Peter Regli (b. 1959 in Andermatt, Switzerland) is best known for his ongoing project, Reality Hacking, a series of temporary and often anonymous interventions in the landscape and other public spaces. Initiated in the 1990s and spanning four continents, Reality Hacking consists of over 300 interventions to date, including such varied works as RH No. 320 (Snow Monsters) (2015), a constellation of twelve marble snowmen in various stages of melting that occupied the plaza outside of the Flatiron Building in New York City; RH No. 202 (2002–2003), a composition performed by the Ensemble for New Music Zurich based on a recording the artist made of a glass shelf filled with crystal objects crashing down a flight of stairs; RH No. 200 (2002), an artificial doughnut-shaped island built at the delta of a river in Switzerland using rocks and earth from the construction of a nearby tunnel; and RH No. 244 (2007), a snowman installed at the southernmost point of the African continent.
Recent solo exhibitions include RH No. 324, Art: Concept, Paris (2015); RH No. 315: Sleeping Stone, Karma, Amagansett, New York (2014); RH No. 313: Ages of Smoke, Istituto Svizzero, Milan (2014), RH No. 289: White Horse Dream, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (2011), and RH No. 240: Same Same—But Different, Helmhaus Zurich (2007). Regli’s work is included in many important international public and private collections, including the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Fotomuseum Winterthur, and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. He lives and works in New York.
Image: Installation View of SNOW MONSTERS: Peter Regli, Reality Hacking No. 320 at Flatiron Plaza, New York (2015).