Stephan Kurr studied between 1983 and 1991 at the Kunsthochschule in Kassel and the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Questions about work and life shaped artistic development: production conditions, authorship and “how do you earn money” became his subjects.
1992-93 he travelled to Yemen on a DAAD scholarship and studied architectural ornament there. He was co-initiator of the Kreuzberg shop window gallery SOX36, went as a scholarship holder from HIAP to Helsinki, from Lugar a Dudas to Cali in Colombia, or from Concordia University to Montréal.
Stephan Kurr worked at the art education program of documenta 11, taught at the Nuremberg Art Academy, and was visiting professor at Concordia University Montréal. At the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, he gave seminar classes on the subject of “participation”. The mediation of artistic topics formed an artistic practice of mediation.
Works of art are often created in exchange with colleagues, so in Istanbul or Ottawa, or in collaboration with other people – with bar visitors in Helsinki, a band in Cali, Colombia, a blind man in Hanoi, with young Roma, with employees of an energy company, as choreography in public space or as art on public buildings.
Language is often his means of expression, in films, in texts but mainly as a visual language.