Past Resident2012: Foundation for a Civil Society
Vikenti Komitski’s work involves the use of ready made principles applied to objects and ideas. Sometimes the content of his work aims to create a critical view over the creation of art work itself, while other times it does not.
Vikenti Komitski (born 1983, Sofia, Bulgaria) lives and works in Sofia. Komitski graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia with a degree in Sculpture, 2006. Since then, he has participated in a number of exhibitions, including Entrepot, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna, curated by René Block; Photo I Photo You, Calvert 22, London, curated by Iara Boubnova; and FQ-Test, GMG Gallery, curated by Andrey Parshikov, Moscow. In 2011, Komitski received the BAZA Award for Contemporary Art. Komitski is represented by 0gms Gallery, Sofia and Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv.
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Past Resident2012: Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport of Austria
Ursula Mayer works predominantly in film but her practice also encompasses sculpture and photography. In her most recent body of work, she dismantles the elements of cinematic narrative; numerous flashbacks and other challenges to the cinematic norm of temporal linearity punctuate her films, calling into question how conventional imagery is constructed.
Ursula Mayer studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and completed her MA in 2005 at Goldsmiths College in London, where she has been based since. Her films have been presented at film festivals including Locarno, Oberhausen and Rotterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunstverein, Hamburg; ICA, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Frame, Frieze Art Fair, London; Lentos Art Museum, Linz; and Centraal Museum, Utrecht. Her works were recently screened in Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Bonnier Kunsthalle, Stockholm; PS1, New York; Kunsthalle Basel; New Museum, New York; 2nd Athens Biennial; 4th Tirana International Art Biennial. Later this year she will exhibit her work in Short Stories in the SculptureCenter in New York.
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Past Resident2012: Bunkacho - Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
Yamashita + Kobayashi
Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi are a Berlin-based artist duo. The simple structure and humor in their methodology turns the seemingly impossible dream into reality and their work is a condensation of everyday life. In Candy (2005), for instance, the duo licked a huge ball of candy every day over six months until it had been reduced to normal size. In Infinity (2006), Yamashita + Kobayashi jog day after day over a course in the shape of the sign for infinity (∞), slowly inscribing itself on the grass. Their sincere attitude towards these seemingly purposeless duties contains a touch of humor and at the same time makes viewers reconsider about many rituals without meaning in their daily lives.
Mai Yamashita (born in 1976) and Naoto Kobayashi (born in 1974) are a Japanese artist couple who started working together in 2000. After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts with a PhD, they moved to Germany, where they have been living and working since then. They participated in Künstlerhaus Bethanien and their work has been exhibited among others at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Museo de Arte Contemporánea (MARCO), Vigo, Spain and the 2010 Aichi Triennale, Japan.