Ingo Günther was born in 1957. He lives and works in New York. His early sculptural works with video led him to news media projects, where he played a crucial role in the evaluation, interpretation, and publication of satellite data taken from crises zones. Since 1989 Günther uses illuminated globes as a medium for his artistic and journalistic interests. His project Refugee Republic of 1995 was also the first site dealing with refugees on the internet. After teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute (1987) and guest lecturing at several European academies, Günther became a founding professor at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne (1990–94). His works have been shown at the Nationalgalerie in Berlin (1983, 1985), the Venice Biennale (1984), documenta 8 in Kassel (1987), P3 Art and Environment in Tokyo (1990, 1992, 1996, and 1997), Ars Electronica in Linz (1991), the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (1995), the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1996), the Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf (1998), V2 in Rotterdam (2003), and the Yokohama Trienniale (2005).