Category Archives: Herwig Weiser

Herwig Weiser >< Filmworks >< January – February 2011

Herwig Weiser “Filmworks”

Open 22 January 2011from 18h – 21h
22 January to 26 February 2011

I am pleased to invite you to view Herwig Weiser’s “Filmworks” from 22 January to 26 February 2011.

Herwig Weiser is known for his experiments with sound sculptures and machines that he calls ‘analog sculptural processes.’ A production process involving a network of artists, scientists and technicians has yielded an almost unselfconsciously developed parallel practice of filmmaking. Herwig Weiser’s moving pictures tend to go beyond pure description into expressive territory with images that are as mysterious as those his real-time material explorations produce.

This exhibition presents a selection of Herwig Weiser’s moving pictures, including super 8, 16 mm and analog video explorations, videos made in collaboration with artists such as F.X. Randomiz, Philipp Quehenberger, Gabriel Lester, Wim Jongedijk and Thea Djordadze.  Also presented is a video relating to his latest machine, (currently being developed with the support of Dr Wolfgang Hansel of Happy Plating) which features an electro-chemical image machine called “Lucid Phantom Messenger.”

These filmworks show a natural talent in a medium ideally suited for Herwig Weiser’s interest in the relationship of sound, image and his focus on decaying technologies being returned to material origins. They also reveal a bit more about his personal motivations than what is immediately clear from his intriguing machines.

Herwig Weiser (b. 1969, Innsbruck) Weiser studied Architecture at the Technical University Innsbruck, Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, and at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne with Professor Siegfried Zielinski and Jürgen Klauke. His works have been shown in exhibitions across Europe, North America, and Asia, including the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, the China National Art Museum, the Nam June Paik Art Center, Southkorea, Centre Le Fresnoy Tourcoing/France, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Kunsthaus Graz and at Art Basel Miami Beach. Among his awards of distinction are the Hermann Claasen Award for Photography and Media Art (Cologne, 1999), Jury Award at the Festival of New Film (Split/Croatia, 2000), Transmediale Award (Berlin, 2001), and the Nam June Paik Award (Düsseldorf, 2002) and numerous production grants, including Dock e.V. Berlin(2010).

His films Entrée and Distroia (a video for Mouse on Mars in collaboration with Rosa Barba) were included in the Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Privatphysik was included in the Goethe Institute’s travelling exhibition “Constantly in Motion: Current Trends in Experimental Film and Video in Germany 1994-2004”

I hope you can see this show!

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Herwig Weiser >< Death Before Disko >< September – October 2005


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“Death Before Disko”
8 September –  29 October 2005

Galerie Lisa Ruyter is pleased to present “Death Before Disko” an exhibition by Austrian artist Herwig Weiser. The show will open on 8 September and will continue through 29 October.

Herwig Weiser’s work crosses many boundaries of art-making. His art supplies are magnetic systems, low-tech electronic equipment, and chemical composites. His suppliers are innovative recyclers, university research departments, machinists, and chemical companies. His works are intense points of focus, the result of thousands of phone calls, hours of research and development, and trial and error.

The exhibition features a prototype of a machine being developed for a solo installation in a shipping container for Art Basel Miami Beach this December.

The machine is a sort of liquid disco ball, a sound-sculpture that looks like it was designed by Nikola Tesla for a high end electronics company. Similar to Weiser’s “zII” the work looks like it could fit right in with your entertainment system. The piece consists of a grey plexiglass tube, speakers, LED lights, a computer system, a motor, an array of magnets, and magnetic fluid, which is activated by the movement of the motor, the pressure of the sound system, and the programming of the lights.

A component element of most of Herwig Weiser’s work, is that of collaboration. In this case, electronics technician, Albert Bleckmann; programmer, Patrick Homolka, who has designed a program to process live feeds of sounds of outer space, sampled from sources on the internet. This program also controls the LED lights. A large number of people helped develop all of the individual parts of this compact work. The title “Death Before Disko” is in memory of Christian Morgenstern, who released a record with the same title.

Herwig Weiser (b. 1969 Innsbruck) studied architecture at TU-Innsbruck, fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Media Art at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. He lives and works in Cologne and Seoul.

Pulse >< January – February 2005


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/ Jon Rouston / son:DA / Herwig Weiser  
19. Jänner  –  26. Februar, 2005

Galerie Lisa Ruyter is pleased to present “Pulse”, featuring works by Jon Routson, son:DA and Herwig Weiser.

The artists in „Pulse“share an interest in low-tech structuralism, in finding a simple way to express ideas with untraditional methods. They tend to follow logics of binary oppositions, and as a group, this, more than anything else, connects their work to the traditional forms of art making that are usually encountered in a gallery setting. Together, the works make an interactive environment – a sort of music room.

Jon Routson (b. 1969 Washington, D.C., lives and works in Baltimore) presents “Strober,” very simply, a video of a strobe light. This is a recent remake of Routson’s first video work, which led to his well-known series of bootlegs of movies, which were shown in two exhibitions at Team Gallery in New York. Routson conceptualizes his “Strober” as video vs. film, with the strobe light being a surrogate for the blinking or flicker that creates the illusion of a moving image in film.

son:DA (Metka Golec, born 1972 in Maribor, Slovenia. Miha Horvat, born 1976 in Maribor, Slovenia. They live and work in Vienna and Maribor. ) creates a ‘constellation’ of interactive television devices. The cabling of the televisions are rewired so that they become instruments where the image interrupts the sound or the sound interrupts the image, or looked at in another way, the boundaries between the viewer the image and the sound become slightly fluid and malleable.

Herwig Weiser (b. 1969 Innsbruck, lives and works in Cologne) exhibits a version of his ‘zgodlocator,’ a low-tech machine that magnetically re-animates recycled elements of computers, and gives them a sound program. It is basically a low-tech computer made out of destroyed computers, or as the artist calls it ‘dead information.’

On January 19,  at 9:30, after the opening of „Pulse“, there will be a performance lecture by Cory Arcangel at Galerie Lisa Ruyter`s Project Space.