Günter & Colette RUCH (Switzerland)
Günter 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 has worked in the area of fine arts. He is the founder and head (jointly with C. Ruch) of the “Atelier R” gallery, that focuses on the alternative trends in the contemporary art, he is 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 is 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 is very active in the area of video art, having created numerous video shows at various European institutions. Since the 1970s he has 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 has been living and working in Geneva (Switzerland).
Colette Ruch (1943, Geneva, Switzerland) – network artist, performer. After receiving a degree of “teacher of graphics and drawing”(1968) she taught in a gymnasium in Geneva. Among her research subjects are the following: Differences between Happening & Fluxus (Allgem. Gewerbeschule, Basel, 1967), Kitsch & Schund (Allgem. Gewerbeschule, Basel, 1968). In 1970 she established (jointly with G. Ruch) the “Atelier R,” an alternative art-environment, where various art strategies were developed and exhibitions of small graphics, stamp- and copy-art, visual poetry and others were held. She was the co-organiser of the “Out Press” publishing house (Geneva, 1973), whose wide range of products – from stickers, posters and booklets to catalogues and magazines – is totally dedicated to the theoretical and practical issues of the International Network Culture. Since 1975 she has been co-operating with and holding performances as a member of the “Ecart” group on various institutional grounds in Geneva and Lausanne, since 1980 she has been participating in international sound and visual poetry projects, including art tours around Italy, Belgium, Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Hungary, USA. In 1986 she took part in 4 sessions of the International MA-Congress â Villorba (Italy), Eeklo, Wellen (Belgium), Kassel (Germany). She conducted a number of solo and participated in a large number of group exhibitions both in Switzerland and abroad. Among the sources containing information about Ruch’s creative activities are the following ones: Audio-Art (Luzern: Apropos, 1978), MA-Congress 86 (Geneva: Out-Press, 1986), Mail Art – Netzwerk Der Künstler (Bern: PTT-Museum, 1994), Ecart, Geneve 1969-82 (Geneva: Mamco & Cabinet, 1997) and others. Colette Ruch lives and works in Geneva (Switzerland).