Beyond Pharmakon Collecting fragments for an imaginary embodiment: portraits of artists, curators, and researchers by using medical images Pharmakon (from Greek φάρμακον): 1) remedy; 2) poison; 3) scapegoat In the work series Beyond Pharmakon I portrait artists, curators, and researchers by using their medical images of their past or current condition of disease or disablement. The images are mostly x-rays and MRIs I artistically modify and combine with texts as visual structure, and drawings. The texts I use till now are taken from Plato’s Pharmacy by Derrida and Phaedrus by Plato as well Antonin Artaud’s The Theater and its Double. With Beyond Pharmakon, I wish to indicate the disease […]
The Good H:E:A:R:T: is a contemporary dance about resistance as female quality situated in the human heart related to the idea of the social body. The piece is structured in 3 parts ( The Good Heart; Resistance; and Aufhebung – Triptych ) and has a gallery version with ca. 20min and a stage version of ca. 45 min. Videos and sound installation are forming the stage setups. Drawings and photography as well as prints in limited edition are part of the project. The Good H:E:A:R:T: Resistance as a socio-political activity is in modern understatement a form of non-violent disobedience or opposition, refusing injustice or other ethical absence and […]
On Saturday 21 April, I participated in the biannual event NoPlace, which in this year took place in Santo Stefano di Magra, a little village close to La Spezia on the Italian Riviera. NoPlace is an experimental exhibition venue and that it arrives at its 4th edition confirms that rhizome-organized, i.e. horizontal and not hierarchical exhibitions and art events are possible. 525 artists showed their works, from the art student to the established artist, curating each other and taking responsibility for their own works as well as for their fellows. Basing on the rhizome concept by Guattari and Deleuze in A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, the organization is structured […]
resilient |riˈzilyənt| adjective • (of a substance or object) able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed. • (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin resilient- ‘leaping back,’ from the verb resilire. resile |riˈzīl| verb [ no obj. ] formal abandon a position or a course of action.
grass roots |ˈɡræs ˈˌruts| (also grassroots |ˈgrasˌro͞ots| ) pl.noun the most basic level of an activity or organization: the whole campaign would be conducted at the grass roots | [ as modifier ] : trying to improve the sport’s image at the grass-roots level. • ordinary people regarded as the main body of an organization’s
An example how tools i.e. technologies are extensions of our body and body functions is the nerve-net. The nerve-net is a communication complex, in an ongoing process of connecting, informing and building cells as a response to the inner and outer world. Imaging this nerve-net without the limits of our body, which in orthodox thinking would be the skin, we could see a constantly growing and everything connecting web. And the imaginary and the real result from each other. My work project The Truth of Virtuality which I will continue and is showcased right now in the group exhibition Labirintica in Gorizia in Italy (in the Galleria Belo 189). The group exhibition (with Maria […]
I started to develop the working basis of the project Imperatives. This base has as model Denis Diderot’s Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des science, des arts et des métiers. The illustrated dictionary comprises 166 volumes and was published from 1751 till 1780 in France. I’m excited to connect with this dictionary, which was created and designed in the spirit of enlightenment as an endeavor to use knowledge to abolish authoritarian state power and to strengthen the autonomy of the single and the collective. Valorizing all cultural and manufacture activities, the dictionary is based on the ideal of equal rights and value of every human being on Earth. It is known […]