bei STATE OF THE ART PHOTOGRAPHY im NRW-Forum

Mischa Kuball zeigt “image apparatus”

Mischa Kuball is just about to reflect on his role as a “light artist”. He traces the ambivalences of the active ingredient light, the harmful aspects that light has, for example, on the environment (light smog), he asks about the consequences of wasting energy through ubiquitous artificial light, or investigates the torture methods in which prisoners are exposed to bright continuous light.

Where there is a lot of light, there is also a lot of shadow, this truism is only a starting point on Kuball’s artistic-conceptual journey to light. It has been going on for over thirty years now, and there is still no goal in sight. The artist and professor at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne knows that every insight creates new uncertainties and new questions.

Kuball seems more like a Sisyphus of light, who does not quarrel with his fate when he fails from time to time and his stone begins to roll up the mountainside again. The mountain in Kuball’s context is a question: “What do we see when we see? what is light, what is shadow?” He persistently develops his light art on a mental path in order to gain new insights and new questions. For him, light is “the central work and active ingredient that works between people and sets processes in motion.”

An outstanding example of this “public participation” is his “very personal research trip” to the Ruhr area. The project “New Pott” became one of the few of Ruhr 2010 that attracted international attention. Kuball set off to a hundred families who live in the pot, often still looking for their new home after decades. As a gift, he brought them a simple floor lamp with a glowing white glass ball to their home and asked them questions: How do these people live in the new stranger that has become their home and: How have these living spaces changed? The exhibition will soon be shown in New York and Poland. In a thick book the 100 conversations and the living room pictures including floor lamp are summarized. Surprisingly, it turns out how much these Newpottlers of all things the pot has become a piece of earth where they want to stay. In five years, Kuball wants to travel again to the 100 Pott families to ask how their lives went with the new floor lamp.

“We live in the age of light,” Mischa Kuball is sure and not at all sure what new uncertainties and questions this realization now triggers again. In any case, the speed of light “is our yardstick.” So far unquestionable. “Our global communication will be based on this,” the artist ventures a prognosis and is himself constantly on the move, megacommunicative as well as in person. By 2014, his central light installation “Plato’s Mirror” will experience 15 stations. This year in Belgrade and Bucharest and in September at the Düsseldorf Kunsthalle. His artistic reflection on the topicality of the “allegory of the cave” is at the same time a search for “last” philosophical illuminations as well as a playful approach to the immaterial quantity light – shadow included.

At his place of residence and work in Düsseldorf, Kuball will present his new work “image apparatus” as part of the exhibition “STATE OF THE ART PHOTOGRAPHY” at the NRW-Forum. Kuball has been selected as one of 41 international photographers who will dominate the discussion in the coming years. In 57 steps, Kuball will break down the image creation in an instant camera with the help of computer tomography and project it on a large display wall. For Kuball, it’s not a long way from light art to conceptual photography. They are only two poles of his universe, between which he travels at almost the speed of light.

C. F. Schröer


 

STATE OF THE ART PHOTOGRAPHY is the name of the central exhibition of the Düsseldorfer Foto-Aufbruch in the NRW-Forum. An “advisory board” consisting of Klaus Biesenbach, Uod Kittelmann, Thomas Seeling, Andrea Holzherr, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Weski and the Grand Segnieur of fashion photography FC Gundlach invitSTATE OF THE ART PHOTOGRAPHY is the name of the central exhibition of the Düsseldorfer Foto-Aufbruch in the NRW-Forum. An “advisory board” consisting of Klaus Biesenbach, Uod Kittelmann, Thomas Seeling, Andrea Holzherr, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Weski and the Grand Segnieur of fashion photography FC Gundlach invited 41 photographers from Europe, America and South Africa to take a look into the future of photography. “The new photographers have a different perspective on the history of photography. They have new heroes – from history and from other disciplines. They are no longer afraid of the auratic and sublime,” says the NRW Forum. It certainly gets the cupped Dusseldorf photo scene good to look for other heroes. Mischa Kuball will be present in the ambitious exhibition as a conceptual photographer with a major new work.ed 41 photographers from Europe, America and South Africa to take a look into the future of photography. “The new photographers have a different perspective on the history of photography. They have new heroes – from history and from other disciplines. They are no longer afraid of the auratic and sublime,” says the NRW Forum. It certainly gets the cupped Dusseldorf photo scene good to look for other heroes. Mischa Kuball will be present in the ambitious exhibition as a conceptual photographer with a major new work.

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