Andreas Walther (b.1971, born in Germany) lives and works in Germany and Taiwan since 1998. Originally starting off from New Media Art (Academy of Media Arts Cologne) and doing video work that reflects on temporal and spatial qualities. Andreas got in contact with Daoist thought (Laozi, Zhuangzi) and traditional Chinese practise (Shanshui, Shufa, Guqin, Taichi) in Taiwan from 2006 on, passionately getting familiar with the idea of a dynamic and open quality of nature as a process that human can be a part of.
While visiting Scotland and the Highlands in 2009, Andreas began to engage in photography, seeking to apply Daoist practise – e.g. Qiyun (氣韻) – for his photographic work in order to find a way not to reflect on experience and end up in ‚“landscape”, but to keep a certain immediacy of experience and so remain within the‚ “process of nature. ” This was not an easy task as photography is a medium that is technically designed and per se runs its program and creates images at the push of a button.
“Atmosphere”, as a concept taken from Western art and art history, was the central perspective of his work in earlier years. Meanwhile‚ “resonance”, as an inspired by his work in Taiwan and by Daoist culture, turns out to be an even further reaching perspective. Five groups of work have evolved since 2009, among which 壁經 and 收卷 refer directly to Shanshui and ink painting.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, Andreas couldn’t return to Taiwan for a longer period, so that the exhibition at 水色藝術中心 is the first opportunity to see his work after his show 遊歷 in MOCA Taipei in Summer 2018. For further details please refer to the artist’s website www.andreaswalther.de/index_en.html .