“Netzwerk” (Network) by Hans Kupelwieser
On the assumption that the media centre represents one node in a far-reaching information network, the conceptual artist Hans Kupelwieser conjoins global thinking with regional structures.
Real, virtual and medial communication and the expansion of our horizons have become an everyday
phenomenon for us and are reflected in this work of art:
Starting from local organisms, Kupelwieser has chosen the birch tree as his building material. Kupelwieser experiments and works with this material of unprocessed wood, which is new to him and at the same time an energy source.
The real and slow growth and the maturing development of the tree, which stands for connectivity, security, and rootedness, are just as important to Kupelwieser as it is for him to simultaneously displace it from its natural forms of appearance: trunks and branches are assembled to a network overarching walls in their grown unevenness, suggesting the exploration of the space in its three dimensional form from a distance. It thereby overextends the room and reclaims a part of the space. The particular aesthetics and structure of the birch wood, its smell, the changing durability of the material, are qualities and characteristics that are consciously put to use.
Yet besides this slow developmental process of growth in nature, which can be ascribed with direct conversation as a form of communication and with walking as a form of movement, this work is also attributed with virtual network structures that no longer require a physical presence anymore, but can be developed and used around the entire world within a matter of seconds.
The factors of time, structural change and communication forms, which interact in equally organic as technoid ways are also of great significance and the NETZWERK is the symbol for all networks and
information flows. While these can concern conversations, connections, communication structures that are interpersonal, these can at the same time also be such that are influenced by the data highway.
As one node within this environment, Schladming is thereby identified as an essential place of
The concept of the sculpture embraced by the sculptor Hans Kupelwieser, who was born in 1948 in Lunz am See (Northern Austria) and is living in Vienna, was developed by him early on at the School of Applied Arts, where he studied under the arts and media theorists Bazon Brock and Peter Weibel.
One characteristic of his work is defined on the basis of his multi-conceptual approach in utilising different materials, media and functions. Accordingly, he works with the photogramme and photography in the same way as he takes on the topic of furniture sculptures, he also works with inscriptions as well as digital media or computer animations, designs his works on paper, metal, plastics, rubber, glass, foils, concrete or reflective metal as in this work using wood.