Tug of War

Multiple Channel Video Installatioin

New York, 2016-2017

Synopsis: Tug of War is a video installation with multiple monitors showing a man struggling to pull on the same rope from either side. While representing a self that is forcefully conflicted, the installation embodies polarization within the self rather than in the other.

 

 

One Fifth of a Huge Exhibition

Interactive Video Installation with Eye Tracking Software, Webcam, Computer

New York, 2016

Synopsis: The interactive installation shows a performer from the side holding a mirror and staring at himself. While wearing a wig, he touches his hair from time to time to make sure it sits well. Without the viewer watching, the performer continues to tend to himself with appreciation. Only when a viewer positions himself in front of the installation does the scene change and become interactive: the performer turns his face and stares straight at the onlooker, who sees him/herself in the small webcam window on the left-hand side of the monitor. After a few seconds one sees the performer blink his eyes and hears the sound of a shutter release, indicating that the installation might just haven taken an image of the viewer.

The installation responds to a surveillance and selfie culture driven by social media, which makes artists, who have always depended on audiences, compete for attention in increasingly narcissistic ways.

 

Yodel (Digital Fairy Tales Vol I)

Single Channel Video Installation

New York 2016

Soundtrack: Theory

Synopsis: Yodel is a playful, fast-paced stop-motion animation based on a German folk tale from the 19th century. It tells the story of two brothers, Yodel and Michael, competing for the attention and estate of their father. Michael is the first-born but Yodel is his father’s favorite. In a series of competitions, Yodel succeeds with the help of a toad who turns into a beautiful woman. In a gesture of generosity, he makes up with his brother and leaves the fatherly estate to him. Yodel is part of Volume 1 of “Digital Fairy Tales” commissioned by the Leo Kuelbs Collection.

 

Atlas Goes Superman (Cat Island)

Single Channel Video Installatioin

Cat Island, 2016

 

 

Look at Me! Look at Me!

Single Channel Video

Bahamas, Alt Aussee, 2016

 

 

 

Offering #3: Dinner!

Interactive Video, Face Recognition, Computer, Webcam, Monitor

New York 2015

 

 

 

All The World Futures

Video Performance

Venice, 2015

Synopsis: Atlas is a performance series that originated in the Austrian Alps and has been performed at various locations, in city-scapes, on mountain tops and on top of buildings. The ambitious theme of the Venice Biennale 2015 - All The Worlds Futures - lend itself ideally to be connected with Atlas.

 

 

What Was I Thinking?

Single Channel Video Animation

New York 2014-2015

Cinema4D programming: Erol Gunduz

Synopsis: The Crossword Project was developed as a video animation built in Cinema 4D and shown at the Filmmuseum in Frankfurt in Spring 2015 and as a wall painting at the Austrian CulturalForum in New York in Summer 2015. The work comes out of the artist’s fascination with the ubiquity and relevance of crossword puzzles for popular culture and most importantly the type of questions they address, which are answerable by providing short clues. The knowledge generated through crossword puzzles tends to be prepackaged and memorable. The Crossword Project goes beyond that. The outcome is an array of questions, unanswerable at large, absurdist or rhetorical at times, often exploratory, almost always soliciting responses that won’t fit into a rubric or short word. Finding good questions takes time and effort. The search for them reflects common ground between art, philosophy, and research.

 

Ashes To Ashes, Stones To Stones

Single Channel Video Installation

New York, Aegina, 2009-2014

Performance: Vassiliki Athena Vayenou

Synopsis: The video

 

Offering #2

Interactive Video, Face Recognition, Computer, Webcam, Monitor.

New York 2012

Programming: Kevin Bleich.

Synopsis: The video installation presents a person holding out a chalice and offering wine. Connected to facial recognition software and a sensor, the hand reaches out to the audience as it passes by. Although interactive, it is impossible to receive; henceforth, the offering continues.

 

Offering #1

Interactive Video, Face Recognition, Computer, Webcam, Monitor.

New York 2011

Programming: Kevin Bleich.

Synopsis: The video installation presents a person holding out a chalice and offering a host. Connected to facial recognition software and a sensor, the hand reaches out to the audience as it passes by. Although interactive, it is impossible to receive; henceforth, the offering continues.

 

Human Waterfall / Elevation

Single Channel Video Installation

New York 2011

Music: Loscil, "Biced".

Synopsis: The 2 min video displays a waterfall; instead of water it shows people; instead of having them fall down, they go both up and down (in this version mostly up). The flow is decelerated and continuous; the video is looped; the soundscape by Loscil amplifies the floating movement. Having served as a conceptual starting point and catalyst for Immersive Surfaces, the Human Waterfall is conceived to be put on display on a frontal wall of a museum or gallery.

 

Immersive Surfaces / As Above So Below

Videomapping Project Collaboration incl. Simon Anaya, Farkas Fülöp, Richard Jochum, John Moreno, John Ensor Parker, and Ryan Uzilevsky. Curated by Leo Kuelbs.

New York 2011

External Link: Immersive Surfaces

Synopsis: Immersive Surfaces has been a public video mapping projection onto the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn during the Dumbo Arts Festival from September 23 - 25, 2011. The multi-part video installation made "crowd", i.e. the connection between individuals and the greater group a main topic, while also examining notions of projected depth and the meaning of surface.

 

Dust, Dirst, and Scratches

Screencast Movie, 42 min

New York 2011

External links Decelerator

Synopsis: The 42 min video shows the process of digitally retouching an image hereby removing, dust, dirt, and scratches. If longing for perfection is inherent to the arts - thus creating beautiful pictures at times - it's also a futile obsession.

 

Collaborative Silverware, Brooklyn, Performance/Documentary, 2010

Performance documentary, 2 min 54 sec

New York 2010

External links Invisible Dog

Synopsis: The documentary captures how 2 performers are having dinner together while feeding each other publicly with elongated silverware (3 feet).

 

Visual Culture Tomatoes

Screencast-animation, 1 min

New York 2010

Synopsis: We live in a world of images. Visual Culture Tomates is a screen cast animation created through Cooliris representing images of tomatoes in the age of image culture. Animated screencast by cooliris and google.

 

Twenty Angry Dogs - Group Barking

Video and Sound Installation for Gallery Bundo, South-Korea

59 sec, looped

New York 2010

External links Gallery Bundo

 

 

Twenty Angry Dogs

Video and Sound Installation for Ban Song Gallery, South-Korea

1-2 min videos, looped

New York 2009-2010

External links Gallery Bundo · Twenty Angry Dogs draft

 

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Art

Video performance, 1 min 26 sec

New York 2009

Synopsis: I can't believe it's not art is a short video in which a performer is picking petals from a daisy referencing to the old childhood game: She loves me, she loves me not. By expanding the popular diversion into the field of the arts, the video adds humor to an often dreadfully serious debate about whether a certain object, image or artifact is art or not. The outcome is based on an understanding of art as a process rather than a product, a social construction rather than an isolated entity by itself.

 

Collaborative Silverware

Performance/Documentary Dowd Gallery Cortland

New York, 2009-2011 (post-production)

 

Papa

Video Performance and Sound Installation

1 min 35 sec looped

Athens & Berlin, 2009

 

With Kind Regards From The Late Emperor

Installation with 30 light boxes

2 sec at a train speed of 40 miles/hour

Arlberg Railroad Tunnel, Austria

New York / Austria, 2009

 

Atlas Goes Superman

Video Performance and Installation

1 min looped

New York/Athens; various locations

2009 ongoing

 

Atlas

Video Performance and Installation

1 min looped

New York/Austrian Alps; various locations,

2008 ongoing

 

My Favorite Saying

99 Videoblogs

30 sec - 1 min each

World Wide Web 2008 - ongoing

External links My Favorite Saying

 

Mama

Video Performance and Sound Installation

1 min 35 sec

New York 2008

 

The Rosary | Sibha as a Communal Sculpture,

Documentary

5 min 8 sec

Egypt/New York 2008

 

Snow II

Short Film

2 min 41 sec

Austria/New York 2008

 

Rowing

Short film loop

Egypt/New York 2007

 

Home Sweet Home

1 min loop

New York 2007

 

Halt II

1 min

New York 2007

 

Indexfinger #1-3

Video Installation Triptych for Vaduz, Liechtenstein

each 30 sec loop back and forth

New York 2007

 

Snow, Short Film. New York 2007

New York 2010

External links Invisible Dog

 

Sisyphus on Vacation

Land art documentary

3 min 39 sec

Austria/New York 2006-2007

 

Man/Woman

High Definition Movie in collaboration with VOOM HD Lab

10 min 8 sec

New York 2006-2007

 

To and From

Exhibition documentary

8 min 40 sec

New York 2005-2007

 

Cell Portraits

Documentary

3 min 43 sec

New York 2005-2007

 

Art is me. Art is you

Documentary

3 min 44 sec

New York 2006

 

Selfportrait as a Group #5

Experimental short film

3 min 33 sec

Brooklyn 2005

 

Clouds

Video Installation, loop

Cairo/New York 2004

 

dis-positiv

Documentary in collaboration with Wolfgang Neipl.

Vienna 2000-2001

 

Halt I

Video Performance

3 min 42 sec (loop)

Vienna 2001

 

Plaster Room. “All Waltz!”

Performance documentary, Kuenstlerhaus Passage Gallery Vienna

Vienna 1998