SINNESRAUSCH 2019 – Kunst und Bewegung
Press Release Date:
23. May 2019
Art and Motion
curators: Katharina Lackner, Genoveva Rückert
Large-scale installations designed for visitors to “perceive” actively and playfully, not only with their eyes but with their whole bodies, are at the heart of the Sinnesrausch exhibition, the big summer project at the OÖ Kulturquartier.
The four dimensions of point, line, space, and time are the basic elements of the visual arts—everything starts with them and everything seems to return to them. Sinnesrausch 2019 takes up this dynamic. Along the way, the line picks up speed and also the baggage of the mobile Kinetic Art and Op Art of the 1960s. There is a crossover to design and a link to Concrete Art.
Elastic, plastic, fantastic:
Points, lines, and spherical bubbles move, twist, and turn through and wrap themselves around entire rooms, leading up to the Höhenrausch realm. The visitors’ point of view is set in motion here both literally and figuratively.
The circuit with its walkways, bridges and stairs, the various art spaces, and the vast roof landscape high above Linz along with 26 international artistic contributions forms the atmospherically charged backdrop for this extraordinary art project. the exhibition show how Splashing, bubbling, refreshing fun awaits the youngest visitors!
THE LINE AS GUIDELINE
An idea takes shape in just a few lines. Drawing is an elementary cultural technique; from earliest childhood, it directly links mind and hand. Immediate and simple – a sketch, a draft of the world, but also an artistic medium. Drawings by Aldo Gianotti comment on and humorously guide visitors through the exhibition.
A DOT TAKES A WALK
The dot opens up to theater and film. Once in motion, it forms a line and takes us along for the ride. On the way the line picks up speed and takes on the dimension of time; it becomes a tightrope act, music, sound, and dance, creating space for interaction.
FROM DOT TO PIXEL
The art of motion always tells the history of its technology. Digitalization has transformed our world from the ground up, just as the invention of printing once replaced oral culture. Binary code and the pixel are fundamental elements of our time. Art no longer represents or depicts but visualizes data instead.
RECENT ART HISTORY COMES ALIVE
Movement and how to represent it have been central concerns of art from the very beginning – only the means and techniques have changed. The moving objects of Kinetic Art and the optical illusions of 1960s Op Art paved the way for contemporary art. They all reflect on space, volume, time, movement, and visitor participation in the artwork. Historically, this direction in art was inspired by the constructive and concrete impulses of the 1920s in Western Europe, emanating for example from the Bauhaus but also from early computer art.
SPHERE OF THE SENSES
The point blows up into a bubble and becomes an all-encompassing sphere. Art not only absorbs the space but also the visitors. The result is immersion in an art that ranges between performance and exhibition. An experience that pushes the senses to their limits – providing time and space for contemplation.
THE AUDIENCE AS ACTOR
The visitors’ point of view is set in motion here both literally and figuratively. Expansive installations and finely spun artworks are charged with stories and performative elements that challenge visitors to partake in both mental and physical activities. This is all about the aesthetic experience of the body in space, an experience that encompasses all of the senses.
THE ASPECT OF PLAY is at the heart of the fun-filled water feature Benjamin Bergmann has reconceived on parking deck 14, adding a “floating water basin” in the middle. Like a drawing extending into space, a network of tubes, pipes, and nozzles sprawls across the parking deck. Inspired by the artist’s fountain, further building elements made of tubes, funnels, and buckets spur young visitors’ playful creativity.
Raiffeisenlandesbank OÖ, voestalpine, Lunik2,
Passage Linz, Freistädter Bier, Poloplast, Thalia, ÖAMTC
Memo Akten, Marina Apollonio, Benjamin Bergmann, Dietmar Brehm, Osvaldo Cavandoli, Gianni Colombo, William Forsythe, Achim Freyer, Aldo Giannotti, Helmuth Gsöllpointner, Heatherwick Studio, Leopold Kessler, Josef Linschinger, Constantin Luser, Helena Martins-Costa, Claudia Märzendorfer, Manfred Mohr, Numen/For Use, Helga Philipp, Alexander Ponomarev, Ief Spincemaille, Andreas Strauss, Jean Tinguely, Universal Everything, Urgent.Agency, Te-Yu Wang, u.a.
SINNESRAUSCH 2019 – ART and MOTION
24 May to 13 October 2019
Daily 10 am to 8:30 pm, last admission at 7:30 pm
Please note: Before and after the Upper Austrian summer holidays, the exhibition will be open on Tuesdays only for guided tours!
Guided Tours on request!
Info and registration for guided tours:
Fotos: Otto Saxinger