Wolfgang Staehle was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1950. He studied at the Freie Kunstschule in Stuttgart and the School of Visual Arts in NYC.After a successful career in various New York in European galleries in the 1980s, Staehle decided to work collectively, and in 1991 he founded The Thing, an innovative online forum for artists and cultural workers.
The Thing began as a Bulletin Board System (BBS), a form of online community dialogue used before the advent of the World Wide Web. By the late 90s, The Thing grew into a diverse online community made up of dozens of members’ Web sites, mailing lists, a community studio in Chelsea, and the first Web site devoted to Net Art, bbs.thing.net.
In 1996, Staehle began to produce an ongoing series of live online video streams. The first of these works was Empire 24/7, a continuous recording of the top of the Empire State Building that was broadcast live over the Internet. Staehle has followed Empire 24/7 with online streams of other buildings, landscapes and cityscapes such as Berlin’s Fernsehturm, the Comburg Monastery in Germany, lower Manhattan before and after 9/11, and a Yanomami village in the Brazilian Amazon.
Staehle’s work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Kunsthalle Bremen Germany and numerous private collections.
buy NFTThe Road, 2011
video animation in collaboration with Jan Gerber, running time: 1:12
There is 1686553615927922354187720 possible combinations of arranging the 24 cards in the animation. (To put it in perspective: if every person on earth (some 7 billion) would do one combination every second, it would still take around 8 million years to lay down all possible combinations. One could say the duration of the piece approaches […]
wolfgang staehleEastpoint, 2004
digital chronophotography, 1920 × 1080 px