Triennale Milano
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Exhibition

Austria Entangled relations – Animated bodies

July 15 – December 11 2022
The performed and multisensory installation by the artist Sonja Bäumel aims to stimulate the cultural imagination via the potential of microorganisms. It seeks to alter our perception of the boundaries of the human body and explores what the microbial paradigm shift may mean for cross-beings boundaries. Exploring the vital relationships, bonds, and interconnections between our bodies and the microbes that cohabit them, it invites visitors to wonder, observe, and understand what it might mean to embody the human in a more-than-human world. Magnified 40,000 times, a larger-than-life sculpture of an amoeba expands in multiple directions, linking piece by piece with the transparent fragments of a human figure riddled with microbial inclusions. The dynamic projection of a real amoeba overlays the installation and is accompanied by sound transmitting the bubbling vitals of the microbial world. The installation will be brought to life by choreographer and performer Doris Uhlich on several occasions. By unfolding, shifting, and fragmenting the so-called boundaries of the human bodies, the installation exposes the entanglement and constant exchange with the microbial milieus living on, in, and around it, revealing yet unknown forms of movement, intelligence, and communication.
Credits
Organising institution: MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna Commissioner: Lilli Hollein Curator: Marlies Wirth Artistic concept and realization: Sonja Bäumel Funding and Governing Body: The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport Performance Choreography: Sonja Bäumel, Doris Uhlich Video projection Amoeba: Wim van Egmond Graphic Design: Nina Ober Artistic Partners: University of Applied Arts, Vienna Science Visualization Lab and  Studio Book and Paper Scientific Partners: ISTA – Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Sixt-Group Supported by: Dynamic Projection Institute, your partner for innovative dynamic projections, Made in Austria 4YOUREYE projektionsdesign & - technik gmbh Austrian Cultural Forum Milan

Highlights

Sonja Bäumel, microbial entanglement (2019). Site-specific performance per Trees of Life – Stories for a Damaged Planet presso Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2019 - Ph: Robert Schittko
Sonja Bäumel, expanded self (2012)
Sonja Bäumel, expanded self (2012)
Sonja Bäumel, expanded self II, (2015/2019). Installation view at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2019 - Ph: Norbert Miguletz
Sonja Bäumel, expanded self (2015)

Archives and collection

Tre modelle percorrono il Ponte che collega il Palazzo dell'Arte con l'area verde antistante, progetto degli architetti Aldo Rossi e Luca Meda
Tre modelle percorrono il Ponte che collega il Palazzo dell'Arte con l'area verde antistante, progetto degli architetti Aldo Rossi e Luca Meda
Ingresso principale sul fronte ovest del Palazzo dell'Arte
Ingresso principale sul fronte ovest del Palazzo dell'Arte
Mostra sugli Studi delle proporzioni, allestimento dell'architetto Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone, esposto nella mostra Studi sulle proporzioni
Mostra sugli Studi delle proporzioni, allestimento dell'architetto Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone, esposto nella mostra Studi sulle proporzioni
Una modella posa all'interno della Mostra di oggetti per la casa (o Mostra Oggetti d'uso), nel Padiglione USA progettato dagli architetti Lodovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti e Ernesto Nathan Rogers
Una modella posa all'interno della Mostra di oggetti per la casa (o Mostra Oggetti d'uso), nel Padiglione USA progettato dagli architetti Lodovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti e Ernesto Nathan Rogers