The exhibition shows works which are elaborated at the interface of artistic practice and scientific research, as these works
deal with the mutual relationship of inner worlds and outer worlds. Inspired by and connected to discourses within psychological,
medical, philosophical and art historical theories, questions concerning the different layers of self-designing and the mechanics
of outside-world constructions are addressed in dependency to a specific focus on contemporary information societies and the
boosted impact of digital data on personal living circumstances. Works by Johannes Frauenschuh, Jasmina Grudnik, Mauricio Suarez Ramos Cooperation partner: Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Franz Kainberger and Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Andrea Maier (Medical University of Vienna)
WORK OUT #1-3:
WORK OUT, an analogy to both physical activity as well as the process of problem solving, is the culmination of our first
year of studies. Much like a science-oriented laboratory, the studios of the Art & Science department are a place where different
narratives and visualization strategies are explored. Impacted by diverse discourses reaching from astronomy to medicine,
critical studies to logic, the shows feature the diverse artistic practices of painting, drawing, building and performing
in relationship to scientific inquiry. The series starts with the subjective gaze inside, continues with experiments about the objective true–false dichotomy, and
ends with practices negotiating and building intersubjective truths. We invite those outside of our subjective circle to join
us, as we put our work out.
A presentation of three group-shows on three different evenings by the first-year students of the Art & Science department
of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Inside Out Artist Statements:
JOHANNES FRAUENSCHUH is visualizing philosophical and art historical discourses concerning the construction of the self under
coordinates of information society and the wording when it comes to the term nature. Questions interwoven in his work are:
What impact does social media have on personal human-nature-relationship? How do globally acting companies like Red Bull represent
themselves on the internet, which self-images are suggested and which terminology is used when it comes to nature? How can
we relate ourselves to contemporary information technologies in a positive way? What is a fluid self and what are poly-identities?
JASMINA GRUDNIK is connecting her practical art practice with research on the streets, specifically face-to-face interviews.
In analogy to medical practices of anamneses, she documents the conversations by drawings and writing based on the answers
and the situations of interaction. These documentations are transformed into a visual piece of art which becomes a new interpretation
MAURICIO SUAREZ's installation invites the visitor to enter another dimension of sensitivity and reality. To be inside the
box transforms the subjective feeling towards the inner and the outer world. The frame of reference changes. The sculptural
worms within the box refer to worms and parasites that internet users are confronted with, and are inspired by artifacts displayed
in the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna. Important questions within his undertakings are: What is data? How does digital
data shape contemporary information society and personal identities? Are there maybe certain hierarchies in data processing
and the admission of data? Can data (also non-digital data) be classified in a qualitative way (good vs. bad)?
more pictures of the opening
(c) Peter Kainz