installation in public space, Bad Gleichenberg, October 1st, 2009
TextBild MMIX curated by Agnes Altziebler, Werner Fenz, Evelyn Kraus & Birgit Kulterer.
Text plays a special role in the complex make-up of the public space – even if it is often barely perceptible in all the densely packed visual overlaps. The “TextBild MMIX” project liberates it from different contexts, isolating it and thus helping it achieve its own effect: A sentence appears in the form of neon writing on a single day in a single place in Styria – then the van, vehicle of this unfamiliar, foreign text, which is a synonym for strangeness as a social source of irritation, vanishes again. In this way, Styrian artists and writers inscribe their own specific texts into the various places, thus seeking to achieve a radical concentration. The subject is strictly the present: MMIX are the Roman numerals for the year 2009.
Ziehen (Pull), 2008
Wood, Cable, Lightbulb, Plug
metal, acrylic, light bulbs, microphone and amplifier
Totó Treme Terra, 2006
Table of pebolim, microphones, amplifiers, boxes of sound, table of sound, to sampler, sensors, electronic circuit, box
On-Off Poltergaeist, 2007
Tvs, speakers and cables
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Nostalgia, a new three-part film installation by Fast, depicts a migrant from dystopian Britain seeking asylum in Africa. Adapted from a true story, this narrative is presented along side an extract of original footage and a dramatisation of an encounter between the artist and a person seeking asylum in Britain.
Drawing on ideas of recollection, displacement and loss in a film narrative this will be an opportunity for a rare insight into the work though a discussion between two artists with shared concerns.
The Casting, 2007
The Casting continues Fast's examination of reality and truth as depicted on film. It features a U.S. Army sergeant detailing two incidents from his own experience in Iraq: A fling with a German woman who self-mutilates and the sergeant's accidental shooting of an Iraqi. Fast puts the two stories together into a script which is then performed by actors. The 'truth' is not revealed until the end of the piece.
Blood Work, 2009
single channel HDV video and sound
Blood Work is an abstract meditation on the desire for “blood,” real or imagined, within the horror film genre. The video playfully narrows the mise-en-scène of the horror genre through the absence of the body, or victim, and the exaggeration of sound and editing. Blood Work isolates props in the studio and creates a visceral corporeal presence through the animation of fake blood. Visually, the video alternates between shots of a messy stagehand that helps the video’s main character, "blood," splash, drip and ooze. Working within the conventions and clichés of the genre, the video and soundtrack combine to question off-screen space and the mechanization of illusion.
high definition video
“Motive” examines 8 University of Minnesota Cheerleaders as they perform. Their individual performances are composited into a flickering video of the group as a whole. The resultant concatenation reveals subtle shifts in gesture and affect as each individual cheerleader attempts to synchronize her movement with the others.
The Metamorphosis Series, 2008
The Metamorphoses series (Biggie, Britney, George, Oprah and Michael) was shot at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum earlier this year. It documents transgressive and playful interactions that occur as people perform and stage encounters with “celebrities”.
46″ LCD panels with embedded Blu-ray players mounted inside custom frames.
3:45, continuous loop
Inspired by the opening sequences from the pilot of the television show “Columbo” in which a musical score guides you through a crime being committed, Closed Circuit surveils a similarly visually lush environment (as was common to this program), but steers without a plot. Closed Circuit places the viewer suspended in time and simultaneously moving forward as he follows the path of the phone. The video uses an endless loop, both visually and musically, to create a simple form that reveals its complexity through repetition, rather than a defining moment. The title Closed Circuit refers to the loop, while also calling to mind television surveillance systems that document without a human presence.
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