Man and Environment
Born in Japan in 1978, the painter Ryo Kato has lived and worked in Berlin for more than 15 years. His work
Mischa Kuball: “The idea [of New Pott] was born of my (so-called German) contribution to the 34th Sao Paolo Biennale in 1998 which was curated by Paulo Herkenhoff under the general theme of anthropophagy with reference to the homonym manifesto by Oswald de Audrade from 1927. This manifesto tried to give an answer to the European dominance in the domain of the arts, the Parisian art world pretending that Brazilian artists were copying European modernism. The manifesto replied: No, we will not copy, but guzzle and digest you!”
In conversation with Irene Daum and Peter Tepe the sculptor and painter Thomas Schönauer presents himself as an artist-philosopher. In some of his works he has adopted a science-related approach. In other projects he has collaborated with scientists and engineers.
On August 19th 2017, Karl Otto Götz died at the age of 103. In the time since then, many obituaries have been published, through which his artistic achievements have been widely acknowledged. I will try to discuss my personal contact with Götz, searching through my not-always-perfectly-reliable memory.
Gerhard Daum falls into the category of a science-related artist. He bases his work on mathematics, above all on Euclidian geometry, trigonometry and analysis. His approach is experimental, probing different techniques of mathematical construction and then reducing the constructional matrix, while continuously observing the aesthetic effect.
Götz/Rissa in conversation with Irene Daum and Peter Tepe
The famous painter Karl Otto Götz, one of the most prominent artists of Art Informel, also worked as an empirical scientist in the 1960s and 1970s. (…) Visual artists like Karl Otto Götz also frequently pursue literary activities and write poems in particular. However, a visual artist who works professionally in the field of science – in this case as an empirical psychologist – is very rare. Why was he interested in this type of art-science combination? Why did he decide to conduct psychological research?
Mischa Kuball: “I do not perceive myself as a double-competent cross-over worker between science and art, but rather as an artist who is working transdisciplinary. As an artist, I contribute to certain scientific research projects. Particularly, there are cooperation projects with the neurosciences neuropsychology and neurophysiology.” …
These exhibitions have taken place every two years on the premises of the Anatomical Institute. Amongst the invited guests were physicians who actively pursue art and artists with an active interest in medicine. The self-taught in the field of art encountered the self-taught in the field of medicine. On these occasions, ambitious dilettantes came face to face with professionals, each party certainly fostering a sense of discomfort in the other.