Olivia Erlanger “Appliance” at Kunstverein Gartenhaus, Vienna

Written by the artist and done on the opening night time, the engage in Humour in the Drinking water Coolant is the story of a female haunted by the appliances in her new property. Working with the play as its commencing place, the installation lingers concerning domestic suburban inside and theatre set. The play’s title references the aqueous humour of the eye and mechanical fluids observed in engines, revising the metaphor of a physique as architecture to entire body as appliance. Inferring distinct attitudes, class and aspirations via object placement and interior group, the installation unfolds as an archive, a examining area and a place for action. Erlanger provides an environment encouraged by Norman Klein’s thought of “scripted space” and knowledgeable by historical exhibitions these kinds of as MoMA’s “Houses of the Future” (1932) and “Good Design” (1950). Right here, the gallery gets to be a fractured, clear residence providing a psychic isometric watch. The structure and operate of diverse rooms of the house are described by their appliances somewhat than perimeter partitions.

Established during a séance to rid the dwelling of its haunted aura, the engage in explores the pan-psychic opportunity of domestic objects. The appliances, now in a position to converse, categorical their emotional lives, rife with dissatisfaction, sadness, and in the long run a motivation to hook up and really like. The psychological results of their declining utilization and functionality antagonizes the notion of technological enhancement as a favourable progress, reframing it as a implies of escape. What does ageing signify for these objects “born” on the assembly line, whose areas are simply changed or whose obsolescence is by now prepared?

at Kunstverein Gartenhaus, Vienna
until eventually Oct 29, 2022