CLOSE UP / LONG SHOT (Polish Institute Vienna) and
CROSS  CUT (projectroom MAG3)

1_Exhibition: CLOSE UP / LONG SHOT
OPENING: Wednesday 13/11/2019, 7:00 P.M.

Polish Institute Vienna, Am Gestade 7, 1010 Vienna/ Austria

To the exhibition: Lubaina HIMID, Turner Prize winner 2017
Opening: Mag. Rafal SOBCZAK, Director Polish Institute Vienna

DURATION: 14/11-06/12/2019
OPENING TIMES: MON+WED 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. / TUE+THUR 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

2_Audio Visual Installation: CROSS  CUT
OPENING: Thursday 14/11/2019, 7:00 P.M.

projectroom MAG3, Schiffamtsgasse 17, 1020 Vienna/ Austria

Preface/Wellcome speech: Gue SCHMIDT, projectroom MAG3
To the installation: Lubaina HIMID, Turner Prize winner 2017
Greeting words/Opening: Mag. Rafal SOBCZAK, Director Polish Institute Vienna/ Austria

DURATION: 15/11-13/12/2019

3_Reading: The ZONE | Fragment, Wolfgang KINDERMANN
to the Audio Visual Installation CROSS  CUT of Magda STAWARSKA-BEAVAN
Tuesday 19/11/2019, 7:00 P.M.

projectroom MAG3, Schiffamtsgasse 17, 1020 Vienna/ Austria
CLOSE UP/LONG SHOT (Polish Intsitute) and CROSS  CUT (projectroom MAG3) the two current exhibitions at MAG3 project space and the Polish Institute in Vienna by Magda Stawarska-Beavan invites you to navigate four iconic cities Vienna, Casablanca, Berlin and Istanbul.

WHO/ WER presented in MAG3
audio visual installation: 2 screen projection, 4 channel audio, 9m silkscreen print and drawing, including narrated text written by Wolfgang Kindermann

Who/Wer is a split screen projection accompanied by a composition of urban soundscape and narration in German and English. The film explores the relationship between image, text, language, voice, and urban soundscape. This work is presented in a surround sound format, where the viewer is immersed in soundscape and the two different vocals are played from different directions.

The language, gender, accent, the tone, the colour, and the rhythm of the voices are different. They both are interwoven together, creating a vocal sonic tapestry. As there is no use of the first person in the text, it is ambiguous who the follower, and who the narrator is.

The split screen video is an exploration of the power struggle between moving and still image; inner thoughts versus observed action. The 4:5 ratio of flickering black and white images are juxtaposed with the wide screen locked-down-shot colour films of the locations that feature in the narration. The colour screen, gives the impression of passive observation by the outsider to the city, who stands back and doesnt get involved. The city soundscape interwoven between them, holds the two contrasted images and experiences together.

Reported and imagined text appear to leak into each others aural territory while presenting the complexities of European language; the spoken German text is heard at the same time as the English translation but is spoken with a Polish accent thereby necessitating an even more intense listening process.

A cooperation of the Polish Institute Vienna, TONSPUR Kunstverein Vienna and projectroom MAG3, with the support of the University of Lancashire and as part of the VIENNA ART WEEK.

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