Kunstsammlungen am Theaterplatz
28. Jul 2024 – 27. Oct 2024

Viewing the World

Johannes Post,  prrillice  (from FARC Series), 2023,  Farbprint auf Papier, 65 x 48 cm © der Künstler

Viewing the World
Positions of current post-photography and digital image culture.

The Pope in a down coat’, ‘Trump defending himself against arrest’, fake naked pictures of Taylor Swift… Since numerous new image generators and AI programmes flooded the market last year, there has been a proliferation of image fantasies, manipulations, and deepfake videos. These are often almost indistinguishable from ‘real’ images. Their massive dissemination is facilitated in particular by social media.

Over the past thirty years, digital imaging technology has dramatically changed the way images are created. Today, more and more technically generated images are being produced that are based on and derived from photography. However, the term ‘photography’ is no longer sufficient for them. In most cases, today’s view of the world is primarily machine-based. The photographic views transmitted by satellites, drones, and surveillance cameras are often bird’s-eye views. How do artists deal with these new means of production?

Is it still necessary to take photographs at all, or is it enough to use existing images? Jörg Sasse has been asking himself this question since the 1990s, when he began digitising a huge archive of amateur photographs. A moderately creative prompt is often enough to produce a simple AI-generated photograph. With minimalist visual wit and humour, Corinna Schnitt presents a collection of impossible staircases. Joachim Blank feeds an AI with selected photographs from GEO magazine, visually illustrating the power of algorithms over images. Julius Braukmann investigates how fruit photographs itself. Like Alex Grein with his screen stagings, he questions a classic genre of fine art: the still life. Achim Mohné uses virtual drones to create architectural models in virtual space. Katja Stuke explores the possibilities of a digital form of documentary photography by using search engines to research theatres of war in Ukraine.

Strategies of so-called expanded photography are also presented, which often aim at spatialisation and distribution. Juergen Staack, for example, turns photographs back into dust. And Katarína Dubovská recycles published photographs by extracting ink and paper. At the same time, she questions the dematerialisation of digital images in social media.

One centrepiece of the exhibition is an installation created for Chemnitz by the group dark taxa-project. This is an open association of artists who, in temporary constellations, present working methods that question and practice current possibilities of image production. Many of them have a background in photography and teach as professors at art academies and universities of applied sciences. Michael Reisch, the co-initiator of the group, usually starts from a zero point in photography, which is initially open-ended and creates itself using simple image-processing tools. His images often interact with their apparatuses.

Since the Renaissance, when one-point perspective was invented, images have been seen as both as a ‘gateway to the world’ and a means of creating a highly individualised view of the world. How we see the world is always determined by the imaging processes and knowledge of our time. Artists succeed in presenting these in unusual ways, experimenting with them, and often going against the grain.

In this way, the principles of image construction, which have always been the task of art, can be clarified and presented according to their context. Reality is rarely depicted, but it forms a core.


Joachim Blank
Banz & Bowinkel
Julius Brauckmann
Nancy Burson
darktaxa-projekt: the Chemnitz constellation
(Ralf Brueck, Raphael Brunk, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Philipp Goldbach, Alex Grein, Beate Gütschow, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Fabian Hesse & Mitra Wakil, Kristina Lenz & Alex Simon Klug, Achim Mohné, Johannes Post, Michael Reisch, Anna Ridler, Aaron Scheer, Björn Siebert, David Young)
Katarína Dubovská
Jörg Sasse
Corinna Schnitt
Juergen Staack
Katja Stuke


Johannes Post,  prrillice  (from FARC Series), 2023,  Farbprint auf Papier, 65 x 48 cm © der Künstler
Johannes Post
prrillice (from FARC Series), 2023
Joachim Blank, Werkreihe: G.E.O. Hands Of The Ape, 2024, Fine Art Print auf Aludibond, pigmentiertes Epoxy, courtesy: Joachim Blank © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024
Joachim Blank
Werkreihe: G.E.O. Hands Of The Ape, 2024
Banz & Bowinkel, Generative Komposition, AR-Experience, 2023 © die Künstler und Kunst & Denker
Banz & Bowinkel
Generative Komposition, AR-Experience, 2023
Katarína Dubovská, Pi_Petting_2018, 2020, Still aus Videoclip © die Künstlerin und ASPN Galerie Leipzig
Katarína Dubovská
Pi_Petting_2018, 2020
Juergen Staack, SKIN, PNG-MO4, 2023, Juergen Staack und Konrad Fischer Galerie © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Juergen Staack
SKIN, PNG-MO4, 2023
Ralf Brueck, Home Sweet Home, 2016, C-Print, Diasec © Ralf Brueck und Kunst & Denker
Ralf Brueck
Home Sweet Home, 2016
Alex Grein, Rolling (Pictures on a Screen), 2019, Inkjet-Print © die Künstlerin und Galerie Gisela Clement
Alex Grein
Rolling (Pictures on a Screen), 2019

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