FACELESS part I
The exhibition FACELESS at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL explores the phenomenon of inescapable recognizability in the media and the resulting strategies of media users to become virtually faceless.
FACELESS part I
Date: Jul 04 to Sep 01, Tue-Sun 13:00-19:00
Opening: Wed, Jul 03, 19:00
Press preview: Wed, Jul 03, 10:00
Location: freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL
The exhibition FACELESS at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL explores the phenomenon of inescapable recognizability in the media and the resulting strategies of media users to become virtually faceless. FACELESS takes a radical look at this fairly recent phenomenon of everyday media culture and shows how it manifests in visual art, fashion, photography, advertising, and dance. The show features works by artists like Marina Abramović, Thorsten Brinkmann, and Maison Martin Margiela as well as projects created by unknown Internet dwellers.
The highly diverse strategies and methods of making faces “disappear” on the Web can be read as ironic, angry, or justified criticism of our media-infused reality. Faces do not disappear, but are manipulated beyond recognition, sometimes disfigured. The artist Bogomir Doringer, in collaboration with Brigitte Felderer from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, curated the two-part exhibition FACELESS. Part 1 is on view from July 4 to September 1, 2013.
“Many of the faces that appear on the Web are familiar and well-known. We recognize them, associate biographies, scandals, stories with them, and get the impression of gaining an insight into a personality and even witnessing an entire life. But in the end, the physiognomies we encounter only reflect our own personal concept of happiness, recognition, attention, and success,” says Brigitte Felderer.
“FACELESS critically examines problems of our media culture and presents the various approaches taken by the artists selected. Due to the complexity of the subject, the exhibition will be shown in two parts, a first for freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL,” adds Dr. Christian Strasser, director of the MuseumsQuartier Wien.
After the events of 9/11 and in response to the fear of terrorist attacks, the levels of transparency and control have been taken to areas where they would have been unthinkable before. This has led to a change in security concepts and the expansion of surveillance systems. Social networks, which often violate privacy but promise their users popularity in exchange, have become the norm. Many artists critically engage with this subject and use “hidden” faces as a possibility to live an unobserved life.
Artist Thorsten Brinkmann, for example, presents self-portraits that in color, pose, and composition are reminiscent of classic portrait painting. But used and discarded everyday objects replace his facial features. Masks and head coverings from fashion labels like Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, and Bernhard Willhelm suggest that models’ faces have been redundant for the presentation of collections.
Conversely, a public persona like Marina Abramović attempts to relativize her high recognition value in photographic self-portraits. Frank Schallmaier, in turn, makes collages using photographs that he finds in social networks and online matchmaking sites for homosexuals: they portray people who show themselves, but hide their faces with the promise of retaining anonymity. Hester Scheurwater’s photographic works examine the media representation of women as objects of desire. In Ute Klein’s photographs the bodies of lovers melt into temporary, faceless sculptures. The self-portraits of Nienke Klunder parody the banal omnipresence of erotic images.
The side program of the exhibition includes special events, artist talks, workshops for kids and teens, and podium discussions. On opening night, visitors will be able to participate in the performance “Anonymity” by Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger, a playful critique of surveillance society. Black glasses distributed to the visitors are reminiscent of censor bars and images from surveillance cameras make the observed into observers. Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger developed “Anonymity” in New York and adapted it for the opening of the exhibition FACELESS. The performance is documented by ARISTIC BOKEH, an initiative to qualitatively explore, map and extend the electrosphere with parameters of artistic research and development. The initiative is part of the project Artistic Technology Research at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Marina Abramović (SRB/USA), Marc Bijl (NED/GER), Thorsten Brinkmann (GER), Ondrej Brody (CZE) & Kristofer Paetau (FIN), Asger Carlsen (DEN/USA), Nezaket Ekici (TUR/GER), Shahram Entekhabi (IRI/GER), Caron Geary aka FERAL is KINKY (GBR), David Haines (GBR/NED), Ren Hang (CHN), Sabi van Hemert (NED), Ursula Hübner (AUT), Damier Johnson aka REBEL YUTHS (NGR/ITA), Brian Kenny (USA), Ute Klein (GER), Nienke Klunder (USA), Manu Luksch (AUT/GBR), Zachari Logan (CAN), Maison Martin Margiela, Slava Mogutin (RUS/USA), Veljko Onjin (SRB), Bernd Oppl (AUT), Tanja Ostojić (SRB/GER), Gareth Pugh (GBR), Eva-Maria Raab (AUT), Ana Rajcevic (SRB/GBR), Tarron Ruiz-Avila (AUS), Viktor & Rolf (NED), Daphne Rosenthal (NED/USA), Mustafa Sabbagh (JOR/ITA), Olivier de Sagazan (FRA), Daniel Sannwald (GER/GBR) for WOODKID, Frank Schallmaier (NED), Hester Scheurwater (NED), Jan Stradtmann (GER), Sergei Sviatchenko (UKR/DEN), Jun Takahashi for UNDERCOVER (JAP), Marc Turlan (FRA), Levi van Veluw (NED), Philippe Vogelenzang & Majid Karrouch (NED), Addie Wagenknecht (USA) & Stefan Hechenberger (AUT), Katsuya Kamo for Junya Watanabe COMME des GARÇONS (JAP), and Bernhard Willhelm (GER/FRA). Some of the artists will prepare their works as Artists-in-Residence at the MuseumsQuartier.
FACELESS is organized in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the WIENER STÄDTISCHE Versicherung AG Vienna Insurance Group, the University Mozarteum Salzburg, the Dutch Embassy in Austria, as well as with the support of partners and sponsors from Austria and abroad.
Picture: © Sabi van Hemert
www.facelessexhibition.comThu, Jul 04 2013 to Sun, Sep 01 2013
Salon of Cultures – Silent Dialogue
Exhibition at EDUCULT
Opening: Thu Apr 27, 18:00
No English description available.
http://educult.atApr 28 to Oct 20, Mon-Fri 10-17:00
Curated Media for #Q21vienna
Opening: Thu, May 11, 18:00
Venue: Electric Avenue, Q21
A cultural institution thrives on lively exchange. As a result, visitors and employees share social media content every day. A cooperation with Downtown Vienna presents a selection of these impressions on screen, making them easily accessible. Q21 creates a new, distinctive image consisting of many individual perspectives. The project invites people to participate in the creative process in an uncomplicated way.
Tag your content with #q21vienna!
Image: Say Say Say, Inc.ongoing, daily 10-22:00
Lisa Schultz designs a text by Richard Obermayr
Exhibition in the Typopassage
Text: extract from Das Fenster, published by Jung und Jung in 2010.
Richard Obermayr, born 1970, lives as freelance author in Vienna and Upper Austria.
Lisa Schultz is typeface designer, typographer and graphic designer.
Jun 01 to Sep 30, ongoing, daily 00-24:00
OBOM (CAN): Busy Nights
Exhibition and zine in the KABINETT comic passage
Opening: Tue, Jul 11, 18:30
Venue: KABINETT comic passage, between MQ courtyards 2 and 3
OBOM (Diane Obomsawin) has parallel careers as a renowned graphic novelist and animator. In both film and print, she creates characters that inhabit a funny offbeat world, a gently absurd universe filled with tenderness. She has published books with the Canadian publishing houses L'Oie de Cravan and Drawn & Quarterly. Her most recent animated short film "I Like Girls", won the Grand Prize at the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival in 2016 and was shown at Tricky Women Festival in 2017.
On invitation of KABINETT, Obom is Artist-in-Residence in MQ in July 2017. Her exhibition and booklet "Busy Nights" - three stories based on Obom's dream diary, will be shown in KABINETT as of 11 July 2017. Obom will held a lecture on her unique work as illustrator, graphic novelist and filmmaker on July 20, 2017.
www.kabinett.atJul 12 to Oct 04, daily 00-24:00