Eight Days A Week 2000 : TWO-TO-ONE VIRUS MEETS SCOUSE : Tom Koesel . Pavor Nocturnus . Walter Wolf
Unity Theatre
Unity Theatre, 6. Oktober - 11. November 2000


Tom Koesel "Moving world"

Tom Koesel (top) The so called 'Two-to-One-Virus' was discovered at the end of 1997. The virus changes the order of letters in computer graphic font programmes and depicts them as three dimensional objects. The letter I for example becomes a four sided square rod. The virus has a different selection criteria for each font. For most fonts the letter O is dropped, which means that words with the letter O can no longer be constructed. However, the main selection criteria is based on the fact that only words with an even number of letters can be formed. Consequently a word like SWEET can either not be depicted or only as a mutation of the Two-to-One-Virus, ending with a double letter as SWEETT.
In accordance with these characteristics, Scouse phrases will be infected with the virus and transformed into three dimensional objects in my project. Local dialect phrases provide the starting material for this artistic transformation. The application of the virus will reduce the original number of words. Words with an uneven number of letters as well as words with the letter O no longer occur. Out of the remaining words a few succinct expressions will be transformed into sculptural objects, and these will be exhibited.
Language changes constantly through a variety of influences: for example in the past, industrialisation, the moving of borders, the introduction of radio and television, then increased mobility, and today the internet and the phenomena of chat lines-all these changed the culture of communication. In my project the changes in language are instead instigated by a virus.

Walter Wolf "Ohne Titel" Mixed media on paper 2000

What motivates a painter to stretch canvases again and again, thereby adding yet another one to the numerous paintings that already exist? The Cologne based artist Walter Wolf (top right), . born in 1963 in Trier, answers simply: "I am driven by painting, it defines my life and I define it." In essence this urge also determines and shapes the process by which the pictures are created. Here Wolf relies on his intuition and finds inspiration whilst travelling, as well as drawing on Christian iconography and art history.

The playful way in which he deals with content and uses materials, allows him to concentrate on and explore the possibilities of artistic expression through painting. The work shown in Liverpool, mixed media on canvas and print, documents a new creative phase of the artist as he uses collage techniques alongside his preferred oil colours. Wolf uses exclusively his own drawings and reproductions as the starting point for his collage-fragments. "I trust in the power of painting. Tackling issues solely by means of painting is possible, however painting never serves as purpose." This principle can be seen and experienced through the work that is being shown at the Unity Theatre.



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