For the sixth iteration of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry’s ambitious project 100/10 (100 days/10 visions), curator-artist Christel Dillbohner has opened doorways to parts of the ICI that are rarely seen or addressed. At the center of her vision is Cologne-based artist Inge Kamps’ Vom Licht der Natur, a research-based exploration into the natural world utilizing processes that mirror Dillbohner’s experiences as an organic gardener and collector of medicinal and edible plants. Kamps transmutes her focused observations into a special “sight,” thereby enabling her to collect and represent the colorful essences of light within a garden’s verdant realm. For this one-day exhibition, we are introduced to Kamps’ unique process through a series of abstract color photos and time-lapse videos. Dillbohner, a long-time Institute associate, has nestled Kamps’ work within the shadowy corners of the ICI to animate the artist’s alchemical leanings with the organization’s substantial holdings of alchemical texts: treatises by masters like Hermes Trismegistus, Albertus Magnus and Paracelsus, the last a philosopher to whom Kamps is particularly drawn.
A unique catalog will accompany this exhibition. Modeled on the New Museum’s catalog for its 2008 landmark show After Nature, the document exists as a dustcover wrapped around a slightly used book that has influenced the show’s curator and artist. For 100/10∆6, the book is Mediziner Heiler Philosoph by Paracelsus. It can be purchased in the ICI gift shop or through the ICI website.
Christel Dillbohner is an art practitioner whose engagement with cultural and natural studies has informed her art of process painting, assemblage, and site-specific installations for over 30 years. Originally from Cologne, Germany, she now lives and works in Berkeley, California. She has traveled widely and publishes her ‘sojournal’ observations in small editions. Recent projects include An den Ufern der Zeit (2007), Ice Floe (2009) and the collaborative installation Interspacing (2010). Her website is www.dillbohner.de.
Inge Kamps, a native of Cologne, Germany, is a painter, photographer and video artist who investigates social phenomena and the natural world and believes the role of the artist includes participating in the cultural discourse. She founded the artists’ collective "Künstler auf dem Hagengelände e.V." (1988) and is a curator with a handful of projects including PaarWeise (1987), Lob des Schattens (1998), and Drittes Ufer ( 2003). Among her large-scale video installations are Babel (1994), Made in Kalk (1998), and Zeit-Wände VII (2003). Her website is www.kamps-lab.de