Publisher: VfmK Verlag für moderne Kunst
Size: 24 x 30 cm (approx.)
Hardcover, including a stereoviewer, design by Raphael Drechsel (GREAT), texts by Rebekka Reuter, Romana Karla Schuler, Felicitas Thun-Thun-Hohenstein, Roland Fischer-Briand, Fabian Knierim, Andreas Spiegl, Peter Weibel. Edited by Inés Ratz, Rebekka Reuter, Peter Coeln, Fabian Knierim.
Moving and setting in motion — the rebellious experimental spirit that drove Alfons Schilling (1934-2013) from the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, where with Günter Brus he had paved the way for Actionism, to Paris and New York in 1962, was also evident during the artist’s long career in his photographic works. They push the medium well beyond its traditional boundaries and provide the missing link between Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th century movement studies and current notions of cyberspace. Schilling’s investigation of lenticular photography added a dynamic dimension to seeing and merged several images into a single picture. Holograms and stereophotography turn pictures into a virtual space. Those who travel the three-dimensional world today with head-mounted displays are merely following a path that Schilling embarked on in the 1970s. The exhibition focuses for the first time on the visionary’s expanded photography, presenting it alongside selected vision machines, paintings and film experiments. The central thrust of his pioneering work is a critique of perception and the liberation of the act of seeing itself: “It’s not what’s on the picture — it’s what is behind it.”