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Patrick Topitschnig

After finishing his studies in Commercial Information Technology he studied Intermedia Art and Narrative Film in Vienna and Berlin under the likes of Bernhard Leitner, Erwin Wurm, Constanze Ruhm and Thomas Arslan. For his diploma in 2012 he produced the experimental video “Right to Hospitality”. He received several awards, such as the Fred Adelmueller Grant and the Ursula Blickle Preis for his video "Concision of the Whole" (2007) ("Zerschneidung des Ganzen"). In 2013 he was granted the STARTstipendium for video and media art (Austrian Federal Ministry for Culture and Arts).



Carousel / KRIPPE / Mark&Garry / Concision of the whole / Scream


Video, 5:45min, 2016

“Through precisely composed filmic tableaux and minimal movements, the work Carusel encapsulates the image of an underground, post-apocalyptic playground, while elsewhere various doomsday scenarios take their course. It portrays the Zeitgeist-phenomenon celebrated by pop culture in graphic novels, computer games and television series in all of its pessimistic bliss. Carusel triggers chains of associations between mythical traditions and the fear of darkness, underground and uncertainty. In an elevator ride in one of the scenes towards the end of the film, we eavesdrop on the conversation of a family, suggesting that the world is still standing. Carusel was shot in the damp caverns of a former Romanian salt mine, “Salina Turda”, which was reused as a bomb shelter during World War II and then refurbished as an underground amusement park. Though equipped with a carousel, ping-pong tables, a children’s playground and rowboats, the site with its massive threatening/imposing steel structures and surreal neon-objects still radiates a gloomy atmosphere and ambience of fear. It seems that the mythical echoes of the past still resonate in this space, and absurdly merge with the eerie and bizarre theme park.” Marlies Wirth

Video, 6:15min, 2012

The breath is the greediest part of the body.“ Crib shows parts of stuffed animals, which are „dissected“ by the camera. The repertoire of forms includes nails, claws, hair, feathers, etc. of the animals. By the exchange between sharpness and blur the recipient apprehends only the fragmented „material“. However, they are not being represented as a whole. Only through the filmic montage they are brought together as one. 


“The work Concision of the whole (2008) by Patrick Topitschnig refers to a concept of the Viennese artist Konrad Bayer, who, through poetical Dadaist expression, strove to challenge his audience’s perception of events and happenings in the “Art Club” and the “Wiener Gruppe”.

A character created by Bayer at one point claimed that time is the fragmentation of the whole by means of the senses. Topitschnig himself transports temporal and spatial divergence via sound and by assembling individual images over subtle movements, such as the flight of a bird or the gentle rolling and swaying of grasses and trees in the wind.

Video, 2:10, 2015

Scream is an ironic homage to Samuel Beckett‘s Breath (1969).


Courtesy of the Artist
Image Credits: Patrick Topitschnig, Carousel, Video, 2016