Camera Austria International

93 | 2006

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  • CHRISTINE FRISINGHELLI
    Jörg Schlick: 1951 – 2005
  • JÖRG SCHLICK
  • ANNE BERTRAND
    Jean-Luc Mylayne: Denkbilder
  • JEAN-LUC MYLAYNE
  • SANDRA KRIŽIĆ ROBAN
    Mladen Stilinović: 63 Metres of Pain
  • MLADEN STILINOVIĆ
  • ULRICH LOOCK
    Ahlam Shibli: Resisting Oppression
  • AHLAM SHIBLI
  • ANDREAS SPIEGL
    Markus Krottendorfer: A Portrait of Photography: Photographed
  • MARKUS KROTTENDORFER
  • RUTH SONDEREGGER
    Critical Theory of Social Pictures (1)

Preface

In this issue of Camera Austria, No. 93/2006, we feature artistic positions from two generations, whose common focus seems to lie in the pictures and yet outside of the portrayed object. While the subject of their work could not be more different, Jean-Luc Mylayne and Mladen Stilinovic (both born in the 1940s) nevertheless share a characteristic uncompromising consistency in their artistic practice: for years, Jean-Luc Mylayne has been persistently pursuing a single subject with his camera – songbirds. He subordinates the organisation of his whole life to this task, and this fascinating constant was the starting point from which Anne Bertrand set out in a number of interviews with the artist to find an angle on this very specific work and to work out its aesthetic and conceptual “punctum”.

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Camera Austria International 93 | 2006
Preface

In this issue of Camera Austria, No. 93/2006, we feature artistic positions from two generations, whose common focus seems to lie in the pictures and yet outside of the portrayed object. While the subject of their work could not be more different, Jean-Luc Mylayne and Mladen Stilinovic (both born in the 1940s) nevertheless share a characteristic uncompromising consistency in their artistic practice: for years, Jean-Luc Mylayne has been persistently pursuing a single subject with his camera – songbirds. He subordinates the organisation of his whole life to this task, and this fascinating constant was the starting point from which Anne Bertrand set out in a number of interviews with the artist to find an angle on this very specific work and to work out its aesthetic and conceptual “punctum”.

The strategies of the Croatian artist Mladen Stilinovic are the focus of Sandra Krizic Roban’s essay. Starting from his artistic beginnings in the international context of conceptual art and in the socio-political frame of Yugoslavia in the 1970s, the author – mindful of the tremendous political and economic upheaval suffered by the country in subsequent years – attempts to find an angle on the work of this multimedia artist and his (ever political and, at the same time, profoundly personal) subject.

We see the serial works of Ahlam Shibli and Markus Krottendorfer, both born in the 1970s, as adopting a more immediate documentary approach to reality. In his text, Ulrich Loock discusses the new “Trackers” photo series by Ahlam Shibli, that she dedicates to Palestinian volunteers of Bedouin origin who are deployed as trackers in the Israeli army. In this series, Shibli focuses on contradictions within the people to which the artist herself belongs that are as hard to comprehend as they are to accept.

Andreas Spiegl’s text offers the very first theoretical examination of the work of Markus Krottendorfer. In his contribution to Camera Austria, Krottendorfer presents excerpts of his previous art work: in addition to an extensive series on the ecological and social transformations accompanying the “Three-Gorges Project” in China, his topics range from an exploration of architecture and urban structures (politically motivated, among other things), to portrait photography.

The philosopher Ruth Sonderegger has agreed to carry on our regular column, kicking off her series of essays with a piece on the visual practices of saying no against the background of a concept of criticism after post-structuralism which she will also be exploring in the next three issues of Camera Austria.

We have preceded the contributions in this issue with a series of montages by Jörg Schlick, who passed away in December 2005. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sympathy, grief and our gratitude. Jörg Schlick supported and encouraged us not only as a friend, he also left a lasting mark on our work for Camera Austria thanks to his presence of mind and inspiration. In 2000, for example, moved by the dramatic changes in the political landscape of Austria at the time, he designed Camera Austria No. 69 (the “black issue”), an issue that triggered an intensive political debate among art and culture workers, that we undogmatically focused on and represented in the following issues in 2000. In his art, Jörg Schlick focused repeatedly on the role allocated to the artist by society, without making this political question the “subject” of his work in a didactic manner; rather, his overall stance – as an artist, promoter, designer and teacher – manifested his profoundly ethical approach, that should induce us to review our work again and again.

Christine Frisinghelli

Entries

Forum

NIKOLA HANSALIK

TANJA VERLAK

MP_ART

BEATRICE MINDA

ESTHER TEICHMANN

DAVID ELGEA

MARGRET WEBER-UNGER

MICHAELA BRUCKMÜLLER

Exhibitions

Contemporary Arab Representations: The Iraqi Equation
KRYSTIAN WOZNICKI

Simultan. Zwei Sammlungen Österreichischer Fotografie
REINHARD BRAUN

Christopher Williams & Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de Rooij
RAINER BELLENBAUM

Zeitgenössisch Eidgenössisch: Photo Suisse
THILO KOENIG

Esra Ersen: Arbeiten / Works 1998 – 2005
MAREN RICHTER

Postmediale Kondition
CHRISTIAN HÖLLER

Joao Penalva
DENISE ROBINSON

Matthew Buckingham: Time Lines
SØNKE GAU

Travelling the Seven Seas and Seven Mountains
SANDRA KRIŽIĆ ROBAN

Zooming Into Focus: Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection
TILMAN BAUMGÄRTEL

Projekt Migration

Mit der Nasenspitze am Nichts. Mark Leckey – Gorgeousness & Gorgeosity
VALERIE HAMMERBACH

Wie man von der Fin-de-Siécle-Stimmung zur neuen Sachlichkeit gelangt. August Sander: Linzer Jahre 1901 – 1909
ANDREA DOMESLE

Zur Tektonik der Geschichte
ULRICH TRAGATSCHNIG

Books

Individuality Makes You Generic. Bernadette Corporation: Pedestrian Cinema
YOANN VAN PARYS

Eva Maria Ocherbauer: la vie et la mort. Fotografien 1983 – 2004
OLIVER KOERNER VON GUSTORF

Justin Clemens, Dominic Pettman: Avoiding the Subject. Media, Culture and the Object
DREHLI ROBNIK

Beiträge zur Geschichte der Fotografie in Österreich
MARGARETHE SZELESS

Michael Schmidt: Irgendwo
CAROLIN FÖRSTER

Neues aus dem Filmmuseum Wien. Alexander Horwath / Michael Loebenstein (Hg.): Peter Tscherkassky. Dziga Vertov: Entuziazm (Simfonija Donbassa)
CHRISTA BLÜMLINGER

Timm Starl: Lexikon zur Fotografie in Österreich 1839 – 1945
FRIEDRICH TIETJEN

Imprint

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

Editors Graz: Reinhard Braun, Christine Frisinghelli, Tanja Gassler
Editor Berlin: Maren Lübbke-Tidow

Copy editing: Marie Röbl
Translations: Wilfried Prantner, Richard Watts, John Doherty, Marina Miladinov