– „www.communication“ – Or: “Encoded Messages”
Heinz Hugel: „www.communication“ – Or: “Encoded Messages” – – – Two metal panels (former ceiling paneling with the extents of approx. each 60 cm x 120 cm); Collage of pods of the bean tree according to the order of the sprouted metal decoration element areas – – – Photo: Jule Kaiser
„www.communication“ – Or: “Encoded Messages”
Description of the Outer Phenotype of the Work of Art:
The work of art “www.communication” was made by Heinz Hugel (hh). It consists of two parts which he had presented as a couple. The two basic elements have each the extents of approx. 60 cm x 120 cm and consist of metal pieces. hh had found them in the chaos of the big interior of the gallery and studio „Heaven“ ( see to this “Art Touches Art – 31”) and discovered as “his basic material” which originally had been a part of the former ceiling paneling.
At first it stands out that the left metal plate appears of brighter color. The right plate, however, must have been delivered to already penetrating humidity during very long time which can be seen at the intensive coloring by rust. Both plates had been decorated once with horizontal rows or vertical columns of oval elements, were made from metal-processing.
After hh had cleaned and handled to maintain the metal plates, he took further found-pieces to the game: Bean trees also stood among others on the property of Ronald Anderson. Whole areas were partly covered by bean tree pods. The bean tree pods are of extremely hard constitution and rather big (approx. 15 cm)!
These also had inspired hh and motivated to this to pick them up in heaps.
Both had come together sometime: Heinz Hugel had put on every metal-decoration of the two metal-plates one pod of the bean-tree and had stuck it there: Sequences had arisen…
Regarding the pod-sequences on the left plate, one notices that the bright or deep brown pods had been stuck together there – these are those in the natural color of the bean tree-pods.
Pods inked mainly whitely, however, are standing out immediately on the right plate; even one red and black colored pod each can be located left between a few ones in natural color.
Still something is different than on the left side!
It does not immediately stand out absolutely but, sometime, the look stumbles inevitably over stones which had been stuck on the plate like dummy instead of pods in quite a number of fields.
Interpretation of „www.communication“:
The first impression may be to have the association of an order at this order to the systematization like former biologists e.g. had drawn up it to the understanding of families, types or subspecies of “nature” in the broadest sense.
At first my considerations for “communication” refer to the manufactured technically (former ceiling paneling) – primarily the “plan” behind this – meeting together with the produced one of the nature (the bean tree pods).
The great energy mated with originally will to life, this is “the capital of nature” – symbolized by the pods! The “order by order” is symbol for restricting spontaneous inner energy into an order system and represents “the procedure of the human mind” simultaneously.
These two contrasts are united on the former ceiling paneling!
Looking at the abstract sequences of these pods the following idea arises in me: Every single pod holds in itself repeatedly the biological information for this that each one new bean-tree can arise! The storage of information about the origin of lives according to a predefined plan is the procedure of the complete nature, and the bean-tree-pod definitely can to be seen here exemplarily for all other original life-forms.
This inner plan is standing opposite to the outer procedure to get on the track of the hidden secrets of nature. On the two sides, a special form of communication with the future!
With this statement I mean primarily the left plate (of the work of art as a whole) on which the pods had been stuck on in their natural color.
On the right side it immediately stands out that most pods are colored there: Quite a number of pods wear a white color. To discover that there is each one colored pod in red and black, it needs a while.
Heinz Hugel says to it that these colors shall symbolize the American society. The color white stands for the white population, the red for the American natives and black for the Afro-Americans.
The colors stand for people and express the “felt presence in the perception” within the entire American society.
The almost absolute presence from white on the right plate cannot be overlooked. – There exists an agreement of acceptance.
According to this acceptance, red and black feel themselves next to not at all being got aware at all of all America. …
With this right part of his work of art hh had reacted “immediately” to the predominant awareness of life here in Oklahoma, which had conveyed to us as guests.
In connection with our project (encounter of art and artists of American natives and European artists) I refer to the color red in my following explanations.
Not pods (which stand for people) but stones can be seen above on the left on this right part of the “plate-couple”. There is the desolate of a stone desert at this position of the BEGINNING. And at the beginning, exclusively there were the natives on this continent.
In this, I therefore see a symbol for this:
The biological databases of the American natives had undergone a devastating intervention. The heavy loss of the “biological memory” causes a serious loss in the area of the social memory, like passing on of language (= communication), social grown structure, rituals, skilled crafts or arts crafts etc.…
Exactly this past of the American Natives, not processed mostly, nowadays determine their self-perception, awareness of life, like also the way of communication and others…
Heinz Hugel still has taken to the game a further perspective for interpretation, though. With the title “www.communication”, voted by him, he indicates this aspect of communication which had “arrived” within the reality of the population by then:
The way of communication had undergone a great change worldwide in the course of the years (in front of and to 2001) caused by the new communication-possibilities, always present, with mobile telephone and, or internet. The sequences of the pods may be considered data rows of the binary system which stands behind this new technique in the broadest sense. There had arisen a new “language” giving the reality a “second face”. – Or shall I say “an umpteenth-fold face”? …
It had been enormously important for everyone to be in this regard on the current state of the technic and the way of communication here in Oklahoma, like we had felt and experienced it! An access to the use of the “new media” should be offered to everybody of the region most possible. Of course all our hosts were already very fit in dealing with the “new media” for communication.
On the “change” of the worldwide possible communication by Internet or mobile telephone that note corresponds to a snapshot of 2001 – what we also can claim for our stand of this development of today! – – – – „www.communication“! – – – Interpretation: Renate Hugel
Photos which have been made during the process of emergence of “www.communication”:
Heinz Hugel at the planning of „www.comunication“
On the photo these two paneling plates can be seen below, in the condition how they had been brought out from the “Heaven”:
Heinz Hugel looks at the two selected metal pieces and thinks his concept over for the construction of his work of art.
Heinz Hugel (on the left in the picture): at the cleaning and painting of the metal pieces. On the right in the picture Ronald Anderson works on his own artistic plan. – – – Renate Hugel
Remark 1: Current stand: To Heinz Hugel I have written under “Art Touches Art” the contributions “Art Touches Art – 7, 15, 21 and 32”.
In addition, there is a mention under “Art Touches Art – 16” (the contribution to the teamwork “block-pictures”).
Remark 2: The contributions under “Art Touches Art” refer in part 1 (“Art Touches Art – 1 to 28”) to the symposium “Attempt of an Encounter – Five Native American Artists meet five European Artists”. This had taken place in Bremen (Germany), in the year 2000. Whoever would like to ask about the genesis of the symposium can scroll back till „Art Touches Art – 1“, then continue scrolling back till Information about ‚Art Touches Art‘; after that you find then the „Chronology of the Past History“.
In part 2 (as of „Art Touches Art – 29“) the contributions refer to the return visit in Oklahoma (USA) in the year 2001. – – – Renate Hugel
1936: Heinz Hugel was born in Bremen.
1976, since: Activity in the artistic area, among others in the adult education
1981, from: Freelance artist
1982: Foundation of a gallery
1990: Joining the artist group “Der Bogen”
1992: Founder member of the group “Quintum” (union of international artists)
2000: Symposium “Encounter of Native American Artists and Artists from Germany (one artist from Bulgaria)” (con-organization)
2001: Study visit to Oklahoma/the USA (“return visit”),
Expansion of the group “Quintum” into “Quintum international”
2002: Certificate of the university Bremen – studies with Professor Uwe Mempel, main emphasis in “Art Practice” – “Experimental Ceramic”
2007: Member of the group “Art in the Province”
2009: Member of the group “Art – Projekt”
2013, from: Retreat because of physical problems
Exhibitions or Exhibition Participations: (Choice)
Bremen, Borgholzhausen, Herford, Hamburg, Kiel, Kleestadt, Großumstadt, Langenargen (Lake Constance), Loidved (Denmark), Munich, New York, (USA), Oklahoma (USA), Rose State College (Oklahoma City, USA), Tribes Gallery (Norman, USA), Heaven, “International Exhibition” of German and Anadarko Basin Artists (Gracemont, USA), Siklos (Hungary), Tekomatorp (Sweden), Tournus (France), Zwolle (Netherlands)
Several Exhibitions in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony, Germany): Bassum, Bruchhausen – Vilsen: Klostermühle Heiligenberg (Cloister Mill Saint Mountain), Delmenhorst, Diepholz, Kirchdorf, Lemwerder, Oldendorf, Osterholz Scharmbeck, Rotenburg, Wümme, Schneesen, Sulingen, Syke, Wagenfeld, Weertzen, Weyhe, Wildeshausen, Worpswede – – – Heinz Hugel