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Susanne Schuda

I’m a poet after all and I usually get what I want, 2008

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1970 in Vienna, lives in Vienna
www.susanneschuda.net
 


Susanne Schuda, »Der Poet« [The Poet], 2008

Video, Loop, 4’, Bild / Picture: »Letztendlich bin ich Poet …« [After all, I’m a poet…]

digitale Fotocollage / Digital photo collage, C-Print auf Alu / on aluminium, 220 x 110 cm

Bildobjekt / Pictorial object: »Der Poet«, 180 x 65 cm, digitale

Fotocollage / Digital photo collage, C-Print auf Leichtschaumplatte / on polystyrene, Cut Out

Courtesy Dana Charkasi, Wien

Foto / Photo: Susanne Schuda

 
Susanne Schuda’s digital montages, which the artist likes to combine with animation, result in tapestries made up of images, texts and sounds. These enable her to combine highly individualistic perspectives obtained from the fusion of different aspects of reality with the public production of knowledge and reality.

In the installation I’m a poet after all and I usually get what I want Schuda combines set pieces lifted from different contexts of public and private life to a poetical collage. In the course of the video’s narrative the poet morphs from someone characterised by exceptional sensitivity into a figure that turns his self-hatred against others. Blood spurts out, steel ropes cut body parts in half and all this is assembled into pictures that boast a hyper-aestheticised style reminiscent of lifestyle PR work. Somehow the (verbal) images that crop up in the imagination of the poet seem eerily familiar. They could be quotations from fashion or travel magazines, but on the other hand they could equally well be pictures shot at one of the world’s many flashpoints, which are given a new home in the context of the video and the installation, where they serve to fire the poet’s imagination. The artist plays with the collective subconscious, which she translates into medialised images through the use of narrative elements. Taking things a step further, she resorts to an excessive mise-en-scène, to generalisation and exaggeration to make the contents of our subconscious even more explicit. In her intermedia work she deploys a digital formal language designed to create a sombre atmosphere that mirrors the mood of our time in a schizophrenic manner and makes us visualise both past and future events.

(Franz Thalmair)

 

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