Sonja-Maria Borstner is a writer, editor and curator with an emphasize on contemporary art. Currently she is working as publishing trainee at FRIEZE and as editor at the online art magazine PASSE–AVANT. ➻ CV • CONTACT
20.08.2019 — Ausstellungstext
Have you evern seen a demon?Linda Weiß & Mia BencunProjektraum Basis
The metaphor of the demon has accompanied human kind in almost all ethnical religions ever since. With good and bad intentions and attributes it was considered as warning and dunning voice shadowing our personal decisions. In 21st century the relevance and effect of demons yet has been completely pushed into the sphere of the fictional and imaginary. The lager part of society grew up with educational and scientific-based knowledge, which doesn’t allow the belief in spiritual forces like demons anymore.
In the midst of undamped euphoria for technological innovations and the simultaneous desire to shake off dazzling possibilities evolving from this vast progress, our current self is characterized by a substantial bi-polarity and diremption. Seemingly we are in need of guidance, since the danger of becoming completely decentered and directionsless is very high at present. We can’t hear the demon’s dunning voice anymore, however is there something or someone else leading us today instead? Have you ever seen a demon? combines sculptural and installative approaches by Linda Weiß and Mia Bencun simulating and offering new symbiosis and belief systems for our present.
Linda Weiß'(* 1987) installation "Einladung zum Stören" spreads rhizome-like in the exhibition area. In various modules that are linked with each other, both physically and iconographically, Weiß creates a self-sufficient system that appears to be a habitat of its own. Electric cables combined with ceramics and power banks and snail-like structures reminiscent of underwater landscapes form a vivid network illustrating the human dependence on nature and technology.
Mia Bencun characterizes sports and gaming as new rituals and belief systems replacing religion and spirituality in 21st century. In her multimedia-installation „3D Divination” she brings together modular sculptures that join aesthetics borrowed from Japanese role-playing-games as well as ancient relics. According to Bencun games as well as sports use strategies like worship and commandment to make people follow a constructed reality, in which they put their faith in, replacing former religious doctrines.