iconic air

installation, Tacker, group show Munich, GALERIE DER KÜNSTLER, 2020

materials/techniques: video projection, monitor, guitar amp, exercise balls, oil and acrylic on canvas

The idea of ICONIC AIR, is that in the future everything will adopt the shape of a dynamic sphere: living things and non-living things will be able to interact and fuse with each other on the common basis of a mutual shape. For us this produces something that terminates the separation between culture and nature. It brings the experience of time to a common ground: Since time is spherical, everything happened all at once and there is no beginning or end, the present of things is already there, like infinite number of point on the surface of a large ball. No distinction is drawn between things mental and things material, things physical and things immaterial, dystopia and utopia, between things secret and thing profane. Both spheres above and below in co-existence, transforming the cultural value of every object. It‘s about being in a constant communication with every aspect of your environment: a sort of spherical techno-animism, a post-apocalyptic reflection on form and trans-humanism.
ICONIC AIR wants to create this kind of an ambient environment where everything in it feels connected like a swarm. It becomes this kind of a biosphere, where every visitor is considered as a vivid part of the environment, which transforms him into an interconnected spherical being.
Regarding the current times of pandemic, a reflection on spheres, scoops, globes, drops seems more than crucial. The sphere around objects and subjects becomes symbol for danger, protection and uncertain particles.

The text which is shown on the monitor is an equation between black holes and the self:
„If immersed in a bright region, like a disc of glowing gas, we expect ourselves to create a dark region similar to a spherical shadow – something that we‘ve never seen before. This shadow, caused by the gravitational bending and capture of light by the event horizon, reveals a lot about the nature of these fascinating objects and allows us to measure their enormous mass.
Once we were sure we had imaged the shadow, we could compare our observations of warped space, superheated matter and strong magnetic fields. This makes us confident about the interpretation of ourselves, including our estimation of the self as a sphere. We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago. The size and shape of the shadow matches the precise predictions of our confidence in this century-old theory. Imaging ourselves is just the beginning of our effort to develop new tools that will enable us to interpret the massively complex data that nature gives us.“

Credit: Mathias R. Zausinger