[ISEA2011] Paper: Karin Mihatsch, Roswitha Schuller & Markus Hanakam – HYPERIMAGE reloaded: The expansion of the photographic image in virtual spaces


The proposed lecture “HYPERIMAGE reloaded. The expansion of the photographic image in virtual spaces” is based on the ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration between the artistic practice (by Hanakam & Schuller; artists, Vienna/Austria) and the art/cultural sciences (by Karin Mihatsch; researcher, Paris/France). “HYPERIMAGE reloaded” will broaden and deepen some of the issues raised during the interworking for the online-work “Palaces & Courts”. “Palaces & Courts”, by Hanakam & Schuller questions the structures on the Internet. The work – based on the imagination of photography – was created within the ongoing discourse with the researcher Mihatsch. Thereupon she has written the essay “Photographic Representations of Imaginary and Its Beholders in the Light of Web 2.0.” to refer “Palaces & Courts” to a theoretical background.

In this context, some of these issues were critically examined on the occasion of a panel discussion named “HYPERIMAGE. The expansion of the photographic image in virtual spaces” (Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna/Austria, 2010). “HYPERIMAGE reloaded” will broaden and deepen the raised themes by focusing on the references to “Palaces & Courts”.

By his concept of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners Lee paved the way to a wide distribution of images on the Internet starting in 1990. Images on the Internet follow other regularities than the printed images and are committed to the process: links between images may be set by respecting a network or structure called “Hyperimage”. According to this structure, any image can be integrated in any network or sequence. These sequences may be narrative or not, transparent or not. As mentionned, images on the Internet have a processual character contrary to printed images; but they can loose this characteristic by being transferred to another medium.

By referring to the idea of ”Hyperimage” to the work “Palaces & Courts”, Mihatsch and Hanakam & Schuller evoke the following sections in the lecture ”HYPERIMAGE reloaded”:

  1. from exhibition structures and guiding systems to image structuring in networks
  2. narrative aspects, associations and role of the beholder in hierarchical and net-like structures
  3. photography in the light of the transformation of its materiality in depictions of exhibitions, printed and online exhibition catalogues.

The lecture by Mihatsch and Hanakam & Schuller will not only deal with theoretical practice but also with artistic practice.

  • Karin Mihatsch was born in 1980 in Graz, Austria. She studied Philosophy and Psychology at University of Vienna (2000-2005) and got her master 2005 in Art Education from the University of Applied Arts Vienna  (AT), where she is Ph.D. candidate at the department for Cultural and Intellectual History (2009/10-ongoing). Mihatsch worked at the artistic direction department of documenta 12 in Kassel (DE) from 2005-2007, and is now freelance head of international artistic projects and works in publishing and research. Karin Mihatsch writes texts for international catalogues and magazines. Her researches focus on the interaction between exhibition space, artwork and beholder.Karin Mihatsch lives and works in Paris (FR) and Vienna (AT).
  • Roswitha Schuller was born in 1984 in Friesach, Austria. She got her master degrees in Art and Design Education (2007) and Sculpture and Multimedia (2009) from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (AT), where she is Ph.D candidate at the department for Art Sociology (2008-ongoing). Since 2004 collaborative work as duo ‘Hanakam & Schuller’ [see below]
  • Markus Hanakam was born 1979 in Essen, Germany. After 2 years of Art and Design studies at University Essen (DE), 2000-2002, he earned his master degrees in Art and Design Education (2006) and Sculpture and Multimedia (2009) from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (AT). Since 2004 Freelance work as assistant director, cutter, and in the field of compositing and interactive computer design. Since 2004 collaborative work as duo ‘Hanakam & Schuller’, solo shows and curatorial work in Austria, group shows in Europe, Russia, US and Japan. Markus Hanakam and Roswitha Schuller’s works are focussed on aspects of popular culture like film, graphic design and lyrics, which they transform to unique character designs and stories. They mainly work with video, interactive computer applications and drawing. For their work they gained several Austrian and International Grants such as the MAK Schindler Fellowship in Los Angele as well as an Artist in Residency at the Citè International des Art, Paris. In 2011 they will be featured at the 4th Moscow International Biennale for Contemporary Art.
  • hanakam-schuller.com   palacesandcourts.com

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