Worldprocessor, 1988–present (2011)Ten Processed Globes
Since 1988 Ingo Günther has been working on a series of transformed globes on which he visualizes and interprets statistical data. This project allows him to examine the most diverse subjects, including themes such as social developments like life expectancy, the distribution of wealth, and the worldwide spread of AIDS; economic changes such as energy consumption; and military conflicts. With his modified globes, Günther attempts to depict global geopolitical changes and transformation processes. In a globalized world that we can hardly still grasp in its entirety, his pictographic conversions of statistical data serve as a descriptive model for abstract developments or facts. Günther describes his globes as “navigational aids for the intellectual and emotional comprehension of the world.” His method of working can be compared to that of a journalist, except that Günther works with visual aesthetic tools.
For the gateways exhibition, Günther has further developed a thematic field from his Worldprocessor series, which deals with the topics of networking and access to global networks. The globes on display reflect the rapid pace of technological change (including Internet access, mobile phone usage, and undersea optical fiber cable networks) and present snapshots of global development. Günther creates concise yet critical images of an increasingly networked world, where global data and communication flows are closely linked with economic developments.
Ingo Günther, Worldprocessor | © Ingo Günther