Achim Mohné


Google Earth: Dach Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRF
Fernsehstrasse 1-4
8052 Zürich
  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

Printed Polyester film 2520 × 3000 cm

The artworks of Achim Mohné (*1964 in Germany) are not usually encountered front-on, but via a medial interposition. Achim Mohné needs the World Wide Web, in order to allow his works to exist at all and to make it possible to experience them in a “real” way. Although he paints or plots images that do then actually exist as images, they are intended for medial perception from the start. His artistic interventions can be seen in Google Earth only.

For New North Zurich, Achim Mohné has thematised climate problems. On the roof of the main Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) building, where weather forecast announcers present the weather at close quarters on a daily basis, he causes a piece of the Aletsch Glacier, the biggest glacier in the Alps and a warning symbol of melting ice, to appear in the form of a 1:1 scale aerial photograph (taken during a balloon flight). Printed on PVC film, it converts this gravel-covered, bitumen-sealed flat roof in North Zurich into a white-coloured statement against climate change. A white roof absorbs about 80 % less light than a dark roof and functions as an effective weapon against the ongoing global warming. Achim Mohné combines the production, location, content, perception and recycling of the artwork in a highly socio-politically current and relevant statement for environmental vigilance.

Link to the drone flight over Achim Mohné’s work

Supported by: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) und Condecta AG, Winterthur
Thanks to: hlballon (Astrid Gerhardt, Hilmar Lorenz, Patrick Schmidle, Markus Bütikofer)