To tackle human crises and extreme situations, the Vienna-based artist team hoelb/hoeb invents extensive space installations operating at the intersection between visual art, everyday life, and performance. In their most recent work LOSS_expands – coping with grief, visitors move across a 30-metre-long grief corridor – a direction system and non-space acting as a meeting zone, exhibition display and dispositive – and subsequently meet digital doppelgangers of individual experts from the fields of art, cultural sciences, philosophy, hospices, permanent vegetative states, and care work.
 Architectural historian Stephan Trüby relates the history of the corridor in Geschichte des Korridors, delightfully showing how this type of space has more to offer than artificial light and non-communication: https://shop.falter.at/detail/9783770560370.
INFO: The event itself takes around 80 minutes. The show on April 23rd is followed by an artist talk. Guests at the artist talk are Nina Hömberg, Gerlinde Ofner, Daniel Niedermeier, Chrisdian Wittenburg, Barbara Hölbling and Mario Höber.
As part of the project, hoelb/hoeb is also showing digital works in VR / Virtual Reality for the first time. Visitors can explore these juxtapositions of analog and digital spatial atmospheres in the empty stage space using VR glasses. One encounters avatars/digital doubles, such as palliative physician Trautgundis Kaiba, nursing specialist Gerlinde Ofner, cultural scientist Karin Harrasser, publicist/dramaturge Claus Philipp, epigeneticist Eduard Rappold and philosopher and cultural scientist Thomas Macho, who reports on boundary experiences and mourning. Other participants are Nina Hömberg (DE) - inclusion researcher, Caro Dorn (CH) – astrophysicist, Andreas Karl (A) - musicologist, Anja Quickert (DE) – journalist and dramaturge.
The exhibited artistic works are by Tatsumi Orimoto (JP), Clara Rueprich (DE), Dan K Chen (TW/US), Harun Farocki (DE), Peter Liechti (CH), Jörg Brüggemann (DE), Linda Montano (US), Karin Rocholl (DE), Erwin Bohatsch (A), Zweintopf (A), Jan Staiger (DE), Daniel Niedermeier (DE), Caroline Haberl (A), Brigitte Kowanz (A), Paul Prothesis (A), Samira Engel (DE).
LOSS_expands – coping with grief is an open field of experimentation that visualises codes, ciphers, and intersections between life and art while at the same time showing a variety of grief processes in a sophisticated game of proximity and distance, shifting perspectives, and associative links.
The artistic work of hoelb/hoeb focuses on the realisation of inter- and trans-disciplinary projects aiming at the generation of communication spaces and involving a broad public in various processes of occupation. In terms of methodology, they employ procedures that combine artistic means of expression (photography/video, installation) and performance practices. By including experts from the fields of art, science, and social practice in the creation of their projects, they initiate transgressive processes in their work and its communication.
"hoelb/hoeb (...) transform the art experience into an experiential art." (Der Standard)
My View with Mario Höber (hoelb/hoeb) on March 31st at 7 pm as part of the exhibition Do Nothing, Feel Everything (until April 24th, 2022 in the Kunsthalle Wien on Karlsplatz)
My View is a program series in which experts, non-experts and interesting people are invited to present their personal view on the exhibition.
Link to the event
The show on April 23rd is followed by an artist talk.
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Wien
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Wien
U-Bahn: U1, U2 (Praterstern), U4 (Friedensbrücke), U6 (Dresdnerstraße) Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße) Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)
Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
U-Bahn: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)