Inge Vavra — LATENT MATERIAL—undisclosed memory

Opening, 31 May, 2011, 7 pm
Exhibition, June 1 – July 9, 2011

“The simultaneity of the non-simultaneous (and vice versa) / In the beginning: the artist watches a television documentary; a film scene in it evokes the memory of a childhood experience. The memory manifests itself as a picture, resembling a still-existing photograph from the days of childhood. / Shape, shaping / Memory traces latently preserved in the individual as a propensity for excitation are reactivated. Aesthetic and emotional positions compete. / Feedback—interaction / The artist photographs the scene off the screen, thus suspending the moment of memory. In the frozen image sequence, in the unfinished sentence, the negative forms make room for the positive forms, for prosaic strings as well as for poetic reverberations. She remixes contact points and predetermined breaking points in the fabric of experience and knowledge. […] Time can apparently be eliminated / How, then, must an aesthetic impulse be constituted that causes an individual to react to media presentations with his/her own imaginings? What forms of perception allow the individual to feel authentically addressed, so that s/he can bring his/her own personal experience and situation to bear?” (Inge Vavra)

Inge Vavra (b. Germany, 1942) lives and works in Krumpendorf am Wörthersee and Vienna.

Curated by Christian Kravagna and Hedwig Saxenhuber.