I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 23, 6PM - 8PM
Artist Talk: Thursday, June 11, 6PM
Austria-based artists Schuda and Schmeiser's most recent works examine collective fears and individual violence.
In The Poet, Susanne Schuda uses digital photomontage, animation, text and sound to reveal the interconnectedness of racism, fascism, self-hatred, love and devotion. According to Schuda, "Fascism and racism are growing again in Europe. My work is based on the thought that self-hatred is at the root of our hatred of others. Self-hatred nourishes our ideas of salvation and the need to identify with a "Führer", a person who is pure and heroic."
In I Don't Want To Set The World on Fire, Florian Schmeiser combines sound and music to fuse two world orders - Biedermeier or petit bourgeois escapism and post nuclear fantasy. A pilot helmet worn by visitors provides an acoustic fusion of 19th century music by Franz Schubert and 20th century post World War II lyrics. Schmeiser explains, "I use material from different eras in my sound work. The thoughts and mentalities ascribed to these periods are still alive in different social contexts. The historical material is socially branded and political. Through music, the perception of these relations becomes emotional."
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Susanne Schuda and Florian Schmeiser collaborate on public art projects as schuda/schmeiser. www.schudaschmeiser.net
Susanne Schuda's works include digital collage, text, 3D-renderings, animated videos and the internet. In 2008, Schuda was awarded the Marianne von Willemer prize for media art, and received a scholarship in media art from the Austrian government. She has exhibited in Germany (Lothringer, Munich), Austria (Generali Foundation, Salzburger Kunstverein, Neue Galerie Graz), Suisse (Viper, Basel) and USA (Slought Foundation). Schuda is represented by Dana Charkasi Gallery. www.susanneschuda.com
Florian Schmeiser's works include autogenerative compositions, interactive installations, music software tools, classical compositions, pop music and film scores. He has performed and exhibited in Austria (Tonspur, MQ Vienna, Mozart-Festival), Germany (ABC Festival), GB (Functionsuite Edinburgh) France (Rencontres International), Italy (Fabrica Florenz) and Slovakia (Multiplace). www.florianschmeiser.com
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