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HANAKAM&SCHULLER | THE HERALDS | 11-20 Mai 2018
Mai 18 @ 20:00 - 21:00frei
HANAKAM & SCHULLER
11 – 20 May 2018
Opening: 11 May 2018 | 6 – 10 pm
Special Screening: 18 May 2018 | 8 pm
with works by
Jonathan Monaghan, Hanakam & Schuller, Thomas Draschan, and Trond Ansten
curated by Clemens Wilhelm
The film „The Heralds“ is set in the village of Kyrgyday, a remote place in Yakutia (Republic of Sacha), a few hundred kilometers northwest of the capital Yakutsk. At the heart of the village is the tradition of the Khomus play. The artist duo Hanakam & Schuller toured the country together with the daughters of a multi-generation family of Khomus players, shamans and singers. The climatic conditions in northern Siberia are harsh and require awareness of the surrounding nature. It is part of everyday life to find a common language with nature and make sacrifices to the pagan spirits.
The video shows the Khomus artist Albina who speaks the language of birds and horses through her instrument. It reflects a more universal concept, ideal or even a spiritual language, similar to what European alchemists and mystics searched for hundreds of years ago. In addition to this auditory performance of language, the rider of the village plays the role of a herald and carries idiosyncratic flags to the various gates of the village. Language as a grammatical and semantic system now merges into various codes, sounds and articulations.
The artifacts of the artist duo Hanakam & Schuller are often shape-shifters, alter their outer form and reappear in different contexts. As artists and researchers, they redesign the rules of the visual arts and build peculiar orders and new worlds in their videos and objects. They reflect and ironize various historical and contemporary artistic strategies as well as their means of expression. They mainly work in the field of video, interactive computer application, drawing and applied art forms.
Markus Hanakam (* 1979 in Essen, Germany) and Roswitha Schuller (* 1984 in Friesach, Austria) live and work in Vienna. Since 2004 collaborative work as a duo, exhibitions and festival participations, as well as curatorial activity in an international context. Presentation of their work, among others, in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, New York, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moskau, MAK Museum für Angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst, Wien and MAK Center Los Angeles, Japan National Art Center, Tokyo.
Special Screening: 18 May 2018 | 8 pm:
with works by Jonathan Monaghan, Hanakam & Schuller, Thomas Draschan, and Trond Ansten
SHAPESHIFTERS brings together a selection of videos and films which focus on the blurry moment when your mind creates meaning and labels by putting something you encounter into a category. But some objects or people seem to linger on a narrow ridge, shifting their position to the left or the right of this ridge, changing every time you look at them. They seem impossible to judge or characterize, and somehow almost magically to embody both of their opposites. This creates a fascinating obstacle for reason, but perhaps shows more truly the state of all things in the world: Doesn’t everything carry at least an element of its complete opposite in itself? Therefore shouldn’t all things be able to shift to their opposites, and to indefinitely oscillate between two opposite meanings? The shapeshifter is reflecting the indecisiveness of the brain, the struggle to put something into binary categories such as on/off, yes/no, or black/white. The artists in this program make good use of tricky shapeshifters in their films, each in a very unique and individual way:
Jonathan Monaghan | ESCAPE POD | 17 min
Hanakam & Schuller | HOUSING & HEALING | 7 min
Thomas Draschan | METROPOLEN DES LEICHTSINNS | 10 min
Trond Ansten | 17 TONES OF WHITE | 27 min
Total 61 min