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Paravent, 1991

Video sculpture
210 cm x 165 cm
Video projector, projection mask, video player, videotape, paravent (iron, paper)

In co-production with Gudrun Bielz


The Paravent functions as a projection screen, displaying a video of a car wash routine captured from the inside of a car. The Paravent shifts its normal function as a private object and becomes a window into mechanized public space.

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The paravent is a commodity that belongs to the private sphere, acting as a cover, such as the folding screen in the bedroom, which one uses to undress behind it, but at the same time this transparent screen shows what it wants to hide and therefore invites to voyeurism; there is another level to this work: the paravent serves as a projection screen, the interior view of a car wash is projected onto it, and it is transferred to another room, into a public space, into a mechanized space. But the screen belongs to private space, which creates a paradoxical situation.

Gudrun Bielz in conversation with Dr Ingrid Adamer, published in: Trasparenz, exhibition catalogue, Feldkirch 1993


Exhibitions:
2003, ÜBER_WASSER, Alte Schieberkammer, Vienna (AT)
1998, Des Eisbergs Spitze - Museum auf Abruf, Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsquartier, Vienna (AT)
1995, A New Europe, Zitelle, Venice (IT)
1993/1994, Transparenz, Kunstverein Hall, Hall in Tirol (AT)
1993/1994, Transparenz, Palais Liechtenstein, Feldkirch (AT)
1993, Absolutismus und Exzentrik. Die Kunst des Entschwindens, Galleria d' Arte Contemporanea, Rimini (IT)
1993, Absolutismus und Exzentrik. Die Kunst des Entschwindens, Centro Tecnopolis, Bari (IT)
1992, Absolutismus und Exzentrik. Die Kunst des Entschwindens, Museo Casabianca, Malo (IT)
1992, Absolutismus und Exzentrik. Die Kunst des Entschwindens, Kunsthalle II, Innsbruck (IT)
1991, Absolutismus und Exzentrik. Die Kunst des Entschwindens, Gallery Museum, Bolzano (IT)

Bibliography:

Fetz, Wolfgang, Matt, Gerald (Hg.): Absolutismus und Exzentrik - Die Kunst des Entschwindens, Katalog, Bozen 1992
Transparenz, Ausstellungskatalog, Palais Liechtenstein, Interview Dr. Ingrid Adamer mit Gudrun Bielz. Feldkirch 1993
Schnell, Ruth: On the occasion of La Biennale di Venezia 1995, Wien 1995
Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien (Hg.): Über Wasser. Museum auf Abruf, Objekte aus der Sammlung der Stadt Wien, Katalog, Wien 2003