Martin John Callanan at ZKM

Martin John Callanan, “A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe),” 2009


Karlsruhe, Germany—Transart guest and advisor Martin John Callanan is featured in the exhibition Mapping Spaces: Networks of Knowledge in 17th Century Landscape Painting on view at Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM) through July 13, 2014.

Mapping Spaces examines the influence of early modern geographic guide books, technological advancements in surveying, and fortification construction on Dutch painting around 1650. A large-scale exhibition, the show includes over 200 paintings, surveying instruments, graphic devices, books, maps and globes alongside contemporary works of art, all of which testify to old and new theories of space.

Mapping Spaces includes Callanan’s spherical sculpture A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe), 2009 which shows the formation of clouds worldwide at exactly 0600 hours (UTC) on February 2 of that year. The work subtly calls attention to the fragility and interdependence of the Earth’s environmental systems. Of note, Mapping Spaces marks the debut of A Planetary Order related large-scale prints.

Founded in 1989, ZKM (the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe) is devoted to the development and  promotion of new media in theory and practice through research, exhibitions, interdisciplinary projects and international collaborations.

Martin John Callanan is an artist whose research-based practice explores the place of the individual within larger systems. He studied Visual Communication (Photography) at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (BA 2003) and Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (MFA 2005), where he has been a Teaching Fellow since 2008. Callanan’s work is exhibited widely, most recently at Noshowspace, London; Or Gallery, Berlin; Casal Solleric, Palma, Spain; White Cube Mason’s Yard, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London. His writing appears in several publications including Art and the Internet (2013) and Future Climate Change (Data Soliloquies) (2011). Callanan is the 2013 winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding research within visual arts.

Mapping Spaces. Networks of Knowledge in 17th Century Landscape Painting
Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM):  Lorenzstraße 19, 76135 Karlsruhe
On view until July 13, 2013
10am—6 pm Wednesday through Friday,
11am—6pm Saturday and Sunday

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