German journalist, author and artist Ingo Gunther quite literally looks at the world in a very different way. Actually, with his Worldprocessor Installation – a series of over 300 cartographic globes, lit from within – he sees it in many, many different ways. Each of the globes highlights (lowlights?) particular economic, cultural, technological, demographic or environmental aspects of the world. For example, refugee populations, credit risks, depleted fisheries, military budgets, oil supply routes, landlocked countries, TV ownership, travel souvenirs, fibre optic network, and even nuclear explosions.
There were 2000 nuclear explosions! I had no idea. I thought, you know, OK, there was Japan first then you have some testing in the United States and in Russia. I totally forgot that England has nuclear weapons as well. But where do they do their testing? Of course in Australia. They rented space in central Australia. Then the French, where do they do it? The Mururoa Atoll. Before that in the Sahara Desert in Algeria when it was their colony. It was totally shocking to me to see the globe littered with nuclear testing sites. That only happens to become clear once you map the statistics out visually.
So this is what it is about because when you read something in so much detail you never quite get the global context. My works are supposed to be background information or reference for the actual story … context and dimensions are important. I missed this aspect in most newspapers, magazine or in TV news stories. I always cover topics that somehow surprise me.