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Eva Grubinger, Crowd

Eva Grubinger, »Smoking Shelter«, detail, 2011

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»Smoking Shelter«
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Born in Salzburg, Austria; lives in Berlin and Linz.
Studied at the Berlin University of the Arts; the head of the department "Sculpture – Transmedial Space" at the University for Art and Industrial Design in Linz since 2008.

Virtual worlds have physical sides – Eva Grubinger questions the physical substance of the symbols of power. She applies herself to the techniques of control within public spaces by designing ambivalent installations dealing with the everyday practice of surveillance. In »Crowd« (2007, fig.), for example, visitors are sent down a course of barrier tapes that are commonly known and used for the regulation of foot traffic at airports. Her work reveals that environments are not just seen but that their viewers are themselves an aspect of the observed. She involves the visitor in a contrasting game of active exploration of known symbols and the increasing uncertainty regarding their functions.

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
2009 »Trespassing«, Museum der Moderne (Rupertinum), Salzburg
2008 »Spartacus«, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
2005 »jetzt / now - Eva Grubinger«, Berlinische Galerie
2003 »Dark Matter«, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead/UK

Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2009 »Art, Price and Value, Contemporary Art and the market« Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
2008 »Matrix: Gender - Relations - Revisions«, MUSA Museum auf Abruf, Vienna
2008 »NEUE HEIMAT«, Berlinische Galerie
2004 »Funky Lessons«, Büro Friedrich, Berlin, and BAWAG Foundation, Vienna
2002 »Fundamentalisms of the New Order«, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Awards and Grants (Selection)
2007 Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles/USA
2003 Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead/UK
2001 Cité internationale des arts, Paris
2000 Delfina Studio Trust, London
1997 »ars-viva Prize«, the Culture Prize of the Federation of German Industry (BDI), Berlin

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