orbis TV pictus:
A german look upon Japanese TV
"TV-MANGA" seems to be the appropriate translation for
ORBIS TELEVISIONIS PICTUS, the title of my drawing work, which means "the
whole world of television in pictures". Such a project has never been
made by a painter, except perhaps by Hogarth in his anatomy books. His work
follows in general a rather technoid handling of the living world and folds
out the Renaissance perspective conception preceding the later optical interface
systems like photography, films, TV, computer etc..
Already in my previous acrylic-paintings I had been interested in the logic
of iconographic figuration and the development of visual patterns and structures.
I regard TV as a gigantic, illustrated dictionary, feeding us with user-information
on reality. TV belongs to the kind of machines, we use to look upon living
beings abandoning the certainty of perceiving reality or virtuality. It
is part of the general acceleration of modern life and is worth to be investigated.
I attempt to select all the performance and interpretation instructions
from TV with an objective comparable to the wellknown Hokusai-manga. Since
japanese woodcutprints had a certain influence on my former works, I'm now
in reverse trying my european eye also on Japanese films and TV .
The first attempts of my drawing series eight years ago included pencil-drawing,
copying, stillstand-technique and the colouring with fluid acrylic colours.
The work has been extruded to experiments with the computer to receive small
limited editions of these visual poems, which are, reduced to three little
pictures and set in a vertical row, perhaps comparable to traditional japanese