Diagrams are in the field of art not a completely new phenomenon, but can be observed in the last ten years a growing interest in this type of picture. The term of the diagrammatic is a new research field has developed. Reason lies in the convergence of art and science, the progressive-end development of an expanded pictorial concept in dealing with abstract forms of art history and the recognition of the graph theory as forming an analytical tool. Charts are no longer seen only as an illustration, but examined as an independent, visual form. The interaction of image, font, and a spatially-graphical arrangement a form of descriptive thinking is enabled which delivers a very unique knowledge potential.
The exhibition "graphs" asks about the current impact of these developments on the imagery and visualization strategies in art. For the exhibition, artists were selected, which are represented by different view models and forms of presentation. Presented are numerous productions including drawings, collages, photographs and videos, as well as space-consuming objects and installations. The works exhibited at the Kunstverein creates references to charts, cartography, notations and other graphical models are visible.In addition to the aesthetic effect and the creative aspect of graphs in the exhibition plays its role in the exchange of artistic work and thought processes in the medium of the exhibition a significant role. The formal structure of the graphs is the artists as a starting point for image-based systems and narratives. Their true function - direct visualization of information - is often undermined in favor of a private, open form of knowledge.
Curator: Thomas Thiel with contributions by: Ruth Buchanan, Gerhard Dirmoser, Philip Hamann, Nicholas Gansterer, Luis Jacob, Eva Kotatkova, Michael Najjar, Alexandre Singh, Marcus Steinweg and Jorinde Voigt
D-33602 Bielefeld, Germany
(images: Assembly Instructions by Alexandre Singh and Drawing a Hypothesis by Nikolaus Gansterer)