WATCH OUT #2: Sarah Theurer on Alexander Iezzi
WATCH OUT is an ongoing series in which curators present young artistic positions that they find exciting. Selected by Yvonne Scheja.
I want to introduce Alexander Iezzi as an artist and musician. He inspires me because he approaches the world and the stuff it is made from with great sensitivity.
His artistic practice, which he has conceptually described as “cohabitation” reconfigures materials, words, and forms into compositions. Employing a wide range of auditory and visual media Alex creates artificial environments like settings or scenographies. The simulated realities he creates induce various levels of mutation and bleed between people and materials and introduce unlikely relationships of proximity. Alex is a great improviser and literally everything can then be scripted and sculpted into his work. Reactions - social and chemical - between the elements become part of the work.
Working with Alex deeply influenced my ideas around live art. We were introduced by a common friend who I had invited to work on an experimental radio piece. The project grew into an improvised experiment on understanding acid as a primal technology. It opened up a collective experience of artificially induced virtual reality, exploring the collective mind made neuro cosmic through social intelligence, technological extensions and radical holographic imagineering.
In a more serious but not less surreal manner, he has exhibited solo or together with other artists at Halle Fuer Kunst Steiermark, Graz; KW, Berlin; MoMA, New York; Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; Galerija Mocvara, Zagreb; and Galleri Syster, Luleå.
Together with composer Billy Bultheel he performs and publishes music under the pseudonym 33 on the label C.A.N.V.A.S.
She is a curator and writer focusing on time-based art practices and techno-social entanglements. Currently, she is at Haus der Kunst München where she has worked on projects ranging from new commissions in performance to historical surveys with artists from various geographical and cultural backgrounds such as Fujiko Nakaya, Lamin Fofana or Christelle Oyiri. Sarah frequently works collaboratively within groups like Cashmere Radio, OMSK Social Club and The Agency.