Katrin Hornek

Opening, September 30, 2021, 7 pm
Exhibition, October 1 – November 5, 2021

Katrin Hornek’s work is embedded in the manifold entanglements that govern life in the Anthropocene. Departing from concrete places and substances, she combines their stories with found material and immaterial forms. The inextricable ties between culture and nature, human and non-human actors, between long-term processes and momentary events become potentially tangible. In the framework of the WWTF research project The Anthropocene Surge (2018–2021), for example, she traces the transformation of physical samples into datasets and thus the corresponding multitude of connections and interdependencies between analog and digital sediments.

Her series Modified Grounds centers around the geological shifts triggered by construction and production processes. Together with composer Judith Unterpertinger and in the specific context of selected places, Katrin Hornek creates a resonating body that presages the gigantic scale of the capital-driven displacement of material, which, since the beginning of the 21st century, exceeds all non-human induced rock movements. In the series Planetary System Summit she translates the diverse transformation processes of mineral oil into performative settings, which treat different perspectives and temporal scales on an equal level. For Kunstraum Lakeside, the artist will explore other human interventions in the Earth’s body, creating dense and concrete images of possible pasts, presents, and futures.

Katrin Hornek (* 1983 in Lilienfeld) lives and works in Vienna.


Katrin Hornek, A Landmass To Come, 2020 | Photo: Kristine Madjare