SPACE: REAL –
ART SPACE KARTÄUSERHOF, COLOGNE
my work, I examine and compare the signs used in abstract communication
systems. These come from areas such as history, ethnology, writing
system research, religion or the natural sciences and cover a period
dating from prehistoric rock drawings up to modern-day electronically
data processing. It is the graphical qualities of these signs, which is
most important for me and not the philosophical content or scientific
This year, the theme of the exhibits in Kartäuserhof Art Space is
space. With our bodies and the organs of our senses, we perceive the
room around us in its differing forms. With our eyes, we see volumes in
front of us and behind us, with our ears, we locate the direction of
noises, with our legs, we measure distance. From this real room, a
schematic and simplified image using technical aids is produced. This
image is an abstract representation of the room. It is projected onto a
surface. The projection shows lines, which enclose the surfaces. The
fenced-in surfaces represent federal states, economic regions or
coalitions. Therefore, they represent imaginary spaces.
From the large numbers of symbols, which are used for the cartography
of reality, a certain group of symbols are of interest for me in my
exhibit. Those are the symbols used as points of measurement and for
the establishment of boundaries. I have chosen 66 of these symbols for
my project. I have interpreted them, converted them, transferred them
to a unified paper format of 11 in and I have hung them at the location
in two groups.
If we were on a hill and looked around, we would freely feel real
space, however real estate forces in certain directions and sets
boundaries, which impede our ability to move around. This property is
fixed using points marking the open country. Since many of these points
are able to be shifted, they may be abstracted using symbolic systems
and fixed on maps. An abstract picture of reality is then created with
symbols and lines overlapping one another. Even after the real fixed
points have disappeared long ago, abstract maps with their lines exist.
They show the imaginary spaces of nations, races, ideologies, economic
regions, administrative unions and unions between governments and
administrations. They merely originate in our heads and therefore, they
show no consideration of existing conditions in reality.
translation from German by Michael Tighe
2000; Kremepigments, acrylic, Cansonpaper; 22 parts, each 11 3/4 in.
MAP – BORDERLINE SIGNS
2000; Kremepigments, acrylic, Cansonpaper; 42 parts, each 11 3/4 in.