In my artistic and scientific work I explore the culturally informed perceptions, stereotypes, contemporary issues, and myths of the so called "common knowledge", and artistically comment about my findings. Currently I investigate the technological simulations of human skills, especially the mutually influence of human self-perception on the human replica and vice versa. My main focus here is on mindfulness and empathy, and on the integration of these fundamental human abilities within the research on artificial "intelligence" and robotics.
animated short – fragile
© motionarts 2011
realized together with Elisabeth Gschaider
To watch the film please check out vimeo: https://vimeo.com/102920765
Première at Tricky Women Animation Film Festival 2012, Vienna, Austria
One Day Animation Festival 2013 - ASIFA AUSTRIA AWARD / Best Austrian Animation, Vienna, Austria
fragile explores the fragility of people who stand outside the socially constructed gender norms and who have no voice in the binary concepts of society.
The structure of fragile is geared to Paul Auster’s novel City of Glass and is visualized as a simulated stage performance. fragile transfers the split personality of the novel's leading character into the silhouette and the shadow on the adult’s side, both of whom act independently of the adult. The virtual actors illustrate the balance between one’s identity and the - conscious or unconscious, and mostly forced - assimilation to one’s environment. They walk through the streets of New York, framed by skyscrapers, and by the colours of anxiety and despair, until they meet the voiceless child as s/he walks out off the dungeon.
Van Valckenborch’s "Toren van Babel" is also picked up as here the issue is adopted as well: multilingualism contrasts with voicelessness.
In the background, a diverse crowd of people recalls the intersexual god in 33 languages reciting Genesis 1/27: "So God created man in His* own image, in the image of God created He* him*; male and female created He* them."
The film’s final statement: "Silencing the diversity of nature leaves individuals voiceless and unheard. There are countless identities beyond social norms."
animated short – Hommage an die Zirkulation
© motionarts 2015
To watch the film please check out vimeo: https://vimeo.com/139572616
Circulation is the flow within a System. Circulation represents transposition and rearrangement. Within spaces of knowledge circulation is the exchange of ideas, communication. Last but not least circulation is found in the airflow and Assisted Circulation automatically supports treatment-resistent heart failure.
Hommage an die Zirkulation (Homage to the Circulation) broaches the issue to mingle with the “foreign” and recommends communication and growing with each other as assisting prophylaxis against societal stagnancy and political malfunction.
This projection plays with the movement and the flow, with ruptures within rhythmics and changed views as well as with the events “behind the fence”. The hemp reels and even woven hemp-textiles become divided, fragmented and dissolved, and with this transformed into new meanings.
The Animation was drafted for a call by Vitrage Virtuel as a projection on two portals of the building Expositur Vordere Zollamtstrasse 3 (University of Applied Arts Vienna), and was chosen to be projected during the winter semester 2015/16.
At the same time this piece pays homage to a shared studio in the Zirkusgasse, Vienna. "Zirkulation" was the title of our closing exhibition, when we for several reasons gave up the place.
experimental animated short – layers
© motionarts 2014
The idea to layers came into being during the Arduino-workshop-week within "The Animation Summer 2014" of the Tricky Women and the University of Applied Sciences FH St. Pölten cooperation.
We built an Arduino-Controller for digital single-lens reflex cameras, which was programmed to control several cameras simultaneously.
I was interested to explore an expanded technique of animation and used this setting to animate myself by Pixilation in front of a green screen with six simultaneously shooting cameras.
Questioning the binary gendered body and suggesting alternative points of view, I wanted to un-individualise and to delete my “gendered” body parts. I also made my main joints unseen to point to the fragmentedness of bodies.
layers uses the layers of different angles of view of one and the same movement and the copped-up body to examine the different layers of roles, that a person is performing in daily life and that society is expecting every person to perform. The piece refers at the same time to sexist violence and to the mental states, these daily experiences trigger off.
The invisible body parts open up to imagination and new thinking, but accuse equally the binary gender norms, and the abuse through structural, physical, and psychic violence.
The missing joints open up to new movements, but refer at the same time to the difficulty to escape the old paths and roles.
At the same time it became a very personal project, exploring my own inner layers of emotion while performing roles and social passing within various norms I am personally confronted with.
The final look is still in test mode.
installation – crossing borders
© motionarts 2019
realized together with Vaishali Dhanoa
crossing borders is an intuitive and meditative exploration of inner and outer boundaries created as a Deep Space Performance as part of the “Cooperative Aesthetics”-Series (by Ars Electronica Center and Gerhard Funk).
The piece can be explored by moving around within one's own fingerprint-maze. Every step is mapped as a color with related sound.
Pointing to the crossing of national borders, the fingerprint as biometric identification becomes crucial.
The fingerprint in its appearance also recalls the concentric ripples or little waves that emerge on a water's surface if disturbed. Water is the main theme – speaking of migration and flight, in most cases water must be conquered – as well as inner and outer borders. Water is also a representation of the inner emotional state of a person and its expression. As a popular knowledge, as we dream of water, we dream of our inner states.
The piece can be explored by one to five people at the same time within a Deep Space environment.
installation – dialing politics
© motionarts 2016
To watch the documentation of the installation please check out vimeo: https://vimeo.com/197387807
In dissecting the Cold War’s Space Race dialing politics considers the history, the presence, and the future of national politics regarding the constant global threat of war and the continuing intentions of colonization extended to space.
With dialing a two-digit number on the “Red Telephone” selected excerpts of historical and actual speeches of US and USSR/Russian presidents will be audible.
With dialing a number on the free-standing rotary dial the levitating satellite-speakers are turned on and off and thereby create an adequate, alterable soundscape.
The antiquated “superpower”-politics of maximization is represented and paraphrased through the antiquated red telephone cover and antechamber telephone-table, evoking the myth of the “Red Telephone” on the presidential desks in the White House and in the Kremlin.
installation – Medusa2015
© motionarts 2015
From that time on, Medusa was given back her body by the French philosopher Hélène Cixous (*1937) through her essay „Le Rire de la Méduse“ (1975), she was allowed to be her whole body – not any more reduced to her head and her eyes as it had passed on through ages.
But meanwhile Medusa has entered the century of scientific and technical possibilities: her body becomes fragmented again – the perception of a bodily wholeness was replaced by the focus on functions and the brain.
As the one, who used to get rid of everybody who got in her way by her own strength, the scientist Medusa now is hindered by marble ceilings.
Pasture-fence steel wire is Medusa’s skeleton. The pasture is a metaphor for existing exclusively as a service for others – the hungry, who want to help themselves and who use and take their place and space within the seemingly free resources. The pasture-fence protects the self, the inner, the (supposed) property, and one’s integrity. It also keeps outside the unwanted.
But there is no power that would keep her electrified: again, Medusa is overruled by the present and actuality: the fences are dedicated to destruction. Medusa is lying asleep, exhausted, dreaming of a more human world and justice.
Game – Wash Your Hands Challenge
© motionarts 2020
To watch the walkthrough please check out vimeo: https://vimeo.com/477282034
Micro point & click adventure game WYH Challenge - probably one of the typical creative compensations during Covid19 spring 2020 lockdown...
As Italian children during spring 2020 painted rainbows and put them into windows as a sign for hope, Turkey officials prohibited rainbow-painting for children in schools for preventing them to turn gay... Therefore, maybe not at first sight but nevertheless, I've build in some queer activism as a statement for human solidarity and respect, and against binary and heteronormative stereotypes.
Game – World Tree Adventure Game
© motionarts 2020
To watch the test and teaser please check out vimeo: https://vimeo.com/477291098
I was leaning Unity and programming in C# while Covid19 lockdown in spring 2020 - this is my first test of skybox, cameras, lightning and shaders of a planned mythological adventure game, featuring the World Tree and its inhabitants.
Interactive installation dialing politics Image credit: Gebhard Sengmüller, 2016
BACK TO THE FUTURE,25th-30th of Oct. 2016, bb15, Linz/Austria, group show by Interface Cultures' students on media archaeology.
featuring medusa2015 and Hommage an die Zirkulation.
© motionarts 2015
ZIRKULATION, 25th of Sep. 2015, Gemeinschaftsatelier Zirkusgasse 10, Vienna 2nd district.
Ausstellungstext (german only)
The Red Telephone
Image credit: Memphis, Linz 2016, Memphis 0ff1n0ff
Interface Culture Musikkapelle Concert, 16th of Jan. 2016,
organized by Enrique Tomas at 0ff1n0ff Memphis, Linz.
The Red Telephone was performed together with Gregor Woschitz.
Gregor composed his own "space" ambient soundscape for this performance.
My idea for this piece points to my later realized and extended interactive installation dialing politics. Its topic is the space race history, documented thorough found footage (images and USA and Russian presidents’ speeches).
Currently I'm about to finalize my doctoral thesis, that investigates the technological simulations in the image of the human and the mutual mirroring and influences of each narrative, that is, in research, creation, and perception, and my Interface Cultures master's thesis about my interactive installation "between worlds" as a comment on my doctoral thesis' findings.
The main focus of my artistic and scientific interest is on the technological replica of the human, led by fragmentary ideas, and how a mere holistic perception of humankind would benefit this world.
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