Karin Sander: “Museumsbesucher 1:8″, Foto: LehmbruckMuseum, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013
"Being scanned", writes the concept artist and theorist Harry Walter, "is something completely different to being photographed. The feeling of being recorded from all sides, with me at least, led to an increased sense of uncertainty in terms of the representative zones of my body. For the first time I had to imagine how I look like from behind and from above. Or even between my legs. And although I was dressed, I felt that I was being sensuously stroked for 10 intensive seconds while the laser camera traversed me from top to bottom. If there's such a thing as an aura I thought, then it must surely be detectable with this device alone."
The artist Karin Sander, born in Bensberg in 1957, has been working both with 3-D body scanners and 3-D printers since 1996, and in her artistic oeuvre she inconspicuously and individually focuses on the rendering of persons, specifically the museum visitors themselves. At the LehmbruckMuseum and the K20 art collection in Düsseldorf, she measured and tracked visitors with a 3-D body scanner and then printed these out, layer for layer, as true-to-life miniature figures. The position and gesture could be decided by the visitors themselves while being aware of the fact that in this moment they were being transformed from observer to artwork, from subject to object. The LehmbruckMuseum is now for the first time showing replicas created in this way: 981 persons and three dogs.
In this museum setting, Karin Sander's miniature people become tangling and confusing objects, on the one hand true-to-life images of personalities, unique representations, and on the other, series products through mass presentation. A representation of the activities and business of art as a fascinating miniature landscape.