Short but Sweet with Marielena Stark

Artist talk
25/6 2024 6 pm

On selected Tuesday evenings, artists from the exhibition Come as You Are. Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2023 and our art education team meet for a joint discussion on their artistic practice. After the 20-minute talk, there will be an opportunity to take a tour of the exhibition together.

This program is free of charge and no prior registration is needed.

The artist talk will be held in German.

In Marielena Stark’s installation, painting, pop-cultural elements, and ethereal silk formations are set in a constellation: basketball hoops with a choreography of ghosts. The spectral quality refers to the solidarity of a community as a positive aspect but also to revenge as a motif that ghosts are often associated with. The installation is a variation of the diploma project Afterlifestyle, which won Stark one of the two main prizes in the Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2023, and is inspired by her ambivalent fascination with transcendent painting – a kind of “aesthetic visitation” – and her longstanding interest in fashion. The dyeing technique with indigo, urine, and walnuts used on the fabrics echoes in the text sections on the posters. As meditations and manifestations, the poster texts generate a connection to the basketballs and spiritual sides of sport. Incidentally, ChatGPT falters with the meaning of the non-existent term “afterlifestyle,” but human viewers have the emotional knack to access the artistic experience of it.