A
medienwerkstatt9
B
medienwerkstatt8
C
medienwerkstatt7
D
medienwerkstatt6
E
medienwerkstatt5
F
medienwerkstatt3
G
medienwerkstatt2
H
medienwerkstatt1
I
sj_double14
J
sj_double12
K
sj_double11
L
sj_double10
M
sj_double9
N
sj_double8
O
sj_double7
P
sj_double6
Q
sj_double5
R
SJ_double4
S
SJ_double3
T
SJ_double2
U
SJ_double1
V
Medienwerkstatt10
W
Easy Share detail 2013
X
Learning About Heraldry, 2013
Y
Notis Otis, 2013
Z
Stewie Draws a Picture, 2013
[
Easy Share, 2013

Sophie Jung + Shana Moulton, DOUBLE (2014) exhibition photos

, 6 January 2015

Think too hard and you’ll miss the point of DOUBLE. Or maybe it’s not a point per se but an experience of wonder that its artists’ work tends toward. Showing in a joint exhibition at Vienna’s Medienwerkstatt from November 20 to December 8, the collection of works by US video and performance artist Shana Moulton and Luxembourgian media-performance artist Sophie Jung share a near-naïve aesthetic that presents across two films by Moulton (one, ‘Swisspering (2013) projected on a wall and another, part of the Whispering Pines series, screened from a CRT TV on a rack beneath) and objects plus a performance by Jung, as part of the third programme of “Carte Blanche for Young Media Artists” award winners Markus Hanakam and Roswitha Schuller.

DOUBLE (2014) @ Medienwerkstatt Wien exhibition photos. Courtesy the artists.
DOUBLE (2014) @ Medienwerkstatt Wien exhibition photos. Courtesy the artists.

The images of DOUBLE present a similar sense of the fantastical as the literature and language of Jung’s ‘Learning About Heraldry’ (2014) performance is steeped in apparent nonsense and non-sequiturs. The text is like some sort of mirror of a web page scrolled and absorbed – without being quite absorbed – in its references to Pusheen the Cat, Ancient Egypt and social media (What do Ancient Egypt and facebook have in common? They write on walls and worship cats!”), as well as Jennifer Lopez, online yoga sites and Jung’s own debatable descent from famous “pop-psychologist” Carl. Similarly, the gallery floor is littered with luridly coloured, hermetic readymades – brass piping, several iPod Shuffles and a flaccid pink and purple ball lying limply on its see-through plastic steeple – that become even more isolated and unmoving when presented as art.

Playing with the idea of a double ‘channel’ installation – as in two people working across technology, and two people working across spirituality – Moulton’s ‘Swisspering’ cotton pads rub the artist’s alter-ego ‘Cynthia’s’ face away into raw clay to end up an inanimate vase while looking into a mirror. Jung’s Hindu Shiva “came quickly (not across anything as he’s sacred and has manners) and drank it which turned his throat blue and the ocean was saved” in ‘Learning About Heraldry’ while it gives the sense that the artist’s protagonist is caught in the same self-referencing loop of a sea creature that reproduces by ‘selfing’. As a nonsense map of dissociations, viewed through a fog of dead ends and misunderstandings, DOUBLE presents the futility of form and format in a complicated web of contentlessness as Jung’s complicit character announces, “I felt the transition from icon to index. WITH my index. How funny.” **

Exhibition photos, top right.

Shana Moulton and Sophie Jung’s ‘DOUBLE’ ran at Medienwerkstatt Wien, Nov 20 – Dec 8, 2014.

Header image:

Ssilcia joins sv1 for an emotionally mesmerizing ballad on the auto-tuned atmospherics of ‘Spirit will Stray’

Matt Dell, Friday

Xiao Quan & Miss Jay offer an explosive club construction on the ethereal melodic polyrhythms of ‘Cha Ching’

aqnb, Thursday

Visions from the Metaverse for AQNB & Terser Mundo’s fierce No Hubo Testigo music & performance event in Mexico City

Monday

Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus explore contradictions in choice & thought on the cresting orchestral arpeggios of ‘Forking’

aqnb, 10 September 2021

The Aesthetics of Evil: Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya talks beauty, monstrosity & memory on AQNB’s Artist Statement podcast

9 September 2021

The Surplus in Being: On Sophie Friedman-Pappas’ post-consumer practice & the xenocology of her Transfer Station solo show at Alyssa Davis

Victoria Campbell, 8 September 2021

Yikii realises her quest to find horror in the ordinary with the ‘Noctambulist 梦行者’ music, dropped ahead of Crimson Poem 深紅之詩 LP release

7 September 2021

Religion, ritual & a devotional site of the feminine in the Nuestrxs Putxs group exhibition

5 September 2021

Simple stuff: Loraine James talks nightlife uncertainty & her shapeshifting sonic oeuvre in the lead up to Rewire’s offline edition

31 August 2021

Unpacking the myths of two coastal cities through desert, ocean & sense of place in the Love in Bright Landscapes group show

29 August 2021

orchid reminisces over complicated companionship on the suspended synthetic rhythms of ‘Just to Me’

aqnb, 27 August 2021

Exploring the limits of language through the body & signification with the sculptural & sonic works of Mariechen Danz

23 August 2021

Jenna Sutela for New Mystics: bacteria, wetware & psychedelic Silicon Valley in the latest from the artist & AI collaborative writing project

aqnb, 22 August 2021

Dahjyn unleashes a brooding trauma on the aggressive & electrifying blitzkrieg of ‘Salted Hoof’

aqnb, 20 August 2021

Mystical Services: Alice Bucknell discusses magic & the mutualistic relationship between AI & humans in the latest Artist Statement podcast

19 August 2021