The Scenic Eye: an exhibition by the Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) , Germany
in
collaboration with the Max Mueller Bhavan , New Delhi

Curated by Wolfgang Storch

Opening : October 28, 2006 at 6 pm

The exhibit will be on view from October 29- November 16, 2006.

A depiction of theatre through new media art

Background

Conceptualized and developed almost 10 years ago, The Scenic Eye exhibition has traveled to at least 15 other cities. The idea for this exhibition was inspired by Rene Block, an art gallery owner and Museum director from Kassel, Germany. Block was associated with the Fluxus art movement in the early 1960s. The Fluxus artists went into the streets, turning concerts into actions and art into performances. Out of this movement, Block asked the question: what does theatre art mean to scenic art or visual art? When artists make performances, when they go out into the streets, what does theatre mean to them then? Does art then become something like theatre?

Theatre cannot be made hypothetically. It needs a concrete cause: the place, the city, the director. Therefore, it was not the intention of the curator to invite artists to make works for the theatre, but rather to create works reflecting the theatre through the visual arts.

About the curator

Born 1943 in Berlin, Wolfgang Storch is a curator, dramaturge, director, and teacher. He studied drama, art history and German literature in Cologne, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. The focus of his work is on the interplay of the arts, mainly theatre and visual art, Greek and German myths, the work of Richard Wagner, Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Muller and cultural exchanges in the Mediterranean region. Storch lives in Volterra and Berlin.

The participating artists are:

Klaus Vom Bruch
Born 1952 in Cologne, Germany, Klaus vom Bruch is one of Germany's most prominent and provocative artists working in video and multi-media installations. His video works of the 1980s, engaged with issues of identity in western cultural mythology and history. Vom Bruch studied at the Californian Institute of the Arts, Valencia (USA), and later at Cologne University. Since 1992 he has held several positions as professor for media art at the Academy of Design Karlsruhe and the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. He lives and works in Cologne and Munich.

Carlfriedrich Claus

Born 1930 in Annaberg, Germany, in the Ore Mountains near the Czech border, Carlfriedrich Claus was one of the major artists from the former German Democratic Republic. Although a recluse who lived in the mountains, Claus created works of enduring value to the history of art in Germany. He died in Chemnitz in May 1998.

Hartwig Ebersbach
Born 1940 in Zwickau, Germany, Hartwig Ebersbach played an important part in the German Democratic Republic in the 60s and 70s. He has collaborated with actors, composers and musicians to develop interdisciplinary concepts and works in established art spaces, museums and exhibition halls while challenging the exalted views and conventions of the elitist art scene. His ideas influenced the next generation of artists, leading to the founding of the experimental group 37.2 in Leipzig in 1982. Ebersbach lives in Leipzig.

Jochen Grez
Born 1940 in Berlin, Germany, Jochen Gerz studied German and English literature at the University of Cologne. Later he studied prehistory at the University of Basel. Gerz left Germany for Paris in 1970 and has since been working with video, performance art and the internet. Since 1999, he is professor at the Faculty of Art and Design at the Coventry Polytechnic, and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. He lives in Paris.

Rainer Gorss
Born 1960 in Neustrelitz, Germany, Rainer Gorss earned his living as a lighting specialist in theatre, while still a student at the Berlin-Weissensee Academy of Arts and later the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. Gorss works primarily with abandoned tools and objects collected from factories and manufacturing plants which he uses to create installations. He lives in Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany.

Magdalena Jetelova
Born 1946 in Semily, Czech Republic, Magdalena Jetelova first studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts and then at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. Jetelova adores what she calls a certain "dimensional play" in her works: to comprehend the meaning of words and apply them within the context of compatible or conversely incompatible spaces. Like Alice in Wonderland, the artist simply loves her jumbled words and crazy spaces. She lives and works in Bergheim near Cologne.

Hans Peter Kuhn
Born 1952 in Kiel, Germany, Hans Peter Kuhn worked at the Schaubühne in West Berlin as a sound technician before becoming involved in sound design for theatre productions. He has collaborated with renowned theatre director, Robert Wilson, on more than thirty theatre productions, films and exhibitions since 1978. Kuhn has been visiting professor at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, since 1996 and lives in Berlin.

Raimund Kummer
Born 1954 in Mengeringhausen, Germany, Raimund Kummer studied philosophy and religion at the Free University in Berlin. He did his Masters at the Berlin University of the Arts where he was one of Fred Thieler's students. Kummer's primary interest in theatre is the mechanics of theatre production, particularly stage and set construction, rather than the actors or play itself. Kummer lives and works in Berlin.

Mark Lammert
Born 1960 in Berlin, Mark Lammert first studied oil painting followed by post-graduate studies under Werner Stötzer at the Berlin Academy of the Arts in the former German Democratic Republic. Lammert's close relationship and fascination with the theatre stems from his professional work as a stage designer.

Olaf Metzel
Born 1952 in Berlin, Germany, sculptor Olaf Metzel studied at the Free University in Berlin and at the Berlin University of the Arts. He had his first solo exhibition in West Berlin in 1982 and went on to greater heights when he participated in Documenta VIII and the sculpture Biennale in Munster in 1987. Since 1990, Metzel is professor for sculpture at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts; from 1995 to 1999, he also served as Vice Chancellor at the same academy. Metzel lives in Munich.

Hermann Pitz
Born 1956 in Oldenburg, Germany, Hermann Pitz is considered to be one of Germany's most important conceptual artists, having exhibited extensively throughout Europe. Pitz works primarily with photographs, objects, installations and documentations and has represented Germany in the 1988 Venice Biennale,as well as in Documenta VIII and IX in Kassel. He lives and works in Düsseldorf and Amsterdam.

Karlheizn Schafer

Born 1941 in north Bohemia, Czech Republic, Karlheinz Schäfer now lives and works in Berlin. He first studied art at the renowned Academy of Fine Arts Dresden and worked as a stonemason for two years before studying under the famed sculptor, the late Fritz Cremer, from 1967 to 1969 at the Berlin Academy of Arts. For decades Schäfer's works were driven by hermetic spaces and hermetic situations of consciousness until his work in The Scenic Eye. Schäfer is a visiting professor at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Thomas Schutte
Born 1954 in Oldenburg, Germany, Thomas Schütte studied at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts and is considered one of the most important artists of his generation. Schütte's works may look utilitarian, often offering sustenance, shelter and companionship, yet they deliver false promises and project alien worlds. He uses a wide spectrum of colours and a range of materials to question the cultural and political constituents of everyday life, whilst exploring fundamental questions about the artist and society.

Katharina Sieverding
Born 1944 in Prague, Czech Republic, Katharina Sieverding originally studied stage design at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts and worked as a stage designer before switching to visual art at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts in 1967 under the tutelage of Joseph Beuys. Sieverding later switched to photography, which is now the main medium of her art. She lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Rosemarie Trockel
Born 1952 in Schwerte, Germany, Rosemarie Trockel studied anthropology, sociology, theology and mathematics with the intention of pursuing a career as a teacher. She later studied painting at the Werkkunstschule in Cologne and became one of the most important figures in the 1970s German art movement known as 'self-experience groups'. Trockel's work challenges established male-dominated theories about sexuality, culture, and artistic production in the largely male-dominated art scene in Germany. Trockel lives and works in Cologne.

Gunther Uecker
Born 1930 in Wendorf, Germany, Günther Uecker was one of the founding members of the Düsseldorf artist' group Zero, which was founded in 1956 and influenced artists throughout Europe in the 1960s. Uecker taught at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts from 1976 to 1995. His earlier works centered on process-based art media through performances, kinetic objects, films and object demonstrations. He is also known for his 'structured pictures' for which he uses nails as a medium, often addressing the theme of transformation in his works.

Wolf Vostell
Born 1932 in Leverkusen, Germany, Wolf Vostell was one of the most important German artists after the second world war. He was the first in the history of art to incorporate a television set into one of his works - Deutscher Ausblick in 1959. As one of the pioneers of video art, Vostell was also famous for organising a series of "happenings" in public spaces in protest against the West German state of the 1950s. He was also one of the most influential artists of the Fluxus Movement in the 60s - an art movement noted for blending different artistic disciplines, primarily visual art, music and literature. Vostell died in Berlin in 1998.

Ute Weiss-Leder

Born 1959 in Hennigsdorf, East Berlin, Ute Weiss-Leder went to West Germany in 1985. The history of Soviet occupation in the German Democratic Republic was one of the central themes in her work, through which she explored issues concerning the structures of power.) ' Ute Weiss-Leder is known for her discipline and intense concentration in executing her installations.'

Qin Yufen
Born 1954 in Qingdao Province of Shandong, China, Qin Yufen taught herself modern art and took part in various underground exhibitions in Beijing from 1980-1985. In 1986 at the invitation of the Heidelberg Society of the Arts (Kunstverein) she came to Germany and was awarded a grant by the Berlin artist programme DAAD in 1988. Qin has escaped the pull of the mainstream and adopts a cool, distant view of the international cultural scene. Her work often highlights the similarities and differences between the language of western art and eastern aesthetics. Qin now divides her time between Berlin and Beijing.