Olivia Erlanger “Appliance” at Kunstverein Gartenhaus, Vienna

Olivia Erlanger “Appliance” at Kunstverein Gartenhaus, Vienna

Written by the artist and executed on the opening night, the participate in Humour in the H2o Coolant is the story of a lady haunted by the appliances in her new dwelling. Working with the play as its starting position, the installation lingers amongst domestic suburban interior and theatre established. The play’s title references the aqueous humour of the eye and mechanical fluids uncovered in engines, revising the metaphor of a overall body as architecture to entire body as equipment. Inferring different attitudes, class and aspirations by object placement and interior firm, the installation unfolds as an archive, a reading through room and a house for action. Erlanger provides an atmosphere encouraged by Norman Klein’s concept of “scripted space” and educated by historical exhibitions these kinds of as MoMA’s “Houses of the Future” (1932) and “Good Design” (1950). Below, the gallery turns into a fractured, transparent household presenting a psychic isometric view. The structure and operate of distinct rooms of the household are outlined by their appliances somewhat than perimeter walls.

Set all through a séance to rid the property of its haunted aura, the participate in explores the pan-psychic prospective of domestic objects. The appliances, now able to converse, convey their psychological life, rife with dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and ultimately a wish to join and appreciate. The psychological consequences of their declining utilization and features antagonizes the plan of technological advancement as a good advancement, reframing it as a usually means of escape. What does ageing mean for these objects “born” on the assembly line, whose areas are simply replaced or whose obsolescence is by now planned?

at Kunstverein Gartenhaus, Vienna
until finally October 29, 2022