Variations of basic items

Exhibition at Schneiderei, Vienna
“Introduce #11, Kristin Weißenberger”
December 2014

Variations of basic items

The workseries explores different ways of representation and the utilization of objects as tools, depicting a change of the meaning, depending on whether established by usage or by contemplation. Pieces of the work question digital 3D designing tools. Tools and other objects in the virtual designing space are not useable, as they are only representations, referring to the actual/possible/spread usage. The combination of rendered and recorded images on the background of utilisation practices leaves mathematical truth and actual presence stated as claims.




“Touching” a 3d modeled stone, displayed on a computer screen, creating a visual
illusion by utilizing a pinhole camera setup.

direct exposures from the computer screen,
silkscreenprints on aluminium, each 28 x 35 cm


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A meat hammer cut and rearranged, withdrawn from practical use, deprived of it‘s truth, thus opened to reflection. The spectator is confronted with a motionless clump of metal.
Hammering reveals the potential and manipulability of the hammer. By loosing it‘s utility the hammer shows itself as something else, as an object of contemplation, distanced, objectified,
and therefore opened up for theory. The connection to the exhibition MANtransForms (Hans Hollein, 1974) is formed in the resolution of representations of situations and the resolution of life circumstances. The inversion directed towards the object poses the question whether
there is any approximation possible between a simulation and the factual action (usage) in the context of an exhibition.The end of utility and practical use opens up reflection, starting the modification of meaning, with goes beyond a simple reinterpretation.



un folded hand
technical drawing, DIN A0


un folded hand
description of different bending parts, DIN A1


un folded hand
paper folding





The work “A Statute of Matter” has been produced in collaboration with pavillon_35.

Two media reflecting a common meaning. A quotation from the movie “Stalker” by Adreij Tarkovski, in written form, grown as a living yeast­-print.

“When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible.When he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it’s tender and pliant. But when it’s dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.”

The displayed life cycle of the yeast further articulates the quote, the semantic meaning is materialized and fulfilled in the death and the decomposition of the yeast culture and the obliteration of the language signs.