Schaller & Tschinkel at Akusmonautikum, Vienna 2020
ParaEarth is the mutual creation of Valerie Schaller and sound artist Christian Tschinkel premiered at the Akusmonautikum Vienna in February 2020.
The spectator enters into a unique installation filled with moving images and sounds of nature, the cosmos and human existence and is immediately confronted with the enormity of the universe.
It is a space in which large-scale video imagery is projected on walls, synchronizing with a soundscape emanating from 24 loudspeakers.
Schaller & Tschinkel who we are
Affected, as we all must be, by the great uncertainty and anxiety generated by humanity’s present existential situation, the visitor is offered an opportunity to escape the stress of everyday life and the worry caused by living on a distressed planet and enter into the realm of “ParaEarth”, a universe of micro- and macroscopic wonders, flora and fauna and inexplicable, timeless movement and phenomena in a stunning atmosphere of images and sounds. It opens a space into which one can immerse oneself in a world of cosmic, transcendental and surrealistic scenes and in the beauty of nature, color, shapes and sounds.
Media artist Valerie Schaller and Sound artist Christian Tschinkel create an environment which invites one to pause, opening up a parallel universe in the midst of urban hustle and bustle. Surrealistic images, inspired by natural patterns, staged movement and a monumental sound-sphere give birth to a kind of room that is at once nourishing and regenerating, thought-provoking and pause inspiring. The artists deal with a similar themes and have discovered in ParaEarth an exciting way of juxtaposing their respective mediums.
Here some insoghts into the working process of ParaEarth: videos and documentation >>
The motifs of the videos are rooted in a fundamentally elementary demonstration of physical elements found in nature. In the installation, for example, there are human stem cells as well as images of solar storms that create an arc of tension between micro and macro cosmos.
Other videos are not so easily recognizable in their visual language, but are reminiscent of phenomena such as magnetism or dream-like spheres, such as the alienated representation of a fish colony in turbid waters.
The performative intervention in these spheres brings a moment of reality, a presence in the here and now.
A man and a woman in everyday clothes move, seemingly unobserved, playfully, amazed in these universes and react to movements, both visual and acoustic.
This creates a meta-level that allows the real viewer of the installation to experience parallel realities.
The question is: what is reality? Where is the borderline between the parallel realities and the timeline of an objective truth? Where do I stand ? What is measurable physicality and where is the borderline between dream, poetry and theatricality ?
We do not want to explain anything to the visitor, prove anything or take a position. We want the visitor to have his own experience and reflections. We only offer a platform to invite him into a universe, to perceive his own thoughts and feelings.