Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler
Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler’s collaborative work is defined by a discursive engagement with form and media. Their work culminates in artistic reflections on our entanglement as individuals in contemporary socioeconomic circumstances. They combine theory and post-disciplinary conversation with digital and physical environments, installations, videos, performances, objects, texts and sound, to explore the derivative condition of contemporary social relations and its financial/economic models, narratives, and processes.
Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler have been collaborating since the mid-2000s. The have had exhibitions and projects at MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, 2016; International Symposium on Electronic Art, Hong Kong, 2016; University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 2015; Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, 2015; Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, 2013; Kunstraum BERNSTEINER, Vienna, 2012; Austrian Pavilion, EXPO 2010, Shanghai;
4zero Space, Hangzhou, 2010; MKL/Kunsthaus Graz, 2009; Babu Gallery, Shenzhen, 2009; Anni Gallery, Beijing, 2009; Museum Stein, Krems, 2008; Museum Arbeitswelt Steyr, Austria, 2007; Center for Architecture, Innsbruck, 2006; Medi@terra Festival, Athens, 2006; The University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2005; Beijing Cubic Art Center, 2005. They are currently working on the project The Future of Demonstration. Art in the Post-Digital Era, planned for 2017-2018 in Vienna with Maximilian Thoman.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Austria
Berenice Güttler‘s artworks are studies of identity developed through her activity with textile material. Her drawings function as documentation for this identity. As Seth Siegelaub said, “There is an intimate relationship between textile and society.” This marks it as a medium of particular fascination and endurance. Her work deals with the breadth of influence that textiles have had on art and daily life. Her artworks tell us, unagitatedly, about the emblematic topics of weaving, patterns, and structures in our contemporary world. She treats the agile state of contingency between craft and art easily elegant; dealing with the political history, gender politics and social factors, that are inherent in the material fabric that is both self-referential and universal.
Berenice Güttler (born 1984, Germany) lives and works in Berlin and Hannover. She completed a residency in Galata, Istanbul sponsored by the The Braunschweig University of Art in 2010, contributed to several exhibitions in Europe and is now honored with an artist-in-residency in New York, by the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, Saxony.
Residents from Germany
The notion of space is always present in Catherine Barnabé’s writing and exhibition projects. She is interested in the relationships that we build with the space in which we evolved or with appropriated space, and in the movements and the actions of the artist in his or her environment. This interest begun with Barnabé’s thesis where she explored the notion of the “flaneur” as an artist who walks in the city and develops a relation to it through three approaches: the collect, the trace and the mark. She is also interested in exploring the notions of geography, temporality and different types of passage.
Catherine Barnabé is an independent curator and author based in Montreal, Canada. She is the co-founder and the curator of Espace Projet, a non-profit organization that shows the work of artists and designers. She received an MA from Université du Québec à Montréal in studies of arts in 2011. Since then, she has written texts for magazines and art spaces including Esse Arts & Opinions, Spirale, and Art mûr. In addition to exhibitions at Espace Projet, her curatorial projects have been presented in exhibitions spaces in Montreal, Toronto and New York, including Salle Alfred-Pellan, Centre Lethbridge, Gallery 44, and DE:FORMAL. In 2012, Barnabé participated in a curatorial residency at Est Nord-Est, Quebec, and in 2015, she was a curatorial resident at Linea de Costa, Spain.