Atlas Making
The entire Roundtable was dedicated to the Atlas project and the discusion of individual work and reasearch progress. Students were divided into 2 groups according to the collaborative partner of choice (AKH (prof. Kainberger) or Chris Walzer.)
Nemanja presented his concept of the project. He is interested in memory landscapes in relation to collapsing landscapes, into the mecchanisms of how memory works and the relationship between physical objects and their visual rappresentation. He envisioned the project as a 3D animation video work accompanied with ceramic pieces that mimic objects in the video and create a more tangible perspective of the work. The aim is to created a 'useless' atlas, something which is there just to evoke uncanny feelings of something familiar yet monstrous.
Margit conceived her project as a large-scale installation and a map for the spectator; somebody who is trying to find items from the map. The starting point of the instalation is a transparent tent from where it is possibility to reach different parts of the installation. The common thread which connects the different parts of the installation is the meaning of the word ‘’TRANS’’ - ‘’trans’’ in general, ‘’’trans’’ as a prefix for generating new words and meanings (trans-parent, trans-discipline, trans-scendence ....). The work also addresses the problem of bridges and intersections between artistic and scientific disciplines.
Denise is interested in investigating the relationship between doctors and patients in terms of communication and bureaucracy. By examining various written forms for the patients and by talking to doctors and nurses she tries to make an intervention with the aim of both - bringing the doctors and pations to the same ‘’communicational level’’ and help patients with the comprehension of the various forms which they are required to sign.
Kilian’s project revolves around the question of how the current structure of the society treats enviromental issues and actions. By interviewing different people and experts on the topic he tries to create a mosaic of ideas that draws a map of different opinions on how bureaucracy works and how it could be impoved/changed. The outcome could be in the form of a novel which is not centered on one particular object but more on the whole project in question.
Maria based her project on three fundamental question - What is the movement? What is the nation? and what is the citizen? By using the portable scaner she generated a series of pictures of the floors from abandoned houses used by homeless people and then used them as a starting point for her investigation on migration. She’s interested in the repercussions of migration, in how people recreate their inital habitus elsewhere; trying to recuperate something from their home countries. How does the movement of a person affect where he/she is moving to and how does it affect the place he/she is leaving? Maria’s interest also revolves around the language and the mutation of the language during the proces of learning. The distinction between native speakers and foreigners. Her work is also related to bureaucratical problems that immigrants face when moving to another country and the origins of the concept of nationalism that we use today.
Adrijan is devoloping a project regarding the theme of irrational fears in the modern society.
Ruben is interested into comparisment between the different large-scale projects in terms of their financing and success. Why are some multi-billion dollars projects more ‘’easy’’ to realise than some lower budgted ecological projects?