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Stained and Storied

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Michael Hirschbichler


February 23rd - March 26th 2024

The work “Stained and Storied” engages with the material and narrative dimensions of extractive landscapes. It results from a postdoctoral research project conducted by Michael Hirschbichler at TU Delft (Borders & Territories group), Goldsmiths, University of London (Department of Anthropology), and Aarhus University (Centre for Environmental Humanities). Combining art, architecture and anthropology, Michael Hirschbichler sought an understanding of territories of resource extraction as mythological landscapes. Activating the landscape itself as a research collaborator and involving it in experimental forms of site-based drawing, painting, photography, film, printing and mapping, a multifaceted visual and sensual understanding of these critical sites was constructed.

The research was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Michael Hirschbichler works across the disciplines of art, architecture and anthropology. He is the director of Atelier Hirschbichler and a researcher at TU Delft. His work focuses on mythical constructions in the Anthropocene/Kaiaimunucene, with a particular emphasis on the interrelationship between their material and immaterial aspects (narratives, memories, ideologies, beliefs), between facts and cultural fictions. Michael Hirschbichler studied at ETH Zurich and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and completed his doctoral dissertation at Berlin University of the Arts. He was a lecturer at ETH Zurich, visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and director of the Architecture Program at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology. Moreover, he was an artist-in-residence at the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome, YARAT Contemporary Art Space in Baku, the Cité internationale des arts in Paris, Binz39 Foundation in Zurich, Villa Kamogawa (Goethe Institut) in Kyoto and SACO (Goethe Institut and Institut Français) in Antofagasta. His work has been shown, among others, at Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin), artQ13 (Rome), Kunstverein Ingolstadt, House of Architecture HDA (Graz), Helmhaus (Zurich), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg and Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam).

Stained and Storied
Stained and Storied
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