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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 15:46

Katja Loher: Videoplanet–Orchestra

Davenport, Iowa (January 21, 2014) – Beginning Saturday, New York-based Swiss video artist Katja Loher will create a multi-sensory environment in the third floor gallery of the Figge Art Museum for the exhibition Katja Loher: Videoplanet­–Orchestra.

This site-specific “inter-planetary” installation will feature kaleidoscopic video works projected onto floating spheres and from within glass spheres. Elements from new and existing works will be incorporated and will all come together for the first time.

Visitors of Katja Loher: Videoplanet–Orchestra will enter the darkened third floor gallery space into a magical universe of floating spheres of varying sizes, whose rounded forms serve as sites for video projections. Museum patrons will have the chance to peer into a series of mini or micro-worlds in which costumed dancers form letters that compose words and sentences to pose simple, thought-provoking questions.

Loher’s dramatic installation creates dreamlike, immersive environments for the visitor that question the balance between humans, nature and technology. Each tiny “universe” in the exhibition provides an elaborate commentary on big issues.

The exhibition is presented through a generous grant from the Riverboat Development Authority and through a multi-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Eastern Iowa Community College District and will be on view through May 4, 2014.  

Companion Programming:

Donor Luncheon

Noon Thursday, January 23

Donors at the Benefactor Level and above as well as media members are invited to a luncheon with artist Katja Loher. RSVP to Amy Martens 563-326-7804 x2007.

Artist Talk

7 p.m. Thursday, January 23

Join artist Katja Loher as she introduces her exhibition. All are invited to this event, which will include a special live performance by Loher’s Bubble Lady, Saori Tsukada.

Gallery Talk

7 p.m. Thursday, February 13

Join photographer/videographer Josh Ford, award-winning choreographer Kim Munn and WQAD Channel 8’s chief meteorologist James Zahara in a lively, engaging discussion of Katja Loher: Video Planet – Orchestra, a unique, multi-media exhibition. From discussion on video and dance to floating spheres, this is a not-to-be-missed gallery talk!  Sponsored by River Cities’ Reader.

FREE Family Day

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, February 22

Beat the winter blues during this family celebration. Explore the amazing world of glass and video through art projects, gallery quests and more. $5 burger baskets will be served in the Dining Room until 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by U.S. Bank.

Katja Loher Exhibition Tours

1:30 p.m. Saturdays • February 8 and March 22

1:30 p.m. Sundays • February 9, 16, 23 and March 9 and 30

About the Figge Art Museum 

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


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