photo: Kai Schürholz

… The starting point of Detlef Günther’s work is the perception of the individual as an interactive process. What is perceived changes with the respective perspective, the context, new information, insights and emotions. At the same time, things change depending on the degree and type of attention they receive

Spatial installations such as ‘Going Forth By Day’ (2002) and ‘Transfigurations’ (2007) by Bill Viola or the ‘Giotto experiment’ by Detlef Günther deliberately break away from the art expectation scheme of international exhibition art and enable a socially sustainable discourse on technical-artistic dimensions. In relation to Detlef Günther’s works, which move between technology and intellectual contexts, I recognize a general basic trait: that would be the re-appropriation of the ‘we’ by the ‘artistic individual’.in the ‘we’ the ego-wise gaze subjugates itself, it looks into the face of others. Wherever one allows oneself to drift: immersive spaces in which political contemplation could find its place are anything but set aside; they are uncomfortable, restless, erratic and rather small, but allow for any enlargement.

Arthur Engelbert, Berlin, July 2009

Detlef Günther – Shortbio

After studying humanities and communication sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich and the Free University of Berlin (Master’s Degree: M. A.) Detlef Günther studied free art at the UdK from 1984 to 1990 (Master’s Degree). At the same time he founded the group BOR with the artists Martin Assig, Klaus Hoefs, Oliver Öfelein and Jochen Stenschke. As a freelance artist, Günther worked in the 1990s on the research project “Technical Vision” at the Medieninstitut Berlin (headed by Prof. Dr. Arthur Engelbert). In 1997, he founded “Twosuns Media Development GmbH” and developed the interactive environment system “Enclued” in connection with a new type of camera procedure that records people’s movements in space in three dimensions. Both innovations have been patented by the German and European Patent Office.

Detlef Günther has appeared since the late 1980s with about 50 solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad, e. g. at the Haus der Kunst München, Gemeente Museum Helmond (NL), Galerie Kremer-Tengelmann (Cologne/Gelsenkirchen), NGBK Berlin. On behalf of companies and institutions such as Sony Deutschland, Festspielhaus Hellerau, HKW, Canon ArtLab in Tokyo and the artists Carsten Nicolai/Marco Peljhahn (project: Polar, Goldene Nica 2001), he has also realised various media projects and installations.

Detlef Günther’s works are represented in the Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen, Deutsche Bank Art Collection (Frankfurt), EON Art Collection, Museo degli Angeli (Brolo/sicily) and the Ruth and Karl Kremer Collection (NW). He lives and works in Berlin.