LEGENDS NEVER DIE / 2015
Exhibition view from "Legends Never Die". Bildraum 01, Strauchgasse 2, 1010 Vienna.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
The ‚tag‘ in the graffiti of famous portrait of rapper Notorious B.I.G. staging himself as the ‚King of New York‘ has been the inspiration for my work group and correspondent exhibition „Legends Never Die“. Following the footsteps of growing narcissism in our society the work scrutinizes the omnipresent media-hyped self as a catalyst of inflated ego constructs and the demarcation coming along with it.
By having a thought through selection of works (photographs, objects — built aswell as modified and ready made, text, sound, ...) interact with each other in a gallery setting, I tried to distinguish man as his own papa- razzi on the threshold between real world and digital parallel universe.
The self-inflicted segregation coming along with the inflated ego constructs and self-created „safe-spaces“ not only is present in the digital world. Unfortunately it also is very real in public space and becomes more and more visible through ‚Hostile Architecture‘. In „An Ocean Drive Park Bench“ we see two partitions splitting the bench in three parts to make the benches impossible to sleep on for homeless people or drunks. Even if this seems to be a very small intervention in public space, it changes lived space for every participant drastically as we can see in the background of the image showing people bringing their own ben- ches or trying to lean on each other but being segregated. „No Stagedi- ving“ ironically stages this upward dynamic and tendency of segregation in society by ironically exaggerating the partition.