July 1, 2021
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in conversation with Olga Neuwirth
Dominique Gonzales-Foerster is a French installation, video, and conceptual artist. She made her debut in the 1990s with a series of “Chambres” and site-specific interventions and soon expanded her spectrum of media with a number of short films. Her sprawling installations scrutinize distinctive aspects of the respective venue and its history, weaving in literary references. For the Vienna State Opera’s 2015–2016 season, she conceived the large-format picture Helen & Gordon for the safety curtain.
For her exhibition VOLCANIC EXCURSION (A VISION) in the Secession’s main gallery, the artist has created a pictorial collage. 79 feet long and 16 feet tall, it convenes role models from the past and present, colleagues who share her ideas and friends for a fictional gathering and counters the fissures that have come to mar the social fabric with a tableau exuding strength and confidence, optimism and courage.
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster was born in Strasbourg in 1965 and lives and works in Paris.
Olga Neuwirth is an internationally acclaimed Austrian composer. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and rose to international renown in 1991, when two of her mini-operas based on texts by Elfriede Jelinek, who later won the Nobel Prize, were performed as part of the Vienna Festival.
Neuwirth’s works explore a wide range of forms and genres: opera, audio drama, sound installation, work of art, photograph, and film score, often combining live music with electronics and video to produce audiovisual experiences. She was the first woman in the 150-year history of the Vienna State Opera to be commissioned to write a grand opera for the company: ‘Orlando,’ after Virginia Woolf.
Olga Neuwirth was born in Graz in 1968 and lives and works in Vienna and Berlin.
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An event by the Friends of the Secession.