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Decorative-aesthetic functions of the sculpture in urban space


In summertime, Austrians prefer the sidewalk café to have lunch or meet for a coffee. One of these cosy restaurants in the heart of Vienna is Salon Wichtig, where the owner decided to top the al fresco experience with commissions of art in public spaces.

So let me share the cooking instructions with you: The shiny yellow alu sheets are Signicolor by Novelis. The bright-coloured heavy-duty duct tape is Pattex by Henkel. And the words and the composition are genuine Lena Lapschina­­­­.

Live smart, cook healthily: The “Smacoo!!” installation

I’ve built a fully fledged tranquil fantasyland of endless gadgetry and enjoyment into the catacombs of a defunct flagship building of the municipal housing company of the city of Vienna, Austria. A commission by the Soho-in-Ottakring foundation for the 2016 edition of their biennial art festival, the piece comprises a three-channel video installation with sound, myriads of smartlife equipment, organic food, all sorts of drinkable liquids, and a considerable amount of interior design craftwomanship.

People entering the “Smacoo!!” installation – the title is a blend of the words smart and cooking – barely found out if they had immersed into a video program, or into the land of free milk and honey, or into a smart laboratory of the future, or into a modern version of Pieter Breughel’s “Luilekkerland”.

All things were interwoven with each other, and while some visitors just fell into trance by watching a looped version of my film “Another ordinary pre-view day at Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte”, others settled on the large sofa where they could screen the one-hour runtime video “The influence of alcoholic drinks on the social intercourse of the intelligentsija”, while their children quickly found out about the super organic meals and dairy everywhere in the room (and also about the trampoline-like qualities of the sofa suite).

Another group of participants seemed to be waiting in front of an apparent oven for the lasagne to be ready and served, although that moment never happened – “Lasagne TV”, an extra-short loop of seventeen seconds on the tiny kitchen-class flat screen.

A series of private-style events poored beautiful people into the installation, and besides all the food processing and cooking, the cool drinks and the hot discussions, there was also time for intense quantify-yourself-activities and video-surveillance aka film-shooting. Results? Soon!

Some seldom shown pieces reunited for open studio show

During Vienna Art Week, I had a mini-show in a twelve-room apartment aka the Viennese studio. Old friends, like my neon sign “Girls wanted”, the pizza-boxed video series “17 Sekunden Kunst”, the Wittmann-manufactured cushions “Art-Free Territory” and the Mercedes-Benz tribute photo series “Communication”, joined forces with brand new stuff, like the installation “Curators’ Water”, the light-boxed photo series “Some things that long time do not exist” (Duratrans, light-box, crank), the xerography-inspired, Teheran-produced work “Role Models” (edition: 1), the photographed alphabet “Trees and poets, citified” (Dibond) and the post-future of painting series “Stuff”. Visitors also got a chance to preview the video series “Message to the World” while hanging out at the bar, and to engage in the participatory media installation “Get Fit With Dr. Lapschina”.
N.B.: “Thank you” to everyone who made this exhib possible, and especially to Mario Codognato for more than an hour of questions and answers.

Vienna Art Week: Mario Codognato meets Lena Lapschina at her studio

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Wanna see my marvellous studio? Well, there has never been a better opportunity than on November 22. Mario Codognato and I will exchange ideas during an open talk at 4 pm. 1-click-iCal here. Navi here. (For those without a navi: Guglgasse 15, Level 4. Métro: U3 Gasometer.) Bread and butter. Joya Cappuccino and … much more! And even goodie bags!

Mr. Codognato is Chief Curator at 21er Haus, the contemporary flagship and future lab of Belvedere.

Lena Lapschina: “Vienna, Germany.”

I’m in the “Copie non conforme” group show at Kunstraum Niederösterreich, an artistic appropriation-, adaptation- and referentiality-themed exhibit in the Austrian capital Vienna. You can see there my work “Wien, Deutschland.” (“Vienna, Germany.”).

Initially produced for “zufallsvernissage”, the work since then gained size and volume: The mural’s footprint quadrupled. And the new video documentation of the expurgation performance, staged on October 13th last year, seems to be a great escort. Only the photo series remained, of course, unchanged. On view until March 15th.

A catalogue has been published to accompany the exhibition. Here’s the (German) text:

Lena Lapschina hat eine neue Werkgruppe mit dem Titel “Wien, Deutschland.” erarbeitet. Dabei setzt sie nacheinander die Medien Photographie, Wandbild und Video ein, um das Wahrnehmungsvermögen der Betrachter zu testen und die Kognition zu stimulieren.

Ausgangspunkt ist eine 7-teilige Photographie-Serie in kunstmarktüblicher Acrylausstattung, mit der Lena Lapschina die Betrachter verführt, in eine europäische Großstadt einzutauchen. Die einzelnen Beiträge dieser Serie werden von wiederkehrenden Codes, die wie zufällig auf jeder der Photographien vermerkt sind, zusammengehalten.

Lena Lapschina sammelt in einem zweiten Schritt diese Codes, die sie für unpassend hält, penibel ein, vergrößert sie, färbt sie tiefrot und appliziert sie nun auf die Wand des Ausstellungsraums. Dadurch werden aus der Sicht der Künstlerin die Photographien geläutert, während gleichzeitig ein mit einer politischen Message aufgeladenes Wandbild monumental vor die Betrachter tritt. Tatsächlich eignet sich Lena Lapschina hier ein im Wiener Stadtraum allgegenwärtiges Logo an, das die stadteigenen Betriebe “Wiener Wohnen” und “Wiener Linien” auf Gemeindebauten und Bushaltestellen seit mehreren Jahren zur Identitätsstiftung benutzen.

Die Künstlerin lässt die Angelegenheit freilich nicht einfach im Raum stehen, sondern setzt auch in Bezug auf das Mural eine Intervention. In einer Performance, deren Aufzeichnung im Kunstraum Niederösterreich auf einem Großbildschirm zu sehen ist und die unzweifelhaft Bezüge zu bestimmten historischen Ereignissen auf österreichischem Boden herstellt, nimmt sie Sühne auf sich, indem sie minutenlang die “(un)beglaubigte Kopie” mit der Reibbürste traktiert.

Voilà! I’ve also got a (short) text in English (written on the occasion of the “zufallsvernissage”):

Famed for her systematic investigation into housing and social issues in the context of major city planning malfunctions, Lena Lapschina is unveiling a cycle of seven photographs titled “Wien, Deutschland.” (“Vienna, Germany.”). In an attempt of expurgating the photography, the artist collects all the unsuitable matter and attaches it to the gallery walls, thus creating another giant in situ tape drawing. Now the wall needs to be cleansed of the indecent words: In a performance evocative of events in the 1930s, Lena Lapschina endlessly scrubs the gallery wall. (A documentation of the performance piece is available in 1080p.)

Lapschina_Wien_Deutschland_1

Lena Lapschina­­­­
“Wien, Deutschland.”
[Entwurf einer künstlerischen Gestaltung des Vorstands­sitzungssaals in der neuen Zentrale von Wiener Wohnen.]
2014
Wandbild aus Spezialklebeband, 4 x 4 m
[Ausstellungsansicht Kunstraum Niederösterreich]

und

Lena Lapschina­­­­
“Wien, Deutschland.”
2014
Video-Dokumentation der Reinigungs-Performance, 4:26 min

Lena Lapschina­­­­
“Vienna, Germany.”
[Sketch of the proposed design for a mural in the boardroom at Wiener Wohnen headquarters.]
2014
tape drawing on wall, 4 by 4 m
[installation view]

and

Lena Lapschina­­­­
“Vienna, Germany.”
2014
video documentation of the expurgation performance, 4:26 min

Lapschina_Wien_Deutschland_2

Lena Lapschina­­­­
“Wien, Deutschland.”
2013
7-teilige Photographie-Serie.
83 x 125 cm. Auflage 1/3.

Lena Lapschina­­­­
“Vienna, Germany.”
2013
A cycle of seven photographs.
83 by 125 cm. Edition of three.

Confessions of a media artist

A Viennese off-space, basically a shopfront composed of eighteen identical shop windows, is home to my latest media work of art. With “Propaganda”, I’m showing honour and reverence for the city’s great past in shop architecture.

The installation indeed is begging for the attention of passers-by, like any good window-dressing – but purely to bewilder them. Thanks to 5832 LED lamps switched at a speed of 30 cycles per second, I put visitors into a trance-like state, leave them in this state for a minute, and then slowly start to enlighten them as to what this is. The word “PROPAGANDA” appears, in glowing capital letters. And a confession: “LENA LAPSCHINA”. Smoke. Loop.

On view every day through Feb. 28th from dusk to midnight.

Note to conservators: This media installation uses 18 off-the-shelf Cielos Move LED panels, 5 Video Control Units, approx. 100 m of Ethernet wire, and a portion of Zumtobel-proprietary software.


“Propaganda”: 25 metres of shop window present the media installation to passers-by.


Please tap or click on any photo for a full-screen experience.

Ready to roll: “Ziel erreicht”

It apparently arrived from outer space. “Destination reached,” a monitor is breathing monotonously. It’s unclear if the message ever will be decoded.

A new piece – actually a three-channel video installation with sound.

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“Ziel erreicht”
media installation
2013
[exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse at the WUK, Vienna]