Einblick/Ausblick 2020Jahresausstellung der Muthesius Kunsthochschule

DEUS EX MACHINA

Hannes Fleckstein

  • freies Projekt, Wintersemester 2019/2020
  • Prof. A. Dreyblatt

2019 Installation: Various screens, revolving stage, high lift truck, cable drum. Video loops (7:05, 05:49 and 04:33 min).

2019 Installation: Various screens, revolving stage, high lift truck, cable drum. Video loops (7:05, 05:49 and 04:33 min). Exhibition view: »Gottfried Brockmann Preis« at Stadtgalerie, Kiel

»[...] Artistic metaphors of reflection and self-representation appear often in his work. There is an echoing of parallel worlds, of superimpositions, doubled, reversed and negative images, whose quick movement recalls the rhythm of pop media landscapes, glistening with mirrored sculptural surfaces. Yet it is the weight of the human body which is at the center of [this] work, as a dancer, as a ghost, a lover, an object of war or a simulation of identity culled from the internet. The body as mediated image pulsating with themes of violence and sensuality becomes a site for the negotiation and construction of individual identity and the nature of representation itself. It is in his most recent work, »Deus Ex Machina« that Hannes Fleckstein effectively refines his ideas in a complex installation involving an industrial loading cart, a power cable reel and digital display screens in varying sizes playing sound and film loops in differing states of polymorphic manipulation. An autobiographic face, alternatively appearing with a mask or in negative, on a retro cell phone, looping through transformations and permutations at multiple angles and perspectives. The industrial metallic cart functions as both container and prop, supporting the displays and delineating the surrounding space. The installation is at the same time threatening and strangely familiar: these are the tools of self-optimization and digital narrative. It is a work which draws one inside while remaining at a critical distance.« Extract from the text by Arnold Dreyblatt for the catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition. ISBN 978-3927979-94-9

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