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01News

Nov 6, 2014

photo::vienna

photo::vienna showcases a selection of fine art prints from the series "Vom Vergessen" at the MAK Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Opening November 27, 2014, 10am (through November 30), MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria

http://www.photovienna.at

Oct 23, 2014

Young Austrian Photography

Young Austrian Photography 2014 and photo::vienna present a selection of "Vom Vergessen" at the group exhibition "Sensitive Viewing Habits".

Opening November 10, 2014, 7pm (through November 22), Embassy of Austria 3524 International Ct NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States

http://www.austria.org/yap/

Oct 3, 2014

Hidden Potential #3

The latest edition of "Hidden Potential" by aeon Consulting Group is out!

The magazine features a portrait series I took of experts on Business Development, Operational Excellence, Leadership and Transformation.

http://www.aeon-group.com/

Sep 30, 2014

Odaada Gallery

I am pleased to announce the installation "Gras" with the choreographer Georg Blaschke at Odaada Gallery.

Opening November 7, 2014, 7pm (through November 14), Kaiserstrasse 34, 1070 Vienna, Austria

http://odaada.com/

Sep 24, 2014

Art Photo Budapest

Photon Gallery shows a selection of "Gras" and "Verortungen" at Art Photo Budapest / gallery booth P401!

Opening October 9, 2014, 11am (through October 12), Millenaris Park, Kis Rókus utca 16-20, 1024 Budapest, Hungary

http://www.artmarketbudapest.hu/

May 5, 2014

Bildraum Gallery 01

Bildraum Gallery 01 presents a new body of work with the performer Malika Fankha, titled "Verortungen".

Opening July 16, 2014, 7pm (through September 13), Strauchgasse 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria

http://www.bildrecht.at/

Feb 3, 2014

Dance Identity Festival

The installation "Gras" with the choreographer Georg Blaschke is on display at Dance Identity Festival 2014.

Opening May 9, 2014, 7pm (through May 11), Oho Gallery, Lisztgasse 12, 7400 Oberwart, Austria

http://www.dance-identity.com/

Jan 26, 2014

The Syrian Conflict

I am curating an exhibition with Syrian photographers as part of an international conference on the Syrian conflict and the promotion of reconciliation.

Opening February 6, 2014, 1pm (through February 7), Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, Lehárgasse 6-8, 1060 Vienna, Austria

https://www.facebook.com/events/

Jan 12, 2014

Doc! Photo Magazine

A photo essay on Japanese dance featuring the Butoh artist Ko Murobushi is published in the February edition of Doc! Photo Magazine (Edition #20).

http://www.docphotomagazine.com

Nov 20, 2013

Taj Hotel and Resorts

Taj Hotel and Resorts uses a dance image of Akram Khan Company (Vertical Road) for a world wide and exclusive image campaign. Advertising starts in spring 2014, the campaign is designed for two years.

http://www.tajhotels.com

Nov 15, 2013

Liga der Menschenrechte

The Austrian print magazine "Liga der Menschenrechte" publishes a selection of photo work on the situation of refugees in Vienna, Austria. Text (in German) by Claudio Polzer. The release is scheduled for December 2013.

http://www.liga.or.at

Aug 15, 2013

Faces for Refugees

The association Faces for Refugees supports asylum seekers in Austria in their quest for a fair review of their asylum application. Unwilling to accept the hardships most refugees face in this country, I contribute to the platform with photo essays and media work.

http://www.facesforrefugees.at

Jul 30, 2013

Danube University Krems

The Danube University in Krems, Austria selected me as a jury member for an artist in residency program, exploring modes of interaction between art and science. We invited aspiring photographers from the Danube region, the presentation is scheduled for October 23, 2013.

http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/

Jul 18, 2013

Living Sculptures 2

Only a few more days to go for another dance workshop for children (from 6 - 10 years of age) at the Impulstanz festival, together with the choreographer Gabi Seeleitner. Don't miss it, classes start on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Dschungel Theatre!

http://www.impulstanz.com/

Jul 1, 2013

Impulstanz

"Gras" is the most recent collaboration with the Austrian choreographer Georg Blaschke. We are proud to present the outcome of our work at the Impulstanz festival 2013.

Opening July 14, 2013, 6.30pm (through August 11), Odeon Theatre, Taborstrasse 11, 1020 Vienna, Austria

http://www.impulstanz.com/

Oct 10, 2012

Eyes on

I am pleased to announce the upcoming group photo exhibition "Coming of Age" as part of eyes on | Monat der Photographie.

Opening November 9, 2012, 7pm (through November 25, Tue to Sun 2 - 8pm), Bezirksmuseum Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna, Austria

http://www.eyes-on.at

Sep 22, 2012

Travelouge I-IV

The Austrian choreographer Andrea K. Schlehwein invited me to perform in "Travelogue I_IV". The creation is designed as a multimedia diary on the occasion of the centenary of John Cage's birth.

Premiere October 10, 2012 (through October 12, 13 and 14), Messeplatz 1, 9020 Klagenfurt, Austria

http://www.andreakschlehwein.dance-germany.org

Sep 15, 2012

Advertising Academy Vienna

From this autumn on I am a guest teacher at the Advertising Academy in Vienna, Austria. The workshop "Narration in Photography" is taught by Barbara von Rechbach, founder of STUDIO VDR who specializes in Design Fiction and media experience.

http://www.werbeakademie.at

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02Publications

Young Austrian Photography Washington DC, United States 2014
Bildraum Gallery Vienna, Austria 2014 | Ko Murobushi Tokyo, Japan 2013
Doc! Photo Magazine Edition #20 Warsaw, Poland 2014
Theater an der Wien Vienna, Austria 2013 | Georg Blaschke Vienna, Austria 2013
Hilti Foundation Schaan, Liechtenstein 2013
Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2013 | Odaada Gallery Vienna, Austria 2014
Akram Khan Company London, UK 2010 | Bloomsbury Division London, UK 2012
Liga der Menschenrechte Vienna, Austria 2013
ELIA Vienna, Austria 2012 | WUK Vienna, Austria 2009
Festspielhaus St.Poelten, Austria 2011 | Caritas Charity Campaign Vienna, Austria 2011
aeon Consulting Group Vienna, Austria 2011
Editions Autrement Paris, France 2012
Donau Universitaet Krems, Austria 2010
Caritas Charity Campaign Vienna, Austria 2011 | Liga Vienna, Austria 2010
Donau Universitaet Krems, Austria 2004 | Austrian Cultural Forum London, UK 2010
Donau Universitaet Krems, Austria 2011 | Impulstanz Vienna, Austria 2005
BankArt  Yokohama, Japan 2006
1 / Young Austrian Photography Washington DC, United States 2014

03People

Client Akram Khan Company London, UK 2010
Client Paige Barnes Seattle, USA 2008 | Kerstin Kussmaul Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Vesna Stajic Vienna, Austria 2014
Client Anna Tenta Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Steve Osada Tokyo, Japan 2007 | Alice Schneider Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Furious Steez Vienna, Austria 2006
Client European Film College Copenhagen, Denmark 2004
Client Lore Heuermann Vienna, Austria 2007
Client Georg Blaschke Vienna, Austria 2013 | Nora Waldstaetten Berlin, Germany 2010
Client Furious Steez Vienna, Austria 2006
Client Nora Waldstaetten Berlin, Germany 2010
Client Isabella Wolf Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Caritas Charity campaign "Liebe beginnt mit Dir" Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Adelheid Schiessl Vienna, Austria 2008 | Julia Stipsits Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Beate Goebel Vienna, Austria 2006
Client Natali Glisic Vienna, Austria 2013 | Miguel Guzman Vienna, Austria 2014
Client Valerie Sajdik Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Stephan Libardi Vienna, Austria 2011 | Anna Tenta Vienna, Austria 2011
Project Paint for Life Ahungalle, Sri Lanka 2009
Client Kersten Kloser Vienna, Austria 2007
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Hilti Foundation Vienna, Austria 2013
Client Akram Khan Company London, UK 2010 | Vidya Samadhi Piriwena Temple, Sri Lanka 2011
Commission Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client European Film College Ebeltoft, Denmark, 2004
1 / Client Akram Khan Company London, UK 2010

04Dance

Project Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2014
Commission Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2007
Client Paige Barnes Seattle, United States 2008
Project Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2008
Client Akram Khan Company Leicester, UK 2010
Client Emio Greco Amsterdam, Netherlands 2006
Client Akemi Takeya Vienna, Austria 2008
Client Festspielhaus St.Poelten, Austria 2010
Client Yukie Koji Vienna, Austria 2008
Project Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2013 | Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Client Ismael Ivo Vienna, Austria 2012
Project Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2013
Client Festspielhaus St.Poelten, Austria 2010
Client Paige Barnes Seattle, USA 2008
Client Karl Schreiner St.Poelten, Austria 2009
Client Donau Universitaet Krems, Austria 2009
Client ABC Dance Company St.Poelten, Austria 2005
Client Yuri Nagaoka Tokyo, Japan 2007
Project Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2014 | Chromolab Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Georg Blaschke Vienna, Austria 2014
Commission Tanz die Toleranz Vienna, Austria 2011
Project Mirjam Morad Aspern, Austria 2012 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2013
Client Katharina Weinhuber Vienna, Austria 2013
Client Donau Universitaet Krems, Austria 2010
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2012 | Lalala Human Steps Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Akram Khan Company Leicester, UK 2010
Client Emio Greco Vienna, Austria 2010
Project Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Emio Greco Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Yuki Enomoto Tokyo, Japan 2007
Project Mirjam Morad Aspern, Austria 2011 | Client Emio Greco Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Tanztheater Wien Vienna, Austria 1998
Client Donau Universitaet Krems, Austria 2010
Project Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Client Emio Greco Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Yuki Enomoto Tokyo, Japan 2007
Client Tanztheater Wien Vienna, Austria 2000
Client Akram Khan Company Leicester, UK 2010
Client Lalala Human Steps Vienna 2007
Client Akram Khan Company Rome, Italy 2010
1 / Project Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2014

05Projects

Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab 2.0 Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab 2.0 Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab 2.0 Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab 2.0 Krems, Austria 2010
Chromolab 2.0 Krems, Austria 2010
1 / Chromolab Krems, Austria 2010

Chromolab

"Chromolab" and "Chromolab 2.0" are a collaborative work in progress together with the visual artist Victoria Coeln.

Victoria develops light spaces she refers to as chromotopes. Her work condenses and concretizes light and incorporates scientific knowledge as well as the power of emotion and personal encounter. The chromotopes are installed temporarily or permanently in public outdoor and indoor spaces.

We presented Chromolab, a selection of photo and video work with the dancers Caitlyn Carradine and Ziga Jereb at the Donau Universitaet Krems, Austria in July 2010. The structures of light and vice versa the dance movements changed continuously and gave way to experiments with new situations and boundaries.

Victoria and I used analog as well as digital equipment (5' x 4' and mid format, dslr, video) and produced large scale photo prints, collage work and video clips.

Chromolab 2.0 was launched in November 2010 at the annual Monat der Fotografie. Visual artists provided various contemporary positions on photography, the event was titled Salon XV and initiated by FotoK in Vienna. We asked visitors to enter the light space and to create their own individual stories in a playful way. The process was documented with polaroid cameras, a small selection is on display.

Many thanks to Pascal Petignat at FotoK and to the Impossible Project.

Gras Vienna, Austria 2013
Gras Vienna, Austria 2013
Gras Vienna, Austria 2013
Gras Vienna, Austria 2013
Gras Vienna, Austria 2013
Gras Vienna, Austria 2013
1 / Gras Vienna, Austria 2013

Gras

Vienna based performer and choreographer Georg Blaschke invited me as a collaborating artist to "The Balanced Room", a series of space occupations on different sites. Participating projects are installation based and address performative questions of oscillation and stand-still, dizziness and balance, transitoriness and the conceivableness of movement in time.

"Gras", the first part of this series, is composed of twelve larger-than-life images of the performer, situated in an on-going installation specially developed for ImPulsTanz #30 in Vienna.

Georg exposes his body to the photographer's eye in several series of Aktionen. The process takes place in different sessions during which the collaborative practice enables further steps into understanding the intrinsic logic of the total work.

The body becomes the underlying ground for serial choreographic arrangements and superimpositions of organic substances, which provoke formal bodily extensions in the images, perceived as inner and outer landscapes.

This setting allows a sensual experience on the borderline of perception and results in an astonishing interplay between image, choreography and action, an intimate dance on the horizon of focus and haziness. The aim is not to display individual sceneries on the surface level but to see the unseen, to inquire what meets the eye underneath the obvious and familiar.

"One of the greatest challenges in today’s culture, urgently necessary from a political point of view, is how to bring analytical skills to bear on the perceptual physiological language of the image, an event and not an object — constantly changing, living and growing." Bill Viola, Unseen Images, 1992

12 C4 Prints in 110 × 165 cm (mounted, limited edition, 2013)

Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2008
Maximo Castro, Jorge Bernal Vienna, Austria 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2010
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2009
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2012
Yo Nakamura Vienna, Austria 2014 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2012
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2008
Maximo Castro Vienna, Austria 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2009
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2012 | Yo Nakamura Vienna, Austria 2014
Dorothée Munyaneza Vienna, Austria 2011
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2009 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2008 | Ko Murobushi Tokyo, Japan 2006
Dorothée Munyaneza Vienna, Austria 2011
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2011 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2012
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2011
Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2014
1 / Ko Murobushi Vienna, Austria 2008

Ko Murobushi

Ko Murobushi is a well known and acclaimed Butoh artist, teaching and performing worldwide. Butoh, influenced by European expressionism, shifted Japanese traditional dance to the artistic avant-garde of the 20th century postwar period.

The founders of Butoh were two revolutionaries of dance, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, who fought conventions and rules with the desire to reveal the truth of the human being in life and death. Over the years they developed their individual style of Butoh.

Hijikata explored the transmutation of the human body into other forms, such as those of animals. He also developed a poetic and surreal choreographic language to help the dancer transform into other states of being.

Ohno is described as the soul of Butoh. He once commented on his work: "The best thing someone can say is that while watching my performance they begin to cry. It is not important to understand what I am doing; perhaps it is better if they don't understand, but just respond to the dance." Martin Childs, Kazuo Ohno, 2010

Butoh can involve playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, unusual environments, and is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow controlled motion.

I met Ko Murobushi for the first time in the late 90s and had the opportunity to attend his workshops. Over the years I photographed several of his creations in Europe and Japan, always drawn to his storytelling and exploration of the body.

Ko regularly collaborates with artists from different genres, amongst others the performer Dorothée Munyaneza, Yo Nakamura, Maximo Castro and Jorge Bernal.

Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009
1 / Life on Earth Vienna, Austria 2009

Life on Earth

It all began in Santiago de Chile with the idea to witness daily life in public space, to capture the perception of common people and reveal the modes and impact of traveling. Traveling can stand for a lot of things, such as moving from place A to B, a group of friends on vacation, migrants forced to give up familiar territory, an audience bodily and mentally following a piece.

The travel from Santiago de Chile ended at the outskirts of Vienna at a place called Macondo, named after Marquez' writing in "Hundred Years of Solitude". Macondo became a place for shelter and home back in the 70s when Chilean refugees fled under Pinochet. The Macondo of today is an ever changing and growing settlement where successive waves of political refugees arrive from the current headlining wars from around the globe. Hidden behind a yellow corrugated iron fence and Walmart like parking lots, there lies a different and unexpected world, somehow misplaced geographically.

We recorded life stories of people based in Macondo, of audience and bystanders, invited or by accident drawn to the ongoing process. Over time, shared perceptions and connecting dots appeared, laid out over individual biographies.

A first presentation was given in May 2007 at TQW Tanzquartier Wien and Macondo as a performative gathering of visitors and inhabitants. The collaboration resumed in 2009 with a new agenda and range of artistic work. Cabula6 was granted a refugee apartment by the Austrian ministry and we lived in Macondo, on and off, for six months. A shipping container, set up on the edge of a soccer field provided a meeting point for a variety of invited artists, the team and residents. Children created their own garden and designed the space according to their means and vision. A map of Macondo was put up at a nearby bus stop, inviting locals to draw with markers their own, memory based landscape. Contributions were integrated into the map design on a regular basis and published with a new billposting.

"Life on Earth" is a collaborative project with Cabula6, an international performance group under the artistic direction of Claudia Heu and Jeremy Xido. The project was named Collectiv of the Year (Category Ensembles) by the German dance magazine Ballettanz (Jahrbuch 09) and received an "Outstanding Artistic Award" - Interkultureller Dialog 2010 by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (bm:ukk).

Paint for Life © Mohamed Hussaik
Paint for Life © Samitha Thero
Paint for Life © Gauri Mendes
Paint for Life © Samitha Thero
Paint for Life © Kumudika Wijerathne
Paint for Life © Iresha Pushkpakanthi | Mahisha Thabrew
Paint for Life © Kumudika Wijerathne
Paint for Life © Lasandu Kushan
Paint for Life © Dilash de Silva
Paint for Life © Malith Sehan
Paint for Life © Anoma Malkanthi Mendis
Paint for Life © Prasadi Nuwanthika Ranasinghe
Paint for Life © Lasandu Kushan
Paint for Life © Mohamed Hussaik | Nadeeka Thomme Hakuru
Paint for Life © Mahisha Thabrew
Paint for Life © Janaki Hakkini
Paint for Life © Chanika Perera
Paint for Life © Gauri Mendis
Paint for Life © Chanika Perera
Paint for Life © Woshika Abrew
Paint for Life © Lasantha Lakruwan
Paint for Life ©  Tarindu Rajapaksha
Paint for Life © Preethika Jeewanthi
Paint for Life © Vishika Dharmapriya
Paint for Life © Sathya Mendis
1 / Paint for Life © Mohamed Hussaik

Paint for Life

The Vienna based foundation "Paint for Life" gave me the opportunity to set up an artist in residency program and provide regular classes in photography at the one world foundation, a private school in Ahungalle, Sri Lanka. The school provides education for about 1000 students and offers courses that are inadequately covered by governmental schools, such as English, Tamil, computer science or graphic design. I taught at the school and mentored the workshops from 2009 - 2013. Due to financial hardships the program is temporarily suspended. Our aim is to proceed in autumn 2014.

I train students enrolled in graphic design and offer hands-on experience in digital photography. The course features photo history, photographic concepts and theory, the role of the analogue/digital media and plenty of practical assignments. Gaining insight when it comes to technical features is half the story, though.

I understand photography in the given context as a tool to train life skills that find little support within local educational structures.

The courses are designed in a workshop like setting with exchange and critical feedback, take place every day and last for eight weeks. Students are encouraged to get actively involved in the process of work and to carry out assignments with curiosity and joy. My aim is to make participants aware of the value of their individual skills in personal and job related matters, to provide means for creation and expression, for understanding a given situation in a different light. In my opinion, awareness is about the way we perceive moments, places and ultimately light, how far we are willing to take in information, to capture and to share. Photography is a powerful media to bring visions across. The photo gallery features a selection of my students' work.

Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014
1 / Verortungen Vienna, Austria 2014

Verortungen

"I seek a state of mind, a closeness to something that I acquire, experience and feel. As a consequence, it escapes and is no longer of interest. My immediacy causes change and manipulation, values are shifted through my presence."

"Verortungen" is the act of situating oneself inside a landscape and the result of an artistic collaboration between the photographer Laurent Ziegler and the performer Malika Fankha.

Both artists deal with the relationship of the individual towards spatial patterns, with the localization of physical and sensual perceptions as imprints on a map, integrated into our experience of the outer landscape.

The endless space of emptiness shifts by only a subtle rupture, a confrontation with the living matter. Insights vary in both, appearance and impact. Scars appear, once unequal forces collide, clash at certain points and reveal an injury to the outside. This exposed damage breaks given structures and shows the confrontation with landscapes as a means for a new situatedness.

Verortungen is accompanied by text and sound sculptures by Malika Fankha (excerpt).

it drops / you drop / dead / it slips / out of your hands / it splits / my world from yours

C4 Prints, limited edition 2014

Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014 | Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2013
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Aspern, Austria 2012
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Aspern, Austria 2012 | Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Aspern, Austria 2012 | Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Aspern, Austria 2012 | Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2013 | Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014 | Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2012
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, Austria 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, Austria 2014
1 / Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, Austria 2014

Vom Vergessen

"Vom Vergessen" is a work in progress with the artist Mirjam Morad. We explore the outer landscape with all our senses, yearn for modes to connect with the inner self, with the image as the key agent in this exchange. "There are windows or wavelengths of perception. They are simultaneous and interwoven at any one moment, but we are tuned only to a certain frequency range." (Bill Viola, Statements, 1985). Mirjam and I search for ways of re-living, re-embodying memory that is within our boundaries of perception.

Mirjam Morad is a Vienna based performer with strong ties to Kazuo Ohno, one of the founders of Butoh, an avant-garde performance art in postwar Japan. We met in 2008 and began collaborating on various themes, related to Butoh.

06Commissions

Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2008
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2012
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 1998
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2008
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2008
Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011
1 / Client Life Ball Vienna, Austria 2011

Life Ball

The Life Ball in Vienna is the largest and probably most spectacular charity event in Europe, supporting people with HIV or AIDS. It attracts strong international interest and attention. Numerous celebrities such as fashion designers, actors, musicians, politicians, and models show their personal committment to the issue.

A growing number of broadcasting stations and media representatives annually cover the event. I began photographing the Life Ball back in 1998 and have been up front for a number of years.

Client Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, Austria 2012
Client Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, Austria 2012
Client Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, Austria 2012
Client Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, Austria 2012
Client Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, Austria 2012
Client Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, Austria 2012
Client Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, Austria 2012
Client Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, Austria 2012
1 / Client Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, Austria 2012

Reframe #1

"Reframe #1" is my first photographic approach to the idea of eternity. I was commissioned to work on this theme for the art festival Kunst in der Kartause 2012, situated in a medieval cloister in Aggsbach in Lower Austria. Eternity, in comparison to sempiternity, is understood as infinite and eternal, separated from spacial and time based dimensions and as such free of a beginning and an end, free of progress and change.

My research led me to periodic systems without an inherent ending - such as the tides of the sea, the cycle of life or, as far as we understand it, the expansion and contraction of the universe. Such systems, even though based on a repetitive order, are constantly in a state of transformation. Dealing with the concept of eternity requires the believe in a divine or mathematic entity. Photography barely seems to be able to capture a glimpse of such a dimension and yet, it is the awareness of an image inside the image, an inner truth, that reveals non video a larger picture, felt from the inside.

The french philosopher and critic Roland Barthes referred to the "meditation on the absence inherent in photography". Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida 1980

This series features 12 portraits of people in the state of meditation, in a possible transcendental state, sometimes described as a near death or out of the body experience. The viewer is invited and encouraged to embark on an inner journey. The prints are arranged on the floor in four precise rows. The space above is divided in different segments through white threads, seemingly weightless, an infinite and repetitive cycle, only pinned down to the ground by massive stones, refering to our outer reality.

Many thanks to the protagonists on display and to Gerhard Gensch, the curator of the festival.

12 C4 prints 50 x 100 cm (mounted in hand welded steel frames, limited edition 2012)

Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Y-Lan, Taiwan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Y-Lan, Taiwan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Kodaji Temple Kyoto, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Kodaji Temple Kyoto, Japan 2006
Client Ryohei Kondo Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Ryohei Kondo Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Ryohei Kondo Tokyo, Japan 2006
1 / Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006

Sengiku Bando

I met the Japanese dancer Sengiku Bando in 2005 at a dance conference in Monaco. The year after I visited Japan and accompanied Sengiku-san on a performance tour through Japan and Taiwan. In 2007 I stayed for a full year in Tokyo and we presented "Three", a mixed media dance performance, to the public at BankArt in Yokohama. Sengiku Bando has studied Japanese Traditional Dance since her early childhood and inherited the name of “Sengiku” at the age of 15 at the School of Bando-Ryu, one of the most prestigious institutions of Japanese traditional dance.

From time to time, Sengiku-san performs with the contemporary dancer Ryohei Kondo. His work is based on Bunraku, Japanese traditional marionette theatre. I photographed Ryohei's repertoire at several occasions in Tokyo and Kyoto in 2006.

Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2010
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2009
Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2009
1 / Client Caritas Vienna, Austria 2011

Tanz die Toleranz

Caritas Wien initiated the program "Tanz die Toleranz" with the aim to provide regular dance classes and performance venues for people of all ages and countries of origin.

In 2010-11 Tanz die Toleranz presented a selection of performative work in collaboration with the choreographers Janice Parker, Tamara Mclorgwith and Josef Eder at the Palais Kabelwerk in Vienna. The program challenges common prejudices and demonstrates that people can live together if they dance together.

A year before, the British choreographer Royston Maldoom, initiator of numerous community dance projects around the globe, teamed up with Caritas Wien. Royston has worked with young people excluded from education, street kids, people with disability, the displaced, men and women in prison, communities in conflict or marginalised or divided by cultural, religious, social or economic circumstances.

Royston is convinced that dance and performance can transform the lives of individuals and communities by supporting and encouraging cohesion, comprehension, sympathy and dialogue. His work was honoured in 2005 with the project "Rhythm is it". 250 kids performed "Le Sacre du Printemps" by Igor Stravinsky and Simon Rattle conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

He choreographed for Tanz die Toleranz a piece to "Harmonielehre" by John Adam with 100 children from different social and ethnic backgrounds. The dancers successfully performed in October 2009 at the Gasometer in Vienna.

Clients

  • aeon Consulting Group Vienna, Austria
  • Akram Khan Company London, UK
  • Amnesty International Vienna, Austria
  • Anna Tenta Zurich, Switzerland
  • Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development Vienna, Austria
  • Campus Cultur Danube University Krems, Austria
  • Caritas Vienna, Austria
  • Centrum fuer dramaturgische Studien Vienna, Austria
  • Editions Autrement Paris, France
  • Haemmerle Luger | Grafik Design AD Vienna, Austria
  • Hilti Foundation Schaan, Liechtenstein
  • Impulstanz Festival Vienna, Austria
  • Ick Choreographic Arts Center Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts Vienna, Austria
  • Klangbogen Vienna, Austria
  • Klaus Kelterborn Agentur Berlin Germany
  • Ko Murobushi Tokyo, Japan
  • Life Ball Festival Vienna, Austria
  • MUMOK Museum of Modern Art Vienna, Austria
  • Nora von Waldstaetten Berlin, Germany
  • Sony BMG Vienna, Austria
  • Taj Hotel Resorts and Palaces Mumbai, India
  • Theater an der Wien Vienna, Austria
  • Tonkuenstler Orchester St.Poelten, Austria
  • TQW Tanzquartier Vienna, Austria
  • Tba 21 Galerie Vienna, Austria
  • University for Music and the Arts Vienna, Austria
  • Vienna Boys' Choir Vienna, Austria
  • Wiener Festwochen Vienna, Austria

Resume

Laurent Ziegler (MA) was born in Vienna, Austria. He is a freelance photographer with a strong focus on people, performative and documentary work. Laurent studied Political Science at the Universities of Vienna and Copenhagen. In the 90s, he successfully completed educational programs in contemporary dance and film. Laurent seeks exchanges with dancers and media artists at the interface between performance and documentation. He collaborates with Akram Khan, Ko Murobushi, Georg Blaschke and Eva Petric, amongst others. His work is internationally represented in group and solo exhibitions. Besides, Laurent teaches photography as part of an arts in education program in Sri Lanka and is a member of Bildrecht and Kuenstlerhaus Vienna.

Publications:

Village Voice New York, United States, Wired Magazine New York, United States, Bloomsbury Publishers London, UK, Sky Arts UK, Singapore Arts Festival, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces Mumbai, India, Austrian Cultural Forum London, UK, MUMOK Museum of Modern Art Vienna, Austria, Impulstanz Vienna, Austria, Wiener Festwochen, Austria, Players Berlin, Germany, Hilti Foundation Schaan, Liechtenstein, Doc! Photo Magazine Warsaw, Poland, Zoom Magazine Milan, Italy

Awards:

Outstanding Artistic Award | Interkultureller Dialog, Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, Sozialmarie Award Wien, px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Sotheby's Artlink Open Competition Wien

Exhibitions:
  • 2015 Photon Gallery Vienna, Austria ("Public Domain", group exhibition)
  • 2014 photo::vienna Vienna, Austria (group exhibition)
  • 2014 Young Austrian Photographers Washington DC, United States ("Sensitive Viewing Habits", group exhibition)
  • 2014 Odaada Gallery Vienna, Austria ("Gras", installation with Georg Blaschke)
  • 2014 Bildraum Gallery 01 Vienna, Austria ("Verortungen", installation with Malika Fankha)
  • 2014 Dance Identity Festival Burgenland, Austria ("Gras", installation with Georg Blaschke)
  • 2013 Impulstanz Festival Vienna, Austria ("Gras", installation with Georg Blaschke)
  • 2012 Eyes On | Monat der Photographie Vienna, Austria ("Coming of Age", group exhibition)
  • 2012 Kunst in der Kartause Krems, Austria ("Reframe #1", installation)
  • 2011 Tanec Praha Festival, Czech Republic ("Vertical Road", solo exhibition)
  • 2010 Salon XV Vienna, Austria ("Chromolab", installation with Victoria Coeln)
  • 2010 Danube University Krems, Austria (Campus Culture 10th Anniversary, group exhibition)
  • 2008 Wave Photo Gallery Brescia, Italy ("Eyes on Japan", solo exhibition)
  • 2007 Knew Gallery Washington DC, United States ("Photo-Rama", group exhibition)
  • 2007 BankArt Theatre Yokohama, Japan ("Three", mixed media performance with Sengiku Bando)
  • 2006 Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC, United States ("un|still", solo exhibition)

Contact

Photography Laurent Ziegler laurent.ziegler@unstill.net +436763487704
+447706424592

Webdesign Phil Samhaber info@philsamhaber.com http://philsamhaber.com/

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