Monopulism by Karl Salzmann

JUNE 29 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
Austrian Cultural Forum New York 11 East 52nd Street, New York

JUNE 28, 2017: EXHIBITION OPENING
6 PM – 7 PM │Artist talk with Karl Salzmann and Sonia Leimer, moderated by Kari Conte
7 PM – 9 PM │ Reception & live performance


studio das weisse haus, in collaboration with Erste Bank and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY), is pleased to announce the new multi-media installation Monopulism by Vienna based artist Karl Salzmann – recipient of the Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Art Award 2017. On display from June 29 to September 4, 2017, Monopulism presents an artistic and scientific approach to sound as a weapon and means of manipulation and oppression.

The neologism Monopulism creatively combines attributes of the terms mono, populism, monopole and manipulation in an artistic space. Composed of pre-existent works and new pieces specifically tailored to the ACFNY’s gallery space, Salzmann’s installation comprises elements including a wooden bar, an acoustic monument and two automated vacuum cleaners, autonomously roaming the area. These single elements, if observed isolated, may seem aesthetically pleasing and not menacing at all, but their activity and interplay remains somehow irritating.

One of the objects on display, the acoustic monument titled Lautsprechermonument, emits a near-inaudible low frequency signal resonating with the room causing physical unease and the feeling of an invisible threat. As soon as the monument comes alive, it blanks out everything else. Conversations are no longer possible and staying in the exhibition space becomes almost unbearable.

Monopulism reflects upon social and political influences and transforms them into metaphors and signs through their visual and acoustic manifestation. Their neutral, sober presentation leaves it entirely up to the viewer to interpret relations between different arguments, without proposing predefined opinions or solutions.

For the opening of the exhibition, Salzmann will converse with Vienna-based artist Sonia Leimer about their artistic practices. Leimer is currently an artist in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in East Williamsburg, New York. In her installations, Leimer explores our perceptual foundations, which are formed on the basis of individual, historical, and media-related patterns of experience. As products of concrete historical contexts, rooms and objects undergo a transformation in which history and societal changes become palpable. The artists’ discussion will be moderated by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions at the International Studio & Curatorial Program.

ABOUT KARL SALZMANN
Salzmann, born 1979 in Vorarlberg, Austria, holds a diploma from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He followed his interest in acoustics, taking classes in Computermusik & New Media (elak) from 2011-2012 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and is currently writing his doctoral thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts. He mainly focuses on sound research, experimental music and contemporary musical phenomena. During his intensive work with sound, rhythm and their various audio-visual forms, he found his way to a form language, which is characterized by its simplicity as well as restraint of movement and sound.

Salzmann’s works have (among others) been presented at: Kunsthaus Graz (2013, solo), Kunsthalle Bratislava (2014, solo), MAK – museum of applied arts Vienna (2012), Athens Digital Art Festival (2014), Künstlerhaus Wien (2013) and are in the public collections of the Austrian government, city of Vienna and the province of Vorarlberg. Karl Salzmann also currently works as a lecturer, researcher and artistic & scientific assistant at the department of art & science at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

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