Henrik Schrat | Probably Ping Pong
Saturday 22nd September 12 – 6pm
To coincide with Henrik Schrat’s exhibition Report on Probability B and Artist Books Weekend, IMT Gallery will be hosting an interactive event through which Henrik Schrat and collaborators will produce a one-day comic strip. Schrat likens the process to a live Jazz jam session in which visitors are invited to participate by creating their own part of the narrative.
According to Schrat, “every page will begin with Ping Pong, the main character, awaking and end with him falling asleep. Every page follows the narrative of the preceding one in some sense, yet Ping Pong always awakens to another reality – finding himself drawn and handled by someone else. This references the mulitiple realities observing each other from the source material of the exhibition’s title: Brian Aldiss’ 1969 science fiction novel Report on Probability A.”
To complete the circle, a bound copy of the exploits of Ping Pong will be sent to Aldiss.
Henrik Schrat (born 1968 in Greiz/Thüringen, Germany) studied an MA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London and a Doctorate at the Business School of the University of Essex on the theme of the comic and its potential as visual display of organisations. He has exhibited extensively in Germany and abroad including the Forum Ludwig for International Art, Aachen; Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt (Oder); Van der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton; BankART 1929, Yokohama and at MOCCA – Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. Schrat’s work has focused on site-specific narrative murals and drawing work with the comic as multi-use format. His latest visual narratives have extended to wood inlay work, confronting the slow traditional technique with comic style and contemporary content. Schrat lives and works in Berlin.