[ISEA2011] Paper: Elisabeth Maria Eitelberger & Bello Benischauer – ART IN PROCESS: cross-border and beyond


This artist presentation involves a case study about ART IN PROCESS (Austria/ Australia), a partnership based in Fremantle, Australia. Our work is a critical engagement with a number of issues specific to cross-cultures, consumer culture and behaviour. We work together on the intersection of installation, video, new media, performance and live art.

The presentation will address the growing inter-human and artistic communication through interdisciplinarity and our work throughout the past decade.

We currently work on a monograph (spanning the past ten years of work), which will be part of the presentation.

The presentation will further give some deeper insight into current projects by ART IN PROCESS based on discussing, how the use of New Technologies led to the creation of new work and could enhance our artistic profile in reaching out for another and wider audience. (These projects are addressed in the Proposal for Artwork Presentation).

Another objective of the presentation is how New Technologies and Interdisciplinarity can increase the transportation of artistic message today and lead to transformed, extended and even enhanced work-conglomerations between artists from various disciplines and a wide international audience. This opens up for completely new forms of expression, extended varieties of working on participatory projects, linking artists from around the world. Over the years we have started to grow cyber-work relations with individual artists and institutions around the world that result today in various projects and still grow and develop further.

New Technologies enable us to look across borders, to increase the awareness of the various traditions, languages, cultures and individual people that live in this world. It has become one of the main tools of our artistic work to communicate cross-cultural issues.

All our digital work is distributed by CAM (www.?artfilms.?com.?au), one of the leading suppliers of films and books for Arts Education worldwide.

  • Elisabeth Maria Eitelberger (Australia/Austria) is a co-founder of ART IN PROCESS with artist Bello Benischauer, an independent entity since 2000. Together they create work that is experimental, involves interactions with the public and functions within non-traditional spaces. Elisabeth’s part involves performance acts, voice works and writing short abstract plays, as well as independent research on theoretical questions concerning ART IN PROCESS practice and context. Workshops, lectures, social/school projects and conference presentations accompany their artistic work. Elisabeth is currently writing an artistic monograph called cross-border and beyond: bello benischauer and ART IN PROCESS until 2011. She received her Master of Arts (in Philosophy, Theatre and Art History) from the University of Vienna, followed by various employments at Austrian Cultural Institutions (OK Center for Contemporary Art Upper Austria, States Theatre Linz, and Wochenklausur/ Interventions through Art).  artinprocess.com
  • Bello Benischauer is an artist (Australia/Austria), working across installation, video and performance art. Spending ten years in various places like South and Central America, Pakistan, Iran, Nepal, South and East Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, India and Europe, results today in a deep connection to world cultures and the varied socio-cultural milieus. Developing his practice through artistic partnerships around the world, he found his own language – presented through numerous installations and projects that aim for a critical social engagement on different levels with his audience. In 2000, he co-founded the artistic partnership ART IN PROCESS together with elisabeth m eitelberger and has been working independently under this partnership since. All his digital work on DVDs and Blu-Ray Disc is distributed by CAM Contemporary Arts Media (Melbourne),  one of the leading consultants and suppliers of films and books for Arts Education. Bello has been touring a solo-exhibition in Australia from 2008 to 2011 called IMPACT & FUSION. Other projects in the past two years included AIRs in Ghana, Portugal, Austria and more recently at Artspace in Sydney. He developed a Commissioned Work for the LIA Lab Inter Arts – Mozarteum University Salzburg in 2010.

Supported by: ART IN PROCESS and Janet Holmes à Court Artists’ Grant

Full text (PDF)  p. 762-767