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b 1953 in Cologne (D); 1974–79 studied architecture, art history and semiotics at the Technische Hochschule, Aachen (Dipl. Ing); late 1970s started video work with tapes and installations, performances and drawings; 1992–98 professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe (D); lives and works in Cologne (D).
Marcel Odenbach, in conjunction with Ulrike Rosenbach and Klaus vom Bruch, belongs to the most internationally established German video artists. In the 1970s they formed the producer group ATV. Odenbach's works paradigmatically criticize the specific conditions of the German society for which he usually finds literary titles referring to puns or traditional sayings.