Camera Austria International

65 | 1999

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  • ANDREAS REITER RAABE
    A Conversation between Franz West and Andreas Reiter Raabe
  • FRANZ WEST
  • STELLA ROLLIG
    Lois Weinberger. "Good Gardeners leave their Gardens"
  • LOIS WEINBERGER
  • JOKE ROBAARD
    Folders and Suits
  • SUSANNE NEUBURGER
    Joke Robaard. From the Hofvijver to the Film Auditorium
  • PHILIP URSPRUNG
    View-Master. On the Photographs of Teresa Hubbard und Alexander Birchler"
  • TERESA HUBBARD UND ALEXANDER BIRCHLER
  • PHILIPP KAISER
    Teresa Hubbard und Alexander Birchler. "Gregor's Room"
  • ROLF SACHSSE
    Marginalien zur bundesdeutschen Fotografie: Fotografisch ausgebildet?

Preface

The year-long project of Lois Weinberger, from April 1998 to April 1999, at the WATARI-UM, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, is accessible to art readers for the first time with this issue of CAMERA AUSTRIA. Weinberger’s documentation of this “plant-translocation” corresponds to his precise archival activities and quasi-scientific analysis of the material, which is crossed by his “precise heedlessness”. The symbolic and political implications of his artistic practice are subjects of the article by Stella Rollig. Lois Weinberger has also created number 6 of CAMERA AUSTRIA’s “Edition” series which may be obtained through our editorial offices.

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Camera Austria International 65 | 1999
Preface

The year-long project of Lois Weinberger, from April 1998 to April 1999, at the WATARI-UM, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, is accessible to art readers for the first time with this issue of CAMERA AUSTRIA. Weinberger’s documentation of this “plant-translocation” corresponds to his precise archival activities and quasi-scientific analysis of the material, which is crossed by his “precise heedlessness”. The symbolic and political implications of his artistic practice are subjects of the article by Stella Rollig. Lois Weinberger has also created number 6 of CAMERA AUSTRIA’s “Edition” series which may be obtained through our editorial offices.
Andreas Reiter Raabe held a detailed conversation with Franz West on his action-orientated work method and the photographs of his work produced by artist colleagues which, in most cases, serve as “offers” for possible use in his sculptural works – his “Paßstücke” (“Adaptives”) in particular. Conforming to West’s own approach to text, the beginning of the interview is printed here in its largely unedited form.
Besides having the opportunity of introducing Joke Robaard’s “Folders” and “Suits” in the photo section, the Dutch artist gives her own in-depth account of the genesis of artistic reflections that have led to her highly focused method of working and also discusses previous and current projects. An artistic practice that overcomes the system immanence of art presents a decisive premise in Robaard’s “mediation work”. Susanne Neuburger’s article for CAMERA AUSTRIA focuses on Robaard’s latest work, “Cut-off Suit,” which was recently exhibited in the film auditorium at the “20th Century House” of the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna.
Philip Ursprung discusses the “model” character of the spacial interconnections in Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler’s photographs and the narrative potential embodied within them. His subject ties together with the thoughts expressed in a second article by Philipp Kaiser. Starting out from the latest “work complex”? of the artist couple, “Gregor’s Room” – an allusion to Kafka’s The Metamorphosis – Kaiser thematizes the dichotomic relationship between internal and external, as well as the attempt to capture a moment of the “between” state of action.
In his column, “Marginalien zur bundesdeutschen Fotografie,” our long-time correspondent Rolf Sachsse has this time – to our delight – lashed out on all sides. In his article entitled “Photographically Trained?” he offers a comprehensive and critical commentary on the situation in the German technical academies and argues the need for reform of the respective institutes? politics of hiring in the photographic sector as well as the attitudes of the participants – students and teachers alike.
This edition also introduces a new series, “Referenzen”, by Wolfgang Vollmer. “Referenzen” compiles the facts that have determined the emergence of a photograph. Each photograph’s critical parameters are listed, putting special emphasis on location. The project brings together over fifty historically significant images by fifty different photographers, taken over the course of one-hundred-seventy years in the history of photography.
Finally, as always, you will find extensive, informational sections on the work of younger artists in the FORUM, current exhibits in REVIEWS, and BOOKS, as well as the latest news in the international photography scene in NEWS. Our thanks to the artists and writers for their exciting collaboration with the CAMERA AUSTRIA team and the resulting contributions to this edition! We wish you lots of reading enjoyment.

Manfred Willmann, Marie Röbl, Maren Lübbke,
March 1999

Entries

Forum

STEFAN RÖMER

WENDY MCMURDO

MATHIAS KESSLER

RUT BLEES LUXEMBURG

KAY DIEKELMANN

ROGER GLYN TILEY

ERIC RITTER

THOMAS P. PROFFE

TAXIS

PAULINE THURN

BRUNO KLOMFAR

MARTINA MEIER

Exhibitions

Freizeit und Überleben.
Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck
MAREN LüBBKE-TIDOW

Die Bisson Frères. Ein Fotografenunternehmen in der Kollodiumzeit.
Museum Folkwang, Essen
CHRISTINE KARALLUS

Sander und Wall, Bilder von Landschaften.
Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln; Landesmuseum Mainz
WOLFGANG VOLLMER

Die Fünziger Jahre.
Kunstverein Ludwigshaven am Rhein
WOLFGANG VOLLMER

Produktion/Öffentlichkeit.
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien
MAREN LüBBKE-TIDOW

Ein Romantiker im Medienzeitalter. Tony Ourslers Metamorphosen des Blicks.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Malmö Konsthall
MICHAEL WETZEL

Books

Anthony Haughey, The Edge of Europe.
The Gallery of Photography, Dublin 1997
RIK SUERMONDT

Kowodo Eshun, More Brilliant than the Sun. AdventuresInSonicFiction.
Quartet Books, London 1998
SUSANNE REICHLING

Francesca Woodman.
Scalo Verlag, New York 1998
MARIE RöBL

Fotografie nach dem Ende der Avantgarde. Zu Jeff Walls Schriften.
Verlag der Kunst, Dresden 1997
MICHAEL WETZEL

Werner Kaliogfsky, Die Arbeit verschwindet im Produkt.
Verlag Walther König, Köln 1998
BRIGITTE HUCK

Rache und Versprechen der Fotografie. Die Sammlungen Lambert (Genf) und DG Bank (Frankfurt). Prestel Verlag, München und Scalo Verlag, Zürich 1998
JUDITH SCHWENDTNER

Der elektronische Raum. 15 Positionen zur Medienkunst.
Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 1998
MARKUS HUEMER

Boris Michailow, Unvollendete Dissertation.
Scalo Verlag, Zürich 1998
CHRISTINE KARALLUS

Arno Fischer.
Connewitzer Verlag, Leipzig. AURIGA. Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 1997
WOLFGANG VOLLMER

Imprint

Publisher: Manfred Willmann. Owner: Verein CAMERA AUSTRIA, Labor für Fotografie und Theorie.
Lendkai 1, A-8020 Graz.

Editors: Christine Frisinghelli
Editorial assistats: Maren Lübbke, Marie Röbl

Translations: Warren Rosenzweig, Susanne Steinacher, Richard Watts