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THERE IS NO THERE THERE

con­crete sculp­tures, photographs
2013

The work »there is no there there« presents an inven­to­ry of typ­i­cal archi­tec­tural frag­ments tak­en from exist­ing sit­u­a­tions in urban agglom­er­a­tions. The­se omnipresent frag­ments of ordi­nar­i­ness and insignif­i­cance are cap­tured through the media of pho­tog­ra­phy, of archi­tec­tural mod­el scultp­tures and of mod­el pho­tog­ra­phy. The stan­dard­ized ele­ments of sub­ur­ban archi­tec­ture exist some­where between euphoric mod­ernist visions and dis­pas­sion­ate func­tion­al­i­ty, between hope and weari­ness. The­se ordi­nary frag­ments, which are at the same time exchange­able and uni­ver­sal – like an exte­ri­or stair­case, the front of a sin­gle-fam­i­ly house, a garage fore­court, an entrance, the façade of an office build­ing etc. – become the focus of atten­tion. As mod­els of every­day banal­i­ty they turn into instru­ments of inves­ti­ga­tion of basic prin­ci­ples, prob­lems and qual­i­ties of our built envi­ron­ment. Pre­sent­ed in such a way the banal gains sig­nif­i­cance, los­es its osten­si­ble implic­it­ness, and reveals an ambi­gu­i­ty that is hid­den behind its famil­iar­i­ty.

 

Michael Hirschbichler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbich­ler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbichler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbich­ler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbichler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbich­ler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbichler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbich­ler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbichler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbich­ler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbichler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbich­ler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbichler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbich­ler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbichler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

Michael Hirschbich­ler, THERE IS NO THERE THERE, 2013

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