Christoph Niemann’s “Trompe-l’Oeil”
March 26, 2018
The artist Christoph Niemann’s latest cover, for the Mind Issue, winks at you when it’s displayed on a digital device. Bringing a drawing to life isn’t new for Niemann: in 2014, he drew The New Yorker’s first gif cover, which saw raindrops slipping down a windshield on a stormy day. Since then, he’s used the cover as a departure point for an interactive tennis match, a virtual forest, and more, each experiment a freshening of the form. Niemann, who’s based in Berlin, recently sat down to discuss his work on adding movement to still images.