Margret Wibmer "fremder äther"


Hybrids of humans and machines are in today’s world and in the light of technological developments such as Google Glasses  no longer mere fiction. The clear-cut demarcation line between nature and culture has become a vague distinction between human-animal and machine.

Born in Lienz, Margret Wibmer deals in her photographic works, on show in the Gaudens Pedit Gallery until 23 November, with the subject of cyborgs set against the background of the manifesto by the American natural science historian and biologist Donna Haraway. Bodies, object and space combine in the photographs to create surreal arrangements. The cultural codes of the appliances moved into the picture, of the female body, of the chic covers and of the objects are directed into new contexts by Wibmer, contexts that question the original meaning of the individual objects. What alienates is the historicising atmosphere of the photographs, which remind one of the beginnings of industrialisation in the 19th century. With this in view, the somewhat blocky combinations of female bodies, attire, appliances and objects underline the sculptural character of the single elements. The openness of an interpretation of the technological development of hybrid combinations right up to an eventual synthesis of organism and technology seems to be Margret Wibmer’s intention.

Margret Wibmer – born 1959 in Lienz, Austria
Studied at the University of Applied Art in Vienna; 1983-1989 living and working in New York, studio in Brooklyn; living and working since 1990 in Amsterdam, especially in the fields of object art, performance and photography; inter alia teaching at the ArtEZ, Academy for Art and Design in Enschede and network ambassador for the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Numerous exhibitions at home and abroad.

Thursday, 5 September 2013 at 19:00 in the Gaudens Pedit Gallery in Lienz.

Introduction to the exhibition: Rudolf Ingruber, Kunstwerkstatt Lienz

Exhibition will run until 23 November 2013.

  • Margret Wibmer, victor, 2010, lambda print on dibond, 100 x 100 cm, Ed 5 + 1 AP