Monika Oeschler, IBSEN at Schauspiel Stage #3, 2008
Title: IBSEN at Schauspiel Stage #3
Medium: Photograph mounted on aluminium
Size 57 x 38cm
The main concerns of Monika Oeschler’s video work lie with social role-play, social behaviour and interactive group dynamics. Oeschler uses specific contexts and locations to create improvised situations, which go beyond the perception of a given reality and involve the viewer on a subjective level through the physical experience of the actual installation.
The new video installation ‘Schauspiel’, or drama, concerns itself with thoughts on the ‘magic’ or ‘empty space’ of the theatre. The installation positions the viewer in the centre of the production process which takes place prior to the actual performance of the a play. Thus, the absence of familiar dramatic content draws attention to the ‘space of performance’ and to the processes involved in the staging of the experience of affect.
‘Solar Plexus’, a new sound installation creates an audio-spatial experience of parallel fictional realities as played out in the minds of several voice protagonists. This work extends her interest in the staging of the ‘affect of reality’ and narrative content beyond visual representation.
Monika Oeschler was born in Munich, Germany, studied at Goldsmiths in 1996 and lives and works in London. She has recently exhibited at Tate Liverpool, the Finnish Museum of Photography, and Ormeau Bath Gallery, Belfast and will be premiering a new commission at Site 18 October - 22 November.