Anna-Sophie Berger – KUB Billboards curated by Eva Birkenstock

Starting in 2016 KUB Billboards constitute an independent line of
programming to enhance the visibility of a younger generation
of artists. KUB Billboards concentrate in particular on those artists
who have been growing up in the midst of recent epochal turning
points: starting from the demise of state socialism, and the increasingly
globalized world that followed from it, and that, throughout
the 1990s, was more and more superimposed by a digitalized
capitalization of all spheres of life. In the network economy in which
now we live, the internet, the logic of algorithmic processing, social
media and surveillance are conditions of our everyday existence.
The perception of our »reality« has drastically changed, and with
it the modes of its conceptualization.

To kick off the new program, the artist Anna-Sophie Berger
presents a series of diverse visual materials: a reproduction of a
mandala-drawing colored as part of a self-therapeutic exercise,
a selfie, a dystopian landscape taken from an IOS game and a reproduction
of a work by Hans Baldung. It is not the indexicality of the
images, Berger focuses on, but their potential of being transferred
into various constellations as well as being produced, reproduced,
appropriated, tagged and permanently altered. Its heterogeneity
connects the series to the pictorial logic of today’s media, in which
text is translated by images in the process of communication. Thus,
the respective subject generates the context of the heterogeneous
singular images through selection. Berger’s works, snapshots and
selfies appear in various virtual and real spaces, simultaneously
and equivalently as objects in an exhibition space, as digital posts,
as documentation or as reference. Apart from the passionate inquiry
of artistic agency on the image plane, the reference to liquid substances,
transformation and gender, the series stages those processes
that render visible how her works present themselves and
can undergo changes — and thus destabilize the difference between
artistic object and documentation.

(Press release)

 

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Anna-Sophie Berger, 22nd June, 2015, KUB Billboards, 2016 © Anna-Sophie Berger und Kunsthaus Bregenz

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Anna-Sophie Berger, Remains, 2016 , KUB Billboards, 2016, © Anna-Sophie Berger und Kunsthaus Bregenz

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Anna-Sophie Berger, Hexensabbat, Hans Baldung Grien , KUB Billboards, 2016, © Anna-Sophie Berger und Kunsthaus Bregenz

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Anna-Sophie Berger, Install, 2015, KUB Billboards, 2016 © Anna-Sophie Berger und Kunsthaus Bregenz

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Anna-Sophie Berger, She vanished (studio), 2016, KUB Billboards, 2016 © Anna-Sophie Berger und Kunsthaus Bregenz

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Left: Anna-Sophie Berger, Teresa in Serbia with Magna Children at Risk, 2015, KUB Billboards, 2016, right: Anna-Sophie Berger, Diptych (shelter), 2016 , KUB Billboards, 2016, both © Anna-Sophie Berger und Kunsthaus Bregenz

 

Anna-Sophie Berger
KUB Billboards
curated by Eva Birkenstock
26 | 02 — 17 | 05 | 2016