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David Moises

Enthusiastic body damage, 2010

Art in the Car Park:

June 26 - July 7 2010

daily 7.00 - 9.00 p.m.

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1973 in Innsbruck, lives in Vienna
www.davidmoises.com
 


David Moises, »Begeisterter Parkschaden« [Enthusiastic body damage], 2010

PKW modifiziert, kinetische Installation / motor car modified, kinetic installation

Courtesy Charim Galerie, Wien

 
David Moises »builds moveable objects, which can often be put to some use«. This is the artist’s succinct description of his own work. It is indeed first and foremost mechanical objects that fascinate and attract him; e.g. vehicles of all kinds.

He analyses them, re-invents them, takes them to pieces, gives them a makeover. He transforms them into »poetical machines« (Ernst Strouhal) serving a purpose beyond the one that society has come habitually to associate with them: into works of art, in other words, which find and reveal their meaning primarily when they spring into action in a performance that puts them through their paces. Moises is an artist, technician, inventor, creative genius and passionate collector of hobby magazines. Call him a tinkerer, if you like, but in the sense of Lévi-Strauss’s bricoleur, who makes »creative and resourceful use of whatever materials are at hand (regardless of their original purpose)«. In a playful and thoughtful manner he creates his own world of moving things that literally stray beyond our workaday reality. For TRIENNALE LINZ Moises manipulates a run-of-the-mill mid-size car, which navigates the chicanes of a multi-storey car park at a walking pace, utterly oblivious to the highway code and without having bothered to take a driver on board. The wheels do not seem to be turning, which creates the impression the car is skidding all over the place. When it hits an obstacle, it changes its direction according to the angle at which it has run up against it – and it is gradually getting the worse for wear through these acts of self-mutilation. Body damage! Experiences of the uncanny are due, as we know, to mechanical things giving themselves the air of being living organisms and vice versa. The car performance is recorded on video and assumes a life of its own, as in cinema..

(Martin Sturm)

 

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