Opening: 14th December 2019, 4 pm
I dream of The Grotto as a dark place; as a machine that triggers new forms of experience, that revolves our senses, that will in the future, create new approaches to art and life.
The intervention of Daniela Grabosch opens up questions that deal with the relation between the rational force that drives our contemporary life and the challenges posed by art and philosophy towards new senses and forms of empathy in our contemporary life.
Grabosch' s application of a scent in The Grotto, opens the experience to the use of a sense that slowly starts to be more frequently used in contemporary art. The process by which olfactory information is coded in the brain to allow for proper perception is still being researched, and is not completely understood. What we can understand is that, through the sense of smell, we are avoiding the highway between the eye and the rational, which fulfills the desire of this project to trigger new forms of sensation, to expand our senses, to build new forms of understanding and experience art.
Grabosch’ s work develops her artistic work within new senses triggered by machines and programs - from 3D Scan, 3D printing, App’s for smartphones, all programs within the rational. What matters here is how artists within the opacity of their work, offer resistance and transform these programs by opening new possibilities to the way new forms of literacy are shaping us, transforming our subjectivities.
This moment of The Grotto will be celebrated with the presence of the artist on Saturday the 14th of December from 4 to 7 pm.
[The intervention's title belongs to the text As Grutas in Livro Sexto (1962) by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen]
Daniela Grabosch is a Vienna based artist whose performative practice migrates back and forth between digital and physical mediums. She holds an MFA in Performative Art from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and a BFA in Fine Arts and Digital Media from Hochschule Düsseldorf. Recent exhibitions include: We Remember, Off Site Project, online; Hydrobutter, Gomo; Animated_Currency_01, Suzie Shride, Vienna (2019); Vie X Mrs, South Way Studio, Marseille (2018); Saló, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2017); Voyage #01, Rua Dom Pedro V, Lisbon (2016); Objective. The Artist Is Absent, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna (2016); Imagetanz, Brut, Vienna (2015); Super Looper, Chambre D’Amis, Vienna (2014); Post-Porn and Body Politix, VBKÖ, Vienna (2012); and In 3, 3rd International Scenographers Performance Festival, Basel (2010). Grabosch is a 2015 recipient of the Birgit Jürgenssen Preis given by the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Galerie Hubert Winter. She is the co-founder of the curatorial project YYYYMMDD and since 2019 a member of Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ).