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  [RAINY DAYS. Susi Jirkuff]

SHOW
Kunstverein Medienturm
Josefigasse 1, 8020 Graz
30.06-18.08.2012

Opening June 29, 2012, 7 p.m.

Press talk: June 29, 2012, 9 a.m.

Artist talk with Eva Maria Stadler: July 25, 2012, 6 p.m.

Curator Sandro Droschl

Catalogue available, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg

Supporting programme

Openings in the frame of CMRK June 29, 2012, 6–10 p.m. further exhibition openings at Camera Austria, < rotor > and Grazer Kunstverein

CMRK is a network of four independent Graz-based institutions, whose common interest is the communication of contemporary art within an international context.

Free Shuttle: departure Vienna June 29, 2012, 3 p.m., Opera, Ikea-bus stop Departure Graz June 29, 2012, 11 p.m., Grazer Kunstverein

CMRK Exhibitions in dialogue
Curator’s guided tours with Daniel Pies and Reinhard Braun 4. 7. 2012
Meeting point Grazer Kunstverein 3 p.m.
In the exhibition Rainy Days, Susi Jirkuff presents an intimate parallel universe beyond the media hype. Over a two-year process, Jirkuff filtered the flood of information and images she encountered in newspapers, on television, and on the Internet so as to utilise her impressions for her own purposes. Jirkuff forces a “hole” into the reality transported by the media, thus making visible an unseen, assumedly non-present everyday world. In the process, Jirkuff subverts the mechanisms of the mass media by translating its images by means of drawings into personal moments; she animates these and feeds the resulting videos and installations back into the media context.

In three apartment-like cinematic settings, the protagonists – Mr. A., an artist in a rather bad mood, his neighbour The Bitch, and the curator Mr. C. – are declaring their sentimental microcosmos to be a general sentiment within society. Touring through the exhibition, a parallel narration develops between the figures – at times seeming to reflect a parable of the art scene – who ultimately fail to transcend their own private world in their dialogue. Rain patters onto the windows and evokes a sentimental feeling, a blues that Susi Jirkuff makes resonate in her image-world.

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Susi Jirkuff, The Bitch, 2011. Video, 3.35 min.

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