Custer. Art and the computer: the colorful world of plastic designer Kammerer-Luka

German philosopher, university professor, Gerhard Kamerer-Luca is also the designer artist who has left his mark on architectural coloring. A work he continues at the age of 92 in Custer’s “Silence”.

He retired from active life to take refuge in Custer’s “silence”, away from the urban turmoil, three years ago, with his wife Anne Platys. But Gerhard Kammerer-Luca, 92, his mind still racing. Determined, passionate, he is one of those men who speak the best of Europe today.

He summed up his life as he depicted his journey: through lines laid from end to end. Features, signs that his philosophical sense dictates that he leads to his art. The man is an artist, a philosopher of normative thought, a designer who will make his mark in the computer world. His work had already crystallized in 1950, “when we were talking about Franco-German reconciliation,” he identifies. Then he leads a double career: philosopher, historian and novelist, when he meets Tarnez Ani, during an outing organized by the German movement. At the age of thirty, he made a choice: guided by his philosophical, literary and historical passion for the consolidation of thought, always in the spirit of Goethe, he chose to combine teaching with artistic activity. Teaching at Belfort, art in his sanctuary in Castres, during the holidays.

Colorful Neighborhoods Modern Bus Design

His work is enormous. Retrieved in two volumes, ‘Kammerer-Luka retrospective 1950-2015’, Band 1 & 2. Luka likes to go through it to explain his artistic approach: “I am one of the pioneers who used computers to publish works. At the Balfour International Institute of Technology was the first IT department In France. During my education, I established relationships between the engineering faculties of Belfort and Besançon. I wanted to bring science closer to industry.”

Luca actually drew while he was studying: “I started with the formations on the blank billing booklets!” The line, the basic construction, where one form calls the other. These lines became dynamic forms, moving from the freest to the most abstract surrealism. The work develops, becoming a series by taking basic shapes, circular and square. Promote interest in computers. I always look for archetypes and a basic motto: “Human needs colour!” In the 1970s Luca asked artists to contribute to the collective work, at a time when entire cities were born… “The need for men to build cities was great, and these workers were working in the gray of concrete. We had to develop buildings with a human character.”

This approach to coloring entire neighborhoods was noted by the German Assistant Minister of Transport, who asked him to furnish the minister’s office. Since then, Gotze Deitch has become his manager. His connections with members of the government enabled the designer to design projects, particularly in the context of the restructuring of a territory stretching from Denmark to Poland: to create buildings with the aim of bringing the worker toward human life, wherever possible. “Coming home after a day’s work, I created the bus with colors, rails to hold on to, large windows, and curved rails. Three elements have been copied around the world: ribbon, color, and instant connection with nature! 40 years ago, there weren’t as many cars as they were.” The case today, public transportation was very popular.” Later, in the “90s”, Luka’s art was in great demand, especially by the Caisse d’Epargne bank, which wanted to modernize its branches, as well as the multinational Alstom to create a logo.

Founder of the Arts and Computer Group in Belfort

In 1972, Luca founded the Belfort Art and Computer Group with computer scientist Jean-Baptiste Kempf. Their collaboration lasted until 2012. A book was dedicated to them by Balfour Museums, in which Vice Mayor Damien Meslot wrote: “The City of Balfour allowed a German artist and young computer scientist from Balfour to dialogue to become a pioneer in digital art, this pioneering movement in computer-aided art.” Today, in his studio in Castries, the unborn is still searching for the absolute form, “what makes the reality of the world, a perpetual motion of cosmic dynamics, when abstract art takes on a cosmic dimension.” Today Luca says of his work: “Instead of providing us with fixed images of the world, art challenges us: if the eyes deceive us, if the words turn out to be ambiguous, only the silence of meditation ensures communication with the objects of art. Give them back the word, it is up to you to see and hear” .


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