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Karin Harrasser (translated from German by Joanne Moar)
April 27, 2015
Based on a candle which – by means of technical intervention – burns down very slowly, the installation VANITAS MACHINE addresses the desire for eternal life and the potential of life-prolonging measures.
Skin cells have been manipulated to grow into predefined patterns and recorded via time-lapse imaging techniques. The cells are forming up to legible text fragments and disperse again over time — visualizing terms culled from the advertising language of care products industry.
An installation composed of several laboratory glass devices that generate audible signals based on a previously encapsuled biological component – a human hair.
A black box that records every detail of its surroundings, but only reveals its own speculative presence.
An abstract miniature golf course becomes the conceptual playground of a philosophical as well as humorous investigation about the nature of thinking.
A garment´s shimmery surface opens up a view onto a microscopic layer of the human body which usually remains invisible to the eye of the observer.
An ordinary umbrella has been turned into a spider-like robotic creature, that´s subsequently moving around in exhibition space fulfilling its new purposes.