Web Content Display Web Content Display

Photo: Mark Henderson

Web Content Display Web Content Display

Ingo Günther

"World Processor - Field of Globes"

Web Content Display Web Content Display

On entering the Autostadt’s Piazza you immediately become aware of Ingo Günther’s work “Exosphere”. Below this enormous globe there is another one by the German artist: “World Processor – Field of Globes”.

This work consists of about 80 globes attached to aluminium rods, each powered by its own motor. A plate-glass floor makes this installation a walkable work of art.

Ingo Günther has used the globe as the motif for his artistic work since 1989. To date the artist has produced a multitude of globes illustrating mother earth’s condition by providing relevant data. The work “World Processor – Field of Globes” illustrates the diverse problems our global society faces from the political, social, financial, military, technological and ecological perspective.

Each individual globe addresses a particular theme and draws on information the artist has acquired from organisations such as UNO, the OECD, Greenpeace, journalistic archives, statistical annals or from internet data banks. Ingo Günther analyses this information and makes it visible in its global context.

Web Content Display Web Content Display

Photo: Mark Henderson

“World Processor – Field of Globes” is a work of art which continually undergoes change and further development. With the availability of new data, globes are updated, new themes added and others replaced.

The artist himself describes his globes as “artistic navigational aids in the intellectual and emotional understanding of our world”.

Web Content Display Web Content Display

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.