Scanning the Sky above a Museum for 24 Hours
Exhibition Trivial Machines, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen (D), 1992
excerpt from journal die tageszeitung (TAZ), May/18/1992
Against the Instruction
(…) Non-trivial in utilisation and result is Franz John’s Hagen-commissioned work “Sky Nude”. For 24 hours he worked a color-scanner outside on a roof and digitalised the sky above it. Incomprehensible in form and color the altogether 630 highresolution scans caused astonishment: “where does the sky actually begin”. Some still shimmer in the black of the night changing to a psychedelic spectrum with the morning rain and could in daylight be an inspiration for Gerhard Richter’s abstract paintings.