Hartmut Zänder
orbis TV pictus:


A german look upon Japanese TV

"TV-MANGA" seems to be the appropriate translation forORBIS TELEVISIONIS PICTUS, the title of my drawing work, which means "thewhole world of television in pictures". Such a project has never beenmade by a painter, except perhaps by Hogarth in his anatomy books. His workfollows in general a rather technoid handling of the living world and foldsout the Renaissance perspective conception preceding the later optical interfacesystems like photography, films, TV, computer etc..
Already in my previous acrylic-paintings I had been interested in the logicof iconographic figuration and the development of visual patterns and structures.
I regard TV as a gigantic, illustrated dictionary, feeding us with user-informationon reality. TV belongs to the kind of machines, we use to look upon livingbeings abandoning the certainty of perceiving reality or virtuality. Itis part of the general acceleration of modern life and is worth to be investigated.
I attempt to select all the performance and interpretation instructionsfrom TV with an objective comparable to the wellknown Hokusai-manga. Sincejapanese woodcutprints had a certain influence on my former works, I'm nowin 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 smalllimited editions of these visual poems, which are, reduced to three littlepictures and set in a vertical row, perhaps comparable to traditional japaneseHAIKU.

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