Lighter than Air — World travels

2018 Aby Warburg airship

A visual essay for the annual magazine of the Landesverband Bildende Kunst, Sachsen, 2018, with a explaining text:

We dive in, we take off. Buckle up! Let’s go to a new journey into the Warburg universe. This is the terminus I chose analogue to the “Gutenberg Galaxy” by Marshall McLuhan’s . My work is characterized by mostly found images: images from the collective memory. The contexts shift through the combinations and analogies of the images within a visual essay.
Aby Warburg’s „Bilderatlas Memnosyne” sets a historical mark for the multi-dimensionality of the visual world over the one-dimensional linearity of linguistic narration.
Warburg’s picture atlas is the starting point of the present picture essay, which begins with a reproduction of the third panel of the „Bilderatlas“. We see images of planetary orbits, Mars and airships. I zoom in, out of the book, on the airship “Graf Zeppelin”, which took a trip around the world in 1929. Right in this year Warburg presented his „Bilderatlas“ in the library Biblioteca Hertziana in Rome (but without this “Tafel C”). In my essay, we will encounter aviation, its myths through originals, stagings, interpretations, duplications and fakes, fiction and its opposite. The pictures come from my travels to Rome and Olevano Romano, Prague, Friedrichshafen, as well as from books, movies, and the internet.

 

Freeman’s Journal #007

2007 James Bond solo publication visual essay

The former short-term lovers of James Bond, who were not allowed to end the film, are assembled in chronological order of the films until 2007. There were so many that there were two staples, but on average 2.5 per film.

Another  Freeman’s Journal – A Space Odyssey

2018 Leipzig spacetravelling

Shortly after the release of “The World Set Free” I was invited to make a visual essay as a projection. The topic was supposed to be about space and poetry. Right the things I’m working on anyway. It was shown on the 30th of October 2018 in Leipzig at the Baumwollspinnerei on occasion of the event “Houston, we have a Reading”.

Freeman’s Journal 1

2004 Franz Ferdinand John F. Kennedy solo publication visual essay

In 2004, I started Freeman’s Journal. The first issue pursued the question of the photographic image as evidence of historical events.
Kaiser Wilhelm 2 was extremely sensitive to his staging in front of the camera. Dates were adapted to the lighting conditions, in the rain there were already bad pictures anyway. It was called Kaiserwetter. So I assumed there had been a lot of photographers at public events. I searched for the picture, taken at the decisive moment, which became decisive for the beginning of the First World War: the assassination of Franz Ferdinand von Habsburg Espe in Sarajevo on 1914. In no newspaper of this time in which I sought, I found a picture. Only in chronicles I found photos of shortly before and after the deadly shots. There were many drawings and none are alike.
The open vehicle became a popular destination for political killings. John F. Kennedy was shot dead on a parade ride. And of all the photographed and filmed pictures, one thing would have definitively contributed to the clarification of the deed.

Freeman’s Journal 10

2007 Aviation

The decision to work and live as an artist somehow seemed presumptuous to me, to be exact, as this life’s journey was approaching. I dedicated my follow-up work at the art school to the theme of the Himmelsstürmer. It is a classic, an antique theme, reflected in the technical utopias and all mannerisms since the late 19th century.

The freeman’s journal #10 shows flight tests and other successful levity. It was created parallel to High Five.

English
18 cm x 25 cm
20 pages

Freeman’s Journal 3

2004 solo publication visual essay

While I did some research for the issue 2, the second Iraq war began. For what issue ever George Bush jr. had with his father, he started this war. For many Europeans the USA had taken the role of a heat driver.

From this question I developed the exhibition Stars’n’Stripes at the HGB Leipzig. Issue 3 of the freeman’s journal was my own contribution to the exhibition.

14 cm x 16,5 cm
16 pages

Freeman’s Journal 2

After the first edition, I began to experiment with the Magazine als a Form of artistic work.

The Second Issue was about tHe atomic bomb, its a myth during the Cold War era,

About test areas, mutants and calculated lunacy.

 

The World Set Free

2018 atom bombs future H.G. Wells Mark von Schlegell Spector Books warburg universe

With this publication, Fabian Reimann embarks on a journey into the Warburg universe and explores the concepts of the world put forward by the ever-popular science-fiction writer H. G. Wells (1866 – 1946). His novel The World Set Free, which was published in 1914, anticipated various future scenarios: World War I, aerial warfare over Europe, atomic bombs in 1956, the reconstruction of Europe, and the emergence of a world government. There are descriptions of progressive gender equality, English as the international second language, and the redundancy of money in the traditional sense. Many of his ideas have manifested in one form or another. Sometimes, there may have been a reciprocal effect, as in the book’s promotion of the US atomic bomb programme.
The publication by Fabian Reimann is nevertheless not an unconditional veneration of Wells as a visionary but rather combines the multifaceted original text with an engaging visual essay.

With an introduction by Mark von Schlegell and the complete novel „The World Set Free“ by Herbert George Wells

English

1079 black-white illustrations
thread-sewn softcover
ISBN: 9783959052450
1st edition
24 Euro

 

Space Colonies

2017 space Spector Books visual essay warburg universe

A Galactic Freeman’s Journal

At the beginning of the 1970s US American physicist Gerard K. O’Neill developed the first ideas for colonizing space. Shortly thereafter, Stewart Brand, cybercommunard and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, took up these ideas and published the book Space Colonies. In this and in other editions of the CoEvolution Quarterly, the issue of whether space might already be colonized in the year 2000 is discussed. Fabian Reimann’s Space Colonies. A Galactic Freeman’s Journal refers to these publications. In his photo essay he assembles historical, present-day, and speculative material, which he combines with fictional and factual stories to create a composite of different images of the world.

English
160 pp.
153 black/white images
perfect bound softcover
2017
ISBN: 9783959051217
2nd Edition

12.00 €

 

Another Earth Map

2015

This didn‘t only occur to me: Nearly every story of utopian places end by the sinking or getting lost of such a place of another similar way. Or the maps leading to those places got lost—and the way to them is lost too, forever.

Stories of utopian places describe models of different ways of communities, reflecting the societies of  the authors’ contemporary situation. 
I made a collection of the names of utopian places, sorted by categories, cities, countries, islands, planets, and put them on signposts. Its shape is one of several variations of obeliscs which I found as being used within the first mapping of time by my knowledge.

In the year 1694 all important routes of mail and trade in Saxony were officially mapped in by distances, and the mail fees were calculated after the invention of the »kursächsische Postmeilensäulen«. This system economized time, it revolutionized the speed of transport. The work of stagecoaches was simplified and optimized, there were less excuses for being late different to our use today, the signpost didn‘t show the distance in miles but by the time it takes to reach the destination. The series »Postsäulen« (mail pillars) is divided into quarter, half and full mile distances.

Following the topic of mapping I developped a world map of 38 squares which shows personalities, individual world drafts, the legacies of colonialization and different forms of massive madness in general.

 

Exhibition view “Kingdom Paradise” ACC Galerie Weimar, 2015

Exhibition view “Kingdom Paradise”, Städtische Museen Zittau, 2016

Exhibition view “Lost Paradise” Halle 14, Leipzig, 2017