Vienna University of Technology
critics: Michael HANSMEYER & Christoph MÜLLER.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Ralf BLIEM: Secession_Adpt is a homage to the artists and poets who went trough the Vienna Secession, since its first exhibition 1898.
Now a scientific age has become real; there is no more need of a static behavior of art/building/something. We are evolving in a fast way and so does art. Secession_Adpt is the adaptation of the Secession to our present-day appreciation of interdisciplinary art.
It is fast, disposable, computer-generated, and seems to be overwhelming. The topping of the Secession is generated in an ongoing process of production—substitution and disposal. The end product of every cycle is a lightweight, easy-to-handle, synthetic piece of art that adorns the Secession for a determined time.
Even the disposal process is able to show our possibilities of a closed material circuit. All disposed toppings will be fragmented, hacked, and rehashed at the back of the Secession and serve anew as feed for robotic arms.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
RB: Impacts of rocaille; robotic production lines; and the behavior of artists handling their work; Christoph Müller; and Michael Hansmeyer.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
RB: Reading Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything; listening to Ratatat, Wanda, Koelsch, and Goldfish; and watching The Walking Dead.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
RB: Everything that inspires me in digital and analog ways, but also: Gilles Retsin; Daniel Widrig; Andreas Koerner; Herwig Scherabon; Columbosnext; and Kokkugia.