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Ingo Günther

World Processor

March 24, 2017, through May 28, 2017
Ingo Günther, [115-2] Wetlands (2016): “Wetlands” is the collective term for marshes, swamps, bogs, and similar areas. About 75% of all endangered species are native to the world’s wetlands. © Ingo Günther

Ingo Günther, [115-2] Wetlands (2016): “Wetlands” is the collective term for marshes, swamps, bogs, and similar areas. About 75% of all endangered species are native to the world’s wetlands. © Ingo Günther

Ingo Günther, [278-3] Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Monitoring Network (2011)

Ingo Günther, [278-3] Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Monitoring Network (2011): Locations of the seismic, hydroacoustic, infrasound, and radionuclide sensing facilities of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty International Monitoring System, as well as the International Data Centre of the CTBTO, located in Vienna. As of 2005, the treaty is not yet in effect, pending ratification of all 44 states listed in Annex 2 of the treaty. © Ingo Günther

Ingo Günther, [1] TV Ownership (2010): If you multiply the number of daily TV deaths by the number of people owning TV sets and subtract that number from the population, most nations would disappear on a daily basis. © Ingo Günther

Ingo Günther, [1] TV Ownership (2010): If you multiply the number of daily TV deaths by the number of people owning TV sets and subtract that number from the population, most nations would disappear on a daily basis. © Ingo Günther

Ingo Günther, [155-17] Company vs. Country (2016): Some companies have yearly gross incomes larger than the entire GDP of a given country. Seventy of the top 100 economies are corporations, not countries, up from about 50 in 2002. © Ingo Günther

Ingo Günther, [155-17] Company vs. Country (2016): Some companies have yearly gross incomes larger than the entire GDP of a given country. Seventy of the top 100 economies are corporations, not countries, up from about 50 in 2002. © Ingo Günther

Ingo Günther, [247-3] Foreign Aid (2013)

Ingo Günther, [247-3] Foreign Aid (2013): Thicker lines drawn from capital to capital indicate aid-flow in excess of 66 million dollars per year. Thinner lines represent the 20-to-66-million-dollar bracket. Smaller amounts have generally been ignored unless they represent a significant portion of the donor country’s budget. © Ingo Günther

[388] Sharks Attacked (2013): Black paint covers the ocean and bleeds into the coastlines, sometimes enveloping an entire country, where unprovoked shark attacks have been recorded.

Ingo Günther, [388] Sharks Attacked (2013): Black paint covers the ocean and bleeds into the coastlines, sometimes enveloping an entire country, where unprovoked shark attacks have been recorded. Conversely, red “bite” marks extend from countries’ borders where humans kill more than 1 million fish per yearly capture. These marks extend a distance relative to the country’s capture production. © Ingo Günther

Ingo Günther, [392-2] Dead Zones (2016)

Ingo Günther, [392-2] Dead Zones (2016): Dead Zones, or hypoxic areas, are aquatic regions with low oxygen content, primarily due to nutrient pollution by humans. These oxygen-zapping pollutants render the areas unlivable for much marine life. Hypoxia can be coastal, or it can occur in major lakes and rivers due to agricultural pollution such as fertilizer run-off, and make its way outward toward costal ocean waters. © Ingo Günther

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

Art encompasses all things, so it is not surprising that artists have embraced big data as both a tool and a subject of their work. Ingo Günther, who studied ethnology and cultural anthropology at Frankfurt University and sculpture and media at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, has been mapping data onto a sea of illuminated globes in his World Processor series for twenty-five years. The series is now internationally renowned and numbers over one thousand objects, a selection of which will be available to Hood Downtown visitors for the first time. The artist’s envisioning of complex data on physically identical but content-specific illuminated globes foregrounds scientific, economic, and historical information to create multilayered accounts of the relationship between humans and the planet.

This exhibition is paired with Mining Big Data: Amy Balkin and Luis Delgado-Qualtrough in the Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center, from March 24 through April 30. Both exhibitions reveal how artists use information to create new forms and ways of understanding global issues.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the Hansen Family Fund and the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund.
Curated by Juliette Bianco, Deputy Director / Katherine W. Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and Barbara C. & Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming

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Apr 05
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
6:30PM
Explore the work of Ingo Günther, who has been mapping data onto illuminated globes for twenty-five years.
Apr 06
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
4:30PM
Followed by an open house at Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover. View the exhibition and meet artist Ingo Günther.
Apr 13
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
12:30PM
Richard Wright, Professor of Geography and Orvil Dryfoos Professor of Public Affairs, Dartmouth College
Apr 15
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
2:00PM
A docent-led tour of the exhibition "Ingo Günther: World Processor."

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