SITUATIVE SETUPS, PUSHING THE EVERYDAY  WITH MOMENTUM: WORLDS AND OBJECTS OF THE INNER

 

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»Happy Trapping (Formidable oppositions, swift balances and sticky situations)«

Video compilation (see SETUPS below)

7:24 min
2019-20

Suddenly and omit knocking, someone enters our studio: The door moves, inadvertently touching a stick which 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 the abundance of petty objects on it. The act concludes with a paper scroll rolling across the floor, leaving us in silent awe, gazing at the mess.

 

This incident sparked a series of experimental happenings called Setups, which have some common traits with the approach and practice of trapping – comprising observation, tracking, luring, deceiving and catching, trappers have to come up with a setup that surprises other beings in some way, presuming situative and ecological

thinking. But beyond artistic work and approaches of visual arts, quite similar strategies can be found all around in modern day society. From social behaviour, the experimental sciences and detectors to marketing campaigns; trapping has evolved, its purpose and meaning have shifted into vast, but misty territory.


The following body of work aims to question the hierarchic and controlling tendencies behind such strategies. To achieve this, a different lens is necessary. The setups and early traps work as tactile spiders, their cobwebs link objects, places and gestures. Incorporated in familiar, almost invisible structures and making use of common routines, they intervene with the inner worlds of the people, as Biologist Jakob von Uexküll would put it. A socio-technical apparatus, winking at the looming tragedy with a joyful twist, to reveal the momentum of change in a different light.

 SETUP 12 (KIDS NOT HAVING, IT)
 Videostill, 2019
 SETUP 21 (FREE PITZA)
 Photography by Tsai-Ju Wu, 2020
 SETUP 13 (WILD HORSE)
 Videostill, 2019
 SETUP 3 (ABOUT TEA TIME)
 Photography, 2018
 SETUP 21 (FREE PITZA)
 Photography by Natali Gurova, 2020
 SETUP 5 (DON´ T LOOK NOW)
 Photography, 2018
 SETUP 5 (DON´ T LOOK NOW)
 Installation video, 2018
 SETUP 1 (A HAPPY COINCIDENCE)
 Videostill, 2018
 SETUP 4 (TROUBLING SCULPTURE)
 Videostill, 2018
 SETUP 9 (ESSENCE OF ANOTHER)
 Animation, 2018
 SETUP 10 (STICKY SWIFTNESS)
 Videostill, 2019
 SETUP 16 (EAT OUR COOKIES)
 Photography, 2019
 SETUP 11 (BALLUSTRADE)
 Videostill, 2019
 SETUP 2 (BACKGROUNDSOUND)
 Videostill, 2018
 SETUP 10 (STICKY SWIFTNESS)
 Detail view, 2019
 SETUP 14 (RECOVERY POSITION)
 Videostill, 2019
 SETUP 17 (COMPOSITION OF MOMENTS)
 Photography, 2019
 SETUP 19 (SHELFSYSTEM)
 Photography, Courtesy of B.Daum, 2019
 SETUP 17 (COMPOSITION OF MOMENTS)
 Photography, 2019
 EARLY TRAPS (BOW-WOW)
 Installation view by Helmut Heiss, 2020
 SETUP 3 (ABOUT TEA TIME)
 Videostill, 2018
 SETUP 20 (TURNING TURTLE)
 Installation view by Helmut Heiss, 2020
 EARLY TRAPS (CHAIR)
 Installation view at u10 Belgrade, 2019
 SETUP 5 (DON´ T LOOK NOW) 
 Animation, 2018
 SETUP 6 (THE LANDING) 
 Photography, 2018
 SETUP 6 (THE LANDING)
 Photography, 2018
 SETUP 2 (BACKGROUNDSOUND)
 Videostill, 2018
 SETUP 15 (HELPERS GONNA HELP)
 Videostill, 2019
 SETUP 18 (DINNER AT THE WHITE HOUSE)
 Photography, 2019
 SETUP 8 (TRIP AT HOME)
 Photography, 2018