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SERIES. KUNSTVEREIN MEDIENTURM

Title 01 TECHNO VISIONEN. Neue Sounds, Neue Bildräume

Herausgeber: Sandro Droschl/Christian Höller/Harald A. Wiltsche;
Kunstverein Medienturm, 2005
Folio Verlag (Bozen/Wien), deutsch, 185 Seiten, 4c
ISBN: 3-85256-301-1, 20 Euro (inkl. 10% UST)

In the course of more than three years and six symposia, the art association Medienturm has invited well-known speakers coming from various different fields of media art and media theory, in order to enter a discourse on the most distinctive trends in current electronic art production and -reception. A selection of collected contributions which are theoretical as well as practice-oriented is published as a book, since it delivers a well-founded review on the discourse followed over the last years.
Starting point of the book "TECHNO VISIONEN" shall be the specifics of new music and the accompanying visual level: which artistic patterns can be transferred from the sound-level to other areas (social-utopian, experiencable etc.)? Which overlaps of formerly separated medial fields become herewith visible? Which interpretations do these new image spaces accept, being primarily characterized by synaesthetic techno-visions?

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Title 02 CROSSMEDIA. Kunstverein Medienturm 2000 – 2005

Herausgeber: Sandro Droschl
Kunstverein Medienturm, 2007
Folio Verlag (Bozen/Wien), deutsch/englisch, 224 Seiten, 4c
ISBN: 978-3-8525-6338-1, 20 Euro (inkl. 10% UST)

CROSSMEDIA does not merely document the work of several years at Kunstverein Medienturm, but also provides a crucial contribution to the discourse on new media in contemporary art. The title already indicates that indeed a new understanding of the position of media art in fine arts is topicalized. The programmatic networking of media and art, individuality and industry, as begun with Bauhaus, is presented by showcase examples of extraordinary artists.
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Title 03 ABSTRACTS OF SYN. Edition Medienturm

Herausgeber: Sandro Droschl Vitus H. Weh
Kunstverein Medienturm, q21/MQ, 2007
Folio Verlag (Bozen/Wien), deutsch/englisch, 179 Seiten, 4c
ISBN: 978-3-85256-369-5, 20 Euro (inkl. 10% UST)

In the realm of contemporary art the connection of audio and video towards an affective experience of space becomes increasingly prominent. In the catalogue ABSTRACTS OF SYN the Graz-based Kunstverein Medienturm presents a younger artists’ generation, which reveals a conceptual analysis of an experimental, synaesthetic concept of production. In the commissioned works of the EDITION MEDIENTURM rather abstract visualisations are entangled with delicately tuned compositions in order to blueprint crossmedial environments.
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Title 04 _07.Tomas Eller

Herausgeber: Sandro Droschl, Sabine Gamper;
Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum Bozen, 2007
Folio Verlag (Bozen/Wien), deutsch/englisch, 112 Seiten, 4c, Hardcover
ISBN 978-3-85256-441-8, € (D/A) 29,80,– / € (I) 28,20 / sFr 49,90)

The publication accompanies the correspondent exhibition 14.12.2007 – 16.02.2008. With the solo show BLACK BRANE, Tomas Eller (*1975 Merano, lives in Vienna) adds scarcely explored cosmic structures to his long-time analysis around transferred “natural” phenomena. In the context of (non-presentable) “black holes” and similar topological defects, cosmologists talk about a “black brane”, which presumably is composed of multidimensional objects.
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Title 05 SKULPTUR. Helmut Mark

Herausgeber: Sandro Droschl
Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, 2008
Folio Verlag (Bozen/Wien), deutsch/englisch, 49 Seiten, 4c, Hardcover
ISBN 978-3-85256-443-2, € (D/A) 25,– / € (I) 23,60 / sFr 43,90)

The publication accompanies the correspondent exhibition from 07.03-26.04.2008. Helmut Mark became well-known in the 1980s for his video sculptures, having critically actualized the question of the role of artistic practices and their traditional forms—painting and sculpture—within the extensive debates on the influence of new media on society. If you will, the examination of objectivity can be found relatively consistently in his artistic practice. In his first major solo exhibition in over ten years, he continues these debates in a newly adjusted social setting. The question as to what extent objects can still be enacted as carriers of meaning—or to what extent they need to be reactualized with regard to their involvement in contexts of meaning production—points directly to a debate on the altered meaning of objectivity within the “transnational capitalist project” (George Lipsitz) of “liquid modernity” (Zygmunt Baumann).
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Title 06 UNFINISHED BUSSINES Dutch Abstracts

Herausgeber: Sandro Droschl/Jan Robert Leegte/Jan Maarten Voskuil
Kunstverein Medienturm, 2008
Folio Verlag (Bozen/Wien), Hardcover, deutsch/englisch, 64 Seiten, 4c
ISBN: 978-3-85256-470-8, € (D/A) 25,– / € (I) 23,60 / sFr 43,90

UNFINISHED BUSINESS presents a group of leading contemporary Netherlands-based artists, working in the area of non-objective and abstract art. More precisely, the artists seem to balance between two of the conclusive points of Modernism in art; the formalism of Minimal Art at one side and the Anti-Form as described in 1968 by Robert Morris as an opposite incentive. Morris emphasized that the “new art” should not be about the final product. He stated that ideas and processes should be seen as far more important and potentially more interesting than a single product with its limitations.
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Title 07 DOUBLE LOCATION Karina Nimmerfall

Herausgeber: Sandro Droschl
Kunstverein Medienturm, 2008
Folio Verlag (Bozen/Wien), deutsch/englisch, 64 Seiten, 4c
ISBN 978-3-85256-473-9, € (D/A) 25,– / € (I) 23,60 / sFr 43,90

The project DOUBLE LOCATION (The Ambassador Hotel) uses this phenomenon as starting point in order to “reconstruct“ the famous hotel lobby of the legendary Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles which was used as backdrop for numerous film- and television productions. This “reconstruction” (of a photo realistic computer generated 3D animation) shall not be an “objective”, architectonic space model on the basis of documentary material, but a virtual space which is grounded on “collective memories” and medially transported descriptions of space. The virtual space in the video is generated from a composition of medial information and plays with the phenomenon of a multiple film set, a space that, through its uncountable cinematic usage, reacts upon the perception of the “real space“ of the hotel, and thus on our perception of reality
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Title 08 CLEAN HANDS AND DIRTY HANDS Klaus Schuster

Herausgeber: Sandro Droschl
Kunstverein Medienturm, 2009
Folio Verlag (Bozen/Wien), deutsch/englisch, 49 Seiten, 4c
ISBN: 978-3-85256-460-9, € (D/A) 25,– / € (I) 23,60 / sFr 43,90

The publication accompanies the correspondent exhibition from 17.1. – 7.3.2009. In his solo-show Klaus Schuster (*1964 Voitsberg, Austria, lives in Vienna) will, for the first time, juxtapose works from two different, new bodies of work. The first group comprises images (Lambda prints) which are generated with the procedure of 3D computer rendering, as we know them from Klaus Schuster’s last exhibitions. For the first time, Klaus Schuster confronts those works with oil pastel drawings and reworked photographs. The works (around 30) differ from the 3D renderings in one particular aspect: Whereas the images that are generated with the computer never show persons, and the depicted objects or spaces seem to be prototypes or design studies within a deserted world, the oil pastel drawings are dominated by human figures, body parts, faces, sections of a definitely experienced reality in every day life. With the help of retouching, Schuster manages a crossover between all categories: between male and female, human and animal, animate and inanimate matter.
Dirty hands stand for a sort of finger painting which lets the bodies casually wallow in paint and flanks the more delicate retouching with blatant body painting. “Dirty” is this growth, penetration and concrescence, since it breaks norms and rules: “Dirt is matter on the wrong place.“ The title can, however, also simply signify the hands of the artists, which are – depending on the chosen means – clean or dirty.

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Title 09 GLANZ UND VERDERBEN. Die Unheimliche Konjunktur des Kristallinen

Herausgeber: Vitus H. Weh
Folio Verlag (Bozen/Wien), deutsch, 135 Seiten, 4c
ISBN: 97838525694791, € 25,– (D/A), € (I) 23,60

Today’s culture is fascinated by the crystalline and geological. Its natural precision, durability and beauty, however, is linked to the exact opposite: the ephemeral, withering and the death. Though the crystalline is used differently in the realms of art, literature, design, pop music, fashion or architecture, these fields still share a thoroughly ambivalent attitude with respect to a radiance which strives to fade out the shadows of transitoriness, increasing virtualization, speedup and dematerialization.
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Title 10 SILENT ALIEN GHOST MACHINE MUSEUM

Herausgeber: Sandro Droschl
Kunstverein Medienturm, 2010
Folio Verlag (Bozen/Wien), deutsch/englisch

The publication accompanies the correspondent exhibition from 5. 3. – 22. 5. 2010 im Kunstverein Medienturm. The conceptual artist and experimental film maker Norbert Pfaffenbichler presents exclusively new video- and spatial installations as well as photo works. In part humorously, in part seriously, Pfaffenbichler deals with the 'other', the dark, grotesque and sinister aspect of Modernity. The audience walks through a specially arranged parcourse where the relation of body, space and image is topicalized by means of various formats and materials. The title references to the medium of film, which here can be seen as 'ghost machine'.
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