What remains.

DEATH ] [ PROOF. The entire sky has been reworked

Opening | 07.10.2014, 19h, xhibit

Location |  xhibit Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Exhibition dates | 08.10.2014 - 09.11.2014

Welcome  Eva Blimlinger, Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts

Introduction | DEATH ] [ PROOF: Christian Fröhlich, THE ENTIRE SKY HAS BEEN REWORKED: Gerda Kaltenbruner and Martin Beck

Date | 16.10.2014, 16h, xhibit

DEATH ] [ PROOF. Videography as an architectural instrument
Christian Fröhlich (video artist) and Christopher Ghouse (video artist) show a selection of video portraits commented and discussed by the following experts: Claudia Koch (Picture Gallery), Helmut Hempel (architect), Jochen Käferhaus (construction physicist).

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What remains.

DEATH ] [ PROOF. The entire sky has been reworked

DEATH ] [ PROOF
Refurbishment. Conversion. Destroy. Renovate to death.
During your visit of this exhibition the entire building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna finds itself in a kind of limbo before its pending refurbishment. Though preservation is a primary objective, there is always the risk of destroying or renovating something to death. The idiom "death-proof" describes the technical design of a machine protecting its users from losing their lives. Concerning architecture, the question that arises is how to refurbish a building without renovating it to death in terms of the culture of building becoming manifest in it? The experts' answer is not an unequivocal one. The range of suggested solutions spans from restoring the patinated original state by "exposure" to simulating the past by applying new layers
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What remains.

DEATH ] [ PROOF. The entire sky has been reworked


The project DEATH ] [ PROOF serves as a corrective and snapshot of the actual state here. The video portraits of the rooms of the Academy on Schillerplatz offer the unique opportunity to pause and observe how the house presents itself before its renovation starts. Camera and video medium help us to have a closer look. Details, surfaces, materials, ruinous parts, patina … valuable and cherished things, the feasible and the strange, which the human eye usually just glides across, are made visible by the camera eye in capturing them. One thing is already clear, without wanting to make a judgment: Hansen's building will never be seen again as it is presented in the exhibition DEATH ] [ PROOF.

Note: All video portraits of the more than one hundred rooms of the Academy were recorded with one and the same focal length (30 mm), exposure time (1/60 sec.), and light sensitivity (ISO 400) in high-resolution images (4 K@25 fps) and have identical lengths (3 min).

Alumni-Ausstellungsreihe Christian Tonko