SIMULACRA EX SPECULIS
Curation: Ruth Schnell and Tommy Schneider
Eröffnung: 28.02.2018, 19:00 (The artist will be present)
Ausstellungsdauer: 01.03.2018 - 20.04.2018
Öffnungszeiten: 10:00 - 22:00
Ort: Schauraum Angewandte - quartier 21 im MQ, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien
Before the police can search for an unknown culprit, a facial composite has to be made of the suspect - an identikit photograph. Thus police give every case a face and cautiously approach the unknown, the foreign, disconcerting. Since the early 90s, Gerhard Lang has been using an old identikit device of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). With its mirror-assembly technique it can create up to four shots of a new face: the identikit photograph. In 2000, at the invitation of Cathrin Pichler and Roman Berka of the museum in progress, Lang responded, to the first right-wing conservative government coalition between the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Vienna by publishing the identikit photograph of The Government in the newspaper Der Standard. In his performance with the identikit apparatus at the opening event, documenta-participant Lang will explore new realms and spaces beyond the human face.
Gerhard Lang (*1963) studied in Kassel and London. Exhibitions: Venice Biennale, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, PS1 New York, Hayward Gallery London, Canadian Center for Architecture Montreal, MMKK Klagenfurt, documenta 14 Kassel. He lives and works in Schloss-Nauses and London.
Lucius und Annemarie Burckhardt Stiftung, Edith und Hans Fritz Lang, Wolfgang Lang, Katharina Hillenbrand, Helmut Aebischer, Martin Reinhart, Herwig Turk, Stephan Weyer-Menkhoff
Photo: © Bildrecht GmbH, Wien 2018, Unknown, Identikit Photograph, from the series Palaeanthropical Physiognomy, 1992