Sound sculpture Installation
A cooperation of the master classes Bruno Gironcoli and Michelangelo Pistoletto, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the course computer music and electronic media at the music conservatory.

The old question of what sculpture might be and the more specific question of what it might be today, has been asked anew in this project. For quite some time sculpture has parted ways with traditional arts by embracing a variety of innovative techniques such as photography, video and the new media. This process is reflected in today’s working conditions at the academy of fine Arts/Vienna, most of the work being done now outside the studios, while the academy itself to a large extent has lost its function as a forum of discussion. The studio as a place of social communication is vanishing gradually.
This work aims at “thinking together” again the individual artist’s method of work on the one hand and the established structures of production on the other hand. Thus the artist has furnished each of the eight separate studios at Böcklinstrasse with a loud speaker, from which different sound fragments of activities associated with traditional sculpture can be heard: grinding, drilling, sawing etc. The room of exhibition on the upper floor is used as a relay station ( all the equipment being placed there) from which all the other rooms are worked on acoustically. The cable work, which threads through the whole building, combines in itself the function of conveyor of data, mediator and exhibition guide. The work of the art disappears behind the machinery at the same time that it is recreated, redefined and put on display by means of this procedure. The confrontation of a sounds cape, representing the aspect of craft of traditional sculpture, with a modern technological apparatus is meant to put into question contemporary practices of sculpture against the background of the specific situation of the studios at the Academy of fine Arts, which should be starting point of a discussion that might lead further.
Dietmar Schwärzler

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