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Artists | Magdalena Frey | Edgar Honetschläger | Pia Mayer | Isa Rosenberger | Mika Rottenberg | Li Wei |

Authors | Kerstin Stremmel | Alexandra Schantl | Gerald Piffl | Florian Halm | Amrei Thaler | Elisabeth M. Gottfried | Rosemarie Burgstaller | Ursula Philadelphy | Dirk Ufermann | Andrea Winklbauer | Naoko Kaltschmidt | Olga Kronsteiner | Ulrike Münter | Ursula Hentschläger | Georg Schiemer | Robert Ayers | Petra Noll | Manfred Chobot | Paul di Felice | Dieter Buchhart | Lavinia Neff | Sacha Grigorenko

Languages | german / english
Format | 210 x 280 mm
ISBN | 978-3-902250-44-5
96 pages

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Artist Pages

Elisabeth M. Gottfried

Carl Aigner

Beijning Performance Artist LI WEI
Ulrike Münter

Staged Realities
Petra Noll

Photographic Anthropology 
Alexandra Schantl

Wider das Absolute 
Dieter Buchhart

Video Installations 
Robert Ayers

Student Page

Pia Mayer
Gabriele Rothemann


The New AEC in Ars Electronica´s Thirtieth Year
Ursula Hentschläger

Backlight 2008. TICKLE ATTACK
Paul di Felice

EIKON-Competition: "The Most Dangerous Camera" 
Amrei Thaler

The Aperture Foundation
Robert Ayers

The Christian Brandstätter Verlag
Gerald Piffl

30 Years ESHPh
Andrea Winklbauer

Art Market

Olga Kronsteiner


Medium Religion: Like a Prayer
Lavinia Neff

Der chirurgische Blick 
Rosemarie Burgstaller

Elke Krystufek – Für das Glück zuständig
Georg Schiemer

Judith Huemer
Elisabeth M. Gottfried

Light InSight
David d’Heilly

Anastasia Khoroshilova
Sacha Grigorenko

On the border of painting : Marko Zink
Ursula Philadelphy

Reviews (German only)

Erik Niedling: Formation 
Kerstin Stremmel

Nuevas Historias. Spanish Photography and Video Art 
Dirk Ufermann

H.H. Capor – 55 Töchter sowie noch eine weitere 
Manfred Chobot

Marko Lipuš: 31 Kratzungen, Verfotografierungen 
Florian Halm

DVD Compilation Jean Painlevé 
Naoko Kaltschmidt



Truth is the invention of a liar. (Heinz von Foerster)

If you work with photography, now “officially” 170 years old, the question of reality soon becomes evident: the depiction of reality as well as the formation of one’s own reality. We see ourselves confronted with the former primarily in the realm of press photography, while the question of our own visual reality is posed particularly by artists in an increasingly decisive fashion. Does this mean that photography is facing a crisis? Is the global economy truly in a crisis? Is not the answer to such questions always a matter of our perception? My personal truth says being in a crisis means being unable to move intellectually. Progress and moving forward are what make it possible to move other things. In this 65th issue of EIKON, we present five artists who reflect the issue of reality in the most various ways, thus leading us out of the crisis, if you will.

MIKA ROTTENBERG, an Argentinean-American shooting star at the last Whitney Biennial, knows how to create bizarre visions through strange observations of people. Her intellectual claim allows concept and aesthetic to fuse in a strangely invented reality. Here we find issues like feminism, politics, and economy just as well as questions about the human character and about the body in particular. The work of MAGDALENA FREY takes this as a starting point, focusing on the feminine. Her complex collages know no taboos. She ruthlessly directs our gaze at what we are afraid of. She challenges us to look and confront our fears, not to condense them, but rather to dissolve them and to transform them into strength. Chinese performance artist LI WEI surprises with spectacular actions that question our perception to the extreme, often himself becoming a mirror of his surroundings, inviting illusion and reality to exchange places.

, the current holder of the Msgr. Otto Mauer-Preis, explores situations of political transformation, especially in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. Taking documentary as her starting point, she mixes reality and fiction when time and space are condensed in the camera and private memory breaks the official historiography. EDGAR HONETSCHLÄGER is a traveler and a revolutionary who vehemently rebels against the illusion of central perspective as the sole possible form of depicting reality. In his work—film, photography, and drawing—he discusses the variety and contradiction of a globalized world. And again the question of the (economic) crisis . . .

We are happy to present PIA MAYER in this issue’s student pages—a cooperation with Vienna’s Universität für Angewandte Kunst—as well as a new author, Lavinia Neff, who last fall was awarded the Junior Award by the Art Critic Awards. As a partner magazine of the organizer Basis Wien, we are happy to offer the young writer a forum. In her contribution, she reviews the current exhibition of ZKM, Medium Religion, a notable show in Karlsruhe that engages with faith and geopolitics in the current media.

The artist Anastasia Khoroshilova recently presented two exhibitions in Moscow, at Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Stella Art Foundation, reviewed here by our correspondent Sacha Grigorenko. The extensive, three-language catalog was published by EIKON/ÖIP.

Tickle Attack is the title of the most recent edition of the Fototriennale Tampere, which took place for the first time across borders. The Austrian site was FLUSS in Wolkersdorf, and parallel to this, EIKON invited to a podium discussion and a “tickle attack” at Museumsquartier. Read more in this issue’s Forum, where you can also learn about the first EIKON competition held during last fall’s Month of Photography, with the motto “the most dangerous camera.”

“It all start’s in Linz,” as an old Austrian saying goes, and that’s now back in fashion this year, for Linz is European Capital of Culture in 2009. As part of the opening program, one of the most important cultural initiatives of Austria was able to open its doors: Ars Electronica Center has erected a new building, with which this impressive institution now has enough space to carry out its mission.

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