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SÍM Residency

SÍM Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna, the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists in Reykjavík, Iceland invited me as an artist-in-resident for the upcoming season.

The residency is scheduled for April 2019 and located at a former dairy farm in Korpúlfsstaðir at the outskirts of Reykjavík.

www.sim.is

Foto Wien

I like to announce my participation at Foto Wien in collaboration with Galerie Andrea Jünger. Amongst other artists I present a selection of work taken from the series »Gras«, a joint project with the choreographer Georg Blaschke.

Opening March 20, 2018 7pm (through mid April), Paniglgasse 17a, 1040 Vienna, Austria

https://www.fotowien.at

Galerie Felix Höller

Galerie Felix Höller shows the most recent series »Traces« in collaboration with the painter Lucia Riccelli and the dancer Maartje Pasman. »Traces« is on display for the first time, the opening features performative aspects and gives insight into the creation of the work.

Opening January 16, 2019 7pm (through late February), Sankt Elisabeth Platz 3, 1040 Vienna, Austria

https://www.galerie-felixhoeller.at

Reflektor

I recently joined Reflektor, a community of photographers that places self-produced books under a common name. Reflektor is a presentation platform and promotes the exchange of know-how in graphics and print design.

Our first scheduled appearance is at Cosmos Arles Books, a satellite space of Les Rencontres d'Arles opening July 2, 2018.

http://reflektor.org

Aesthetics of Impossibility

Italian author Katja Centonze features in her publication »Murobushi Kō’s Aesthetics of Impossibility: Murobushi Kō on Hijikata Tatsumi« a selection of photos I took with the acclaimed Butoh artist on previous tours.

Katja’s work is published by Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina Venezia, Italy in March 2018.

http://www.cafoscarina.it

Solidarity Matters

I like to announce my participation in the charity auction Solidarity Matters with a fine art print taken from the series »A Sea of Being«. The event is conducted by Sotheby's and takes place at the MUMOK Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, AT.

You are welcome to explore the art work on February 21, 2018 at 4pm. The auction starts at 6pm.

https://www.solidaritymatters.com

One World Foundation

In 2009 I started an arts in education program in a joint effort with the One World Foundation, a school project in Ahungalle, Sri Lanka and the association Paint for Life in Vienna, Austria.

I return to the school in winter 2018 and teach classes in photography and art history. The program addresses life skills and provides means for creation and expression.

http://www.owf.at

National Arts Center

The National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada features the Kipnes Lantern, a 60 foot tower of transparent LED screens. From 2018 onwards the tower showcases a kaleidoscope of notable productions and I contribute with photo work taken from »Vertical Road« by Akram Khan.

Opening January 1, 2018, Elgin Street 1, ON K1P 5W1 Ottawa, Canada

https://nac-cna.ca

New Design University

I am pleased to teach for another semester at the New Design University in St.Pölten, Austria.

»Sensing - Körperwahrnehmungen in räumlichen Strukturen« continues to focus on the human body in a spatial context, on how we use and are aware of our individual senses. We explore modes of perception and how experience turns into memory.

http://www.ndu.ac.at

Red Carpet Showroom

A selection of work taken from the photo series »Gras« in on display at Red Carpet Showroom, a public space situated at Karlsplatz, a major subway station in Vienna, Austria. »Gras« is the result of a collaboration with the choreographer and dancer Georg Blaschke.

Opening hours October 15 - 31, 2017, Karlsplatz subway passage, intersection of U1, U2 and U4, 1010 Vienna, Austria

http://www.redcarpetartaward.com

Danube Dialogues

Photon Gallery presents »Gray Matters«, an installation project together with the artist Eva Petric at Danube Dialogues under the title »Aesthetics and the Intimate«.

Opening September 12, 2017 8.30pm (through September 13), Fine Art Gallery of the Rajko Mamuzić Gift Collection, Vase Stajića 1, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia

http://danubeartfest.org/festival-2017

Hong Kong Arts Centre

The photo series »Closeness« is part of the group exhibition »Uncommon Places« and presented in Hong Kong by Young Austrian Photography, the Austrian Consulat and Goethe Institute.

Opening September 6, 2017 7pm (through September 30), Goethe Gallery 14/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre 2, Harbour Road, Wan Chai Hong Kong

http://youngaustrianphotography.at

Genron

The 5th issue of Japanese print magazine Genron, titled »Ghostly Body« is out and features photo work I took of Butoh dancer Ko Murobushi.

Genron 5 can be read as an independent inquiry into the theatrical theory or the theory of the body, reflecting on the digital media and the age of the media as the age of ghosts.

https://genron-tomonokai.com

Photo Book Festival

I like to announce my participation at Vienna Photo Book Festival together with a bunch of book-loving friends. Don't miss the opportunity to learn about our print editions. The photo book »A Sea of Being« will be on display as well.

Opening June 10, 2017 10am - 8pm, June 11, 2017 10am - 6pm, Ankerbrotfabrik Wien, Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna, Austria

http://viennaphotobookfestival.com

Photon Gallery Vienna

The event »A Sea of Being« features a Butoh performance by Mirjam Morad and a presentation of our same-titled photo book at Photon Gallery Vienna. The following day Mirjam offers a Butoh workshop for those inspired by her work.

Opening May 23, 2017 7pm (through May 26), Photon Gallery, Zieglergasse 34, 1070 Vienna, Austria

http://photon.si

New Design University

I am pleased to teach again at the New Design University in St.Pölten, Austria.

«Sensing - Körperwahrnehmungen in räumlichen Strukturen« focuses on the human body in a spatial context, on how we use and are aware of our individual senses. We explore modes of perception and how experience turns into memory.

http://www.ndu.ac.at

Art Habens Art Review

A selection of recent work and a personal interview is published in the upcoming 6th issue of Art Habens Art Review.

The article focuses on my inquiry into the human body and modes of change, featuring the installation «Gras«, the photo book »A Sea of Being« and »Closeness«, a work in progress.

https://issuu.com/arthabens

Tanz Zeitschrift

I am excited about the current edition of »Tanz Zeitschrift« with a feature on the photo book »A Sea of Being«, written by dance critic Helmut Ploebst.

It is my first photo book on Butoh, an avant-garde performance art in postwar Japan and the result of an artistic collaboration with the dancer Mirjam Morad and Büro AgS.

http://www.kultiversum.de

Vizualizator

The annual photo festival Vizualizator invited me with two recent works to Belgrade. The festival is organized in cultural centers and galleries across the city, the program includes guided tours and panel discussions.

Opening November 19, 2016 7pm (through November 25), Gallery City Municipality Vračar, Njegoševa 77, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

http://volontiraj.rs

Fuga

The installation »Gray Matters« together with the artist Eva Petric is on display at Fuga Center of Architecture and Contemporary Art in Budapest, Hungary. Our work is presented by Dejan Sluga, Photon Gallery.

Opening November 17, 2016 6pm (through December 10), Petőfi Sándor u. 5, 1052 Budapest, Hungary

http://fuga.org.hu

New Design University

This fall I teach for the first time at the New Design University in St.Pölten, Austria.

My class focuses on the human body in a spatial context and inquires how we situate ourselves into a landscape. I wish to bring across that everything we encounter is connected with us and our awareness of it, that sensitivity defines our place in this world.

http://www.ndu.ac.at

Fluid Theatre

I am invited as a visual artist to the performance project »Fluid Theatre« by Georg Blaschke. Our work focuses on a somatic architecture of fluid skin, an imaginative refuge in a series of bodily, visual and acoustic actions.

Premiere July 23, 2016 7pm (through July 26), Impulstanz, Leopold Museum, Museumsquartier, 1070 Vienna, Austria

https://www.impulstanz.com

Art Gallery Maribor

I like to announce my participation in the group exhibition »Zipped Worlds» in Maribor, Slovenia together with the artist Eva Petric. We present the installation »Gray Matters«.

Opening January 22, 2016 7pm (through March 5), UGM Art Gallery Maribor, Strossmayerjeva Ulica 6, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

http://www.ugm.si/en

Relaunch

un|still is online with a brand new look! I am very grateful to the graphic designer Phil Samhaber for making this site shine again.

Roland Stieger provided the beautiful font Alena and graphic designer Clemens Schedler precious ideas. Many thanks to everybody who was involved in the re-launch, for heart-felt support and patience along the way.

AFA

The AFA Austrian Fashion Association in Vienna hosts me and the Butoh dancer Mirjam Morad for a performance night and the release of our photo book »A Sea of Being«. Print design by Agnes Steiner, Büro AgS, introductory remarks by Karl Regensburger, director of the Impulstanz festival Vienna and the artist Akemi Takeya.

Opening December 8, 2015, 7pm, Lindengasse 27/1, 1070 Vienna, Austria

http://austrianfashionassociation.at

Boris Hristov

The exhibition and performance project »Verortungen« is invited to the cultural center Boris Hristov in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the European Capital of Culture 2019. Verortungen is part of the annual program of Young Austrian Photography.

Opening September 11, 2015, 7.30pm (through September 30), Boris Hristov, Gladston 15, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

http://www.visitplovdiv.com

Trieste Contemporanea

The installation »Gray Matters« together with the artist Eva Petric is on display as part of the group exhibition »Zipped Worlds« at Museo Contemporanea in Trieste.

Opening September 5, 2015, 7pm (through early October), Via del Monte 2/1, 34122 Trieste, Italy

http://www.triestecontemporanea.it

Ko Murobushi

Acclaimed butoh dancer, teacher and friend, Ko Murobushi passed away on June 18, 2015. Butoh dance has lost one of its most renowned artists. Impulstanz holds a memorial celebration at Odeon Theatre and I am honored to contribute to the evening with an installation work.

Opening August 6, 2015, 9pm (through August 11), Taborstrasse 10, 1020 Vienna, Austria

https://www.impulstanz.com

Liga der Menschenrechte

The Austrian print magazine »Liga der Menschenrechte« publishes a selection of photo work on proper living conditions in Austria as a fundamental human right. Text (in German) by Claudio Polzer.

The release is scheduled for July 2015.

http://www.liga.or.at

Synthesis Gallery

The artist Malika Fankha and I show the exhibition and performance »Verortungen« at Synthesis Gallery in Sofia. Our work is included in the annual program of Young Austrian Photography, titled »Uncommon Places«.

Opening June 13, 2015, 6.30pm (through June 30), Vasil Levski Boulevard, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

http://youngaustrianphotography.at

Photon Gallery

Photon Gallery invites me and the artist Eva Petric to present our installation »Gray Matters«. Our work is part of the group exhibition »Zipped Worlds«.

Opening June 20, 2015, 11am (through July 25), Ankerbrotfabrik, Absberggasse 27/9/10, 1100 Vienna, Austria

www.photongallery.at

Tanz Ist

The photo installation »Gras« together with the choreographer Georg Blaschke is on display at the international dance and performance festival »Tanz Ist« in Dornbirn, Austria.

Opening June 11, 2015, 7pm (through June 20), Unterfeld 28, 6850 Dornbirn, Austria

http://tanzist.at

Paris Photo L.A.

I like to give notice of my participation in the VIP program of Paris Photo Los Angeles, as part of »Young Austrian Photography«. The exhibition takes place at the Fitzpatrick House, designed by R.M. Schindler.

Opening May 1, 2015, 7pm (through May 3), Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States

http://www.parisphoto.com

q202.at

q202.at organizes open studio walking tours in several districts of Vienna. I signed up for the first time. Please come and visit!

Opening April 24, 2015, 2pm-9pm (through April 26), Mollardgasse 28/3/II, 1060 Vienna, Austria

http://www.q202.at

Nikon Spring Expo

I am pleased to announce that Nikon Europe features my work, together with a short interview, as part of the Nikon Spring Expo Showcase. The magazine is available as a download in April 2015.

http://www.cedarcom.co.uk

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

Austrian Embassy Washington DC

Young Austrian Photography and photo::vienna present the series »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://youngaustrianphotography.at

Hidden Potential #3

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

http://www.aeon-group.com

Odaada Gallery

I am pleased to announce the photo 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

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

02 Projects

Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2013
Mirjam Morad Semmering, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014 | Mirjam Morad Aspern, AT 2012
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Aspern, AT 2012
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015 | Mirjam Morad Semmering, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Semmering, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2013 | Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
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Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015

A Sea of Being I Exhibition, Book

»A Sea of Being« is my first photo book on Butoh, an avant-garde performance art in postwar Japan and the result of an artistic collaboration with the dancer 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. Mirjam and I search for ways of re-living, re-embodying memory that is within our boundaries of perception.

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Mirjam is a Vienna based performer with strong ties to Kazuo Ohno, one of the leading figures and founders of Butoh. Her work is closely connected to and inspired by nature and the understanding of the world as one single, breathing entity.

The publication is edited in English and Japanese in order to give credit to the way Japanese contemporary culture inspired and guided us in our perception of dance, of storytelling, of transformation and - ultimately - in the making of the book. Print design by Agnes Steiner, Büro AgS. 1st edition (c) 2015 / 500 copies, ISBN: 978-3-200-04371-8

Images taken from »A Sea of Being« were on display at Photo Book Festival Vienna, Austria, Photon Gallery Vienna, Austria, Vizualizator Festival Belgrade, Serbia and MAK Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria as part of photo::vienna.

»A Sea of Being« is available at Lia Wolf Cabinet, Kunstbuchhandlung Bernhard Cella and Anzenberger Gallery, all based in Vienna, Austria.

Fine art prints, limited edition 2012 - 2015

Installation A Sea of Being Vienna, AT 2015
Installation A Sea of Being Vienna, AT 2015
Installation A Sea of Being Vienna, AT 2015
Installation A Sea of Being Vienna, AT 2015
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Installation A Sea of Being Vienna, AT 2015

A Sea of Being II Installation, Performance

The release and presentation of the photo book »A Sea of Being« gave me the opportunity to design an out-door landscape with drift wood and leaves inside a building's interior. The dancer and protagonist Mirjam Morad performed inside the installation. Drift wood in various sizes and shapes was attached to the ceiling and created the idea of the exterior, the outside, as a breathing and ever changing entity, purely organic and open for connection with our individual senses.

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The design served as a reference to Butoh dance, visualizing the transformation of wood as matter that re-embodies memory.

The installation was introduced to the audience by Karl Regensburger, head of the Impulstanz Festival Vienna and the artist Akemi Takeya at the AFA Austrian Fashion Association in Vienna, Austria on December 8, 2015.

Hussam & Hannah | Sabine & Fabio Vienna, AT 2016
Lieve & Joachim | Moritz & Gertrude, Vienna, AT 2017
Natali & Marita | Clemens & Sarah Vienna, AT 2017
Manaho & Santo | Barbara & Franco, Vienna, AT 2017
Jakob & Elena | Maria & Mohammed Vienna, AT 2017
Katharina & Doris | Manfred & Dana Vienna, AT 2018
Katharina & Uwe | Reinhard & Christina Vienna, AT 2018
Joschka & Sayaka | Tsuneyasu & Ayumi Vienna, AT 2018
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Hussam & Hannah | Sabine & Fabio Vienna, AT 2016

Closeness Exhibition

The photo series »Closeness« examines ways we are connected with each other, how we reach out, ask and receive, approach or leave one another, in what way ties exist, just discovered or experienced for years - qualities that are primarily visible to the inner eye. The artist Rivka Rinn stated in that regard: »That what the eye doesn't know, it sees.« I use an upright picture format and a single lighting source with two protagonists sitting in front of a black wall. »Closeness« allows the exploration of touch, from a rather physical quality to the one felt from the inside. Various layers of interaction create an ever changing mode of conduct that I accompany and capture as a photographer.

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The photographic images hold art historical references and open the floor for a discussion on physis, socio-political perceptions of life and a spirituality that has been anchored and maintained in the applied arts over centuries. It is the interaction of diversity and the diversity of interaction that I try to capture in my work. I wish to bring across that barriers, physically present or just in people's minds can be overcome through our individual connectedness or closeness.

»Closeness« was presented at Hong Kong Arts Center | Goethe Gallery & Black Box Studio, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

C4 photo prints, mounted in shadow frames, limited edition 2016 - 2018

Georg Blaschke Vienna, AT 2014
Georg Blaschke Vienna, AT 2014
Georg Blaschke Vienna, AT 2014
Georg Blaschke Vienna, AT 2014
Gras Vienna, AT 2014
Gras Vienna, AT 2014
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Georg Blaschke Vienna, AT 2014

Gras Installation

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. 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.

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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 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. »Gras« was accompanied by a brochure and a fine art postcard edition. Print design by Agnes Steiner, Büro AgS.

»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

»Gras« was presented at Vizualizator Festival Belgrade, Serbia, Impulstanz Festival Vienna, Austria, Odaada Gallery Vienna, Austria, Tanz Ist Dornbirn, Austria and Tanztage Burgenland, Austria. Many thanks to Karl Regensburger, Liz King, Marija Ilkic, Isben Onen and Guenter Marinelli for the generous support.

C4 photo prints, mounted, fine art prints, limited edition 2013

Gray Matters Vienna, AT 2014
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Gray Matters Vienna, AT 2014

Gray Matters Installation

»Gray Matters« is a collaboration with the Slovenian artist Eva Petric. We display a bird-eye view of Vienna, large enough to show six Flaktowers, situated in the capital city of Austria. Flaktowers (»flak« means artillery) are clearly visible and commonly acknowledged as a violation of the urban scenery. These towers are also strong visual remains of World War II and a regime that inflicted the hearts of generations of peoples. There are various meanings to scars. Scars serve as memory and remind us of what had happened in the past. Also, scars happen for different reasons and remain with us, heart felt and visible to the outside world.

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What does a tower as an object turn into when the function is re-assigned? What are the possible angles and aspects of daily life, that go with the object? Is it still a military complex and does it represent an oppressive, brutal regime? We are aware of the locations and initial functions of the towers and put them geographically in context as one structure. Can an initial purpose be erased, taken away? Eva and I wish to express that rural as well as urban landscapes are not still or done. There is a continuous (re)appearing of memory that shines in different lights, depending on the angle and given approach.

The installation consists of a large, mounted fine art print of one of the flak towers and an over-sized map covering the ground with a bird-eye view of Vienna. Six white, wooden towers are positioned along and marked through a connecting red line. The towers display a series of images of surgeries on the open heart.

»Gray Matters« was curated by Dejan Sluga and presented as part of the group exhibition »Zipped Worlds« at Fuga Center of Architecture and Contemporary Art Budapest, Hungary, Art Gallery Maribor, Slovenia, Trieste Contemporanea, Italy and Photon Gallery Vienna, Austria.

B/W photo prints and installation, mounted, limited edition 2015

Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2010
Maximo Castro Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2009
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2009 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2011
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012
Ko Murobushi Tokyo, JPN 2006 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012
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Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012

Ko Murobushi I Documentation

Ko Murobushi was an acclaimed Butoh artist, who taught and performed worldwide. Butoh, influenced by European expressionism, shifted Japanese traditional dance to the artistic avant-garde of the 20th century postwar period. The founders were Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, who fought conventions 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.

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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 in the late 90s and had the opportunity to attend his workshops as a dancer. Eventually I began photographing several creations in Europe and Japan, feeling touched and deeply moved by his performative art.

Several publishers, amongst them Edition Autrement Paris, FR (2012), Doc! Photo Magazine Warsaw, PL (2014), Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Waseda University Tokyo, JP (2015) and Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina Venezia, IT (2018) feature a selection of work.

Installation Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2015
Installation Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2015
Installation Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2015
Installation Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2015
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Installation Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2015

Ko Murobushi II Installation

The acclaimed Japanese Butoh artist Ko Murobushi passed away very unexpectedly on June 18, 2015. The Impulstanz festival in Vienna, Austria gave me the opportunity to build an installation for a memorial night on August 6, 2015 at Odeon theatre. I have for many years been drawn to Ko’s storytelling, his ability to create images that seem larger than life, very real and physical, yet at the same time permeable like air, ever changing and free of a distinct shape.

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The installation consists of light gray stones, taken from a river bed in Upper Austria. I selected stones with an organic touch as a reminder of natural forces and modes of transformation. The stones were positioned on the floor as a single structure as well as mounted up in the air on thin cotton strings, mirroring in number and shape its counterpart. Bright natural fabrics covered the stones and the surrounding environment, referring to a Japanese rock or zen garden. Such structures aim at imitating the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance.

My intention was to provide a space for visitors to hold in for a moment and touch an elevated space, to perceive gravity and a very physical reality as well as the supernatural, unexplainable that surpasses the known.

The installation was generously funded by Impulstanz Festival Vienna. Many thanks to Roos van Berkel, Karin Haas, Gudrun Lenk-Wane and Kimiko Watanabe for the generous support.

Traces Vienna, AT 2018
Traces Vienna, AT 2018
Traces Vienna, AT 2017
Traces Vienna, AT 2017
Traces Vienna, AT 2018
Traces Vienna, AT 2018
Traces Vienna, AT 2017
Traces Vienna, AT 2018
Traces Vienna, AT 2018
Traces Vienna, AT 2018
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Traces Vienna, AT 2018

Traces Exhibition, Performance

Flower pedals and fallen leaves, fabrics and colored pieces of glass open doors while others close, touch upon an ever changing landscape, a narrative with no given context. Traces of light illuminate a low lid space, old fashioned slide projectors paint multi-layered structures on a wall, interact with the movement of the dancer Maartje Pasman. The images taken are process-based, sudden appearances on the horizon of our senses.

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One of the visual layers on display consists of a painting of the dancer, done by the painter Lucia Riccelli and photographed on color slide film. We search for an open field, a dusty, unknown place that we can reach with our imaginative hands. »Traces« is an journey through flickering light and a heartfelt collaboration with Maartje and Lucia.

Fine art prints, limited edition 2017 - 2018

Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
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Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014

Verortungen Exhibition, Performance

»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 with the performer Malika Fankha. Malika and I 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.

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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.

A selection of photographic work 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

»Verortungen« was on display at Bildraum 01 Gallery Vienna, Austria, Paris Photo Los Angeles, USA, Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC, USA, Synthesis Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria and Boris Hristov Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

C4 photo prints, fine art prints, limited edition 2014

#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017
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#whatremains Vienna, AT 2017

#whatremains Documentation

Memory and its implications on our lives have always been of interest to me. »#whatremains« is an attempt to tell a personal story about Margarete, my grandmother who passed away in 2017. She lived in the same apartment in Vienna, Austria since the 1950s, most of the time by herself, facing a growing dementia and loss of touch with the world outside. Over the years she created her own universe of fabrics, wooden toys and masks, covered in light and gradually, in dust.

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During summer I began to document her refuge with the aim to share an inner image, an inner logic that lied underneath what seemed to be a randomness of forgotten property. The final images show the apartment empty, an appearance so new to me and almost a shock. It felt as if these walls could speak, silent witnesses of a period of time that no longer is.

03 Arts in Education

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© Thisaru Madusanka | Ushan Randika
© Dewmini Uthpala
© Kumudika Wijerathne
© Chaminda Leelantha
© Dilash de Silva
© Dinusha Hashan
© Gauri Mendes
© Eranda Chandeepa
© Lasandu Kushan
© Chanika Perera
© Mahisha Thabrew
© Iresha Pushkpakanthi | Mahisha Thabrew
© Isuru Rangana
© Mohamed Hussaik
© Prasadi Nuwanthika Ranasinghe
© Nishan Sampath
© Preethika Jeewanthi
© Rachitha Subashini | Sameera Chathura
© Samitha Thero
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One World Foundation

The Vienna based association Paint for Life gave me the opportunity to set up an arts in education program and provide classes in photography at the One World Foundation, a free education school in Ahungalle, Sri Lanka. The facility provides education for about a thousand students and offers courses that are often inadequately covered by governmental schools, such as English, Tamil, IT or graphic design. Classes run since 2009 and artists with an international reputation regularly contribute to the program. With the beginning of 2018 participants receive a diploma fully certified by the state of Sri Lanka. My last visit took place in winter 2018 and I like to thank Sabine and Lothar Trierenberg for their generous support.

List of photography teachers: Patrizia Gapp, Elena Givone, Fritz Krinzinger, Günter Mik, Ronnie Niedermeyer, Laurent Ziegler;

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The course addresses students that are enrolled in graphic design and offers hands-on experience in digital as well as analogue photography. Classes feature art history, photographic concepts and theory, the role of the media and plenty of practical assignments.

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 and to provide means for creation and expression. 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. The photo gallery features a small selection of my student's work.

04 Publications

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Young Austrian Photography Exhibition Sofia, BG 2015 | Kulturforen Wien Publication Vienna, AT 2018
Sengikukai Buyo Exhibition Tokyo, JPN 2018
Art Habens Contemporary Art Review Nr. 6 Publication Berlin, DE 2017
Tanz Magazin Publication Berlin, DE 2016
Georg Blaschke Performance Vienna, AT 2016 | ACF Publication London, UK 2010
A Sea of Being Publication Vienna, AT 2015
Photon Gallery Exhibition Vienna, AT 2015
CDS Centrum für Dramaturgische Studien Publication Vienna, AT 2015
Young Austrian Photography Exhibition Washington DC, USA 2014
Sengiku Bando Publication Tokyo, JPN 2013 | Odaada Gallery Exhibition Vienna, AT 2014
Doc! Photo Magazine Publication #20 Warsaw, PL 2014
Bildraum Gallery Exhibition Vienna, AT 2014 | Ko Murobushi Campaign Tokyo, JPN 2013
Hilti Foundation Publication Schaan, LIE 2013
Theater an der Wien Publication Vienna, AT 2013 | Georg Blaschke Publication Vienna, AT 2013
Liga der Menschenrechte Publication Vienna, AT 2013
ELIA Campaign Vienna, AT 2012 | Danube University Campaign Krems, AT 2011
Bartabas - Pour la Vie d'Artiste Editions Autrement Publication Paris, FR 2012
Hidden Potential AEON Consulting Group Publication Vienna, AT 2011
Akram Khan Campaign London, UK 2010 | Bloomsbury Publication London, UK 2012
Festspielhaus Campaign St. Pölten, AT 2011 | Caritas Campaign Vienna, AT 2011
Danube University Exhibition Krems, AT 2010
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