Category Archives: • Kantgasse 2010 – 1012

Temporäre Autonome Zone >< September – December 2012

• September – December: Temporary Autonomous Zone

ABOUT Temporäre Autonome Zone

The Temporäre Autonome Zone is an independent experimental exhibition platform produced by Lisa Ruyter with ff, a group of international women artists who meet regularly to collaborate on feminist projects. The Temporäre Autonome Zone, in practical terms, will have a festival format, comprising of performances, lectures, talks, workshops and film screenings. The nature of this project is collaborative, performative, pedagogic, necessary and non-commercial.

The Temporäre Autonome Zone is a frame for a living and evolving network of women artists. This network is formed around a constantly shifting discussion of contemporary feminist and participatory practices. Our views and approaches vary extremely. Some of us are focused on naming and identifying a specific methodology and some of us choose to develop a personal practice independent of such identification. Temporäre Autonome Zone is not the name of an exhibition, but a fluid, independent platform in which collaborative artistic production occurs in tandem with a search for a lived feminism. Production is not associated with commercial concerns, though our discussion may overlap with issues women artists have within a ‘marketplace.’

Artist Lisa Ruyter has invited ff to Vienna to develop this concept live, in collaboration with an extended network of Vienna-based artists, students, writers and curators. ff is a group of international artists who have been meeting weekly in Berlin for similar discussions. ff is Delia Gonzalez, Mathilde ter Heijne, Antje Majewski, Amy Patton, Katrin Plavcak, Jen Ray and Juliane Solmsdorf.

We will develop a variety of productions within the frames of an exhibition space, the city of Vienna, our limited resources, and a time period of about three months. The subject and content of the ‘exhibition’ is simply the productive results of a network of women artists. This network mediates our individual practices as well as our collaborative efforts. The highlight will be the chaotic and creative development of ideas from a living and breathing body of participants. Our research is not scientific, certainly many have made thorough studies of specific topics that we plan to approach. The point of our research is our need for discussion of an applied feminism allowing for diverse individual artistic practice by artists who happen to be women.

 

Lisa Beck >< Looking Through >< May - June 2012

BeckLisa Beck

“Looking Through”
May 24 – June 30
Opening Thursday 24 May 19-21h.

 

We are extremely pleased to present the first European solo exhibition by Lisa Beck, titled “Looking Through” from 24 May to 30 June. The exhibition will include paintings and installation works installed in an environment mediated through wall paintings.

In a Lisa Beck exhibition, paintings double themselves, a room is reflected, compressed and inverted into a small sphere, wall paintings link illusionary space with real space.

In 2010 Lisa Beck was included in our exhibition “Pull My Daisy,” and was invited by Lisa Ruyter to make a project with Olivier Mosset at Bell Street Project Space in Vienna, known for having a large mirrored wall. The mirrored surface has since become a greater part of the artist’s language, the materiality reflecting, both literally and metaphorically, core interests at the heart of her practice.

Lisa Beck writes:

“Transparency and reflection are the visual qualities that link all the works ‘Looking Through’. Patterning through repetition and an exploration of the pictorial suggestiveness of material and abstraction come into play as well. The way the reflective surface brings its environment into the work is of primary interest to me, as well as the illusion of depth it lends to the flat surface. The smoothness of the glass allows the diluted paint to pool and separate in ways that are both allusive and formally focused. This serves my concurrent interests in the materiality of the art object and its metaphorical references to space, landscape and mood.”

Visual awareness and perception are a bridge between us and the world we live in. There’s everything and there’s us, and although we’re part of – inside – everything, we also stand apart – outside – as we perceive, analyze, and interpret it. Encouraging pure acts of observation and heightened visual awareness with these works, I want to look at seeing…I’m interested in optical illusions and other visual effects, and am interested in how they inform the innate desire we have for order, the stories we tell ourselves about what makes sense in our experience. Symmetry, repetition and pattern are some of the ways we make sense, make order from chaos. And maybe it doesn’t matter if we fool ourselves with this illusion that things match up and dance together in an orderly fashion. Because maybe there really is order beneath the chaos. Or not.”

A catalog “yes, no, something, nothing, never, always” includes selected works by Lisa Beck and an interview with Bob Nickas has just been published by Feature Inc.

Lisa Beck lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in film. Her artworks are created in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture and installation, often in combination. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally since 1989 in galleries and other venues including Feature Inc, New York; Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; de Pury & Luxemburg, Zurich; Le Magasin, Grenoble; La Salle des Bains, Lyon; PS1, Long Island City; CCNOA, Brussels; White Columns, New York. She has just been awarded a residency with the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program.

Tamuna Sirbiladze >< Naked Ground >< March - April 2012

sirbiladzeTamuna Sirbiladze

“Naked Ground”
March 23 – April 28
Opening Thursday 22 March 19-21h.

 

We are extremely pleased to announce the first solo exhibition by Tamuna Sirbiladze in Vienna, “Naked Ground” from 23 March – 28 April 2012.

“Naked Ground” will consist of a series of oil-stick on raw canvas works, and a literal wall-painting, a wall-object built into the space as a site-specific painted work.

Tamuna Sirbiladze work is clearly dealing with gestural issues, in the works themselves and in the placement of the works in the room. Her installations often present situations which hinder the viewer’s movement, or which are stacked so that a kind of withholding becomes a part of the gestural act, a kind of reversed erasure, an explosive expression of an anti-aesthetic take it or leave it approach. The “Naked Ground” raw canvas support becomes a field of action. Her drawing practice takes on the epic gestural nature that her paintings have. Not quite a sculpture, nor a painting, the ‘wall painting’ introduces the performative element of Tamuna Sirbiladze’s approach. In the oil stick works, Tamuna Sirbiladze’s performative space has been taken into the works themselves.

Tamuna Sirbiladze was born in 1971 in Tbilisi in Georgia, and currently lives and works in Vienna. Her work has been exhibited in several institutions worldwide, including Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Austrian Cultural Forum in London, Shusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow, Musée d’Art Contemporain in Marseille, Museum of Modern Art in Passau (Germany), Albertina Museum in Vienna, Museum für Angewante Kunst in Vienna, Künstlerhaus Wien and Zwanzigerhaus in Vienna. Her work was included in the Arsenale section of the 54th Venice Biennale. Solo exhibitions include Charim Ungar Contemporary in Berlin, Fortescue Avenue/Jonathan Viner in London, Gallery Collet Park in Paris, and Old Gallery in Tbilisi.

This exhibition is produced in co-operation with Charim Gallery, Vienna.

Lotte Lyon >< Souterrain >< January - February 2012

lyonLotte Lyon

“Souterrain”
January 20 – February 25
Opening Thursday 19 January 19-21h.

We are pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Lotte Lyon, “Souterrain,” from 20 January – 25 February 2012.

“Souterrain” will consist of new objects built in response to the gallery space, a wall painting, and recent photographs from 5 different series.

Lotte Lyon’s sculptures employ a pragmatism in the materials used, in the methods of assembly, and in the delivery of associative ideas. The two sculptures made for “Souterrain” respond to un-heroic architectural elements of the gallery space: the stairway leading from Beethovenplatz is matched with a stepped object propped against a large empty wall, and a small utility cabinet seems to have yielded a stack of boxes that could be drawers pulled out of an impossible space hidden by that cabinet. A wall painting transports the visitor from one space to the next, and a room filled with photographs makes it clear that Lotte Lyon’s staging is meant to give an impression of theatricality and performance, as much as they are referencing various Minimalist traditions.

In the catalogue produced for Lotte Lyon’s exhibition in 2010 at the Landesgalerie Linz, Midori Matsui describes the work as having a strategy of gestural, metonymical analogy, which connects the artist to an American Minimalist tradition by way of the performative elements of Robert Morris, the perceptual elements of Donald Judd and the associative elements of Robert Smithson. The element missing in this description, as Matsui points out, is the lightness in Lotte Lyon’s work, which has an important humorous element, and is carried out through the use of prefabricated two-dimensional materials, rather than solid mass. This work would just as readily find a lineage within a European tradition as well, Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, and Lily van der Stokker, as examples.

Lotte Lyon has exhibited in a number of Austrian institutions, including Landesgalerie Linz, Kunstpavilion Innsbruck, Camera Austria in Graz, Secession Vienna, the Jesuitenfoyer in Vienna, das weisse haus in Vienna, Galerie Stadtpark in Krems as well as a number of alternative spaces in Vienna including LOVE_, Area 53, and Kunstbuero. Internationally, the PS1 in New York, the MMC LUKA in Pula, Croatia, and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tokyo. She shows extensively with Galerie Aoyama|Meguro in Tokyo.

Is the Pope Catholic? >< 20 November 2011

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Sunday November 20, from 14h: Is the Pope Catholic?


from 14h Sunday Brunch will be served.
Dessert will be performed by Salvatore Viviano at 17h

 

Gallery Weekend 18 – 20 November 2011
an exhibition in four parts

In the frame of Vienna Art Week and Gallery Weekend, we will present a program of local artists representing quite a few corners of our lively Vienna scene. The format is a group exhibition and a series of salon events, all of which are responses to the titles of the events, and the start of a dialog, rather than a fixed resolution to the proposal at hand.

Exhibition November 18 – December 17
“If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Tatiana Lecomte
Lotte Lyon
Reka Reisinger
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Six & Petritsch
Dorota Walentynowicz

Friday November 18, from 14h – 21h: Does a bear shit in the woods?
Hans Scheirl
MCs a day of performances, art and dialog. “P3 – Kunst + POstPOrnPOlitix”. Bring your own bear.
Everyone coming in drag is especially welcome!! with Andrea B. Braidt, Katrina Daschner, goldcadavre, Matthias Herrmann, KlitClique, SI.SI.Klocker, Jakob Lena Knebl, Denise Kottlett, Dorit Margreiter, Armin Medosch, Gini Müller, Norah Noizzze, Andreas Riegler, R:U//(d)ead.s.ouls, Johanna Schaffer, Hans Scheirl, Toni Schmale, Ruby Jana Sircar, Martin Sulzbacher, Gabriele Szekatsch

Saturday November 19, from 14h: Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?
Michael Hackl
, The Atom, Years, The Sleeping Beauty, A Quantum Physicist, A Drug Designer, Schrödinger’s Booze Booth, Vodka Sunny Side Up, Technocalyps, Dr. Aschan, A Miracle, Adapter, Duck Legs.

Does a one-legged duck swim in circles? >< 19 November 2011

duck

Saturday November 19, from 14h: Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?


Michael Hackl
, The Atom, Years, The Sleeping Beauty, A Quantum Physicist, A Drug Designer, Schrödinger’s Booze Booth, Vodka Sunny Side Up, Technocalyps, Dr. Aschan, A Miracle, Adapter, Duck Legs.

 

Gallery Weekend 18 – 20 November 2011
an exhibition in four parts

In the frame of Vienna Art Week and Gallery Weekend, we will present a program of local artists representing quite a few corners of our lively Vienna scene. The format is a group exhibition and a series of salon events, all of which are responses to the titles of the events, and the start of a dialog, rather than a fixed resolution to the proposal at hand.

Exhibition November 18 – December 17
“If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Tatiana Lecomte
Lotte Lyon
Reka Reisinger
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Six & Petritsch
Dorota Walentynowicz

Friday November 18, from 14h – 21h: Does a bear shit in the woods?
Hans Scheirl
MCs a day of performances, art and dialog. “P3 – Kunst + POstPOrnPOlitix”. Bring your own bear.
Everyone coming in drag is especially welcome!! with Andrea B. Braidt, Katrina Daschner, goldcadavre, Matthias Herrmann, KlitClique, SI.SI.Klocker, Jakob Lena Knebl, Denise Kottlett, Dorit Margreiter, Armin Medosch, Gini Müller, Norah Noizzze, Andreas Riegler, R:U//(d)ead.s.ouls, Johanna Schaffer, Hans Scheirl, Toni Schmale, Ruby Jana Sircar, Martin Sulzbacher, Gabriele Szekatsch

Sunday November 20, from 14h: Is the Pope Catholic?
from 14h Sunday Brunch will be served.
Dessert will be performed by Salvatore Viviano at 17h

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? >< November – December 2011

tree

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?

Tatiana Lecomte
Lotte Lyon
Reka Reisinger
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Six & Petritsch
Dorota Walentynowicz

November 18 – December 17
Opening during Gallery Weekend November 18
an exhibition in four parts

featuring one day only events:

November 18: 14h “Does a bear shit in the woods?”
November 19: 14h “Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?”
November 20: 14h “Is the Pope catholic?

In the frame of Vienna Art Week and Gallery Weekend, we will present a program of local artists representing quite a few corners of our lively Vienna scene. The format is a group exhibition and a series of salon events, all of which are responses to the titles of the events, and the start of a dialog, rather than a fixed resolution to the proposal at hand.

Exhibition November 18 – December 17
“If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Tatiana Lecomte
Lotte Lyon
Reka Reisinger
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Six & Petritsch
Dorota Walentynowicz

 

Friday November 18, from 14h – 21h: Does a bear shit in the woods?
Hans Scheirl
MCs a day of performances, art and dialog. “P3 – Kunst + POstPOrnPOlitix”. Bring your own bear.
Everyone coming in drag is especially welcome!! with Andrea B. Braidt, Katrina Daschner, goldcadavre, Matthias Herrmann, KlitClique, SI.SI.Klocker, Jakob Lena Knebl, Denise Kottlett, Dorit Margreiter, Armin Medosch, Gini Müller, Norah Noizzze, Andreas Riegler, R:U//(d)ead.s.ouls, Johanna Schaffer, Hans Scheirl, Toni Schmale, Ruby Jana Sircar, Martin Sulzbacher, Gabriele Szekatsch

Saturday November 19, from 14h: Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?
Michael Hackl
, The Atom, Years, The Sleeping Beauty, A Quantum Physicist, A Drug Designer, Schrödinger’s Booze Booth, Vodka Sunny Side Up, Technocalyps, Dr. Aschan, A Miracle, Adapter, Duck Legs.

Sunday November 20, from 14h: Is the Pope Catholic?
from 14h Sunday Brunch will be served.
Dessert will be performed by Salvatore Viviano at 17h

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? >< Photo Gallery

Does a bear shit in the woods? >< 18 November 2011

bear

Friday November 18, from 14h – 21h: Does a bear shit in the woods?


Hans Scheirl
MCs a day of performances, art and dialog. “P3 – Kunst + POstPOrnPOlitix”. Bring your own bear.
Everyone coming in drag is especially welcome!! with Andrea B. Braidt, Katrina Daschner, goldcadavre, Matthias Herrmann, KlitClique, SI.SI.Klocker, Jakob Lena Knebl, Denise Kottlett, Dorit Margreiter, Armin Medosch, Gini Müller, Norah Noizzze, Andreas Riegler, R:U//(d)ead.s.ouls, Johanna Schaffer, Hans Scheirl, Toni Schmale, Ruby Jana Sircar, Martin Sulzbacher, Gabriele Szekatsch

 

Gallery Weekend 18 – 20 November 2011
an exhibition in four parts

In the frame of Vienna Art Week and Gallery Weekend, we will present a program of local artists representing quite a few corners of our lively Vienna scene. The format is a group exhibition and a series of salon events, all of which are responses to the titles of the events, and the start of a dialog, rather than a fixed resolution to the proposal at hand.

Exhibition November 18 – December 17
“If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Tatiana Lecomte
Lotte Lyon
Reka Reisinger
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Six & Petritsch
Dorota Walentynowicz

Saturday November 19, from 14h: Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?
Michael Hackl
, The Atom, Years, The Sleeping Beauty, A Quantum Physicist, A Drug Designer, Schrödinger’s Booze Booth, Vodka Sunny Side Up, Technocalyps, Dr. Aschan, A Miracle, Adapter, Duck Legs.

Sunday November 20, from 14h: Is the Pope Catholic?
from 14h Sunday Brunch will be served.
Dessert will be performed by Salvatore Viviano at 17h

Justine Kurland >< There's a Hungry Mouth for Every Peach >< October - November 2011

Kurland

Justine Kurland

There’s a Hungry Mouth for Every Peach

Opening preview Tuesday 4 October 19h – 21h

5 October – 12 November

 If I had explained myself clearly you would realize by now that through this non-“artistic” view, this effort to suspend or destroy imagination, there opens before consciousness, and within it, a universe luminous, spacious, incalculably rich and wonderful in each detail, as relaxed and natural to the human swimmer, and as full of glory, as his breathing: and that it is possible to capture and communicate this universe not so well by any means of art as through such open terms as I am trying it under.

In a novel, a house or person has his meaning, his existence, entirely through the writer. Here, a house or a person has only the most limited of his meaning through me: his true meaning is much huger. It is that he exists, in actual being, as you do and as I do, and as no character of the imagination can possibly exist. His great weight, mystery, and dignity are in this fact. As for me, I can tell you of him only what I saw, only so accurately as in my terms I know how: and this in turn has its chief stature not in any ability of mine but in the fact that I too exist, not as a work of fiction, but as a human being. …

-James Agee: from the introduction of “Let us now praise famous men”

‘There’s a Hungry Mouth for Every Peach” is Justine Kurland’s second solo exhibition of photographs in Vienna, and reflects significant artistic exploration since her 2003 exhibition ‘Welcome Home’ at Galerie Lisa Ruyter. On the road with her son, Casper, Justine Kurland has turned her attention from mothers and extended families to focus on nomadic life: train-hoppers, hitchhikers, wilderness squatters, wayfarers, and drifters, mostly men.

The ghosts that are behind an American identity are very present in this work. Justine Kurland evokes the distinctly American experience of creating small utopias in an expansive rural setting with simply the material at hand. These are similar spirits to those conjured by Walker Evans and James Agee as they documented the life and experience of poverty stricken sharecroppers during the great depression and the dust bowl era.

The photographs are narratives gleaned from America’s dream of itself: a collective identity based on firm faith in the inalienable right to freedom. The pastoral and utopian themes explored in her earlier work are here cut with a new sense of urgency, borne straight out of the struggle to leave home because it did not feel like home, to go it alone, to give up what society has to offer, to say “fuck you” to parents, God, and country, and to find redemption in the barest elements of everyday life.

Justine Kurland was born in 1969 in Warsaw, New York. She lives and works in New York, USA.

She received her B.F.A from School of Visual Arts, NY in 1996, and her M.F.A. from Yale University in 1998.

Her work has been exhibited extensively at museums and galleries in the U.S. and internationally. Recent museum exhibitions have included : 2009 : Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA ; CEPA GALLERY, Buffalo, New York, USA (solo) ; 2008 : Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photograph, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., USA. Her work is in the public collections of institutions including the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and the ICP, all in New York; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal.

She is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash and Galerie Frank Elbaz in Paris.

Laleh Khorramian >< Water Panics in the Sea >< May - June 2011

Khorramian

Laleh Khorramian

“Water Panics in the Sea”

Opening 29 April from 19h – 21h
29 April to 18 June 2011
I am pleased to invite you to view Laleh Khorramian’s “Water Panics in the Sea” from 29 April to 18 June. The exhibition consists of animated films and works on paper.

Laleh Khorramian draws from the parallel and chaotic universe of unconscious and intuitive processes. Khorramian’s animations often unfold within the sorts of scrambled space-time configurations that Michel Foucault termed heterotopias, spaces that exist outside the conventions of time, space and history, where microcosm and macrocosm, particular and universal, virtual and real, overlap and blur.

The centerpiece of this exhibition, “Water Panics in the Sea” (12:27 min, 2011) is an animated film that follows a narrative derived partially from the materials of its construction, which includes magnification and manipulation of minute details derived from monotype prints, drawings, video clips, monotypes, and collages created by the artist. This narrative is further structured as an odyssey in which a ship becomes a living vessel traversing vast nautical expanses which discover glimpses of parallel dimensions where things appear simultaneously alien yet somehow intrinsic. The soundtrack for this film was produced in collaboration with composer and musician Shahzad Ismaily, who will be performing at this year’s Donaufest in Krems and has toured extensively collaborating with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop and John Zorn.

The hieroglyphic-like moving shell of the ship in “Water Panics in the Sea” is soloed in “Skin” (35 min loop, 2004) a moving image of a twenty-five meter long drawing that the viewfinder slowly travels across.

Khorramian’s series of five elemental studies (Earth, Fire, Water, Air, Ether) continue for “Liuto Golis” (5:35, 2011) reflecting ether, the next and final element. “Liuto Golis” is the first of the Golis Galaxy subset of sci-fi films in which Khorramian combines animation with live action narrative. The camera-work was done by Florian Lorenz and shot on location in west Texas and New Mexico.

Laleh Khorramian (b. 1974 Tehran, Iran, lives and works in New York) was first introduced to Vienna by Krinzinger Projekte, during a residency there in 2009. “Water Panics in the Sea” was partly made during her stay in Vienna. Her work has been seen in New York, Dubai, Beirut, Milan, Paris, Moscow and featured internationally in exhibitions including Site Santa Fe, New York’s PS1, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, and the Saatchi Gallery. Her animation “I Without End” (6:36 min, 2008) which we exhibited in November was included in last years Sundance Film Festival.

Patricia Reinhart >< avant de mourir >< March - April 2011

REINHART

Patricia Reinhart “avant de mourir”

Open 12 March 2011 from 18h – 21h
12 March to 16 April 2011

I am pleased to invite you to view an installation by Vienna based artist Patricia Reinhart.

“13 poèmes visibles” is comprised of 12 Super-8 film loop projections titled “avant de mourir” juxtaposed with a single projection, “Ophelia.”

Patricia Reinhart uses a technique to produce these films which she has named ciné-collage. Multiple still photographs of characters and location details are collaged together in painterly layers and given just enough movement to provide a living depth of color and space.

Patricia Reinhart’s work is a ‘one-woman production.’ She is the model for every character portrayed and all of the images are sourced and arranged by her in a very private studio practice. This process offers a singular viewpoint using a character which is as once a symbol, avatar, and metaphor.

The theme-setting image in this installation, “Ophelia,” functions both as a reference to the artwork by John Everett Millais and to Shakespeare’s character herself in Hamlet. Ophelia’s character represents women’s sexuality and passions as a madness leading to tragedy and death, in her case by drowning that is assumed to be suicide.

These works have a direct relationship to melodrama as a form of performance technique, especially in certain operas. Reinhart’s melodramas, rather than having the stock characters of hero, heroine, villain, and so on, consist of a single female character. The overall effect is a narrative of personal growth in the face of an apocalyptic existential state of being.

b. Vienna 1977 Patricia Reinhart studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts under Wolfgang Hollegha, Sue Williams and Muntean/Rosenblum. She has exhibited at a number of spaces in and near Vienna, including solo exhibitions at Galerie Dana Charkasi, and group exhibitions at Kerstin Engholm Gallery and at the Essl Museum.

Herwig Weiser >< Filmworks >< January - February 2011

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Herwig Weiser “Filmworks”

Open 22 January 2011from 18h – 21h
22 January to 26 February 2011

I am pleased to invite you to view Herwig Weiser’s “Filmworks” from 22 January to 26 February 2011.

Herwig Weiser is known for his experiments with sound sculptures and machines that he calls ‘analog sculptural processes.’ A production process involving a network of artists, scientists and technicians has yielded an almost unselfconsciously developed parallel practice of filmmaking. Herwig Weiser’s moving pictures tend to go beyond pure description into expressive territory with images that are as mysterious as those his real-time material explorations produce.

This exhibition presents a selection of Herwig Weiser’s moving pictures, including super 8, 16 mm and analog video explorations, videos made in collaboration with artists such as F.X. Randomiz, Philipp Quehenberger, Gabriel Lester, Wim Jongedijk and Thea Djordadze.  Also presented is a video relating to his latest machine, (currently being developed with the support of Dr Wolfgang Hansel of Happy Plating) which features an electro-chemical image machine called “Lucid Phantom Messenger.”

These filmworks show a natural talent in a medium ideally suited for Herwig Weiser’s interest in the relationship of sound, image and his focus on decaying technologies being returned to material origins. They also reveal a bit more about his personal motivations than what is immediately clear from his intriguing machines.

Herwig Weiser (b. 1969, Innsbruck) Weiser studied Architecture at the Technical University Innsbruck, Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, and at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne with Professor Siegfried Zielinski and Jürgen Klauke. His works have been shown in exhibitions across Europe, North America, and Asia, including the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, the China National Art Museum, the Nam June Paik Art Center, Southkorea, Centre Le Fresnoy Tourcoing/France, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Kunsthaus Graz and at Art Basel Miami Beach. Among his awards of distinction are the Hermann Claasen Award for Photography and Media Art (Cologne, 1999), Jury Award at the Festival of New Film (Split/Croatia, 2000), Transmediale Award (Berlin, 2001), and the Nam June Paik Award (Düsseldorf, 2002) and numerous production grants, including Dock e.V. Berlin(2010).

His films Entrée and Distroia (a video for Mouse on Mars in collaboration with Rosa Barba) were included in the Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Privatphysik was included in the Goethe Institute’s travelling exhibition “Constantly in Motion: Current Trends in Experimental Film and Video in Germany 1994-2004”

I hope you can see this show!

Anne Eastman >< Seen from Elsewhere >< September - October 2010

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Anne Eastman  “Seen from Elsewhere”

September 14 – October:      Anne Eastman “Seen from Elsewhere”
opens September 14, 19-21h.

Lisa Ruyter is pleased to inaugurate her new art space • with an installation by New York City based artist Anne Eastman, titled “Seen from Elsewhere.”

Anne Eastman makes and uses image-capturing devices. Mobiles, mirrors, video projections, and sculptural objects are arranged to provide fleeting visual displacements. Patterned fabrics and design elements become surrogates for place, culture and time.

Handheld photos of the moon become classic sculptor’s drawings, a meditation about space, material and the artist’s hand. The strange atmosphere of a barely missed lightning bolt reveals a banal landscape with an extraterrestrial aura highlighted by the simple fact of a chance encounter. In both sets of photographs, specific light images become purely subjective, yet not individuated mark making.

Anne Eastman’s project questions artistic identity, an inversion of Richard Serra’s “Hand Catching Lead.” Through the use of mirrors in her videos, lived space becomes flattened and dislocated, a collage of random glances, aligned more with Robert Smithson’s mirror displacements than with the spectacle of materiality.

Anne Eastman (b. 1973, based in New York City) studied sculpture at Yale and Cultural Anthropology at Smith College. She has presented solo exhibitions at ATM Gallery in New York, and with Groeflin Maag Galerie who also featured her at LISTE 08 in Basel. Anne Eastman a founding member of B’L’ing, an art collective that screens and trades bootleg video art and rare media. In addition to maintaining her studio in New York, Anne Eastman spends a lot of time in Nikko, Japan, where her parents live. This exhibition was produced this summer during a • residency in Vienna.

• is the name of artist Lisa Ruyter’s new art space in Vienna, Austria. Artists and other cultural agents are invited to interact with Vienna, to develop projects in response, not always in the form of an exhibition. Performances, printed matter and perhaps more will come out of this residency program. Additionally, local artists will draw a spotlight, with an emphasis on emerging artists who are preparing to enter the commercial gallery scene. While • does not represent artists, guidance, advice and continuing support will be offered.