Pony Project Gallery & Mia Laska present:

TARWUK

4D /// Dominant Demon Doorstep Document

11-19.09.2015 // Mon.-Fri. 13:00-19:00, Sat. 14:00-17:00

Blütengasse 9 1030 Vienna

 

Pony Project Gallery celebrates its 1st birthday and is proud to present the latest solo exhibition by Tarwuk. We are very happy because also exactly a year ago Bruno Pogacnik Wukodrakula and Ivana Vuksic started working together as an artist collective. Pony Project Gallery organised their first exhibition in Berlin last year. It is definitely a time for celebration! And who is a better person to team up with for a decent anniversary than our close friend and collaborator, an ingenious art historian Mia Laska? …this time in the splendid surroundings of imperial Vienna!

Tarwuk, an artist collective based in New York, seeks to erase the boundaries between art and life. They explore the limits of personal privacy, communication and intimate viewing experiences. Their approach requires a physical transformation of reality: the location and the work become inseparable, merging into a truly immersive environment.

Using both traditional sculptural techniques and a wide range of computer software (from 3d photo-geometry scans to various video and photo editors), they create multimedia installations. In their work they are interested in the breaches between the digital and the physical realities.

 

 

4D /// Dominant Demon Doorstep Document

The concept of the exhibition is dedicated to the city of Vienna. It revolves around the history and cultural aspects of the city. The context of The Imperial Crypt located in the Neuer Markt square of the Innere Stadt, also called the Capuchin Crypt, a burial chamber beneath the Capuchin Church and monastery, turned out to be especially inspiring for the artists. It has been the principal place of entombment for members of the House of Habsburg. The bones of 145 Habsburg royalty, plus urns containing the hearts or cremated remains of four others, are here, including 12 emperors and 18 empresses.

The container itself as a metaphor but also an interesting sculptural form turned out to be one of the main starting points for the exhibition concept. Human body, as a kind of a container became their main focus, and provided the ultimate form for both the conceptual framework of their interests as well as the physical shape that can host sculptural and installation content.

Tarwuk refer within their practice to the history of representation of the human body since the early ages and totemic amulets, through Egyptian, Greek, Roman sculpture, Middle Ages religious/cemetery/tomb sculpture, modern and contemporary sculpture as well as the modification of the human body in science, medicine and popular culture. Transgression of the body, Transhumanism and the Singularity movement reflect our age today and the tendencies of our civilization for the removal from the physical, from the body and entering a purely virtual world. Interested in both history of anthropology as well as the most current processes, Tarwuk create immersive installations with a very specific display structure.

Tarwuk always starts the work with the traditional physical process of sculpting the materials, transforming them, taking into consideration their intrinsic qualities but through almost an alchemical process either emphasizing them or stripping them of and combining different materials in new situations and conglomerations. Later on 3D scans of the installation are animated, combined with the footage of the performance and stolen Youtube footage, projected on multiple screens, monitors and projectors throughout the installation. Their installations are often injected with text on silkscreened posters, adhesive tape and stickers. Text is generated from the poetry written by them, fragmented by voluntary application of the parts of the installation and used as another building block.

Urban expedition

Using Google maps and a drawing by Dr. Zeljka Lovric, Tarwuk created a way to determine geographical locations for the performance. Two radically different systems of mapping were used by them (computer software / subjective drawing), and a new mapping system was generated by overlapping them.

The performance gives them the opportunity to interact with the city as well as to brings some of the found elements into their gallery work. The small totemic installations created by them are left on those chosen locations.