Florian Pumhösl, Village, Museum, Stillfotografie, 2002-4
The three rooms with video works created between 2000 and 2002 constitute the central part of the exhibition with the title Florian Pumhösl Growth and Development. The installations Lac Mantasoa (2000), Proposal for a Space with More Than One Video Projection (2001) and Village, Museum (2002) document characteristic urban planning and architectural designs from modernization projects that have been carried out in East and south-eastern Africa since the mid-19th century. The stages of modernization selected here all represent developments that most certainly took place concurrently in the western industrial nations, albeit following a very different course.
Lac Mantasoa depicts the state of an industrial town from the mid-19th century in Madagascar. Proposal... shows urban spaces in Uganda that were designed by Ernst May, the leading representative of modern German architecture, when the British were colonizing the country in the mid-20th century. Village, Museum examines the socialist initiatives in post-colonial Tanzania under Julius Nyerere from the 1970s on. The various stages of Pumhösl's videographic-architectural tale all share the fact that they can be understood as alternative, non-narrative notations of historical processes. Visuality and space are the central themes but at the same time the core of these narratives could also be read as the result of political processes.
What is striking about Pumhösl's works on the process and structure of different manifestations of modernization is that as documentary practice based on research they are not meant to be understood as a contrast to aesthetic production or visual grammar. The artist is interested in the structures and the ideas that have ultimately radically changed the paradigms of urban planning and of the mass media.
Bringing together works from the past four years, the exhibition Growth and Development sounds out those spaces that are located between the formats, forms and historizations of modernization. It illustrates the links between social and aesthetic formations as well as the irreconciliability of archives, effectivity and representation.
Florian Pumhösl, born 1971, lives and works in Vienna.
Catalogue (German / English)
Florian Pumhösl - Growth and Development
Ed.: Galerie im Taxispalais
Preface by Silvia Eiblmayr; texts by Juliane Rebentisch, Georg Schöllhammer and Florian Pumhösl
82 p.; ca. 30 ill.
To be published by Revolver - Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt a. Main
Lecture and catalogue presentation
Friday, February 27, 2004, 7 p.m.
Growth and Development: Madagaskar 1839, Uganda 1945, Tanzania 1976
Florian Pumhösl is speaking about his work
Exhibitions and projects by Florian Pumhösl (selection):
Kölnischer Kunstverein, CENTRAL-Kunstpreis, Biennale Lyon (2003)
"Form Specific", Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana (2003)
"Individual Systems", 50th Biennale Venezia, Venice (2003)
Manifesta 4, Frankfurt am Main (2002)
"Design für die wirkliche Welt", Generali Foundation, Vienna (2002)
Yokohama Triennale (2001)
Galerie Krobath Wimmer (2001)
"Humanistische und ökologische Republik", Secession (2000)
"Covering the Room", Salzburger Kunstverein (1998)
"On or off the Earth", Grazer Kunstverein (1997)
Information: Astrid Gostner, press and PR
Dr. Silvia Eiblmayr, director
Astrid Wege, deputy director/curator
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