Presented by Upgrade Chicago 


May 11th, 2010

Internationally recognized Austrian artist Kurt Hentschlager creates large-scale performances and immersive environments reflecting on the metaphor of the sublime and the human condition. Working with video, computer animation and sound since 1983, Hentschlager was also a founding member of the the duo Granular-Synthesis. Granular-Synthesis created massive events which literally overwhelmed audiences with intensely processed digital video and soundscapes, confronting viewers on both a physical and emotional level from 1992 and 2003. His current solo work further researches the nature of human perception and the accelerated impact of new technologies on both individual and collective consciousness. He has represented Austria at the 2001 Venice Biennial and has shown his work internationally for two decades including presentations, performances and exhibitions at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Staedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Creative Time, New York; The Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; National Museum for Contemporary Art, Seoul; Ars Electronica Festival, Linz; ICC Inter-Communication-Center, Tokyo, Fondation Beyeler, Basel and the Palacio de Bella Artes, Mexico City.


Upgrade! Chicago is the local Chicago-based node of the international Upgrade! network, an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. Upgrade! Chicago presents new media projects, engages in informal critique, and fosters dialogue and collaboration between individual artists. Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following year.


Filed under: performance, video