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Sonia Leimer

In her installations, Sonia 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.

Sonia Leimer lives and works in Vienna. She studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna and the Academy of Fine Art Vienna. From 2007 to 2012, she hosted a radio titled City and the Image. She taught at the Academy for Art and Photography together with Martin Guttmann from 2012–2016. Leimer exhibited her work internationally at Leopold Museum, Vienna; Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna; Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen; Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich; Los Angeles Museum of Art; 5th Moscow Biennial; artothek, Cologne; Museion – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bozen, Italy; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; Kunstverein Basis, Frankfurt; BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna; Salzburger Kunstverein; and Manifesta 7, Rovereto.

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Current Resident: Jan 1, 2017–Dec 31, 2017

Mondriaan Fund

Studio #219

Artist

Constant Dullaart

Rather than creating works from the ground up, Constant Dullaart relies on existing frameworks, websites, search engines, and the like, treating them as “found objects” on which he enacts distortions and witty reconfigurations. With a practice focused on visualizing internet vernaculars and software dialects, a political approach critical to corporate systems influencing these contemporary semantics becomes clear through his minimal and sometimes bricolaged gestures. Editing online forms of representation, and the user’s access to it, he creates installations and performances online and offline. Rather than seeking merely to write a book to be placed on a library shelf, so to speak, Dullaart is interested in animating the very concept of the library itself.

Constant Dullaart’s practice reflects on the broad cultural and social effects of communication and image processing technologies. He is known for his work series Jennifer in Paradise, and for distributing 2.5 million bought Instagram followers. In doing so, he distributed artificial social capital. Dullaart was the winner of the Prix Net Art in 2015 and chosen as a staff-pick Kickstarter campaign for a start-up called Dulltech™.

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Current Resident: Sep 1, 2016–Aug 31, 2017

OCA - Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Studio #220

Artist

Damir Avdagic

Damir Avdagic is an interdisciplinary artist who uses performance, video and text to address issues of historical memory and identity. By collecting and performing dialogues that are circumscribed by a single historical event, Avdagic reflects on how history is passed, consciously or unconsciously, to the next generation, and its effects on cultural identity, nationality and the self. The historical background for Avdagic’s body of work is the civil war in former Yugoslavia (1991-1995) from which his family fled in 1993 to Norway.

Damir Avdagic (born 1987, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina) obtained a degree from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and holds an MFA from The University of California in Los Angeles. Avdagic has exhibited internationally at Another Space, Copenhagen; KALA Art Institute, Berkeley; Fotogalleriet, Oslo; and Entree Galleri, Bergen, Norway, amongst others. He is the recipient of several grants and prizes, including The Fulbright Scholarship, the NORAM scholarship from Norway-America Association, and BKH’s Photo Art Prize.

 

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