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Hans Scheirl

oil gold balls, 2010

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1956 in Salzburg, lives in Vienna
 


Hans Scheirl, »öl gold eier« [oil gold balls], 2010

Modell für Installation / Model of an installation Kapaline und Papiermaschee / Kapaline and papier maché · 70 x 90 cm

 
The very titles of Hans Scheirl’s works – »Phalloplastic Playspace Party«, »In/effective Ejaculation Management « oder »Corporate Castration« – signal the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate areas: on the one hand the world of desire and the construction of a (gendered) identity and, on the other, the world of economic interests and global capitalism. The distinction between internal and external worlds, private and public spheres, male and female are revealed to be ideological constructions.

The experience and production of reality and therefore all power relationships are coloured and fired by the »economy of desire« (J. F. Lyotard). This system of (dis)order, which needs continually to be recreated, regulates both the energy of the flow of desire and the pulse of the curbs on desire and the energy that is generated when the gratification of desire is delayed by being shifted to a new »medium« or a different time frame. At TRIENNALE LINZ Hans Scheirl will be showing new objects and large-format paintings on canvas. This classic installation format is used as a prop in Scheirl’s »Life Performance«: having grown up as »Angela« she/he decided on her/his 40th birthday to go on testosterone medication and to call herself/ himself »Hans«. Performatively, Scheirl opts for the (anti)identity »transgender«. This identity is preceded by name, voice and the steady reassurance of a conclusive gender determination through language.

(Sandro Droschl, Hans Scheirl)

 

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