The Pictural Worlds of Biological Experimentation as an Object of Art and Theory
Videograms documents Hannes Rickli’s museum installation of videograms and explores how the original material was produced in the laboratory.
1st edition, 2011
Text English (in separate supplement) and German
368 pages in total, 714 color and 404 b/w illustrations
19 x 28.5 cm
Institute for Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR) series, ZHdK, volume 6
In his work with video and audio recordings from scientific laboratories, the Swiss artist and artistic researcher Hannes Rickli (*1959) pioneered the use of videograms as an artistic medium.
Rickli began collecting and cataloging videograms in 1992 for his ongoing project, Spillover, for which he was awarded the Prix Meret Oppenheim by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture in 2004. Rickli also initiated a research program at the Institute of Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR) at the Zurich University of the Arts in which he worked closely with biologists and image scientists to develop a series of video installations that were first exhibited at the Helmhaus in Zürich in fall of 2010.
Complete with analytical essays from scholars and scientists—including Michael Guggenheim, Vinzenz Hediger, Christoph Hoffmann, Nicola Müllerschön, Christoph Schenker, and Yvonne Zimmerman, as well as one from the artist himself—Videograms documents the video installations and their display at the museum and explores how the original material was produced in the laboratory.