ACFNY SUPPORTED | EXHIBITION | PANEL
THE PERSISTENCE OF TINKERING – RAINER PROHASKA
TUESDAY, NOV 02 2010, 06:30 PM
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents a lecture about the relationship between architecture and art, and how processes, improvisation, immersion, and participation shape the craft.
A conversation between New York City based curator Stamatina Gregory and the artist himself will provide illuminating insight into Rainer Prohaska's work and techniques. Prohaska experiments with mobile objects and modular temporary sculptures as architectural interventions in public space. In his experiments the "Performative Act of Constructing" plays a crucial role. Rainer Prohaska is also known for his cross-media works that deal with entanglements of real and virtual spaces.
“His art is ideally interactive; he sees it as a clear statement against interpassivity. Classically, he believes in art's potential to restructure society, and, quite contemporarily, he believes that art is the only place which gives one the freedom of not having to think about the limitations of producing for a given market” - Bianca Regl (Beijing based Austrian artist)
Rainer Prohaska was born 1966 in Krems an der Donau, Austria. He attended the School for Higher Technical Education and Mechanical Engineering, was a guest student at the University of Arts in Linz, and focused on experimental media and digital art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria before studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. Prohaska graduated with distinction under advisor Peter Weibel.
Stamatina Gregory is an independent curator and critic based in New York. She holds a BA from New York University in European Studies and German, and is a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, writing on contemporary landscape photography, militarism, activism, and the media.
In 2005-2006 she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program, and from 2007-2009 she was the Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught art history and writing at Hunter and Baruch Colleges, CUNY, and at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been reviewed in Art Info, Art Nexus, Art Papers, Bidoun, The New York Times, The New York Sun, The Philadelphia Enquirer, and The Philadelphia City Paper.