Permanent Installation: ‘www 12.03.1989 06.08.1991’ by Brigitte Kowanz

We are happy to announce that a permanent installation by Brigitte Kowanz, titled ‘www 12.03.1989 06.08.1991’ was inaugurated on Wednesday June 28th at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.⁠

Brigitte Kowanz (1957-2022) created the work shortly before her unexpected death. She called the conceptually and sensually impressive work “a kind of biography of the World Wide Web”. The title contains the two dates, as Morse code on the aluminium tape and the neon light tube, on which the WWW was launched at CERN.⁠

Featured artwork:⁠
Brigitte Kowanz⁠
www 12.03.1989 06.08.1991, 2021-2022⁠
Neon, mirror, aluminum, lacquer⁠
125 x 385 x 20 cm⁠

ABOUT Brigitte Kowanz

Brigitte Kowanz (1957-2022) is known for her evocative sculptures, installations, and environments with a decidedly non-physical medium: light. Since the early 1980s, she has been exploring both the utilitarian and conceptual resonances of light with neon tubing, LED bulbs, aluminum, mirrors, and text. She draws upon such multidisciplinary sources as advertising, architecture, film, music, and the history of painting for inspiration. Through her use of mirrors, Kowanz aims to break down the boundaries between art and life, drawing viewers into her illuminated visions. Kowanz studied from 1975 to 1980 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She has been Professor of Transmedial Art there since 1997.