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Predictions about Time, Touch, Chance, Action and Matter in 7 Setups
Video compilation featuring
Setup Series

3:49 min

2021

The Setup Series
Interventions
Found materials, installation, video
2018 – ongoing (30 pieces)

The SETUPS are site-specific installations which take place in public spheres, museums or private spaces. Each different surrounding features structural elements, contexts or a genius loci, which rubs off on its protagonists.
 

Analogue to a cobweb, all present objects are linked – beings are linked to expectations, activities and attitudes. SETUPS make use of such links by diverting and employing their (kinetic) potential to other places. Blending in until they are exposed, unveiling a new situation.


Encounters of why and how, joined by what-ifs, gather to create a little crack in the daily mundaneness. Triggering the work only reveals the presence of the present. Following the approach to shed light on invisible structures and habits, daily objects and objectives as well as to re-link activity to action. Fittingly, a "happy" incident was the inspiration for this series:

Suddenly and omit knocking, a colleague enters the studio. As the door moves, the handle inadvertently touches a stick and causes it to fall. Its momentum is passed onto other bars and sticks which were awkwardly standing there. My bad, I was about to tidy the place up! To late, some bars slide along the wall, just to be stopped on their path by the edge of the table. Bouncing from there, one ends up leaning on a chair, another one hits the shelf, taking down a tray with an abundance of things on it. The act concludes with a paper scroll rolling across the floor, leaving us in awe, gazing at the mess in silence.


 

The ecology of trapping

Some of the required skills to perform this body of work resemble those of "trapping", including to observe, to track, to bait and lure, to deceive, to mask, to construct and improvise.

Early SETUP attempts were labelled as "traps" by the observers, which by itself is an interesting reaction. It seems apparent that the act of coming up with a situative contraption to surprise other beings is a common trait. But similar strategies can be found all over in our society, way past the classic depiction of trapping as a means of protection and food production. From social behaviour, e.g. to hunt for

 


 

potential lovers in a bar, to experimental sciences and their detectors, from catchpenny and clickbait to marketing campaigns and so on – "trapping" or at least its purpose has evolved. In regard to that, the approach of this work is to question the hierarchic and beneficial tendencies in the mentioned fields, as well as in art.

These installations serve as a socio-technical apparatus, inviting observer as well as artist to meet in the work. Not being aware of the intentions of the other, nor the outcome, the work offers to be a discourse about our surroundings and mutual expectations, despite its lopsided starting point. Its
strategic development at first quickly turns into a continuous research, evolving each time it seems established.


Exhibiting

An experimental happening is the purest form of a SETUP, but there are several possibilities to install, display and document a work of this type. Intervening at a specific venue through an interactive installation works either when the piece resets itself or leaves behind performative relics after being triggered.
Before being installed at a specific spot, the state of the work is usually a compact and mobile unit, such as in bags or on trolleys. Being ready for pick-up is another form of presentation, serving as a statement or even invitation to do so. Likewise, the tools or outcomes produced by a SETUP can be shown as such. 

The time-based element of the work is documented by video, which can be part of an installation. Video has been shown both as short compilation or installed as real-time video lasting for hours.

Ensuing works 

Dealing with materials and their functions is subject to a sculptural approach. The pieces descending from this combine considerations of trapping and hunting with its cultural representation (Series such as EARLY TRAPS; SOFT POWERS AND FRIENDS, TOYS). Furthermore, the fascination for instability and elusive moments manifested in photographic series and collages (TRAJECTORIES IN MIND; as well as PRAISE SANDCASTLES SNOWMEN POPCORN & BUBBLES), see below.

Early Traps
Modified objects
Mixed media
Various dimensions
2020 – ongoing
Chair 3
Chair 3

Installation view, House of Losing Control, Vienna Art Week 2021

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Chair 3
Chair 3

Installation view, House of Losing Control, Vienna Art Week 2021

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Chair 2
Chair 2

Detail view

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Chair 3
Chair 3

Installation view, House of Losing Control, Vienna Art Week 2021

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Trajectories in mind
Digital photographs
Print on paper / dibond / carpet
60 x 90 cm / 85 x 180 cm
2020 – ongoing

Some things seem to hang in the sky much in the same way that bricks don´t, as Douglas Adams put it.

Trajectories in Mind is a photographic journey into capturing ephemeral momentum. Facing vast areas and static structures, the proposition of the active elements remain ambiguous, its vector has to be completed by thought.

The casual, tragic, symbolic or revolutionary element of action serves as a starting point for the emergence of gesture itself.