Exhibition: 22.11.2008 - 16.01.2009
Preview: 21.11.2008, 7 - 9 pm / Artist Talk - Marius Watz 7:30 pm
Marius Watz, NOR
Animation, Object, Print, Laser-Cut, Sound-Installation
Marius Watz has created software that interprets data sources, manipulating stock
market data and patterns from electronic music to evoke narratives of abstract form.
He uses simple geometric forms and rule-based compositions to visualize the
evolution of complex ideas.
The exhibition is open by appointment only from 22.12.2008 - 03.01.2009.
Exhibition: 27.09 - 15.11.2008
Preview: 26.09, 7 pm - 9 pm
Manfred Mohr, D
winner of d.velop digital art award [ddaa] 2006
Installation: software, PC and LDC-screens, prints
This new work-phase entitled "klangfarben"
(2006-07), is based on the 11-d hypercube. The work itself consists of
two square LCD screens, a computer and my own custom software. The
structure of the 11-d hypercube contains a graphic repertoire of an
unimaginable 40 Billion possible "diagonal-paths". (A diagonal is the
connection between two opposite points in the structure of a hypercube.
"Diagonal-paths" are all the combinatorial possibilities of connecting
two such opposite points through the network of the 11-d hypercube
passing through each dimension once).
this repertoire four sets of eleven diagonal-paths with three distinct
line widths are chosen as basic elements for each work. Every time this
screen work is switched on, one out of the four sets are randomly
chosen. The right screen shows a graphic construct consisting of 2 to
10 diagonal paths rotating in slow motion and all colors change
randomly every 10 seconds. Single diagonal-paths fade in or out during
the color changes in a cyclic but random order so that the back most
diagonal-path always moves to the front. The last image, before each
color change, is sent from the right screen to the left screen and
stays there until the following image is received 10 seconds later. The
moving image on the right screen shows, so to speak, the making of a
sign and the receiving left screen shows a fixed and therefore
contemplative sign. Both screen-images should not be seen
simultaneously but observed independently. The screens are therefore
presented in a 90 degree angle to each other, so that the observer is
encouraged to choose one or the other event.
The underlying logic of this work is similar to the rules of "serial music" in which each element of a series of elements has to appear at least once before the series can be repeated. The reference to "klangfarben", refers to a composition technique of playing one musical note but constantly changing the instrument which plays that note. A subtle sound modulation or "klangfarbemelodie" appears because of the inherent differences in upper and lower frequencies which create the character of each musical instrument. The random modulation of colors on each diagonal-path render exactly that subtle quality to my work.
Manfred Mohr, New York, 2007
THE REMOVAL FROM THINGS
Gerhard Mantz, D
Exhibition: 19.07. - 20.09.2008
Opening: 18.07.2008, 7 - 9 pm
(The gallery is closed for summer holidays from 29.07.2008 - 16.08.2008)
as the images passing before a drowning man's eyes tell of the beauty
of the world, or a swimmer finds himself in a treacherous medium that
can be his pleasure as well as his death, so the cloud images tell of
an ephemeral, beautiful and yet totally inhospitable world on the other
side of the sea. A world that lies, if not on the other side of death,
then on the other side of the tangible world, the other side
(Gerhard Mantz, July 2008, Abstract of the exhibition catalogue)
The first human being in this world or the last – the new works from Gerhard Mantz are gliding between these two perspectives. Some could represent the first glance from the first human being onto the earth in its primitive state with only water and the sky, a bird' s flight at a time, when human beings did not even exist. Others reflect the last glance of a drowing man on this world, in which the water already rises above him threatening and grey like a mountain formation.
They all evoke an impression of the Earth being an emotional landscape, mighty and of a merciless beauty, since without a place for human beings – there only is water or air. An emotional game: we wish to experience the Earth like this knowing we would not be able to survive at such a place.
Artworks dealing with water and clouds are the main theme in the new exhibition of Gerhard Mantz. He therewith deepens a subject on which he has already been working few years ago. Concerning his new works a development is clearly visible: the approach is more free, more abstract in composition and colouring. There often is no horizon, no line on which your gaze is gripped. Gerhard Mantz suceeded in adding a very contemporary postion to the subject of landscape.
His artworks are characterized by an extraordinary emotional density and a compositional skill. The pictures remind of the paintings of the German Romanticists like Caspar David Friedrich, at the same time they dissociate with the feeling of nostalgia as well as the forming and the presence of human beings in nature.
The scenaries which Gerhard Mantz presents on large-format prints on canvas, are again completely generated on the computer. Apart from the pictures we also show a new animation also dealing with clouds.
Gerhard Mantz lives and works in Berlin and New York. He studied Fine Arts at the Kunstakademie Karlsruhe.
THE EARLY BEGINNINGS
plotter drawings from 1969 - 1990
Molnar, „monotonie, symétrie, surprise“, Kunsthalle Bremen, 2006
Tapestries and more
Opening: Friday March 14th 7 – 9 PM
Margret Eicher, D
Three large-format tapestries form the heart of the exhibition, which Margret Eicher has dedicated to different aspects of femininity. Whether she takes on the “Desperate Housewives” as icons of modern media culture, or ladies of luxury, wrapped in fur and heedless of the natural environment, as in the tapestry “Fauna and the Impostors”, or young bored couples – her works are always sensual, ironic and provocative. Margret Eicher skillfully holds up a mirror to our modern society with its media and consumerism phenomena and embeds this mirror image in the seemingly traditional medium of a woven tapestry. In the history of art this medium carries connotations of wealth, power and education. It is a medium whose representative appearance and repetitive design render it an ideal template for Margret Eicher’s intelligent digital collages, in which she compiles pictures with a political background from advertisement and lifestyle magazines into mature psychological studies: In which contexts do people present themselves and how do they appear? These depictions of the modern human being show prototypes and unveil structures of power just as the original tapestries did. Despite their toned down colours that remind us of faded historical pictures, Margret Eicher’s tapestries are refined industrial products, woven by a computer – the illusion of old manufactory work is perfect. The artist invites us to take a closer look, so as not to be tricked by traditional images and techniques, but to become aware of the fault lines, and she always does this with a wink.
Marget Eicher is a well-established artist. Her tapestries are of a high intellectual and aesthetic quality, and of a timeless beauty. By means of her characteristic combination of modern content, digital construction and the use of a historical medium Margret Eicher has created a very distinct style.
The artist was born in Viersen, Germany. From 1973-79 she studied Fine Arts at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and won several scholarships and awards. She lives in Ladenburg, Germany.
BEYOND THE SCREEN
5. February - 8. March 2008
Opening: Saturday, February 2, 6 - 8 PM.
Commonwealth, US, Leander Herzog, CH, Jared Tarbell, US, Theverymany, US,
Marius Watz, NO and participants of the Generator.x 2.0 workshop. In cooperation with club transmediale and Marius Watz.
fabrication technologies also called "fabbing" allow for the production
of structures and surfaces exceeding the limits of conventional mass
production. By using specific software to control these tools, artists
and designers are able to realise unimaginable complex objects.
Digitally fabricated sculptures seem to be a contradiction in terms, still the computer is mainly a medium for a two-dimensional space.
The exhibition ”Beyond the screen“ reveals unexpected possibilities: sculptures that are created on a computer as three-dimensional CAD-files and are converted into real objects via a laser technique called “digital fabricator”. This kind of technique enables artists to translate precisely digitally constructed highly complex and fragile creations. The range of materials is wide - synthetic materials, cardboard, ceramic, plaster etc - and so are the different techniques: milling, building up, dismantling, forming. The workshop of Club transmediale is dedicated to this new highly interesting technique, already used in industry in the fields of medicine and design to develop individual and precise plastic forms of products and opens up huge potential possibilities for three-dimensional works in digital art.
The exhibition offers a forum to this art form and shows apart from the results of the workshop for “fabbing” – digital fabrication – art works created beforehand which are representative of that technique and mark established positions:
Works of Marius Watz, who has initiated and run the workshop of Club transmediale, and who has been working intensively on the possibilities offered through fabbing. The Norwegian artist is known for his colourful organic software art works and prints as well as for large projections and is very actively working on the field of Net Art. A contract work for the Norwegian government was shown for two years on their homepage. In 2005 he founded an Internet platform for digital art and design.
The design studios Commonwealth, New York, and Theverymany, France, already use fabbing in their daily work for custom orientated design solutions apart from mass productions. They have also realised exhibition projects on that subject f. e. in New York. Apart from architects also in the digital art scene well established artists such as Holger Lippmann are participating at the workshop attracted by the creative possibilities that this technology might offer in the future and voluntary prepared to experiment with a new medium. The results can be awaited full of suspense.