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EIKON #106

EIKON #106

Artists | Aya Ben Ron | Markus Hanakam | Christian Kosmas Mayer | Mara Novak | Werner Schrödl | Roswitha Schuller |

Carl Aigner | Thomas Ballhausen |Philippe Batka |Katharina Brandl | Pia Draskovits | June Drevet | Nela Eggenberger | Christian Egger | Elisabeth Falkensteiner | Ruth Horak | Carlos Kong | Peter Kunitzky | Avi Lubin | Maren Lübke-Tidow | Marija Nujic | Nina Schedlmayer | Silvia Schultermandl | Steffen Siegel | Margarethe Szeless | Franz Thalmair | Frederike Zenker | Margit Zuckriegl


Languages | German / English
Dimensions | 280 x 210 mm
ISBN | 978-3-902250-99-5
96 pages

Price: € 15,00 (incl. 10% VAT)

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Aya Ben Ron | Avi Lubin
Werner Schrödl | Carl Aigner
Christian Kosmas Mayer | Christian Egger
Hanakam & Schuller | Franz Thalmair
Mara Novak | Ruth Horak


Wolfgang Reichmann—Margit Zuckriegl


Daniela Kostava. Future Dreaming—Philippe Batka


DON WHO?—Elisabeth Falkensteiner

IN FOCUS: Interspecies Media Art

Technological encounters beyond the Great Divide — Katharina Brandl & Friederike Zenker


Affective Economies—Silvia Schultermandl


Introducing Tony Conrad. A Retrospective | Carlos Kong
Bojana Ventzislavova | Nina Schedlmayer
Umbo. Fotograf | Peter Kunitzky
Von mir aus | Pia Draskovits
Marko Zink | Marija Nujic
Horizontal Vertigo #1 | June Drevet


with Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein




Klara Lidén: GTG TTYL | Pia Draskovits
Thomas Demand: The Complete Papers | Maren Lübke-Tidow
Steffen Siegel: Fotogeschichte aus dem Geist des Fotobuchs | Margarethe Szeless
Wessen Wissen? Materialität und Situiertheit in den Künsten | Thomas Ballhausen
Hito Steyerl: Duty Free Art | Nela Eggenberger
Camera Austria International. Labor für Fotografie und Theorie | Steffen Siegel


It is hard to gainsay the idea that humans are social beings by nature. As soon as they find they are alone (and, increasingly, not only then), today they try self-help with modern communication technologies like the smartphone and other devices connected to the Internet, which make it possible to exchange thoughts with others—and to do so in any place, at any time. For this reason, modern technology be praised, nobody ever needs to be lonely again; and yet, paradoxically, precisely because of the increasing absence of “real” persons, the alienation of people from each other in the midst of our highly sophisticated society is constantly moving forward.
Household pets have also, for millennia, fulfilled their purpose as an antidote to individual loneliness. Due to the advancement of technological development and the ongoing blurring of the border between culture and nature, now even they, as child or partner substitutes and thus as projection screens for their owners, are becoming (involuntary) actors in a world where the media are taking more and more control. Thus, the art video MY BBY 8L3W by Neozoon, which Katharina Brandl and Friederike Zenker take as an example of this, shows very vividly how problematic some human-animal relationships can become. On the other hand, the focus of the present edition, entitled “Interspecies Media Art” also shows, with these two curators in other art works, how fragile the distinction has now become between the “natural” and the “manmade,” how little therefore the idea of the perfectly untouched or of absolute technology can be defended and what conclusions we can draw as a society from media art, where these aspects are discussed.

Nela Eggenberger
for EIKON, June 2019

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