When Thomas Feuerstein (b. 1968) is asked about his exuberant work which features biology, literature, art history, philosophy, medicine, cybernetics, religion, sex, economics and mass media, and the impact of bio-politics on the individual and the dream of eternal youth, he generally likes to respond with a literary statement. And the bold list of his work resembles complex literary theory about the real life all the more when he reacts with an adventurous story, for example „Plus ultra. Das Herkulesprojekt“. In this story, Thomas Feuerstein describes the boxer, magazine editor, Dadaist and dandy, Arthur Cravan and thus focuses upon a personality from the 1920s, who more recently, some 60 years later, has stalked idol-like through the history of Pop and has, as it were, fed the myth of the anarchic anti-hero. This literary image is a mere parable for Feuerstein’s model of machines and bioreactors, with which art is produced in very classical sense, for example with „écriture automatique“ borrowed from the surrealists, which in his case is based upon fluctuations in the exchange rate. Alongside this, the organic depicts enzymes and catalysts, molecular sculptures and thus a processuality leading to the kind of manifestos that can only exist in the history of art. His concept of form, as the artist points out, „has little to do with a classical notion of sculpture. The material, together with its molecular structure and the associated processes and transformations play a specific role. I do not see it as a form of counter-concept to matter, but as a structure, which may take on various forms and figurations.“
Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Astrid Mania, Sabeth Buchmann, Thomas Feuerstein, Elisabeth Bronfen, Candyman, Gerhard J. Lischka
370 pages, numerous illustrations in colour
28.5 x 22 x 3.5 cm
The book was published as part of the homonymous exhibition at Kunsthalle Krems (18.11.12–10.02.2013).
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