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ISEA2010 RUHR Exhibition

Thomas Köner (de)
Can You Beat Out the Sky, Hard as a Metal Mirror?

Audiovisual installation, 2010

Conversation between unknown people:
“Can you beat out the sky, hard as a metal mirror?”
“That’s a really old question. It was already asked a few thousand years ago...1 Now, you’ve lived in Dortmund and the Ruhrgebiet for 40 years – what is it with the sky, what is it supposed to mean anyway, hard? mirror-hard? And what is being mirrored?”
“The sky over Dortmund is dull and lacklustre.”
“Then let’s not talk about the sky, but instead about mirrors!”

1“Can you beat out the vault of the skies as he does, hard as a mirror of cast metal?”, Book of Job 37.18

This work was commisioned by ISEA2010 RUHR.

About the Artist

The main interest of media artist Thomas Köner (*1965, Bochum) lies in the combination of visual and aural experiences. After graduating from the music college in Dortmund, Köner studied electronic music at the CEM-Studio in Arnheim. His work lies between installation, sound art, ambient music and dub techno. Köner has participated in numerous exhibitions internationally and has received several awards for his work from, for example, Ars Electronica, 2004, transmediale, 2005 and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2009.

ISEA2010 RUHR Exhibition
Fri 20 August–Sat 5 September 2010

Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte
Hansastr. 3
44137 Dortmund

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