Muriel Baumgartner, Ausstellungsansicht Kunsthaus Langenthal, Foto: Martina Flury Witschi
Muriel Baumgartner, Spiegelgleichung, 2013, Video
Muriel Baumgartner, Entäusserung, 2011, Video
The animation videos and installations by Bertold Stallmach (*1984, lives in Zurich and Berlin) deal with issues of social interaction such as power and powerlessness or the collective and the individual. In Bertold Stallmach's world strange things happen as a matter of course. Decisions are delegated to a mole, someone replaces his face before visiting the psychiatrist, rats attack the unfortunates as the embodiment of misery. His videos are made in laborious work processes in elaborate model architectures. For the exhibition, Stallmach has developped an extensive new group of sculptural work and video.
Time, memory and retrospection on the one hand, their decay and absence on the other hand, are recurring themes in the work of Muriel Baumgartner (* 1976, lives in Zurich). She creates subtle installative interventions with a fine sense for locations, their atmosphere and history. They often exude melancholy despite their absurd and humorous aspects. Muriel Baumgartner responds to the homely atmosphere of the Kunsthaus rooms with a series of new works. Uncanny, unpleasant elements break through the comfort and perhaps even provide a shudder.