Exhibition: Susanna Flock – SLIPPERY COPIES

Susanna Flock
Curator: Branka Benčić
PM Gallery
February 17 – 26, 2017

Formal opening of the exhibition Susanna Flock – SLIPPERY COPIES will be held on February 17, at 7.00 pm.

Branka Benčić, exhibition curator – Television Delivers People

„Slippery Copies“
The fusion of the net and real life has increased to such a degree that a distinction has almost become obsolete, the techniques of the “virtual“ gain in social and cultural importance. „Slippery Copies“ addresses the variable dimensionality of the digital and the resulting possibilities of dealing with entirely new contexts of meaning. Approaching the phenomena from different angles and views, the exhibitions includes a selection of my recent works and new works derived from my current research into the relationship between the body and its technologically-mediated environment.
The structure of the exhibition is based on our movement in the net. Here the paths, topics and thoughts jump from one link to the next. The selection of the assembled works takes up the world of side-by-side tabs and endless links in the flow of visual associations.

The central work of the exhibition is the video installation “Fetish Finger“.
Altogether twenty experimental video clips can be seen, that deal with the complexity of haptic perception in the context of screen based digital media.
Through digitization and the associated dematerialization of objects, the longing for haptic perception often increases. The moving images are associatively concerned with contact at the interface between the physical and the virtual, activeness and passiveness.
In addition to images of gestures and actions, 3D animations and photographs, video clips of so called “Food Diaries” are included in the work, in which the daily diet of various individuals is filmed and then uploaded to Youtube.

Formally, the video „Fetish Finger“ is read as if scrolling down a webpage. The video clips are not alined horizontally, but vertically. The narrative takes place from top to bottom.
Alongside the video installation, photographs and text works can be seen.
The photographs examine the „stuff“ of dough, as a living material that is never static, but is constantly changing and growing. Only by the action of mechanical energy the mixture of flour and water form the dough. This very physical process was then subjected to digital image processing tools. Further the dough motif was distorted, kneaded and shaped by virtual actions.
The texts such as “Smell like cheese but look real” and other selected quotations are sampled from the buyer reviews of an replica object purchased online. The comments describe handling, satisfaction and materiality of the simulated product.
The fabrics containing the quotations are presented between two acrylic sheet; the resultant folding and flattening emphasizes various readings of the text and highlights the „slipperiness“ of meaning and interpretation.

Susanna Flock

About the Author:
Susanna Flock, born 1988 in Graz, is living and working in Vienna. In 2015 she graduated in Fine Arts / Experimental Design at the University of Arts in Linz.
Before her graduation, she completed a one-year stay abroad in Leipzig and studied at the Department of Media Arts, in the class for Mass Media Research and Art in Medial Public Space at HGB Leipzig. Flock has participated in numerous exhibitions and screenings in Austria and abroad in selected venues in Vienna, Leipzig, Tallin, Vigo, Zurich, Toronto, Frankfurt and Sao Paulo. She also won several prices and residencies. In 2010 she won the Henkel Art.Award.-Up-And-Coming Price Austria. Followed by the Ö1 Talent Scholarship for Visual Arts 2011. 2012 Susanna Flock won the Crossing Europe, “Local Artist Atelier Price” and „Rainer Werner”, the Independent Critics Price of Schnongsfestival. 2015 she got the Atelier Scholarship Styria for Zagreb, Croatia where she undertook her residency of two month. Recently she was awarded with the Pfann Ohmann Price for Fine Arts. In October 2016 she was Artist in Residence at the Creart residency in Norway, Christiansand.

The exhibition was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City Office for Culture, Education and Sport Zagreb, Austrian Cultural Forum Zagreb and Bundeskanzleramt Österreich.

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