Rainer Ganahl

Since the late nineteenth century, the bicycle has been revolutionizing the mobility of the masses. For the avant-garde, it came to embody the mechanized modern age. The artist and bicycle enthusiast Rainer Ganahl devises an evocative bicycle panopticon with his multimedia artworks. Serving as a historical role model for Ganahl is the writer and proto-Dadaist Alfred Jarry, who with his grotesquely exaggerated literary visions of ultra-potent, doped cyclists drafted a bleak vision of the transformation of the human being through technology.
A further reference here is the work of Marcel Duchamp. Ganahl makes reference in his Fahrrad-Manifest (Bicycle Manifesto, 2011) to highly sensitive questions related to ecological sustainability and the environmentally friendly mobility of the future, thus thematizing the utopian quality of the bicycle today.

Year 2012
EditorsIngried Brugger, Heike Eipeldauer
PublisherVerlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg GmbH
ISBN 978-3-86984-318-6
PrintREMAprint Litteradruck
Format17 x 22 cm
128 pages
Type Design, Publication
MVD Christine Schmauszer, Michael Rieper