Exhibition View: RAUW. Das Zittern der Teile

Artists: Albert Mayr, Thea Moeller, Samuel Schaab, Benjamin Tomasi, Hella Gerlach

20 Mar – 17 Apr 2024, Mon–Fri 11:00–18:00

Image by © Hella Gerlach, Ahne (vibe configuration), 2024. Wool, aluminium, carbon, spring steel, conductive yarn, plastic, computing unit with wifi, motor with unbalance, driver with controller, battery, cable, cord
Image by © Touching the work activates a sensimotor robotic artefact, a device that makes the piece vibe with you, transmitting an atmosphere of feeling, while you do the same. Washed too hot, double dried, chattering teeth.
Image by © Thea Moeller, Paradise III, 2024.Steel, laquer
Image by © Benjamin Tomasi, RGB selfie, 2024. Camera lens, LED Gu10 Spot, power ­cable, concrete core of a core drill, round bar, Manfrotto clamp
Image by © Samuel Schaab / Benjamin Tomasi, Lith, 2022—2024. Video 30min. Manfrotto poles / Ripped of backdrop paper roll, sound
Image by © Albert Mayr, Drop Studies, 2024. Wood, metal, aluminium cans, plasic bottles, slipper, buckets, audio mixer, audio cables, piezo microphones, water, water hose, pump
Image by © Samuel Schaab, Zero Repetition. Light installation, steel, led, cable
Image by © Thea Moeller, Cove / Cave, 2023. Veneer, PVC sheet, silicone with ­pigments
Image by © Thea Moeller, Blue ribbon, 2024. Sheet metal, car coating, pigments, grit
Image by © Samuel Schaab, Temporary ruin, 2023. Steel, fan, plastic waste, light

About the artists:

Hella Gerlach’s work explores sculpture as part of a living network of people, apparatuses and objects. Her works make use of flexible structures that act as tactile connectors, inviting users /viewers into relational constellations as part of an imbroglio of social bodies. Working in wood, ceramic, and fabric, Gerlach’s objects playfully try to open up the physical body to mutations and dialogue. Her current work pairs floppy, saggy, matted woolen bodies with electric motors that respond to touch. This new body of dialogical objects is morphing into a future laboratory for AI-driven sculptures, which will grow with humans and their milieux. Hella Gerlach (1977, Köln) lives and works in Berlin.

Albert Mayr is a wizard when it comes to combining movement, sound and atmosphere. Video, sound and object can be so entwined that it gets very immersive by shifting our attention towards details, which we might have missed otherwise. Simple changes are part of the effortless transmutation of objects with which Mayr pushes the perception of his chosen materials; they move from being objects into spacial and sound aware pieces that form an alliance of function and dysfunction. Albert Mayr (1975, St. Pölten) lives and works in Vienna

Thea Moeller’s sculptures are based upon disorder, serving as a method of artistic production. References to everyday architecture – like indoor swimming pools, furniture design, or car ­washes– are examined within the context of suburbia and inner-city wastelands. Precarious construction methods deliberately induce instability or simulate it. Her inclination towards prototypes suggests that the initial attempt may very well be the only one. Thea Moeller (1985, Hanover) lives and works in Vienna.

Samuel Schaab works at the interface of visual art, light, sound and performance. The starting point of his work is usually space and its diverse inscriptions. Based on this, he develops modular settings.Comparable to a stage set, sculptures and spatial fragments are created that can be used in a variable and performative manner.

The use of raw materials and industrial products as well as technology characterize his approach. Furthermore he implements his sculptural interventions in natural landscapes. His work can be found in the context of exhibition spaces, performance projects and concerts. Samuel Schaab (1981, Starnberg) lives and works in Vienna.

Benjamin Tomasi works in a multidisciplinary way. In his art, sound, sensory data, concrete materials and objects merge with digital, electronic and/or everyday analog processes to create poetic sound installations, sculptures, videos and performances. In his works, Tomasi deals with spirituality, nature, digital overload, urban forms of acceleration and loss of control. Benjamin Tomasi (1978, Bolzano) lives and works in Vienna.

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About the exhbition:

The exhibition Rauw. Das Zittern der Teile [‘Rauw’. The Trembling of Parts] deals with the material of the things in our world; things that seem to be made up of an infinite number of individual parts and processes. As an unmanageable amount of particles, parts and raw materials – from a grain of sand to an iPhone, from petroleum to a yoghurt cup – they circulate in a constant process of composition and dissolution around the globe.

A swarm of objects that moves and deposits itself in every conceivable way. They accumulate in cargo planes and truck convoys or are pumped into the earth, consumed by fire and travel as microparticles through the wind and sea, animals and people. A glowing blue-green hybrid of rock and plastic was discovered on the island of Trindade by Brazilian geologist Fernanda Avelar Santos. Sooner or later, this swarm of misappropriated particles sneaks back unbidden into the bodies of its consumers. They form clusters and surfaces or are ordered and disposed of again and again by consumers across continents. This is how huge cycles develop that affect everything they encounter. A systemic changed ‘nature’ that, with its power that is difficult to quantify, pops up, chameleon-like, again and again in unpredictable forms – sometimes as a Great Garbage Patch, sometimes as granules, then again as clothing, as sculpture or as obscurity.

The artists criss-cross this sea of raw materials, objects and particles with their sculptural arrangements. Agglomerations form from former things: wool, raw iron or fragmented plastic. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, this also changes again and again through spatial interventions by the artists.

Across two evenings (19 Mar and 12 Apr), performers and musicians interact with the setting of the exhibition.

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Second Performance Night:

The Unknown Group – 12 Apr, 19:00

A musical collaboration between Maja Osojnik, Karolina Preuschl, Violetta Parisini, Samuel Schaab & Matthias Lenz

Sound Performance: Albert Mayr

Concept: Samuel Schaab

Exhibition opening hours (20 Mar–17 Apr)
Mon–Fri: 11:00–18:00

Extra Saturday: 13 Apr, 10:00–18:00

This exhibition is kindly supported by Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien

All photos: Paul Pibernig