If you type the phrase woman on mars into the Google image search, a ghostlike figure appears across the first dozen hits, dated 2015. She is caught wandering through the borealis basin, stepping between oxidized rock formations as the Mars Curiosity Rover documents her from afar. She looks so agile, so at ease on this red smoldering planet – more so than her male counterpart, sitting back on earth, his eyes pressed against the pixels of the transmitted image through the void-like lens of his robotic rover. Land-bound he can only stare impotent into the screen, yearning for his own astral projection.
Marianne Vlaschits’s exhibition offers us the new cosmos as a social system, where females hold the primary power. Predominantly through travel, political leadership, moral authority and social privilege. Culture is paramount in this new world and maintained at the highest value for each space traveling unit and its users. Vlaschits turns the gallery into a blueprint for an interstellar spaceship designed for comfort, not too unlike a cruise liner in the Bahamas but for life. She also extends the user’s ability to travel via a mind-altering digital video that plays with the effects of N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT or N,N-DMT), a powerful psychedelic compound that offers the traveller a rapid onset of action and affect – holidaying has never been so unreal. Vlaschits’s radical solo female commander narrative and progressive space offers a disturbance in the systems of patriarchy – leaving behind the macho matter and their binary tech gadgets staring and lusting at the sun until they eventually go blind with lost pride.
Look Magazine ran the cover story that controversially asked “Should a Girl Be First in Space?” in the 1960s. Eventually NASA concluded that women surpass the abilities of men in the space race through their size and physical aptitude. The Cosmos has always held a sexist bias towards women as far as innovative recreational living outside earth in the past decade. After space travel became a necessity rather than only a hobby intended for evolutionary progression, the innovative idea of having a second home soon became the meaning of life for most humans on earth. It became clear as being the most intelligent living organism on the planet we must transcend our own timely demise via the Earth’s core infrastructure and resources. Space seemed to offer itself through science and a then restricted economy to be the new matriarchal society. With *a disturbance traveling through a medium*, Marianne Vlaschits unties this hypothetical knot and creates a world that synthesizes these possibilities into an affirmative feminist reality.
LONG LIVE THE MATRIARCHAL MARS AS THE NEW COSMOS AND SPACE.
Text by Penny Rafferty
Exhibition curated by Karim Crippa
Marianne Vlaschits was born 1983 in Vienna, Austria. Recent exhibitions include *Welcome to the Jungle*, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE, 2015 (group show); *Panama*, One Work Gallery, Vienna, AT, 2015; *Large Feet*, La Musery, Vienna, AT, 2015; *Pas de Deux*, (with Marc-Alexandre-Dumoulin), Nile Sunset Annex, Cairo, EG, 2014; and *Praxis der Liebe*, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, AT, 2013 (group show), among many others. Vlaschits lives and works in Vienna, AT.
Marianne Vlaschits and DUVE Berlin wish to express their grattitude to the Austrian Federal Chancellery for its generous support of the exhibition.
*a disturbance travelling through a medium*
September 17 – October 29, 2016
Entrance D, Floor 2