SAMUEL SCHAAB

Landscapes that remain in constant motion; objects that seem to speak like subjects; a meaning that implies itself, only to elude comprehension; an exterior that transmutes into an interior; traces, tracks and referrals without any answers—Samual Schaab’s works evoke, within the gaze, a ceaselessly changing oscillation between the contradistinctions exposed as such, though long before constructed and now abstracted, within the space. Instead, however, of merely establishing differences anew, he creeps into the narrow spaces between their categories and makes their qualities and modes of effectuality tangible within the field of tension that emerges between the poles of duality. Though, conceptually, difference may well provide the source material, as it were, it is precisely difference that is deconstructed and, staged much in the manner of reversible image illusions, shifted into a kind of vibration, in which the sharp contours of what appeared to be contradistinctions begin to blur. Through evasion strategies, searches, simulation and capitulation, reduction techniques and blank tests, along with the effects of overexposure, static noise and duplication, stereotype allocations acquire new values.

The space, its objects, and the relationships thus emerging are allowed, now liberated from their attributed qualities, to evolve in new ways. Encapsulated energies emancipate themselves. This all results in a restructuring; new formations are engendered, and a potential space for transfer and transformation emerges—a space of possibilities, located before the (already known and expected) space. Exposed on location and liberated from semantics, the communications of the elements present displace perception and allocation within a permanent process of reading and writing their own grammars.

Gabrielle Cram

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born 1981 in Starnberg, Germany
lives and works in Vienna

2002 – 2003 studied art history at  Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich
2003 – 2006 studied media design at the University for Applied Arts Vienna under Bernhard Leitner
2006 – 2009 studied multimedia and sculpture at the University for Applied Arts Vienna under Erwin Wurm (diploma)
2010 founded Kollekiv Rauschen together with M.Taxacher, S.Bauer and C.Schröder
2012 founded Rauschen Space / Raum f. Sound

 

Exhibitions and projects (selection, 2010 - 2018)

2018
Togo K, Museum moderner Kunst Wien, Vienna (A)
Reform Act, Fabrik Seestadt, (A)
Duste Tape Voice, Memphis, Linz, (A)
Klangfarben Atelier, Völs, Italien (I)

2017
Zone 1, Vienna Contemporary, cur. by Marlies Wirth, Vienna (A) (solo)
Back to work, Innovations in politics institute, Remise Wien, Vienna (A)
Elektra, Schauspielhaus Wien, Vienna (A)
Repeat all, unttld contemporary, Vienna (A) (solo)
Künstliche Herzen, cur. by Moritz Stipsicz, Josephinum Vienna (A)
Test This Space, cur. by Sherry Avraham, Biotopica Festival, Vienna (A)

2016
Away, an exhibiton around residencies, Alte Post, Vienna (A)
White Black Out, das weisse haus, Vienna (A) (solo)
Open to Close, Periferi Art Space, Istanbul (TUR)
Artist in Residence Istanbul, Bka Austria (TUR)

2015
Random thoughts of a daily light, Kunstverein d. weisse Haus, Vienna (A)
A number o times, Collection Berkson, Vienna (A)
Circulations II, Catalogue Release, Stadtraum, Vienna (A)
Kiew Biennal 2015, House of Cloth, Ukraine (UKR)

2014
Ventifacts, Soulangh Art Center, Jiali (TWN)
Zirkulationen, Sammlung Friedrichshof, Zurndorf, Burgenland / Stadtraum Vienna (solo) (A)
Die technische Rundschau  altes Messnerhaus, Himmelberg, Kärnten (A)
In der Kubatur d. Kabinetts, Fluc ,Vienna (A)
Tanz an der Kante, alte Braunviehalle Achselschwang (D)
Supper Club, Tba21 Vienna, Performance, Kollektiv Rauschen, Tba21 Augarten, Vienna (A)
„Erwartungen„ , Kollektiv Rauschen, Fabrika Moskau (RUS)
Places of Power, Soundinstallation for the Austrian Pavillion,  Architectural Biennale  Venice (IT)

2013
Alpha60, Klangmanifeste Wien, Kollektiv Rauschen, Echoraum, Vienna (A)
Raumgrammatik, Alte Braunviehalle Axelschwang (D)
Grosse Trommel keine Lösung, bb15, Linz (A) (solo)
Psychodrom, Sound-Perfromance, Brut Proberäume, Vienna (A)

2012
BYOB, Moe, Vienna (A)
Expansion / Kollision , Bel Etage, Vienna (A)
Entrapment, The Morning Line, Tba21, Schwarzenbergplatz, Vienna (A)
Land.Schafft, Kunstforum Montafon, Montafon (A)
Ground Control , Kunsthaus Mürzzuschlag, Mürzzuschlag (A)
Display Praterstern, Fluc, Art in Public Space, Vienna (A)

2011
RIL | sound, space + time, XBunker, Sondergorg (DEN)
Immersive Surfaces , Dumbo Arts Festival , New York (USA)
16. KomponistInnenforum Mittersill „MUSIK?“, Kofomi Mitterstill (A)

2010
Gang, Hoffmann-Hotter-Schaab, Schauspielhaus, Vienna (A)
Rauschen, Freies Museum Berlin, Berlin (D)
Wald, Akademiegalerie, mit B.Goossens, Munich (D)
A dark love poem, schuebbe projects, Düsseldorf (D)