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"Im Menschen lebt der Gedanke!" © Igor Štromajer

High watchtower at Esslingen Castle, Esslingen am Neckar

Igor Štromajer: »Im Menschen lebt der Gedanke!«

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Slovenian-born multimedia artist Igor Štromajer sends out a coded message from the watchtower in Esslingen to the town below. The lights that blink from the windows of the watchtower are relaying a message in Morse code. A clue to the meaning of this message is provided in the name of his work "Im Menschen lebt der Gedanke!" ["Thoughts live in people!"]. Štromajer leaves it to the observer to either decode the message or simply enjoy the sensory perceptions.

Igor Štromajer, alias "Intima" was born in Maribor, Slovenia in 1967. He describes himself as a pseudo/para-artist. His online art can be viewed on his website, intima.org. He confronts his audience with provocative statements such as "Make your own art. Do not expect me to do it for you" and "Make love not art", asking them to think about the aims and meaning of art. His online project "zero/0 tolerance" from 2015 also used blinking lights to send messages in Morse code. He showed images of museum galleries where visitors were viewing blinking lights in frames rather than paintings.

Location

© Timo Frenzel

The medieval castle in Esslingen am Neckar with its high watchtower, battlement walkway and big tower is a remnant of the town's medieval fortifications and is Esslingen’s most prominent landmark. At the western end rises the high watchtower, an observation tower that has undergone many alterations since it was built in the 14th century. The high watchtower and big tower look out over Esslingen and can be seen from miles around.

Address

Auf dem Schönenberg
73728 Esslingen am Neckar

Opening times

Exterior open to visitors at all times