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Through the hole is the way ‘Out-of-This-World’

Patricia J. Reis
Lukas Vincent Walcher
 

Videoinstallation:

Trilogie der Einsamkeit:

Pluto Theodorosta I

 
Sarah Drath und Mona Hermann.
 
 
 
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Through the hole is the way ‘Out-of-This-World’

Patricia J. Reis
Lukas Vincent Walcher
 
 
Through the hole is the way ‘Out-of-This-World’ is a site-specific interactive installation presented by media artists Patricia J. Reis in collaboration with Lukas Vincent Walcher in the open-air segment of the experimental station Kulturdrogerie in the 18th district of Vienna, Währing and is on view from 29th of May till 20th of June 2019.
 
The work explores the concepts of temporality, communication and translation in heterotopias – culturally, institutionally and discursively ‘othered’ spaces, inviting the interactors to have an embodied experience of the movement of a flag in the sky that can be observed underneath a temporary pavilion.
 
Through the hole is the way ‘Out-of-This-World’ Patricia J. Reis, Lukas Vincent Walcher Patrícia J. Reis & Lukas Vincent Walcher, Through the hole is the way Out-of-This World (detail), 2019. Courtesy of Patrícia J. Reis and Lukas Vincent Walcher. The visual and physical information of an object’s movement — the oscillation of the flag — is translated into sensorial and haptic codes that the interactor can physically receive through motion feedback, embedded in a sculptural object that serve as a seat, at the intersection of the public and private space.
 
The issue of sense, has long occupied the philosophical minds. Galileo Galilei asserted, that it organises sensation and gives bodies their meaning. Deleuze, on the other hand, considers “incorporeal” the high level of sense which is closer to sensation, positioning it as an event that happens between bodies through the movements of desire that he coins as “plane of immanence.”
 
In an attempt to reconnect the body and mind, Karen Barad contends that discourse and matter come into being together, and that the apparatus which renders meaning to being is only a condition of possibility. She calls this process, that brings about the complex co-productions of human and nonhuman matter, time, spaces and their denotation, an “intra-action.” It is through the latter that the human subjects and non-humans / objects act as agents in a world that constantly evolves. Put more simply: not only individuals exist through interactions, but also the matter is a materialization of relationships.
 
What role is reserved to human sense and sensations in the process of “intra-action”? How do they contribute to the communication and reunification of idea and matter? The artwork aims to address these questions by creating a space of “intra- action” as an event between human senses, objects, flags in this case, and the natural/cultural ambience - the sky, the wind, possibly the rain and the anthropogenic noise mediated by a machine. It is an emergency of creating conditions of possibility for all the human and nonhuman actors, that the golden flag as a “semaphore” attempts to signal in the artwork - towards the exercising their agencies in the re-embodiment of the meaning and the re-making the being meaningful.
Text by Taga Torosyan
About the artists:
 
Patrícia J. Reis
b.1981 Lisbon, Portugal
Lives and works in Vienna
 
Reis is an installation artist whose practice encompasses different formats and media to examine our relationship with modern technology. Through an ongoing investigation that destabilize the boundaries between science, technology, magic and spiritual believes, she explores questions “How do we believe in machines?” and “How technology is shaping us bodily?”. In her complex installations she often appeals to the visitor’s sensoriality in an intimate and sensual way, encourage them to become active participants. Seeking to subvert visuality as a primarily mode of experience, she plays with technology as a mean to expand and stimulate corporeal perceptions in the viewer. Inspired by Media theory and Cybernetics, Reis analyses similar modus operandi among humans and machines, such as program, system and automatism, suggesting the human body as such, and playing around with its own sensorial mechanisms.
 
 
Lukas Vincent Walcher
b. 1983 Carinthia/ Austria
Lives and works in Vienna
 
Walcher was educated as a craftsman in painting, however his current practice has developed into other disciplines and techniques. Currently his work is less situated on a specific discipline or practice, ranging from frescoes to computer aided interactive pieces. His artistic approach is site-specific adjusted to a  topic, concept, location that is peculiar towards a certain context of action, rather than to a particular medium.
As a teacher in a public secondary school and other institutions of education he tries to spread the power of art with its unique impact on social participation and personal development.
 
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Trilogie der Einsamkeit:
Pluto Theodorosta I
 
Eine Videoinstallation von Sarah Drath und Mona Hermann.
 
 
 
SARAH DRATH (*1989) sammelte erste Dreherfahrungen während eines Auslandsaufenthalts 2009 in San Francisco. Danach arbeitete sie als Regie-Assistentin in Hamburg und Berlin. Seit 2012 studiert Drath Film und Zeitbezogene Medien an der Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg bei Robert Bramkamp und Michaela Melián. Zurzeit absolviert sie ein Auslandssemester mit dem Karl H. Ditze Stipendium an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien bei Constanze Ruhm, wo sie ihren Masterfilm Double Suicide - or it wasn’t Love entwickelt. 
Gemeinsam mit Maria Vogt (Kollektiv "gruppa") schreibt sie an dem Drehbuch Das Gras ist rot für die Nachwuchsfilmreihe Nordlichter.
 Neben eigenen Projekten arbeitet Sarah Drath auch in Kollektiven wie gruppa, Offensiv Experimentell oder Sir Pavlovic. Sie ist Teil des veto e.V., einer Plattform für experimentelles Bewegtbild aus Hamburg und war Gründungsmitglied der Analogfilmwerke Hamburg e.V. Seit 2014 arbeitet sie als freie Cutterin vor allem für das Kunsthaus Hamburg sowie weitere Institutionen.
 
MONA HERMANN (*1989) studierte nachdem sie die Schule der künstlerischen Photographie bei Friedl Kubelka absolviert hat - an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien. Erst in der Klasse von Constanze Ruhm, später bei Martin Guttmann - bei dem sie 2016 auch ihren Abschluss machte (Diplom). 2011 gründete sie dort mit anderen Studierenden die Freie Klasse, die sie bis 2014 mitgestaltete. Nach einem Erasmus-Aufenthalt auf der Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg begann sie dort auch ihr Master-Studium in der Klasse von Thomas Demand. 2018 schloss sie das Studium mit der Performance Chorus ab. 2019 erhielt sie das Arbeitsstipendium für bildende Kunst der Freien Hansestadt Hamburg. Neben ihrer künstlerischen Arbeit kuratiert sie seit 2018 mit dem Trauma Team (Raphael Dillhof und Nina Lucia Groß) jeden ersten Montag im Monat den Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg. Außerdem organisiert sie seit 2017 die Diskussionsreihe Standpunkte im Kunstverein in Hamburg.