Nini Fiel / Wolfgang Fiel / Shahab Nedaei
SPECTRE OF MODERNISM
Curation: Ruth Schnell and Tommy Schneider
Ausstellungsdauer: 05.03.2021 - 07.05.2021
Öffnungszeiten: 10:00 - 20:00
Ort: Schauraum Angewandte - quartier 21 im MQ, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien
Buster Keaton´s cinematographic work apodictically anticipates the post-humanist ecology of things and the resulting evaporation of the teleological horizon of meaning. For the purpose of actualizing the historical antecedent, we express the silhouetted effect of Buster Keaton´s film sets through the model-like interpretation of several peep-boxes, a building typology dating back to the 19th century that has persisted to this day as the principal structural form of the theatrical stage. In contrast to the spatial archetype, the performative activation of our object takes place via the digital interface of modified TFT displays and the screens of a projection. The shadowy outlines of the ghost of Buster Keaton transform the grand narratives of modernity into the wordless comedy of the long now.
Nini Fiel is a writer and architect who co-founded the Institute for cultural policy in Vienna with Wolfgang Fiel in 2017. Wolfgang Fiel is an artist and architect who teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Shahab Nedaei is a media artist working on the synonymy and simultaneity of information on the internet.