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Leopold Kessler

decoy duck feeding, 2008

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition spacet:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1976 in Munich / Germany, lives in Vienna
 


Leopold Kessler, »decoy duck feeding«, 2009

Video, 3’05’’

Courtesy Galerie Andreas Huber

 
In his video works and interventions Leopold Kessler addresses himself to the structural conditions of societal processes and to the variously regulated and sometimes excessive organisational forms of social coexistence.

Kessler’s interventions in mostly publicly accessible situations usually take a humorous twist and tend to lead to changes in the connotations of these situations and in the societal agreements and conventions underpinning them. Preferably dressed as a mechanic, which, as Kessler knows, gives him the untouchable status of a craftsman and wards off embarrassing questions, he intervenes in diverse technical or organisational control systems. He managed for instance to manipulate the lighting system of a street in Paris in such a way that the street lamps came on and off to a rhythm of his own devising. In Graz he upped the water pressure of the fountain in the main square, causing the jets of water to overshoot the basin. His work for TRIENNALE LINZ features a duck-feeding scene at a pond in Malmö, filmed by two remote-controlled mechanical ducks with integrated cameras. Feeding ducks is considered a harmless, relaxing pastime, which is frequently practised by elderly people or by people who have more time than money. What matters more in the eyes of the artist than this economic aspect is the potential inherent in the situation to exercise power. From a bird’s perspective it is a merciless affair in which everyone fights everyone else. The video is shown as part of an installation that also features the decoy ducks.

(Sandro Droschl, Leopold Kessler)

 

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