Taking MY STAGE IS YOUR DOMAIN as her title, the Viennese video, photographic and installation artist Lisa Truttmann designs potential spaces for imagining
the unrepresentable. In keeping with the principle of “imagineering”—the development of (visual) imagery according to subjective
ideas, which she describes as the central leitmotif of her work—she combines documentary material and fictional scenarios
and in the process draws near to people, moments in time, and places. The exhibition series APPLIED ARTS. NOW has until now
focused on formations from design and architecture; with MY STAGE IS YOUR DOMAIN it is now turning its attention for the first time to trans-media art.
Giving the title to the show is the two-part video installation My Stage is Your Domain, specially developed for the MAK:
within minimal narrative structures Truttmann portrays artist friends of hers in cryptic quotes, constructs subtly composed
image spaces and stages (my stage), which are occupied and infused with life by the protagonists through their actions and
characteristics (your domain). Oscillating between staged photography and moving sequences, the artist, in surreal, poetic
imagery, pursues the trail of foreign images, self-images and projections. The artists acting in the video installation—all
women—worked on performances for the exhibition to be presented on the evening of the opening: Verena Dürr will show Ellipse
and Nina Frgic Mother Beast and her Savage Daughters.
The exhibition series APPLIED ARTS. NOW intends to provide a platform for contemporary forms of applied arts in order to generate greater visibility for especially
interesting positions taken by graduates from the University of Applied Arts living and working in Austria.
The exhibition seriesAPPLIED ARTS. NOW is intended to serve as a platform for contemporary forms of applied art and thus provide greater visibility
for particularly interesting artistic stances originated by graduates of the University of Applied Arts who live and work
on a freelance basis in Austria.