November 28, 2019 - Kunsthalle Wien - Nina Vobruba & Malte Zander
November 28, 2019

Kunsthalle Wien

Malte Zander, Fire will melt ice, but then the melted ice will put out the fire (like in Superman III), 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Nina Vobruba & Malte Zander
Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2019
November 29, 2019–January 26, 2020

Kunsthalle Wien
Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna
Austria

www.kunsthallewien.at
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Nina Vobruba & Malte Zander
Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2019
November 29, 2019–January 26, 2020

Kunsthalle Wien
Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna
Austria

www.kunsthallewien.at
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Awarded with the Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2019, Nina Vobruba (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) and Malte Zander (University of Applied Arts Vienna) have expanded and translated the subjects of their prize-winning diploma projects into an exhibition format.

Nina Vobruba’s installation nest bau stages and reflects on the transitional process of an existing structure and community project: Since 2017, the site of former army barracks in Fehring, Styria, has been transforming into a self-organized eco-village. Aged 1 to 77, the 70 inhabitants of the “Zukunftswirkstatt Cambium” have collaborated to shape an everyday sphere as a cultural and economic experiment. For the duration of the exhibition, the site will be transplanted to the art institution in fragments, and explored within the context of pressing global issues. Nina Vobruba’s nest bau primarily consists of intrinsically round units. Though interconnected in a system of references, they manifest open processes that do not reach a fixed destination. This includes a circular installation composed of the original asphalt and concrete slabs from the former parade ground. A group of pioneer trees planted there for the first week of the exhibition seem to sprout between the uprooted slabs like organic protagonists of the work.

A series of photo prints on patterned glass—originating from rooms of the barracks—show the working process of nest bau over several years in different phases. “nest bau has left visible and invisible traces, has chosen practices of ephemerality and permanence, searched for forms and contents, found, created, abandoned, forgotten, surmised—incorporated stagnations, movements, actions and reactions, decoded and recoded the existing situation. It remains in progress…,” says Nina Vobruba, who is active as an artist, choreographer, and performer in the community she cofounded.

In his installation Languor Malte Zander stages a large projection of supposedly found film material that can be seen as a prequel to his diploma exhibition Torpor. Collaged still images of a film set that appears to have been abandoned in a hurry are presented. The text accompanying his current exhibition continues the story of a group of youths on a quest for a mysterious underground cinema, pointing to the probable source of these images. It remains unclear whether the work is about the narration of a concrete story or the suspension of disbelief in itself—namely the willingness of the viewer to become lost in fictional worlds.

A peculiar kind of tension—between the reality of the set and the set as a production site of artificial dreamworlds—defines the fictional character of Langour, as well as the special exposure and editing techniques. In the ambience of the darkened cinema, the photo prints the artist created using CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) also question the perception of constructed nostalgia. As motifs they allude to the source of the fictional film material, as images they convey the nearness and intimacy of the artificial celluloid, despite their creation. The jury explains its decision to award Malte Zander as follows: “The artist refrains from subjecting the contents to a discursive overload, thus allowing the works to stand alone and to present themselves to the viewers with apparent authenticity. Digital compositions subvert this claim to reality so that the belief in the authentic image is not destroyed entirely but nonetheless challenged.”

Nina Vobruba (*1985, lives in Fehring and Vienna) studied with Carola Dertning at the Studio Perfomative Art (Institute for Fine Arts) at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Accompanying professor: Elisabeth von Samsonow. Diploma 2019.

Malte Zander (*1991, lives in Vienna) attained his diploma with Henning Bohl at the Institute for Visual & Media Arts/Painting Department of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Diploma 2019.

Curator: Lucas Gehrmann

Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2019
This is the 5th Kunsthalle Wien Prize award in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. For this purpose, the juries survey about 150 diploma projects from the fields of visual and media art every year.

“We believe that supporting the next generation of artists and encouraging them to make the most of their potential is one of the most important tasks of the Kunsthalle Wien. Our responsibility as an institution is to promote them in the development of future-oriented values and collective capacities. Of course, we also wish to learn more about the concerns and interests of this new generation, which is why the collaboration with two such active art academies in Vienna is so valuable to us,” explain Ivet Ćurlin, Nataša Ilić, and Sabina Sabolović / WHW, the directors of Kunsthalle Wien.

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