Axel Grünewald looks at the edges of the present. For more than five years, he has repeatedly traveled through the coastal regions of Morocco and southern Spain, to the continental border between Europe and Africa.


A firewall is a security barrier for computers and computer networks; a digital safe-door that aims to protect files, and prevent them from being viewed without permission, from theft manipulation or eavesdropping. The incredible increase worldwide in the transfer of data has led to the introduction of electronic security walls but also to an increase in gigantic eavesdropping systems.
Could the resulting growing network of electronically controlled surveillance methods define the relationship of personal freedom and general protection, individual responsibility and societal consensus according to completely new criteria?
Eight artists examine in paintings, sculptures, installations and video the phenomenon of the firewall, not only in the literal sense of the word, but equally in the figurative sense: seeing it also as the psychical demarcation of one’s own identity.

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ISBN 978-3-936646-86-3

24,00 x 24,00 cm

120 Pages

128 colored and 5 b/w illustrations

Softcover with flaps, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English


Martin Henatsch and Gail Kirkpatrick,
Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst Münster

Ralf Christofori, Helmuth Gauczinski, Martin Henatsch, Andrea Jahn, Gail Kirkpatrick, David Lyon and Evrim Sen
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition >>Firewall>>, Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst Münster, 2004.