Alexandre Singh, Assembly Instructions (The Power of 100), 2010, Tintenstrahl-, Ultrachrome-Archivdruck, © Alexandre Singh, Courtesy Art:Concept, Paris, Monitor, Rome, Sprüth Magers, Berlin/London
Diagrams. Images as models of knowledge
CONFERENCE ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013, 12 AM - 6 PM
With lectures and contributions from art, philosophy, and information design, the one day conference stimulates a further discussion of the exhibition theme, allows a historical perspective and provides insight into the current use of diagrams.
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Catalogue »Schaubilder« (Diagrams)
With contributions by: Nicolas Bourquin, Ruth Buchanan, Gerhard Dirmoser, Nikolaus Gansterer, Philipp Hamann, Luis Jacob, Eva Kotátková, Susanne Leeb, Michael Najjar, Alexandre Singh, Marcus Steinweg, Niloufar Tajeri, Thomas Thiel, Jorinde Voigt, Kirsten Wagner.
In recent years, it has been possible to discern a growing interest in diagrams. The exhibition »Schaubilder« (Diagrams) explores how these developments affect the worlds of images in contemporary art. This publication presents ten artists who deal with diagrammatic forms in their work. The additional text contributions, which emerge from the perspectives of art theory, philosophy, and information design, encourage an ongoing discussion of the theme. This book was published on occasion of the exhibition »Schaubilder« (10.11.2012 – 27.01.2013) at Bielefelder Kunstverein.
The catalogue (German/English) is designed by BUREAU Mario Lombardo and contains 128 pages with 80 colour and 25 b/w illustrations. You can order the publication for an amount of 20 Euro at Sternberg Press or directly via firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the Bielefelder Kunstverein pay a reduced price of 15 Euro.
Editor: Thomas Thiel, Bielefelder Kunstverein
Texts: Nicolas Bourquin & Niloufar Tajeri, Susanne Leeb, Marcus Steinweg, Niloufar Tajeri, Thomas Thiel, Kirsten Wagner
Design: BUREAU Mario Lombardo, Berlin
Dimensions: 23 x 16 cm
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Berlin 2013
Copublished by Sternberg Press and Bielefelder Kunstverein
NOVEMBER 10, 2012 – JANUARY 27, 2013
OPENING: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 19 PM
CONFERENCE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013, 12 AM - 6 PM
With contributions by: Ruth Buchanan, Gerhard Dirmoser, Philipp Hamann, Nikolaus Gansterer, Luis Jacob, Eva Kotátková, Michael Najjar, Alexandre Singh, Marcus Steinweg und Jorinde Voigt
Diagrams are used in the Internet, on television, in newspapers and presentations – simply, in all visual media. Elements of text, image and charts are frequently combined, depending on where they are being used. They are meant to display complex contents, data and information through visual representation. In this process, info-graphics like diagrams, graphs of stock markets or schematic drawings do not just serve display purposes but establish relations, communicate insights and convey arguments pictorially. One crucial task is presenting, organising and imparting knowledge. In a networked society, where images have become core media and where new information is produced every day, the need for visual translations and an illustrative order is patently obvious.
In the realm of art, diagrams are not a completely new phenomenon, yet, over the last ten years, it has been possible to discern a growing interest in this sort of image. A new research field has developed under the heading of diagramatics. The reasons for this lie in the increasing closeness of art and science, the increasing development of an extended notion of images, in engaging with abstract forms of representation in art history and in recognising diagrams as analytical instruments for establishing theories. Diagrams are not understood just as illustrations any more, but as independent visual forms. The conjunction of image, text and spatial-graphic organisation makes a form of visual thinking possible and provides a very particular potential for insight.
The exhibition »Diagrams« enquires into the way these sketched developments affect the worlds of images and the strategies of visualisation in art. Ten artists were chosen for the exhibition as examples and are represented by various display models and forms of presentation. Numerous comissioned works, such as drawings, collages, photographs and videos are being presented, but there are also spatially extensive objects and installations. The works exhibited at Bielefelder Kunstverein make relations to diagrams, examples of cartography, notations and other graphic models visible.
Alongside diagram´s aesthetic impact and creative aspect, how they convey artistic processes of working and thinking plays a vital role in the exhibition. The formal structure of diagrams here serves the artists as the point of departure for arrays and narratives based on images. Their actual function – directly conveying information – is, however, undermined, mostly in favour of a particular, open form of knowledge.
Curator: Thomas Thiel