Hartung + Trenz [De]


CITADELL HIL // Hartung + Trenz: EVER & EVER

Detlef Hartung has been part of the planning of //RESPONSIVE since its inception in 2016. Together with his collaborator George Trenz the two presented Lightscape and their new work Character at //RESPONSIVE 2017.

Thi Projected onto the grassy slope of Citadel Hill, this text-based video pairs words that linguistically generate dualities such as: victory/defeat; euphoria/despair; back/forth. These pared down pairings express micro dramas about the human existence. Detlef Hartung and Georg Trenz are an award-winning duo from Germany. They have worked together since 1998, creating site-specific and typography-based projected installations. Hartung + Trenz participated in the first edition of RESPONSIVE at the Memorial Public Library in 2017.  

Dona Nobis Pacem from Hartung & Trenz on Vimeo.

“When approaching a new project, we start to ask a lot of questions and in the same way and the same time, we explore the interplay of the site and the possibilities of projection. And the better both work, the more information and associations surface and the more questions dive up. Usually the midst of this entanglement becomes our working ground …”




Detlef Hartung and Georg Trenz

Since more than 20 years Detlef Hartung and Georg Trenz are realizing text projections for the inside and outside working as a team predominately – their big subject is the combination of light, space and language and all three factors playing together to break down other meaning levels.

In their typographical experiments they explore the symbolic dimension of characters as representation of definitions and contents. While playing with size and intervals, proportions and movement patterns as well as transparent and non-transparent overlays their black and white textures are forming. As ephemeral surfaces for build architecture or landscapes they become visual scores in which the quality of characters is envisioned as well as associative dimension. The range of activities of this artist pair reaches from the creation of a flashlight as multiple up to landscape-large and digitally animated projections.

The cooperation of both artists began in the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich as master-class pupils of Prof. Gerhard Berger. Georg Trenz, born in 1962, had completed his studies as a communication designer and Detlef Hartung, born in 1958, had studied mechanical engineering before.

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Kurt Laurenz Theinert

St. David’s Church // Kurt Laurenz Theinert: The Visual Piano

Musician: Lucas Pearse

Kurt Laurenz Theinert: Explaining the Visual Pinao.

Kurt Laurenz Theinert plays a keyboard to improvise imagery on 360° projection spaces. He generates abstract graphic materials – dots and lines, colors and shapes – to choreograph their echoes on all reflecting surfaces. For each performance, he will be joined by one improvising musician to add to the interplay of space and time. The entire hall of the Dalhousie Arts Center will become a body of resonance for the frequencies of light and sound. [Image of the Visual Piano Performance at GLOW Eindhoven 2008 as place-marker only, images will come as soon as the work will be installed.]

Kurt Laurenz Theinert: “Playing is for me an entire abstract process, there is no conceptual thought, no guiding idea and no meaning applied, I just want to explore the dynamics and esthetics of the interconnectedness of light, space, time, the music and me.” >> The Interview

Performing hours: 7.30 pm // 8.30 pm // 9.30 pm // 10.30 pm // 11.30 pm.
Duration 20 to 30 minutes.
Free Access.

Hospitalkirche Stuttgart 2017// Kurt Laurenz Theinert: Referential Work

Kurt Laurenz Theinert is a photographer and performing light and media artist. His „visual piano“ performances are shown all around the world in Sao Paulo, London, Sydney, Berlin, New York and Singapore. He concentrates in his work on visual experiences that do not refer, as images, to anything. On the contrary, he is striving for an abstract, reductive aesthetic that has ultimately led him – through a wish for more dematerialization – from photography to light as a medium.


2017 // Miami (us), FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCES
2017 // Corby (uk), DREAMING OUR WOODS
2017 // Brescia (it), CINEON
2016 // Stuttgart (de), AUFSTIEGE
2016 // Tunis (tn), INTERFERENCE
2016 // Dublin (uk), SCIENCE GALLERY
2015 // Hildesheim (de), LICHTUNGEN
2015 // Esch (lx), Public Space


Since 1995 // Regular exhibition and performance activity worldwide
1985-1992 // Stuttgart (de), Studies of Design
1963 // Born in Stuttgart (de)



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Cuppetelli + Mendoza

Anna Leonowens Gallery // Cuppetelli + Mendoza: Notional Field

Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza stage an interplay of the analog and the digital sphere. In the tradition of Op-Art they develop responsive sculptures that focus on the interference of textiles structures and graphical digital animation. The full range of properties shows when visitors not only view but move and interact with work.

Notional Field is an interactive installation that consists of hundreds of vertical and parallel lines made of elastic cord that are projected upon with a computer- generated, interactive animation manipulated by the movements of the viewer.

Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza began collaborating as Cuppetelli & Mendoza in 2010. They create installations and objects that combine physical elements with digital technologies, composing sensual, immersive and dynamic experiences. Based in Detroit, their work has been exhibited in the Denver Art Museum, the Bienal de Video y Artes Mediales in Chile and in festivals such as Nemo 2013 (France), Scopitone 2012 (France), ISEA 2012, FILE 2011 (Brazil), FAD 2011 (Brazil) and video_dumbo 2013 and 2011 (New York). They were selected as Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellows for 2015.

“By not only mapping the object but by mapping the viewer as well, Cuppetelli and Mendoza realize works that are responsive to their audience. The full range of properties of their body of work shows when visitors not only view but also move and interact in front of the installation. The installations respond to their viewers with change. They translate the viewer’s movement into their setting and allow a playful exploration to unfold …” >> More


2016 // Abrau-Durso (ru), MARS
2016 // Stuttgart-Region (de), AUFSTIEGE
2015 // Lisbon (pt), PLUNC
2014 // Quebec (ca), Mois Multi 15
Since 2010 // Regular exhibition activity, mainly in the USA.

// Annica Cuppetelli
2008 // Bloomfield Hills, MI (us), Cranbrook Academy of Art, MA
2002 // Detroit, MI (us), College for Creative Studies, BFA

// Cristobal Mendoza
2007 // Providence, RI (us), Rhode Island School of Design, MA
2003 // Baltimore County (us), University of Maryland, BA
2000 // College Park (us), University of Maryland College Park, MD


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Ghorbel + Mhiri

Anna Leonowens Gallery // Houda Ghorbel + Wadi Mhiri: Memory

Houda Ghorbel and Wadi Mhiri are two independent multidisciplinary artists based in Tunis, North Africa. Their works cross the genres: installation, video, performance, ceramics, and architecture of space. If they had to find a common thread in their work, the commitment and the passion for art would be the poetic vectors. The projects in common question the human body, the memory, the symbolism of identities and the religious and political culture, they are constructed through the proposed space and experience.

Their site specific work for //RESPONSIVE, Memory, is an installation made with wire and activated by uv light, with the aim of reviving the memory of the space which is now known as “Gallery 3”. This work is an examination of cultural and intellectual heritage, translated into a space that has been rethought and reshaped by luminous wire.

“So many things that happen in our world confront us with a demanding complexity of intertwined developments and constant dynamics. When we work with light, we create paintings with a spatial and a temporal dimension. They are like three- or four-dimensional metaphors that express our attitude and offer an esthetical experience to our visitors. We are hoping to spark an echo … ” >> The Interview


2017 // Seychelles (sc), ARTERIAL NETWORK
2017 // Houmet Souk (tn), SEE DJERBA
2016 // Tunis (tn), INTERFERENCE
2016 // Segou (ml), SEGOU’ART
2014 // Gammarth (tn), Sadika’s Art Space



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