeback when he thought the right time to do so had come.

After moving to a new studio, OUBEY was able to consider a new public appearance for the first time again. When OUBEY died in a traffic accident in 2004, he was in the midst of preparing for this.

During the limited time spent on his artistry, OUBEY had created a multifaceted portfolio of works, which includes over 1200 pieces of art. Through the MINDKISS project, initiated and directed by OUBEYs partner Dagmar Woyde-Koehler, these works are now posthumously made accessible to the public, step by step.


Further, the OUBEY Encounter film project plays its own role in the MINDKISS project, directed by OUBEYs partner, Dagmar Woyde-Koehler. Within the context of this project, she travels to various individuals, who are working professionally on the same subjects, share some of the same interests, or try to answer the same questions as OUBEY, presenting to them an original piece of OUBEYs art. This spontaneous encounter with one of OUBEYs pictures is documented on film and later presented online. To date, 21 of these short films have already been released on YouTube, as well as the OUBEY website. They open up very special, uncommon perspectives and views to OUBEY and his art, unlike the judgement of a traditional art expert. The following table shows an overview of the OUBEY Encounters.[1]

OUBEY Encounter Protagonists Painting Location, Date
OUBEY Encounter 1 Dr. Cecilia Scorza, Astrophysicist, Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg (MPIA) Untitled,1986 Heidelberg (Germany),February 2010
OUBEY Encounter 2 David Letellier/Kangding Ray, Musician/Composer Grünes Bild, 1981 Berlin(Germany), March 2010
OUBEY Encounter 3 Prof. Dr. Peter Kruse, Professor of Psychology Untitled, 1981 Bremen (Germany), January 2010
OUBEY Encounter 4 Liz Howard, Mezzo-soprano Stürzender Engel, 1992 Munich (Germany), December 2009
OUBEY Encounter 5 Frans Boeckhorst, System Research Psychologist Reise der Monaden, 1982 Nijmwegen (Netherlands), March 2010
OUBEY Encounter 6 Prof. Dr. Friedemann Schrenk, Palaeonthropologist Untitled, 1988 Frankfurt (Germany), July 2010
OUBEY Encounter 7 Luise Neukirch, High School Student ANYTHINK: Leeroy, 1986 Berlin (Germany), March 2010
OUBEY Encounter 8 Prof. Dr. Stuart Kauffman, Medical Doctor and Biologist Untitled, 1986 Santa Fe (United States), August 2010
OUBEY Encounter 9 Uwe Anton, Perry Rhodan Exposé Author Untitled, 1981/82 Wuppertal (Germany), May 2010
OUBEY Encounter 10 David Weinberger, Senior Researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center For Internet & Society Titanic, 1985 Brookline (United States), February 2010
OUBEY Encounter 11 Helena, Kassidy, Laetitia, Sophia and Yannik, Primary School Students Untitled, 1993/94 Munich (Germany), May 2010
OUBEY Encounter 12 Prof. Dr. Alexander Deichsel, Professor of Brand Sociology Reise der Monaden, 1982 Geneva (Switzerland), August 2010
OUBEY Encounter 13 Dr. Seth Shostak, Chief Astronomer SETI Institute Krypto, 1987 Mountain View (United States), April 2012
OUBEY Encounter 14 Prof. Lawrence M. Krauss, Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist Untitled, 1987 Tempe (United States), April 2012
OUBEY Encounter 15 Joe Betts-LaCroix, Executive Director at Health Extension Pferdekopfnebel / Horsehead Nebula, 1987 Belmont (United States),October 2012
OUBEY Encounter 16 Prof. Rainer Blatt, Experimental Physicist, The Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the University of Innsbruck Untitled, 1987 Innsbruck (Austria), September 2011
OUBEY Encounter 17 Elena, Violinist 27 Cube Memory System, 1987 Wellington (New Zealand) March 2012
OUBEY Encounter 18 Tanemahuta Gray, Artistic Director, Producer, Choreographer Morphogenese, 1981/82 Paraparaumu Aotearoa (New Zealand), March 2012
OUBEY Encounter 19 Daniel Opitz, Marine Biologist, Nature Filmmaker Zero Field, 1986 Pa´ia/Maui (Hawaii), May 2013
OUBEY Encounter 20 Prof. Karl Sigmund, Mathematician Untitled, 1985 Vienna (Austria), September 2011
OUBEY Encounter 21 Robby Seeger, Giant Wave Surfer Untitled, 1996 Haiku/Maui (Hawaii), May 2013
OUBEY Encounter 22 Indy Johar, Architect Untitled, 1991 London (UK), August 2014
OUBEY Encounter 23 Dallas Seymour, Ex-Rugby International of the „All Blacks Samurai, 1985 Wellington (New Zealand), March 2014
OUBEY Encounter 24 Ten Year old Boy, Student Untitled, 1996 Kampala (Uganda), December 2015
OUBEY Encounter 25 Dr. Kizito Maria Kasule, Artist, Academic Untitled, 1984 Kampala (Uganda), December 2015


Since 2012, the Global Encounter-Tour is presenting more of OUBEYs originals to a bigger audience at various places of the world:

First Stopover: October 2012

“OUBEY - Visions: Through Art to science”. Symposium at the Goethe Institute San Francisco in cooperation with the Academy of Arts University. Contributions by Dr. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute Mountain View/Nina McCurdy, University of Santa Cruz/Joe Betts-LaCroix, Health Salon Series San Francisco/Peter Erlenwein, Author and Sociologist.[2][3]

Second Stopover: March 2013

“The Joy of Insight”. Keynote by Prof. Peter Kruse at the Direktorenhaus in Berlin.[4]

Third Stopover: November 2013

“OUBEY – Art & Complexity”. OUBEY at Global Peter Drucker Forum 2013 in Vienna.[5][6]

Fourth Stopover: March 2014

“An Element of the Universal”. OUBEY at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Nga Mokopuna Maori school in Seatoun/Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.[7]

Fourth Stopover: March 2014

“An Element of the Universal”. OUBEY at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Nga Mokopuna Maori school in Seatoun/Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.[8]

Sixth Stopover: May 2015

“OUBEY MINDKISS 5th Anniversary Happening”. OUBEY at the Center for Art and Media, Germany.[9]

Seventh Stopover: December 2015

“Immediacy is Crucial”. OUBEY at the Nagandu International Academy of Art and Design (NIAAD) in Kampala, Uganda.[10]


  • 1992: Mindkiss – The Photopainting, catalogue, ed. by Atelier O.U.B.E.Y (dt. and engl.).
  • 2010: OUBEY Mindkiss, Deutscher Kunstverlag Berlin, ed. by Dagmar Woyde-Koehler, conception: Stefan Sagmeister, Dagmar Woyde-Koehler, ISBN 978-3-422-06797-4.
  • 2011: OUBEY 2011, ed. by Engelhardt & Bauer, conception and design: MAGMA Design.
  • 2012: we and the arts, ed. by we_magazine.
  • 2014: Wir haben uns erkannt, in: brand eins, No. 01/2014 Schwerpunkt: Originalität, p. 100 - 106.
  • 2014: Dagmar Woyde-Koehler - „Es geht darum, das Universum, vielleicht auch die vielen Universen, zu erforschen.“, by Raphael Rusitzka, May 13, 2014 on: Galore Interviews[11]


OUBEY Mindkiss
  • 2010 red dot Design Award
  • 2010 AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) New York: 50 Books/50 Covers Award
  • 2010 Communication Art: Award of Excellence


  • Wendelin Koehler; Ortrud Toker (1992), Atelier O.U.B.E.Y, ed. (in German), mindkiss the photonpainting; Ausstellungskatalog, Karlsruhe 
  • Dagmar Woyde-Koehler, ed. (2010) (in German), Mindkiss, Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, ISBN 978-3-422-06797-4 
  • (in German) Oubey, 2011: von der Entdeckung eines verborgenen Schatzes; E & B Kunstkalender, Karlsruhe: Engelhardt & Bauer Verlag, 2010 


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