50 Globes: Artist Ingo Günther at the Hood Downtown
Art and Big Data
Monday, March 20, 2017
Fifty illuminated, and illuminating, globes at the Hood Downtown. Interested in seeing a display of international artist Ingo Günther's decades-in-the-making work, World Processor? You could travel to Japan, Germany, or Switzerland, or stay closer to home with a trip to Hanover, NH. This exhibition opens on March 24. It will showcase 50 of the 1,000 globes Günther has created since beginning this project in 1989.
Of what is art made? For Günther, the answer in this exhibition is Big Data. We are a culture that can amass enormous quantities of information that is spewed back in a constant news cycle in the form of numbers, reports, ratios, graphs, commentary (written and spoken), by journalists (Günther used to be one), think tanks, government agencies and NGOs, even bloggers. What if artists presented the data to us? What would it look like?
Günther has chosen to communicate in globes, selected in part because they are familiar to most people. Each globe visually conveys "world-impacting histories, trends, and events." The artist's interests are eclectic; included in this exhibition are representations about the environment, such as a globe depicting Dead Zones--aquatic regions with oxygen contents too low to sustain life due to pollution; another globe details sources and destinations of foreign aid. Still others portray the geography of shark bites, and TV ownership around the world.
Artists Amy Balkin and Luis Delgado-Qualtrough have a related exhibition at the neighboring Strauss Gallery in the Hopkins Center. They too, are Mining Big Data to use other forms in understanding global issues.
Günther's World Processor will be on view from March 24 through May 28, 2017 at the Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH. An open house, with the opportunity to meet and hear from the artist, is scheduled for April 6. Günther will speak from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Dartmouth's Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall), followed by a viewing of the exhibition from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Balkin and Delgado-Qualtrough show at the Strauss Gallery runs from March 24 through April 30. For more information, see the Hood Museum's website.
(Photos by Matt Zayatz, Hood Preparator, used with permission of the Hood Museum)
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