Günther Ruch (1942, Bernburg, Germany) – network artist, lingua-artist,
publisher. After studies in Stuttgart (1959-62) and in Basel (1963-66)
where he majored in Graphic Design, he worked in the area of fine
arts. He was the founder and head (jointly with C. Ruch) of the “Atelier
R” gallery, that focuses on the alternative trends in the contemporary
art, he was also the organiser of the “Out Press” publishing house (since
1973). He was the editor of the“Clinch” magazine (1982-88), one of the
key editions of the Internatonal Network Culture of the 1980s, that
brought together about 400 participants from 35 countries. Ruch was the
author and initiator of a great number of artistic and exhibitional
projects, including the following ones: Idea & Communication (Commonpress #36, 1979-80), MA-Congress 86 (1986-87), Mail Art / PTT-Museum (1994), Direct (Galerie Forde, 1995), Sound & Mailbox (1998) and others. He has published some materials on the contemporary network culture, such as: MA-Congress 86 (1987), Clinch - 25000 stamps & stickers (1992), Schenkung – 100 Künstlerbriefmarkenbogen (PTT-Museum & Out Press, 1992), Schweizer MA Szene 1970-80 (1993), Fragmente – visuelle & tonale experimente
(2000). He conducted around twenty solo exhibitions in Switzerland,
Germany, Italy, Belgium, USA and Japan. He presented his sound poetry
programs and performances at various international exhibitions and
festivals both in Switzerland and abroad, including such as: Flux-concert (Geneva-Lausanne, 1977), Audio-Art (Lucerne, 1978), Dada-recital (Geneva, 1979), Audio (Stockholm, 1983), Phone-Call (Peney, 1985), Administration-screams (Hasselt, 1989), AB Sound
(Bern, 1994) and others. Since 1975 till 1990 he took part in more than
300 group exhibitions, acted as a member of “Ecart” and “The Nomads”
perform-groups. He was very active in the area of video art, having
created numerous video shows at various European institutions. Since the
1970s he had been deeply involved in the area of stamp art,
participating in international exhibitions all over the world. Ruch’s
creative activities have been commented on in a great number of articles
in international magazines and catalogues, his innovative practice in
the area of the contemporary art is the subject for consideration in
numerous anthologies and theoretical editions in various countries.
Since 1970 he had been living and working in Geneva (Switzerland).
All publications above were published by Günther Ruch and are housed in the Field Study archive.
About Field Study: Field Study began in 1993 as a way of reclaiming the negative spaces between art and life. Activities stemming from Field Study are emanations and group emanations are manifestations. Field Study sees each work as a manifestation of a collective spirit. Everyone is welcome to become a member of Field Study, irrespective of their arts practice, and contribute to the Field Report. Field Study also produces the assembling publications WIPE and ReSite, and, in collaboration with Karingal, KART.