Ingo Günther

Worldprocessor
1988 - 2011

Since 1988 Ingo Günther has been working on a series of illuminated globes that deal with different interpretations of statistical data beyond the geo-political representations. This project allows him to examine the most diverse subjects of global reality, including themes such as social development like life expectancy, the distribution of wealth, and the worldwide spread of AIDS; economic changes such as energy consumption; and military conflicts.

With his modified globes, Günther attempts to depict global changes and transformation processes. In a globalized world that we can hardly grasp in its entirety, his globes serve as an artificial overview and as Günther describes "navigational aids for the intellectual and emotional comprehension of the world." His method of working can be compared to that of a journalist, except that Günther works with visual aesthetic tools.

The globes on display for Techno-Ecologies exhibition deal with the topics of networking and access to global networks. They reflect the rapid pace of technological change (including Internet access, mobile phone usage, and undersea optical fiber cable networks) and present snapshots of global development. Günther creates concise yet critical images of an increasingly networked world, where global data and communication flows are closely linked with economic developments.

Biography

Ingo Günther is a New York based German artist. His early sculptural works with video led him towards projects in the field of mass media and art. After teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute (1987) and guest lecturing at several European academies, Günther became a founding professor at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne (1990–94). His works have been shown at the Nationalgalerie in Berlin (1983, 1985), the Venice Biennale (1984), documenta 8 in Kassel (1987), P3 Art and Environment in Tokyo (1990, 1992, 1996, and 1997), Ars Electronica in Linz (1991), the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (1995), the Guggenheim Museum in New York and many others.