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

3:49 min

2021

Setups
Installative interventions
Found materials, wire, video
2018 – ongoing (30 pieces)

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. A setup makes use of such links as an ecology, by diverting and employing its (kinetic) potential to other places, other functions. 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.


 

A trapper´s paradise

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 attempts were labelled by the observers as "traps", which 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, past the classic depiction of trapping as a means of protection and food production, usually aimed at animals. 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" and 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 is part of the installation and has been shown both as short compilation or as real-time video, lasting for hours.

Ensuing works 

Dealing with materials and their functions is subject to sculptural and image-creating processes. The pieces descending from my approach combine considerations of trapping and hunting with its cultural representation and present day objects (such as Early Traps, Soft Powers and Friends series). Furthermore, the fascination for instability and elusive moments manifested in photographic works (Trajectories, and as a continuation, the collage series Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles).

Chairs
Chairs

Part of "Early Traps" series Modified objects Mixed media Various dimensions 2019 - ongoing

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Chair (III)
Chair (III)

Installation view at House of Losing Control, VAW21

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Chair (II)
Chair (II)

Detail view

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Chairs
Chairs

Part of "Early Traps" series Modified objects Mixed media Various dimensions 2019 - ongoing

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Trajectories
Trajectories

Photographic series of objects in motion Print on paper / dibond / carpet 60 x 90 cm / 85 x 180 cm 2020 – ongoing

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Trajectories
Trajectories

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Trajectories
Trajectories

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Trajectories
Trajectories

Photographic series of objects in motion Print on paper / dibond / carpet 60 x 90 cm / 85 x 180 cm 2020 – ongoing

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Dogs (bow-wow)
Dogs (bow-wow)

Part of Early Traps series Installation view at Turning Turtle, Stiege 13

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Untitled
Untitled

Part of Soft Powers and friends series Installation view at Kunstraum Super

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Untitled
Untitled

Part of Soft Powers and friends series Installation view at Kunstraum Super

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Dogs (bow-wow)
Dogs (bow-wow)

Part of Early Traps series Installation view at Turning Turtle, Stiege 13

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series Collage, Acrylic on photoprint, 32 x 27 cm, 2020

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Ode to immenseness
Ode to immenseness

Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series Collage (4 pc.), Acrylic on photoprint, 38 x 27 cm, 2020

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series Collage, Acrylic on photoprint, 32 x 27 cm, 2020

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Untitled (tree 4)
Untitled (tree 4)

Objects in the common studio space, 2018

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Untitled (tree 1)
Untitled (tree 1)

Objects in the common studio space, 2018

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Untitled (tree 4)
Untitled (tree 4)

Objects in the common studio space, 2018

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Untitled (negative-positive)
Untitled (negative-positive)

Sculpture Ceramic-plaster, wood 148 x 23 x 23 cm 2016

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Untitled (negative-positive)
Untitled (negative-positive)

Installation view at Fabrikat

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Untitled (growth)
Untitled (growth)

Sculpture Plaster, wood 85 x 20 x 20 cm 2016

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Untitled (negative-positive)
Untitled (negative-positive)

Sculpture Ceramic-plaster, wood 148 x 23 x 23 cm 2016

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series Collage, Acrylic on photoprint, 32 x 27 cm, 2021

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series Collage, Acrylic on photoprint, 32 x 27 cm, 2021

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series Collage, Acrylic on photoprint, 32 x 27 cm, 2021

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series Collage, Acrylic on photoprint, 32 x 27 cm, 2021

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series Collage, Acrylic on photoprint, 28 x 38 cm, 2021

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series

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Praise Sandcastles Snowmen Popcorn & Bubbles series Collage, Acrylic on photoprint, 28 x 38 cm, 2021

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Untitled (jungle)
Untitled (jungle)

Acrylic and rubber on canvas, 57 x 32 cm, 2021

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Untitled (jungle)
Untitled (jungle)

Acrylic and rubber on canvas, 57 x 32 cm, 2021

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