|Maiko Takeda: Atmospheric Reentry 2013 © Maiko Takeda, Photography Bryan Huynh|
Successful exhibition “FACELESS part I” showed the appeal that hiding, veiling, or masking the face exerted on art and fashion after 9/11. The second part of the exhibition, opening on September 27 at 19:00 in freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL at the MuseumsQuartier Wien, continues the survey in a more participatory approach. The focus is on interdisciplinary works and lectures, performances, and workshops that convey how we can survive without losing face and at the same time revolt.
“As much as a face and an expression can give away about us, we have plenty of creative potentials at our disposal for making these tale-telling surfaces illegible, even invisible, without running the risk of suffering social death,” says Brigitte Felderer, co-curator with artist Bogomir Doringer of the group exhibition “FACELESS part II.”
The works by 45 artists are divided into themes like digital masks, mirrors, icons, and invisible people. As for part one of the show, the exhibition design was created by students from the Department for Stage and Costume Design, Film, and Exhibition Architecture at Mozarteum University in Salzburg. “FACELESS part II” will additionally feature photos on the theme of facelessness contributed by more than 50 artists to the website www.facelessexhibition.com (totally about 2.000 posts).
The poignant, poetic sound of William Basinski’s video work “Disintegration Loop 1.1.,” audible throughout the exhibition space, immerses visitors in a melancholic atmosphere. The film by the American composer was shot on the evening of September 11, 2001, and in a single, more than 60-minute take shows the disintegrating Twin Towers enshrouded in wafts of smoke.
Jill Magid’s installation “Article 12/The Spy Project” was produced for the Dutch Secret Service. In this assignment, she portrayed the spies to give the organization a “human face.” Although she always protected their identity, some parts of her work were later censured and confiscated. The central element of her text-based installation is “I Can Burn Your Face,” a neon piece shining so brightly that it is virtually impossible to decipher the confidential information with the naked eye.
Andrew Norman Wilson uncovers the fact that the world’s largest search engine also employs fourth class workers. The film “Workers Leaving the Googleplex” is about so-called ScanOps, low-paid temps who unbeknown to the public scan books for Google’s digital library. The “ScanOps” photos also show how some of the book pages are misscanned and include unwanted elements. British artist Lucy Wood’s installation “Distant Neighbors/Vecinos Distantes Exactitudes” is themed around the invisible migrants who illegally cross the border between the USA and Mexico. Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek’s multi-year photography project on identity and uniformity shows how individuals from various social groups resemble each other in terms of attitude and dress code.
|Adam Harvey, Anti-Drone Burqa 2013 |
(c) Adam Harvey/ahprojects.com in collaboration with Johanna Bloomfield
Like Addie Wagenknecht and KATSU, German conceptual artist Aram Bartholl is part of the New York artist collective F.A.T. - Free Art and Technology Lab. In “How to Vacuum Form” he shows how you can make your own Guy Fawkes mask, the accessory of protest. In his videos and performances, Jeremy Bailey skillfully plays a nerd. The Canadian artist is represented in the exhibition and the side program, among other things giving a workshop for teenagers called “Hey You with the Totally Awesome Face” to teach them how to trick webcams and look more popular. Dutch artist Arthur Elsenaar makes the face dance. His research project “Artifacial” makes it possible to digitally control movements of the face muscles with electrical impulses.
|Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau, The Punishment 2005 |
(c) Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau
With Artists: Martin Backes (GER), Jeremy Bailey (CAN), Jonathan Barnbrook (GBR) for David Bowie, Aram Bartholl (GER), William Basinski (USA), Zach Blas (USA), Heiko Bressnik (AUT), Ondrej Brody (CZE) & Kristofer Paetau (FIN), Mark Brown (NED/GRB), Cracked Labs (AUT), Ben DeHaan (USA), Sofie Groot Dengerink (NED), DENNATON (Jonatan Söderström & Dennis Wedin) (SWE), Arthur Elsenaar (NED), Hrafnhildur Gissurardottir (ISL), Adam Harvey (USA), Jakob Lena Knebl (AUT) & Thomas Hörl (AUT), KATSU (USA), Miodrag Krkobabić (SRB), Matthieu Laurette (FRA), Mirko Lazović (SRB/NED), Theo-Mass Lexileictous (CYP), Vanessa Lodigiani (MEX), Jill Magid (USA), Alberto de Michele (ITA), Jelena Misković (SRB), Bob Miloshević (SRB), Andrew Newman (AUS/GER), Bernd Oppl (AUT), Marco Pezzotta (ITA), RAF SIMONS, Tarron Ruiz-Avila (AUS), Bryan Lewis Saunders (USA), Tim Silver (AUS), Maiko Takeda (JAP), Ari Versluis (NED) & Ellie Uyttenbroek (NED), Daniel Vom Keller (SUI/NED), Martin C de Waal (NED), Anne Wenzel (NED), Lucy Wood (GRB), Andrew Norman Wilson (USA), and Marcus Zobl (USA/AUT).
*Some of the participating artists are living and working in the art studios at the MQ as part of the quartier21/MQ Artist-in-Residence program.
“FACELESS part II” has been has been organized in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Artistic Technology Research (University of Applied Arts Vienna), Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Bund Europäischer Jugend/Junge Europäische Föderalisten (BEJ/JEF), and with the support of partners and sponsors from Austria and abroad. A side program will feature a symposium as well as guided tours, performances, lectures, and workshops, including during the VIENNAFAIR and VIENNA ART WEEK.
FACELESS part II
Sep 28 to Nov 24, Tue to Sun, 13:00-19:00, Free admission
Location: freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL/MuseumsQuartier Wien
Curated by the artist Bogomir Doringer in cooperation with Brigitte Felderer (University of applied arts Vienna) Director of the MuseumsQuartier: Dr. Christian Strasser