Past Resident2017: Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport of Austria
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.
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Past Resident2016: Arts Council of Ireland2016: Arts Council of Ireland
Laura Fitzgerald’s work looks at narratives within and around place, small forgotten moments and events that have become normalized through repetition and erasure, both physically and mentally. Looking at the work of writers such as Tom McCarthy, Italo Calvino, David Markson, Lydia Davis and David Bartholeme, Fitzgerald attempts to produce new narrative forms through drawing, video and text. Her goal is to expand thinking around the notion of place using methods such as ad hoc, repetition and control. Fitzgerald often examines ‘the hand’ as a subject matter.
Laura Fitzgerald is an emerging artist working within an expanded practice revolving around video and drawing. She graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013 with an MA in Fine Art and was awarded the WW Contemporary Art SOLO Award. Fitzgerald’s work has been shown at the The Douglas Hyde Gallery; Highlanes Gallery; Sculpture in Context; Claremorris Open Exhibition; Royal Hibernian Academy, all in Ireland; and WW Contemporary Art and Chisenhale Dance Space, both in London.
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Past Resident2016: Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur and Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung
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.