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Roswitha schuller, markus hanakam
The Emblematic Cabinet
Experimental doc. | 4k | color | 11'39'' | Austria / USA | 2019
More recently, the artist duo has looked at the artistic practice of the emblem. This is to consider an emblem as a variety of being a symbol, a trick, or a figure of thought. By so doing, Hanakam & Schuller rely on their profound examination of the formal language of everyday objects, liberating these from their context or their supposedly mysterious meanings. Inspired by the “Building Duke” research, Hanakam & Schuller worked on Duke University’s (Durham, NC) variety of architectural forms during their stay in spring 2019. In other words, the idea is to develop a short film featuring both physical architectural details of the campus buildings, and also virtually twisting these by means of a playful range of emblems.
Markus Hanakam (1979) and Roswitha Schuller (1984) both studied at the Universtiy of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2004 they collaborate as duo, their work is shown at Museums and Festivals in an international context, including Rencontres Internationales at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, New York, , SIGGRAPH 2012 Los Angeles, ISEA 2011, Istanbul, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Contemporary Art 2011 among others. Recently they have been visiting artists at Duke University, Durham, NC. The artefacts made by the two artists who live in Vienna are often shape-shifters, changing their exterior forms and reappearing in different contexts. As artists and researchers they are engaged in restructuring the visual art rulebook and building up idiosyncratic systemic orders and new visions of the world in their videos and objects. In the process they reflect and make ironic various historical and contemporary artistic strategies as well as their means of expression. They work primarily in the realm of video, interactive computer applications and applied forms of art.