"Flower's walk" is a continuation of Natalia Gurova and Sabine Fessler project about internal landscape. We were hunting for indoor plants in 15th district of Vienna to sketch them and ask people couple of questions about their plant: what is the name of it, how old is it, how did you get it, what is the story behind it? We collected stories, sketches, plants and connections. During the presentation of the project we talked about the whole history of bringing plants from outside to inside, about plants cultivation, ability to cheer people up and became our companions, about plants breeding. Can you imagine that an orchid on your table has nothing to do with real orchid was found by our ancestors in the New World? It was adventurous enough to explore the small part of the city this way and to search for rare species as people did many years ago.
You can follow the journey in the Viennese cafe palme13, Wien, 1150, Schwendermarkt 13.
We are surrounded by dirt. Sometimes it is visible, sometimes not. Sometimes we prefer do not notice it, sometimes we are seeking for it. One day we can be disturbed by dirt, another day we can even enjoy it. There are many levels and layers of feeling dirt and analyzing it. The work «PoemDirt» was inspired by the research and thought how we can define dirt as a medium in different planes. Several objects in the exhibition room speak to each other and help the dirt to become visible. Each object is a visual metaphor, which came from association game chosen by the artist to make thinking and creative process more visible. At the same time exhibition space resembles a room.
Exhibition took place in the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Landscape art department, 25 - 26 of June, 2015.
Praterstern, Kaiser-Wiese, Wednesday, 8 pm, tired and relaxed people are strolling down, sometimes with a beer, sometimes without. Natalia is holding a long blue rope, 70 meters, roping herself, roping her friend, they slowly move to the trees on the meadow. They rope trees, tightly pulling the belt, so it forms sharp angles, rectangulars, triangles and other geometrical figures between human body, trees and other street objects. She suddenly stuck with one huge tree. Basically, she tried to wrap this giant but the angle was not sharp enough as well as the rope was quiet relaxed.
Brauchst du hilfe? – asked her a black man
Ja, Ich brauche dieser Baum mit dem Leine drehen, - She said.
Then the man easily wrapped a tree and asked her couple of questions what
She is doing, actually, most frequently asked question that evening. Firstly, the guy thought that it was just training before climbing. Then he asked why people in Vienna are still racists, and disappeared.
During the performance they tried to make as many combinations as possible. One of participants even tried to block the pedestrian line with the rope, but he met beetle-browed glance from Imbiss owner. A couple, a father and a son, thought that it was a game and asked to take part. When Natalia roped the trees, they unwound them, and finally all in all was a zero. But started all over again.
It can be interpreted as an environment intervention, new countries, new cultures which delve one into another as well as complicated relationships between human being and it’s surrounding.
Performance took place 10th of June 2015, near Praterstern, Fluc.
Photos by Claudio Farkasch
We will walk with a trolley through the district and ring at peoples doors to ask for plants which people keep in their flats. The plants might be special to them or in need of special care. We
interview the owners about the species, address, location, special needs and history of it. We ask to borrow the indoor plant for two hours for our artistic research and tell them that we are
going to bring it back. Then we install the plant on our trolley and go for a walk through the district. Outside, it can get fresh air and sun. In our marketbooth we make sketches of the plant.
Together with the information that we got, we create a documentation that shows the inhabitants of the Grätzel, through their little natural habitats in their interiors. (Natalia Gurova &
Sabine Fessler, 6.06 - 13.06.2015)
Hide and Seek
This project lasted more than two months, but could last as long as you wish. Only you decide when to press the button and to stop the experiment. When you notice that somebody is keeping an eye on you every day, when you open the curtains, what will you do? I decided to intervene my “interventor”, to keep an eye on him on a daily basis and make photos. What kind of borders we have across? What are neighbors’ relations? Does privacy exist or it is just a fiction? Do we still have fantasies and fears?
I made a presentation, which was based on interaction between the viewer and fictional window. You could manipulate with wireless mouse and open a curtain on the window with photos or close it.
Simplicity of growing or a place with an endless space
We differently perceive a space around us, a place where we are now, or which we left a second ago. It is obvious, that a spatial aptitude changes from year to year and from childhood to adolescence and growing up. Firstly, we have a different perception to our own borders; we don’t indicate them too much. For a child a world is an endless, so as a small yard near fathers house can became a big world full of revelations and adventurous, to the same degree this yard in next 10 years will be a small and limited space. But more we grow, more we need to have and indicated borders. Not only physical, but also mental, psychological. In a short stop-motion video I tried to simulate a situation.
2014 Salt sculpture is an attempt to transform previous work "Simplicity of growing", from video to sculpture. It is also consisted from small salt bricks but grows in unpredictable way. I tried to play with the form putting it to different landscapes, watching if this type of construction can exist and how it can exist.
Created cardboard sculpture from 3 blocks, which can be modified by moving, every side of sculpure had a picture
2013 Landscape from above, felt, glue
2013 Landscape from above, ink, pastels
A portrait for breakfast, interviews
Made a several interviews with teenagers for Jasper Groen photo
project, which is called «A portrait for breakfast in Amsterdam». Every
day Jasper searched for one teenager on the street and asked about interests, dreams and made a portrait. Short version of interviews and photos was printed as a newspaper