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

3:49 min

2021

SETUP SerieS
Interventions / installations
Mixed media, found materials
2018 – ongoing

Setups are site-specific installations which take place in public, museum or private space. Each surrounding features different structures and contexts in which things intervene.

Analogue to a cobweb, the present items and objects are linked to attitudes, expectations and activities of the people. Setups make use of such links by diverting and employing their (kinetic) potential to other places. Blending in until exposed, until a new situation arises.

Encounters of why and how, joined by what-ifs, gather to create a little crack in the daily mundaneness. Triggering a Setup helps to reveal the presence of the present. The goal of this series is to shed light on invisible structures and habits, as well as to re-link activity to action.

Ecology of trapping

To perform a Setup, the required skills comprise of observing, tracking, luring, deceiving and constructing (improvised) mechanisms. These abilities are close to those of a trapper, as "trapping" can equally be described as coming up with a contraption that surprises other beings, presuming situative thinking. Beyond the classic depiction of trapping as a means of protection and food production, similar strategies can be found all over in modern day society. From social behaviour to experimental sciences and their detectors, from catchpenny and clickbait to marketing campaigns; trapping and its purpose have evolved. In regard to that, the Setups´ approach is to question the hierarchic and beneficial tendencies of the mentioned strategies. The work ideally

 


 

serves as a socio-technical apparatus, inviting observer and maker to meet in the work, to state the sudden in an even manner.

Exhibiting

Each piece starts as an experimental happening, offering several possibilities for display and documentation. The most direct way is to develop a Setup as an interactive installation at a venue, either resetting itself or being triggered once, leaving behind performative relics.

Before intervening anywhere, the works are usually in a stage of compact and mobile units, in bags or on trolleys. Being ready to be picked up and installed is another form of presentation, serving as a statement or invitation. Likewise, the tools or produced outcomes 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.


Spin-offs

During the development of a Setup, the continuous research as well as finding and dealing with materials are subject to a sculptural approach. The pieces descending from this combine considerations about trapping with its cultural representation (Early Traps ; Safe states). Furthermore, the fascination for instability and elusive moments manifested in picturesque series (Gestures in Space, Trajectories in Mind ; Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles).

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Suddenly and omit knocking, a friend 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 materials which were awkwardly standing there. Some 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.

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Gestures in space, Trajectories in mind
Series of digital photographs
Print on paper / alu-dibond
60 x 90 cm
2020 – ongoing

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

Gestures in Space, Trajectories in Mind is a photographic journey into capturing ephemeral momentum. Facing vast areas and static structures in the background, the proposition of the active things 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.
 

 

Early Traps
Modified object series
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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