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Ingo Günther

"Exosphere"

Installation on the KonzernForum's Piazza

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Ingo Günther’s two-part work “Exosphere” und “World Processor – Field of Globes “ is to be found on the Piazza of the Autostadt’s GroupForum - an instant welcome to the visitor before he or she even enters the theme park.

The “Exosphere” – an aluminium grid globe – has a diameter of 12 metres and weighs 4.5 tons. Its scale in relation to earth is 1:1 million and, in accordance with the tilt of our planet’s rotational axis, floats at an angle of 23.45° over the guests’ heads.

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Photo: Emanuel Raab

Inside the installation two text banners provide information in English and French. On the outside of the globe a blue LED display shows Wolfsburg’s geographical position, the local temperature and its time. “Is Wolfsburg situated in the Southern hemisphere?” you might ask. Have a look at the reflection of the “Exosphere” in the Field of Globes below to find the answer.

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The Artist

Ingo Günther was born near Hanover in 1957 and grew up in Dortmund. He studied ethnology and cultural anthropology in Frankfurt am Main. During the 1970s he travelled through North Africa, Asia, North- and Central America.

In 1978 Günther began studying at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and in 1983 he became Nam June Paik’s master pupil. In the same year he was awarded the New York scholarship from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf at P.S. 1. Grants from DAAD as well as from Kunstfonds followed.

In the early 80s Ingo Günther took part in prestigious exhibitions. From the outset his videotapes and -installations attracted attention. His work concentrates on themes like movement, speed and information overload.

In 1984, under the heading of “Ocean Earth”; Günther acquired civil reconnaissance- and surveillance satellite data. He worked on, and interpreted, these images and then sold them to the media. The artist’s goal was to make inaccessible military as well as ecological information public, in this way creating more transparency. His participation at the documenta 8 in Kassel in 1987 saw Ingo Günther’s return from purely journalistic research to the world of art.

In 1990, in order to contribute to the establishment of a free media, he founded “Kanal X” in Leipzig. Numerous trips to refugee camps throughout the world formed the basis of his concept “Refugee Republic”.

He has held down lectureships at the Kunstakademien Braunschweig (1985), Münster (1986/87) and at the San Francisco Art Institute. From 1990 to 1994 he was professor at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne.