Kerstin Ergenzinger (DE) Stuide zur Sehnzucht (Zagreb)

site-specific installation/sculpture series, since 2007 in collaboration with Thom Laepple, 2017

Developed in collaboration with Thom Laepple, Studie zur Sehnsucht (Studies on Longing/Seeing) is a sculptural ensemble, with a reactive system connected to a geophone and a seismograph, which sense the location’s seismic activity.

These data are recorded in real time and translated into an information source determining and producing simulations of associated movements on the installation, for ongoing change. Consequently, real data on the vibrations captured from space are made visible through the movements of the sculptures, which resemble mountains. The sensors that capture the seismic micro-impulses in the exhibition hall and surroundings, including the ambient noise of the Earth, transmit the data to the computer system that connects them to pre-programmed movements. The system can sense even the finest shifts, including the vibration of the floor caused by visitors’ weight and movements within the area.

The concept of longing, which the artist alludes to explicitly in the title of her work, is tied in with the human perception of nature and landscape as stable and unchangeable elements. Such a nostalgic idea of the relationship between the human being and nature arises from a longing for stability. Through movement and continuous change in her work, Kerstin Ergenzinger addresses the topic of variability, of the merely apparent stability of the world we live in.

These kinetic sculptures, composed of elements that the artist calls “longing-machines”, may be regarded as pseudo-scientific simulations of the landscape. Its shapes and the inherent proportions arising from the mechanics are the result of extended graphic research into mountainsides conducted by Kerstin Ergenzinger during long hiking tours, and of a subsequent analysis of the natural proportions noted in drawings and their formal and aesthetic translation into the installation.

Kerstin Ergenzinger (DE)

Kerstin Ergenzinger is an artist working across the fields of sculpture, sound, kinetics, light and drawing. She finds and repurposes experimental and time-based media/materiality together with so-called traditional media/materiality towards farther thinking investigations. Essential part of her practice is cross-disciplinary exchange and she is frequently involved in collaborative research projects. She co-founded the research project Acts of Orientation that addresses the need for alternative means of orientation. One result is the collection of academic and artistic contributions Navigating Noise in the Buchhandlung Walther König bookstore in Berlin. Parallel to her research Rhythmic Textures at the BAS of UdK (Berlin University of the Arts), she worked with the quantum-optical research project nuClock, where they engaged in a dialog around the materiality of time, noise and precision. In 2019 she co-founded the Sono-Choreographic-Collective, a transdisciplinary art and research collective that develops and explores new somatic and musical research instruments together with ways of playing and interdisciplinary choreography.