Artist, Miro Leon Bucher

Miro Leon Bucher

New Media Artist | Curator | Philosopher | Anthropologist

Miro Leon Bucher (they/he) is a German new media artist working primarily in CGI/3D rendering, virtual and augmented reality, sound design, and creative coding. Born in 1998 and raised near Cologne, Germany, Miro currently resides between Aachen, Germany, and Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Although Miro holds a bachelor's degree and is closing in on a master's degree in Philosophy and Social- and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Cologne, his artistic practice is largely self-taught and inspired by the pioneering universal genius of Leonardo Da Vinci. His work merges his academic insight with hyperrealistic aesthetics, producing highly defined virtual worlds that critique the status quo of contemporary society and envision utopian futures.

Miro's art is heavily influenced by his research in feminism and the practical Marxist utopianism of German philosopher Ernst Bloch. His work embodies an intention to instigate thought and inspire action towards new utopian ideals, reflecting the influence of thinkers like Bertrand Russell.

Miro's most significant exhibitions to date include "Lee Subin, Born 1998" at Bluescreen in Seoul, which they also organised and curated, and "CV 2023" at Hello Artist in Busan. Alongside these, Miro has designed exhibitions for the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany.

Currently, Miro is working on "Lost Hope," a multimedia project incorporating CGI/3D renderings, virtual and augmented reality experiences, and video. The project critiques the loss of 20th-century utopian ideals, inspired by the visuals of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and the guiding principles behind Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek," as well as the philosophies of Bertrand Russell and Ernst Bloch.

These projects aim at broad audiences not only for artistic reasons but also to communicate and spread utopian ideas for and on a societal level. The artworks are embodiments and catalysts of the utopian, making its contents more sensible through their multimodal character compared to the classically written social utopias, especially in contexts of larger exhibitions.