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A READER - A Visual Archive

Stefanie Seibold

projet pour la couverture du n°22 d’horsd’oeuvre

At first sight A READER is a collection of disparate materials, including photos, newspaper articles, drawings, posters, literary quotes, pop lyrics, propaganda slogans, manifestos, Seibold’s own materials and samples, group projects, collectives, individuals and more.
The elements of A READER are combined through several underlying themes and principles, with a particular focus on their gestural and performative values, as well as their utopian potentials. The very way in which A READER is constructed activates its performative energies. The pin-board becomes a poster made of images, which can be read like an image-atlas – a visual archive which not only stores and collects, but which also activates its elements and connects them, thus generating meaning and representing in itself the ideas of the performative : the posters make visible the processes of arrangement and structuring, almost parallel to the content-transfers between signs and gestures, in this case, the markings of sex and gender.

Stefanie Seibold is an artist working with performances, installations and video art. She was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht and has also been curating several performance-related shows and spaces in Vienna, and has been teaching performance and drawing at the Art Academie in Linz since 1999. She has shown her work at Ellen de Bruijne Projects/Dolores, Amsterdam, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna as well as in shows at the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, De Appel, Amsterdam and Salzburger Kunstverein.