Drift is an audiovisual installation which uses the superior image and technical qualities of modern cinemas as an extended space for art production and the translation of abstract forms of image and sound. From a realistic image, a stream of deep and dense images emerges, transparent and fine in resolution and detail. A process of multiple metamorphoses in a number of parallel space and time layers constantly alters the consistency, viscosity and transparency in an almost symphonic way. The absence of signs or objects is contrary to how a viewer seeks to track and observe elements of a plot. The sound-image flow arrives gradually, generating a delicate and subtle tension. Drift unifies various aspects of Langheinrich’s work in the fine arts, mainly as a painter, and the achievements of more than a decade of work as an electronic artist.
Ulf Langheinrich (b. 1960) is a German-born Austrian artist living and working in Dresden and Hong Kong. In collaboration with Kurt Hentschläger he founded Granular Synthesis in 1990, an audiovisual media artist duo creating multimedia installations featuring projected images, videos, and surrounding sounds. This work was shown on various exhibitions around the world, including the Museum for Contemporary Art; Kunstverein Hanover; and the Austrian pavilion at the 2001 Venice Biennale. One of his individual projects was the 2003 Hemisphere, a film set on a suspended dome. He was a featured artist at the Ars Electronica, and has been a visiting professor at several universities.
Between the cinema and the moving image a difference is emerging that investigates temporal formations that challenge assumptions about 'static' photographic time and the 'logic' of cinematic time - a discourse that investigates stillness, movement, and spatial transformations in time frames that are hybridized, uncanny, and dazzling.
The works of German artist Philipp Lachenmann and Austrian artist Ulf Langheinrich have long probed the status of the 'moving-image.' In elegant works such as SHU (Lachenmann, 2002-2008) or Drift (Langheinrich, 2008) the projected image unfolds into temporal and experiential spheres other than mere duration or narrative.
In cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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