Alfred Weidinger

Alfred Weidinger is curator and writer, and the managing director of OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH in Linz, Austria, and the former director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany.

  • Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau

    Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau

    The Artwork as a Living System 1992–2022

    Karin Ohlenschläger, Peter Weibel, and Alfred Weidinger

    “More than a cabinet of curiosities, more than a terrarium, more than an aquarium”: a captivating look at thirty years of artistic work by the Austrian-French artist duo Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau.

    Working at the intersection of natural science, technology, and art, Austrian-French artist duo Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau pioneered the “Art of Interface”—innovative technical interfaces that enable physical interaction between simulative visual worlds and the world of natural sensory organs. Early on, the pair used algorithms to represent not only forms of the living but also their evolution and growth. Edited by Karin Ohlenschläger, Peter Weibel, and Alfred Weidinger, this publication in the Leonardo book series brings together key works of the artists since the early 1990s in pictures and text contextualized by renowned international authors: Reinhard Kannonier, Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Birgit Mersmann, Tomoe Moriyama, Karin Ohlenschläger, Ingeborg Reichle, and Siegfried Zielinski.

    In the artists' installations, which are possible only through interactions with the viewer, devices designed by the artist couple produce novel virtual realities and immersive environments. In “Portrait on the Fly,” for instance, a viewer stands in front of an interactive plasma screen, behind which a swarm of thousands of flies is moving. Gradually, the flies settle on the shadowed areas of the projection, thereby collectively reproducing the person's likeness. Works such as these, now almost classics of digital art, open a new horizon in which artworks can function as living systems. As Peter Weibel writes, their work is “more than a cabinet of curiosities, more than a terrarium, more than an aquarium; it shows mythical creatures, artificial creatures, [and] a so far unseen panorama of imagination and technical ingenuity.”

    • Hardcover $55.00
  • Gelatin

    Gelatin

    Loch

    Agnes Husslein-Arco and Alfred Weidinger

    Gelatin's exhibition “Loch,” and the week-long performance that preceded it, form the basis for this book. The catalogue comprehensively documents the Austrian art collective's elaborate site-specific performance at the 21er Haus in Vienna (June 5–September 29, 2013). The four artists, together with a group of friends from around the globe, wrested amorphous sculptures from the massive Styrofoam cube located in the middle of the museum. Before an audience, and accompanied by music, food, and drink for all, the performers spent the week digging, quarrying, and rappelling down the vast block, using the hollows dug out as molds for sculptures, which little by little filled the room. The catalogue visually records the transformation of the 21er Haus into a hybrid museum, studio, stage, residency, and exhibition space, and includes texts about the artist group, their artistic strategy, and this remarkable exhibition project.

    Co-published with 21er Haus, Vienna Design by Willi Schmid, Vienna

    ContributorsMaximilian Geymüller, Liam Gillick, Agnes Husslein-Arco & Alfred Weidinger, Dieter Roelstraete, Jan Verwoert

    • Paperback $38.00