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Stuttgart, St Maria Church

Michael Saup: »STAUB«

Dietmar Offenhuber: »Staubmarke«

Our cities are full of particulates and struggle to combat the phenomenon of microscopic matter suspended in the atmosphere. These particulates are invisible to the naked eye. Electronic sensors provide us with accurate data, but the numbers and units of measurement remain abstract for us.

With his work »STAUB« (DUST), media artist and musician Michael Saup used virtual reality to investigate the invisible sphere of urban particulate matter and its effect on people. His work could be viewed in the exhibition room at St Maria Church in Stuttgart.

Saup presented the city of Stuttgart as a three-dimensional cloud of pixel dots that is constantly in flux. This cloud was fuelled in real time by measurement data from the open data network luftdaten.info. Visitors could experience the city as a dust cloud.

With his »Staubmarke« (Dust Marks) project, Dietmar Offenhuber was also aiming to make Stuttgart's particulate pollution visible and tangible. To do this, he used the technique of reverse graffiti. He revealed the dust that has been deposited on the surface of the city, on buildings, walls and streets, by partially removing it. His aim was not to propagate cleanliness. Rather, he was trying to create a physical reference point to the digital measurement data. Offenhuber's dust marks show us the material nature of the phenomenon. Each dust mark exposes a scale beneath the dust. These allow the viewers to estimate the thickness of the deposited patina. Offenhuber also provides a reference to the local data provided by luftdaten.info. Over time, the pattern disappears again, showing how the deposits of dust continue inexorably.

The Artists

Michael Saup, born 1961 in Hechingen/Hohenzollern, studied music, computer science and visual communication at the Dominican University of San Rafael, USA, Furtwangen University and the University of Art and Design in Offenbach am Main. Since the 1980s he has been experimenting with the artistic development of software and interactive interfaces. The artist, filmmaker and musician is one of the pioneers of computer-assisted art. His artistic work cannot be pigeonholed. It combines sound, light and space into dynamic, total works of art. His work has been shown at exhibitions and festivals the world over, such as Ars Electronica in Linz and the Spiral Art Center in Tokyo. Saup has lectured at numerous universities since 1989, including the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and Zurich University of the Arts.

Artist website
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Dietmar Offenhuber, born 1973 in Linz, lives and works in the USA as an artist and academic. He studied architecture in Vienna and was awarded a scholarship to MIT in Boston, where he also received his doctorate. He is currently Associate Professor and Head of the Master of Fine Arts Programme for Information Design and Visualisation at Northeastern University in Boston. Offenhuber's research focuses on socio-cultural aspects, and the representation and perception of urban infrastructure. He works with sound artists Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobel under the name Stadtmusik. His work has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Armory Show in New York, the ZKM Karlsruhe, the Ars Electronica Linz and the Arte Contemporaneo in Madrid.

Artist website
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The installation »STAUB« by Michael Saup was shown at St Maria Church.
Dietmar Offenhuber's dust marks start at the Church and can be seen at different places in Stuttgart  (detailled information: dust.zone).


St. Maria
Tübinger Straße 36
70178 Stuttgart


»STAUB«: 5–28 October 2018

»Staubmarke«: as of 5 October 2018

Website »Staubmarke«

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