MARTIN WALDE, Vienna/ A
April 25th 2007 at 7pm
Schirmacher, Hauptplatz 6, Linz/A
After having worked in Paris and New York for many years, artist Martin Walde is presently based in Vienna. Much of his work indicates a profound interest in the unseen diagrams of social behaviour and daily routines. Martin Walde incorporates the observer as a constituent part of his artistic strategy in numerous works. He creates installations that invite the observer to interact and become actively involved in a process of ongoing transformation.
The information we store over time, using our senses and our body, generates the `material´ we bring to his art. In his installations the artist claims the position of an observer, while the viewer becomes a productive and transformative element. Walde initiates processes of uncontrollable `genesis´. Thus, his work demonstrates a high degree of autonomy regarding the internal ordering system in which he engages people physically. For any of his installations it is crucial to maintain an original set of rules as a stable means of challenge.
This principle of initiated, but uncontrolled genesis is reflected in a growing interest on the side of architects: through methodologies such as parametric form development, (see also: lecture+workshop by Ball-Nogues Studio/ Los Angeles at s&d_research in ws06) architects search for concepts of space (space as material), space that allows for an enduring adaptation and transformation, and corresponds to varying programs and needs over time. Therefore, space comprises a dynamic substance that depending on changing requirements, develops altering patterns of behaviour.
„At the point where we leave the protecting grounds of experimental set-ups do we enter what we call `reality´? And remaining within the set-up, would that then be the experiment under ideal conditions? How should a piece of art be structured to be able to develop further, to send out impulses, to be accepted, to be able to absorb and give? I can see organic systems - how they produce unexpected effects and free themselves from conceptual frameworks.”
(in: discussion Martin Walde with Sabine Schaschl, director of Kunsthaus Baselland)