Life is a river in a constant state of flux ‒ Curriculum (2004/2008) by Isabelle Krieg

Senkpiel, Fabiana (14 July 2021). Life is a river in a constant state of flux ‒ Curriculum (2004/2008) by Isabelle Krieg In: Water and Sea in Word and Image - online conference 12th International IAWIS/AIERTI Conference/Session: Water as Material and Medium in Contemporary Art, Chair: Carla Taban. online / Université du Luxembourg. 12th - 16th July 2021.

Contemporary swiss artist Isabelle Krieg uses often organic matter in her artistic works: foodstuff as cocoa, bread, radish―and water: In Curriculum I (2004) the entire artists household is piled up to form a streambed: The water is running over her belongings and disappearing in her bed. Likewise, Curriculum II (2008) consists of the artist’s studio equipment, with a stream running through them. Leading questions will be: which aspects of water as an artistic material and medium are being explored in this art works, how can water in connection with which linguistic elements be described here? When do the properties of water as a material and its properties as a medium come to the fore? Using the example of the intermedia-works Curriculum I and Curriculum II by Isabelle Krieg this paper aims to show in which way water―prerequisite for all organic life―as material can be linked to subject matter and interact with written and spoken/sung language and other materials to contribute to the accomplishment of the art work’s meaning.

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Bern Academy of the Arts
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute Practices and Theories in the Arts


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Fabiana Senkpiel

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27 Jul 2021 07:34

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23 Dec 2021 14:45

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