Collection on Display V

Cartography of the Image

There are images that convey to us the concept of world. Since the end of the 19th century, photographs have been – for travellers and for those at home – documents of authenticity, a means of gauging the world as seen or imagined. Travel photography of this period is represented by Hermann Clemens Kosel's vedute dating from the early 20th century, privately donated to the collection. These are juxtaposed with new, current photo projects on charting the world. With his bird's-eye views of virtual coastal towns, constructed using semiconductor plates and computer parts, Hubert Blanz has evolved a new pattern of seeing. Kurt Matt records the points of his Atlantic voyage on a schematised marine chart, with views of sea and sky at the respective co-ordinates. Andrew Phelps leaves the commentary on his kayak trip through Baja California to the medium of photography, altering the visual language into a narrative form similar to an essay. Michaela Moscouw is concerned with mapping her own physique and the world around her; in an obsessive act of self-portrayal she has compiled, in several hundred photographs, a whole cosmos of her presence and a pictorial atlas of her various poses. Michael Schuster spreads a wide net over a pre-defined area: Dialektstudie II is devoted to the peculiarities of language, phonetics and visual culture in the population ranging from South Tyrol Bavaria. He takes the Lord's Prayer, as spoken in village churches, as the criterion of his research using photography and audio recordings.

Curated by Margit Zuckriegl


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