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Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek

  • Exhibition view, Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek. Atlas, 2004
  • Exhibition view, Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek. Atlas, 2004

Real or illusion – replica or reality? This core question of every media-theoretical discussion is the starting point for Deutsch and Schimek’s extensive project, in the framework of which the two works now presented at Lentos were created. A collection of pictures on the theme of light from the most diverse fields of the history of art and science, in conjunction with digital photos, illuminates the relationship of reality and replica. All the pictures are categorized in a digital image database and accessible in the exhibition on CD-ROM. A selection of the pictures is arranged thematically and associatively in the form of computer prints presented on ten lighted tables.

Selection from the Lentos Photo Collection

At Lentos’ invitation, Deutsch and Schimek have selected photos from the in-house collection according to the same criteria that the work on the atlas is based on, which also deal with the them Light | Image | Reality. Because of the thematic and associative arrangement of the photographs following the same principle of arrangement as the photos on the lighted tables, relationships are established between the pictures and additional levels of interpretation are opened up.

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