Written by Tse Ming Chong (Curator)
Water is the principal element of all living organisms. It forms the hydrosphere of the earth and connects all continents. Civilizations grew up around it; and to most ancient cultures, water was the symbol of life par excellence.
Andreas Müller-Pohle has been dealing with the topic of water for twenty years. His first major project, The Danube River Project from 2005, is a portrait of Europe’s most important river photographed from the perspective of the water, half below, half above the surface. The second project, Hong Kong Waters, was created five years later, following the concept of the divided view to present a comprehensive panorama of the city. Finally, in 2017, he completed a third work in this style, this time about the river landscape of Kaunas, a city in Lithuania.
Besides photography, sound and especially video are the artist’s most important media. In addition to several video works created in Hong Kong – including Coasting and Shing Mun River – he devoted himself to a variety of waterscapes in other countries, such as Bali, the Philippines, and most recently France. A selection from these video works is now on view for the first time at Lumenvisum under the title Studies on Water and forms the complement to the second larger thematic complex on which the artist has been working for several years, Studies on Traffic.
The flows of water and traffic represent the pace of global life. They are inseparable from it and form the unity of the world.
Andreas Müller-Pohle is a Berlin-based media artist and the founder and publisher of European Photographymagazine and Edition Flusser, a collection of the major works by the media philosopher Vilém Flusser. He is the author of numerous texts on photo theory and has served as a visiting professor and lecturer at institutions in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Andreas has been working with the medium of photography since the mid-1970s; his first videos were created in 1996. In addition to various singular topics, he engages in two long-term projects in which he combines photography, video and sound: Studies on Water, including his portraits of the Danube River and the waterscapes of Hong Kong, and Studies on Traffic, in which he investigates mobility phenomena in different regions of the world.