ALFONS SCHILLING. BEYOND PHOTOGRAPHY
14.2. – 14.5.2017
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.”
The exhibition is jointly organised with the Estate of Alfons Schilling and is accompanied by a book published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, with a preface by Peter Weibel and essays by Roland Fischer-Briand, Erkki Huhtamo, Romana Karla Schuler, Andreas Spiegl, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein and curators Rebekka Reuter and Fabian Knierim.
VERLAG FÜR MODERNE KUNST, 2017
Publisher: Inés Ratz, Rebekka Reuter, Peter Coeln, Fabian Knierim
Illustrations in color and bw
Hardcover with stereoviewer