Date: 19 May – 22 July 2022
Private View: Thursday 19 May, 6 – 8pm
Location: Austrian Cultural Forum London
The Austrian Cultural Forum presents the work of 14 early-career artists based in London and Vienna.
Featuring work by EOP Member Aitor González, as well as artists Arang Choi, Pyo E, Natalia Gurova & Nora Aaron Scherer, Kubakub, Laila Majid, Jérôme David Meinlschmidt, Tamu Nkiwane, Rebecca Parkin, JJ Ramsauer, Alfred Rottensteiner, Esther Vörösmarty, and Grace Woodcock; and curated by Rosa Abbott & Krishna Balakrishnan.
Using a framework of the Technological Sublime to reflect upon the experienced present, THE BLUE, THE PINK, THE IMMATERIAL, THE VOID presents work spanning performance, painting, sculpture, drawing, sound, and digital media. The exhibition explores how varying forms of sublime can manifest through artworks as technological phenomena and experience.
‘Technological sublime’ has been theorised since the early 20th Century when artists began turning their attention to the industrial machinery of the Modernist age. As we enter an increasingly dematerialised way of living, the technological sublime comes to us in the form of seemingly limitless networks, an excess of images and information, and a sense of terror as we encounter geopolitical turmoil via digital news media. In 2022, it manifests as ominous clusters of pixels blinking on our screens, signalling war or wildfire.
THE BLUE, THE PINK, THE IMMATERIAL, THE VOID reflects on the fear-inducing awe we experience in the face of limitless information and technology; the disorientating effects of urban architecture; and our yearning for a return to spirituality and/or sensuality in the technological age. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication featuring texts by Dr Betti Marenko (Central Saint Martins / Hybrid Futures Lab) and Georgina Voss (London College of Communication), and a conversation between the curators and Dr Axel Stockberger (artist and lecturer at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) alongside documentation of the artworks. An online platform will also connect the exhibition to a broader international audience, further opening up the artistic processes of the participating artists.
This exhibition is part of Austrian Culture Forum London’s Curatorial Residency Programme in partnership with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Central Saint Martins London. This project was initiated in 2015 and brought dozens of UK and Austrian based artists together with UK curators. To see the official press release, click HERE or visit www.acflondon.org.
Aitor González is a Spanish artist based in London. His sculptures are assemblages of different materials that he chances upon. Aitor weaves diasporic experiences, hair, silicone, and iPhone texts to inform his practice which has identity and culture at its target. His work shows us how the empirical experience of artwork can challenge our common understanding of things.