ULRIKE KÖNIGSHOFER: SENSE AND RECORD
WEDNESDAY, JUL 06 2016, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
6 PM - 7 PM │Artist talk: Ulrike Königshofer & ISCP Resident Sofie Thorsen in conversation with ISCP Executive Director Susan Hapgood
7 PM - 9 PM │Reception
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY), in collaboration with studio das weisse haus and Erste Bank, is pleased to present the exhibition sense and record by Ulrike Königshofer—winner of the first Erste Bank MoreVALUE Art Award. On view on the 11th floor of the ACFNY from July 7 to 28, 2016, sense and record will present a series of artworks by the Austrian artist which originate from the sensuous perception as a physical process, translating the outside world into information.
The four works on show all observe the characteristics of natural phenomena such as sunlight, shadows or wind. Recordings rather than images in the classical sense, Königshofer's artworks translate and abstract the physical properties of natural processes. Specific qualities such as temperature or brightness are recorded and represented, examining the similarity between the original subject and its artistic representation and transporting sensuous perceptions in time and space from Austria to New York. Her work "wind, recorded on 27.10.2015," for example, makes it possible to feel the gust of wind Königshofer recorded in Austria, while facing the breathtaking view from the ACFNY over Midtown Manhattan. A handheld pinwheel with a generator recorded the wind force north of Vienna in 2015. Translated into electric impulses, a fan plays back the recording and allows "Austrian wind" of the past to blow in present-day New York.
For the opening of the exhibition, Königshofer will converse with Vienna-based visual artist Sofie Thorsen about their artistic practices. Thorsen works with installations, films and drawings and is currently an artist in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in East Williamsburg, New York. Thorsen's work has recently been exhibited in solo presentations at Mumok Kino and Krobath Wien, and in group exhibitions at KunsthalleWien, Kunsthalle Krems and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (The Vienna Model, 2013 and The Artist as Troublemaker, 2008). Born in Denmark, Ms. Thorsen's residency is sponsored by the Danish Arts Foundation.The artists' discussion will be moderated by Susan Hapgood, Executive Director of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (www.iscp-nyc.org).
ABOUT THE MoreVALUE ART AWARD
A collaboration between studio das weisse haus, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and Erste Bank, the Erste Bank MoreVALUE Art Award was initiated in 2016 with the aim to promote a young artist and facilitate a one-month residency in New York as a phase of inspiration and to expand his/her own network. Artists whose work has already been presented in das weisse haus or who have participated in the studio and residency program of studio das weisse haus were eligible to submit entries for the MoreVALUE Art Award.
ABOUT ULRIKE KÖNIGSHOFER
In her works, Ulrike Königshofer deals with the human perception, its relativity and the relation of its generated images to the world. Her artistic process is often analytic and experimental; she constructs her own apparatuses or methods of seeing and recording things. Born in the Austrian province of Styria in 1981, Königshofer holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In 2012 she was Artist-in-Residence at the Cité des Arts International in Paris. Her works were already shown at several exhibitions in Austria and beyond. Solo shows included "Dinge, die andere Dinge sind" at Halle für Kunst und Medien in Graz and "The Backside of Seeing" at studio das weisse haus in Vienna. She has received numerous awards for her work such as the Theodor Körner Award and the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Scholarship, and is currently holding a scholarship for Fine Arts awarded by the Austrian State. In early 2017, the Verlag für Moderne Kunst will publish Königshofer's new monograph with the title On Perception. She works as a visual artist in Vienna. http://www.ulrikekoenigshofer.at
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL STUDIO & CURATORIAL PROGRAM
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. Housed in a former factory in Brooklyn, with 35 light-filled work studios, two galleries, and a project space, ISCP is New York's most comprehensive international visual arts residency program, founded in 1994. ISCP organizes exhibitions, events and offsite projects, which are free and open to all, sustaining a vibrant community of contemporary art practitioners and diverse audiences. Over 1,200 artists and curators from more than 70 countries, including the United States have undertaken residencies at ISCP.
Susan Hapgood is a curator and the executive director of the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York. Founding director of the Mumbai Art Room in India, and Senior Advisor for Independent Curators International, New York, Hapgood received her initial professional training at the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and has curated exhibitions including A Fantastic Legacy: Early Bombay Photography, Energy Plus (at the 2012 Shanghai Biennale), FluxAttitudes, Neo-Dada: Redefining Art 1958-62, Slightly Unbalanced, and In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art. Author or editor of seven books and numerous articles on modern and contemporary art, Hapgood received a Master of Arts degree in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Born in 1971 in Denmark, Sofie Thorsen lives and works in Vienna. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, she has shown her work internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions. She held a teaching position at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 2005 to 2009. Her mostly installation-based work is dedicated to questions of perception, space, and the architectural object. www.sofiethorsen.net