City ............................. Schloss-Nauses and London
Category .................... Visual Arts, Performance
Recommended by SCHAURAUM Angewandte
Period of stay ............ Feb 18
GERHARD LANG (* 1963) studied at the School of Arts and Design at the University of Kassel before studying MA at the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London. Lang’s work has been shown widely, including the Venice Biennale, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, PS1 in New York City, the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the Hayward Gallery in London, the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal, the Triennale Milano, the Architecture Biennale in São Paulo, the MMKK in Klagenfurt and documenta 14 in Kassel. He has received numerous awards, including the Gulbenkian Research Award, the Studio grant by the Stiftung Kunstfonds in Bonn and the New York City grant of the Hessische Kulturstiftung in Wiesbaden. Gerhard Lang teaches regularly in various artistic fields at several universities. His international teaching practice also involves other disciplines such as architecture, pedagogy and theology.
Before the police search for the unknown culprit, they create a picture of the unknown – an identikit photograph.
Thus the police give every case a face, and with it they cautiously approach the unknown, the foreign, the disconcerting. Since the early 90s, Gerhard Lang has been using an old identikit device of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). From four faces its mirror assembly creates one new single face: the identikit photograph. In 2000, at the invitation of Cathrin Pichler and Roman Berka of the museum in progress, Lang responded to the first right-wing conservative government coalition between the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Vienna by publishing the identikit image of The Government in the newspaper Der Standard.
In his performance with the identikit apparatus at the opening event on February 28, 2018, documenta-participant Gerhard Lang will explore new realms and spaces beyond the human face.