Visiting Artist 2019
Visiting artist Laurien Bachmann (1992) from Austria studied Fine Art and Experimental Design at the University of Arts and Design Linz. The perception of space and specific rooms as well as collective and personal memories are recurrent conceptual starting points, from where she connects site- or topic specific found footage with digital media like photography, video and sound. In 2018 she received the Linz Export Grand, a Förderstipend from the Kunstuniversität Linz and was nominated for a Ö1 Talentestipend in 2017. Laurien exhibited work at the 2016 Raja Spring Show in the Raja Gallery in Tallinn (EST), at the Architekturzentrum Museumsquartier Wien and at ‘Beyond One‘s Own Territory’ in Raumschi Linz, amongst others.
Together with Sebastian Six, they presented their project 'Continental Drift', dealing with the geodynamic movement of the South American continental plate: 'The supposedly rigid earth and the fixed notions of borders based on it, as well as the cultural and historical effects on local population and nature will serve as a theoretical starting point for our research. The project is developed through the combination of sound recordings on site (in water and on land), through local archives, photography and film as well as interviews and testimonies from experts and eyewitnesses.
In the long run, the plates which are in permanent motion, literally pull the ground from under our feet and lead our man-made borders into a reduction ad absurdum.’
Laurien Bachmann was kindly supported by the Austrian Embassy.