Simona Koch — Abiotismus #215

Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, 2021
Self-published poster edition
52.5 × 73.5 cm, folded to 17.5 × 24.5 cm, double-sided offset print
For free withdrawal in the exhibition and as an insert in the annual publication 2021
Print run of 1000 pieces

Graphic design: Simona Koch
Editors: Gudrun Ratzinger & Franz Thalmair

On the exhibition

Simona Koch — Interbeing
May 11 – June 9, 2022

Natural sciences, like physics, genetics, or biology, as the study of living material, count among the multitude of departure points for Simona Koch. In experimental research setups, ranging from expansive installations to artist books, she traces the living in all of its facets, while continuously generating new working methods and procedures. Like a scientist, she works systematically and reflexively: things as animistic information carriers, which survive numerous human generations; the growth of so-called superorganisms, including complex structures such as cities; universal family trees that collect genomes; terms lent from scientific classification such a “roots”, “heritage”, and “essence”. Departing from her own biography, Simona Koch investigates and visualizes networks of relationships in her work series Universal Family Tree (2012–2014), Human Fabric (since 2015), or Mycelium of Humans (since 2017). She charts intertwining traces of her own biography with that of people from Germany, East Prussia, Austria, The Netherlands, USA, Switzerland, France, England, and Belgium, whose histories date back to the early fourteenth century.