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In Exile

Audio visual installation, three dimensional architectual true scale model of the exhibition space with an integrated Bonsai tree, projection screen, DVD (length variable), loud speakers, DVD player, video projector, 2009/2011

In Exile Beitrag


For the work In Exile a part of the exhibition space is recreated as a miniature three dimensional architectual model. Into this miniature model I integrate a real bonsai tree, which is too big for the model and breaks through its walls and ceiling. I film the model with the bonsai and project the film back into the exhibtion space. In the projection the bonsai tree has the dimension of a real size forest tree, and it looks like it is breaking through the walls of the real space we are standing in. A subtle soundscape of cracking every now and then supports the installation. The miniature model is also presented in the space.

In this work I create a paradox between a cultivated ornamental plant versus ‚real’ nature. Safe inside versus unpredictable outside. As the home plant is pumped up to its original size it threatens the stability of the space. The once cultured home plant is now a threat to its creators. An imported product suddenly claiming its own space.


- Infinite Nature – Artificial Scenery, FLUSS – NÖ Initiative for Photography- and Media Art, Wolkersdorf, Austria, 2011
- Opening event Mingo, Vienna, Austria, 2009