Diadromous

Tino SehgalTino Sehgal – (born 1976) Imagine entering a gallery room and seeing nothing. The room is empty, there are no pictures and no sculptures. And suddenly, a museum attendant enters and hops from one leg to the other, swings his arms in circles and cries: “This is good. Tino Sehgal. 2001.” In another piece, a woman collapses for no apparent reason, lolls about on the floor and then stands up and says calmly: “Tino Sehgal. This exhibition. 2004. Courtesy the artist.” Since Sehgal’s works are not documented through the traditional formats, I decided to not show a photograph of the man himself too. According to Marcel Duchamp, who said something like – even the choosing of an object (or behaviour) is a creative act and a piece of art – or Horace Z. Nightfall – I’m doing art by exposing my ass to the wind – and contradicting Chochmah of the kabbalistic Tree of Life, he creates nearly nothing from something.

Tag(s) » Economics & Dance • not Zen
People » Marcel Duchamp • Timm Ulrichs

Credits » Image via TAKING THE STAGE OVER • Text by Sebastian Frenzel via signandsight


Theo JansenTheo Jansen (born March 17, 1948) – The line between art and engineering exists only in our minds – he meant, designing and working out his Strandbeesten. I met him some years ago at his workshop – two 20-feet-containers on an open yard, which originally is a broad protection wall following the highway at Ypenburg, Netherlands. He’s a smart contemplative guy and his art is a special kind of unique to me. In case somebody is interested to visit his performances of Strandbeesten, which usually take place at autumn times most every year at the beach of Scheveningen, Netherlands – up to now I didn’t manage to go there – but I would be strongly interested to do.

Tag(s) » Art of Engineering • moving kinetic Sculptures living on their own
People » Leonardo Da Vinci

Credits » Image via STRANDBEEST


Otto PieneOtto Piene (born April 18, 1928) was the one, I first heard of creating environmental-art as not land- but sky-art. For me, he’s also associated with sculptures made of frequency modulation, such as working with light. He always had an affection to radio waves, and he’s attracted to fire too. Last not least, I felt a sympathy for his kind of megalomania, when I saw some drawings of him for the “YOU“-Project, writing these characters in enormous size in the sky, building an airy dome for a marvellos feast designed for ten million people. This was the time in the early 70’s of 20th century, when these ideas of love, peace and liberation came up and suddenly a lot of people felt encouraged to try their skills on their own creative way. Actually we had a party all over my hometown and it had nothing to do with simply thinking commercial. Instead of, you could find artists and art all over. There isn’t so much left after a forty years, but some pieces, e.g. by Niki de Saint Phalle or Alexander Calder.

Tag(s) »  Sky-Art
People » Paul Scheerbart • James Turrell

Credits » Photo via WIKIPEDIA by Lothar Wolleh


John Chamberlain

John Chamberlain (photo by Angelo Piccozzi) – Who wrested rough magic from scrap metal, dies at 84 (April 16, 1927 – December 21, 2011) – the New York Times titled the obituary on December 22, 2011. They write, that he once said – I think of my art materials not as junk but as garbage. Manure, actually; it goes from being the waste material of one being to the life-source of another. And – when everyone always wanted to know what it meant – What does it mean, jellybean? Even if I knew, I could only know what I thought it meant – as also – When a sculpture is nearly done, you can put things on and you take them off and it doesn’t make any difference. Knowing at which time to stop is hard sometimes, but if you don’t know, you just did some bullshit, which often comes by too much thinking, what means you haven’t really been connected to your work, or, in a less worst case, you didn’t get your piece finished yet.

Tag(s) »  Form • Color
People » Franz Kline • Willem de Kooning • David Smith

Credits » Image via Pinakothek der Moderne


Jean Tinguely

Jean Tinguely (photo by Lothar Wolleh) – I took first notice of Jean Tinguely (May 22, 1925 – August 30, 1991) in the 1970’s in Switzerland, when being a student of architecture and a trainee at a small office in Grindelwald. I had my tiny bedroom in the back of the same house, and the bureau there, along with a wide terrace in front, with a wonderful view at the impressive high and snowy mountains, became my study- and living-room in the bright summer evenings. They held a well-sorted library of books and a dozen of international periodicals about the arts, specially about building, drawing and photography. So one day I found a copy of a magazine named “DU” with the title “What I Like”, which was about the likes and favorites of Jean Tiguely. Reading it article by article, I soon found a spiritual kinship with that guy. And until today, that feeling never left me.

Tag(s) » biassed mechanical Motion
People » Bernhard Luginbühl • Niki de Saint Phalle

Credits » Image via WIKIPEDIA


Man Ray

Man Ray (photo by Lothar Wolleh) – Man Ray, born as Emmanuel Radnitzky (August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) gave me the idea, and all of us some great works of “rude” photography – spotlighting the component of time. Since being a youngster I was fascinated about old newspapers in different yellowish tones, we found a month or so in summertime, after my father had used them as support for maybe to paint something, tool-parts, frames or boxes, and later forgot about that. In addition to the yellows done by the sun and time, these papers had all these traces from the color he used. So, he was a sort of Man Ray and Jackson Pollock, but he didn’t know.

Tag(s) » Photograms • Rayographs
People » Marcel Duchamp • Tristan Tzara • Meret Oppenheim

Credits » Image via WIKIPEDIA


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Tag(s) »  Theory
People » Lorem Ipsum • Dolor Sit Amet

Credits » Photo via WIKIPEDIA by Lothar Wolleh


Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters – Kurt Schwitters (June 20, 1887 – January 8, 1948) crossed my path several times, which isn’t so particular, if you live in his hometown. Once some gents, which I knew since I was eighteen or nineteen years, squatted a vacant house next my door and made up there a community of artists, name “DADhAnova” or “The Green Stag-Beetle”, referring to the ideas of Kurt Schwitters. I think, they didn’t know so much about Dada, but since “Dada is, when you do it” they couldn’t be wrong. They did some kind of wacky performances, though, if you come to the basics, it was nothing but all about the girls. Later they got lost, or became somehow established, which most often means the same. Years went by, when we, my girl and me, rented a lavish apartment in an old mansion in town, build in the late 1900’s. The friendly landlady was a little elder and just going to prepare the centenary of her birthday. She and the mansion, which she owned for something like sixty years, was a little out of common and there where ghosts around. We didn’t see them, but the atmosphere was like if you read in a very old book talking about extraordinary people. Well, to make a longer story short, she had been friend to Kurt Schwitters. Her name was Cläre Morf.

Tag(s) » Anna Blume
People » Raoul Hausmann • Tristan Tzara • Hans Arp • Theo van Doesburg • El Lissitzky

Credits » Image via WIKIPEDIA


Diadromous » Truly migratory fishes which migrate between the sea and fresh water.