The exhibition traces the positions of 9 different artists living in Austria and so investigates the increasingly staged, emblematic quality of our real environment. Employing different media the artists participating in this show examine those mechanisms and visibility fields which turn the world into a backdrop for everyday productions and performances.
Thematically and spatially, the exhibition The World as a Backdrop traces the positions of nine different
artists living in Austria and so investigates the increasingly staged, emblematic quality of our real
As a result of mass media such as mobile telephones, Internet or advertising displays, we perceive the reality around us more and more as a space defined by the media; as an experiential and artistic sphere designed and developed for cultural performances like sporting and cultural events, tourism or the evolution of social identities. Landscape and architecture are interpreted as signs and – supplemented by factors such as language, music or social interaction – used as the basis for the generation of identity. Landscape and the city become a theme park capable of being transferred into different contexts and always appearing authentic, since it is a mixture of shifted or manipulated reality and invention from the outset. The subject him- or herself becomes an actor on the stage of everyday life.
Employing different media like sculpture, spatial and light installation, video, photography and interactive works, the artists participating in this exhibition examine those mechanisms and visibility fields which turn the world into a backdrop for everyday productions and performances. The works, some of which have been conceived specifically for the venue, pursue various wide-ranging emphases such as the debate with illusionary cinematic techniques, investigation into optical or acoustic perceptual patterns, and the examination and acquisition of cultural design procedures that adopt media processes such as montage, symbolisation and shifts in meaning.
Emanuel Danesch (*1976 in Innsbruck, lives in Vienna) and David Rych (*1975 in Innsbruck, lives in Berlin) use the filmic medium to investigate the transfer of cultural identity and conservation of culture in the form of stereotypes and reminiscences, specifically examining the dislocation of the “Tyrolean” and its metamorphosis into “museum material” among descendants of Tyrolean emigrants in Brazil. The concept of home and the construction of alpine identity is also a key theme in the work of Siggi Hofer (*1970 in Bruneck, lives in Vienna). The nature of the backdrop is employed as a formal principle in his work, revealing how the “alpine style” regarded as traditional is idealised in the contradictory character of a landscape overdeveloped with industry and detached family houses.
Artist talks Wed, 15/12/10, 7 pm Emanuel Danesch / David Rych & Siggi Hofer in conversation with Dr. Beate Ermacora
Fri, 14/1/11, 7 pm Judith Fegerl & Christoph Hinterhuber in conversation with Dr. Jürgen Tabor
Wed, 19/1/11, 7 pm Sofie Thorsen & Werner Reiterer in conversation with Mag. Julia Brennacher
Wed, 2/2/11, 7 pm Sonia Leimer & Gregor Sailer in conversation with Mag. Christina Nägele
Catalogue Presentation Wed, 2/2/11, 7.30 p.m.
An exhibition catalogue will be published in the Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, including illustrations and essay contributions by Julia Brennacher, Beate Ermacora, Christina Nägele and Jürgen Tabor.
Image: Jun Yang, Paris Syndrome, 2007. Courtesy Gallery Martin Janda, Vienna
Opening: 10 December 2010, 7 pm
Speakers at the opening LR Dr. Beate Palfrader, Member of the Tyrolean Regional Government Responsible for Education and Culture
Dr. Beate Ermacora, Director, Galerie im Taxispalais
Mag. Christina Nägele, Curator, Galerie im Taxispalais Afterwards Christoph Hinterhuber DJ
Galerie im Taxispalais
Maria-Theresien-Straße 45 6020 Innsbruck