Kurt Hentschläger
February 6–24, 2-12
Concert Hall

This installation has been described by the artist as an “orchestral aquarium” with images of floating, weightless bodies accompanied by ethereal sound. It is a reflection on the contemporary human body in an era of technological enhancement and desire for immortality. In this generative installation, figures or clones (they are all identical) interact sometimes instinctually, like a school of fish or a flock of birds, and other times like intricately choreographed modern ballet or synchronized swimmers. By their fluidity, speed, and endurance, they appear as super humans, exhibiting both the sensation and sensuality of dynamic bodies in extreme motion but locked inside a virtual holding tank something like an aquarium. The movement of the bodies is infinitely variable and never repeats.

Chicago-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger creates audiovisual performances and installations. Between 1992 and 2003 he worked collaboratively as one half of Granular Synthesis, whose performances and installations confronted viewers on both a physical and emotional level, overwhelming them with sensory stimulation.

Visual Art