The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces two large-scale audiovisual installations by Chicago-based, Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces two large-scale audiovisual installations by Chicago-based, Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger as part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts*. HIVE is open through December 31, 2013, at Wood Street Galleries. Granular Synthesis, created together with Austrian artist Ulf Langheinrich, is open through October 20, 2013, at SPACE.
HIVE is a 3D-animated audiovisual installation in which visitors encounter swirling amorphous human figures appearing as a mass, or hive, rather than as individual beings. The choreographed, projected motion, light, and sound patterns create an immersive audiovisual landscape without a beginning or an end. The computer-generated HIVE takes on a life of its own, creating an artificial organism in perpetual motion.
Between 1991 and 2003 Hentschläger worked together with Langheinrich as the audiovisual media artistic duo Granular Synthesis. The artists fused sight and sound into one medium, manipulating technology to challenge human perception and consciousness. This Granular Synthesis presentation features Model 5 and POL. Model 5 projects multiple portraits of Japanese performance artist Akemi Takeya. Mechanical rhythms manipulate the images, creating a sense of schizophrenia, seemingly pulling the body apart and dissolving it into electronic space. POL presents audiences with an astounding overload of disorienting stimuli, relying on high intensity light, video, and sound projections.
Kurt Hentschläger began exhibiting his work in 1983. He creates audiovisual installations and performances, featuring film, video, animation, and sound. The immersive nature of his work investigates human perception and the impact of new technologies on consciousness. Granular Synthesis has exhibited internationally, at such venues as the Venice Biennal; National Art Museum of China; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Rotterdam Film Festival; Museum for Contemporary Arts, Taipei; Eyebeam, New York; PS1 New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul Korea. Hentschläger is currently a full-time visiting artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ulf Langheinrich began working with Hentschläger in 1991 to realize audiovisual installations as the audiovisual media artistic duo Granular Synthesis. Since 2003 he has developed solo projects, including installation, film, and performance work.
*Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (PIFOF), a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a city-wide, 16-day performing and visual arts festival (Sept. 27-Oct. 26, 2013) featuring exclusive U.S. and world premieres by highly-acclaimed international artists and contemporary performing arts companies. Festival events are presented in association with other Pittsburgh cultural organizations and offer intimate experiences for audiences at various traditional and non-traditional performance venues within the downtown Cultural District and throughout the city.