Ingo Günther, born in 1957, grew up in the city of Dortmund, Germany. In the 1970s, travels took him to Northern Africa, North and Central America, and Asia. He studied Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Frankfurt University (1977) before he switched to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1978, where he studied with Schwegler, Uecker, and Paik (M.A. 1983). In the same year, he received a stipend from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf for a residency at P.S.1 in New York. He received a DAAD grant the following year and a Kunstfonds grant in 1987.
Günther's early sculptural works with video led him towards journalistic projects. Based in New York, he played a role in the evaluation and interpretation of satellite data gathered from political and military crisis zones; the results were distributed internationally through print media and TV news. This work with satellite data led to Günther's contribution to Documenta 8 (1987), the installation K4 (C31) [Command Control Communication and Intelligence]. In the same year, Günther received accreditation as a correspondent at the United Nations in New York.
Since 1988, Günther has used globes as a medium for his artistic and journalistic interests. In early 1990, shortly before the reunification of Germany, he co-founded the first independent TV station in Eastern Europe, Kanal X, Leipzig in order to contribute to the establishment of a free media landscape. More recently, Günther has undertaken large scale digital imaging projects at the 2005 Yokohama Triennial and, in 2011, at Miraikan, the National Museum for Innovation and Emerging Sciences in Tokyo, Japan.
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