Fuck the War


© Wolfgang Herbst
Spring 2018
Vienna/Austria

Computer Animation 
in cooperation with studio 2000.

This work was made for the Typomania 2018 festival in Moscow. The motto of the festival was “East – West” and I submitted this 3D computer animation dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the year 1968 when the “Love and peace” movement reached its peak.

The year 1968 was the year of revolutions all over the world mostly driven by students fighting against the war in Vietnam. Now it’s exactly 50 years ago and there are still some wars going on. East and West are in conflict and we cannot accept that without resistance. LOVE is the only way out of hell.

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Alienation


© Wolfgang Herbst
Spring 2018
Vienna/Austria

Conceptual Art / Photography / Digital Image

In my world I notice a very distinct gap (or contrast to speak in photographic terms) between “rich” and “poor” and at the same time I perceive an ever increasing alienation, regardless of social privileges. This work consists of five photographic images. Each can be judged on its own merits but they perfectly match together to build up one whole work (or story).


Items

(1)
Golden Cavalier
Dresden/Germany
Canon 5D Mark II
22,9 x 28,4"

(2)
Balcony
Vienna/Austria
Canon 5D Mark II
4,3 x 9,2"

(3)
Shoeshiner 
NYC/USA
Canon G1X Mark II
6,0 x 9,2"

(4)
Flak Tower
Vienna/Austria
Leica Deluxe 2
6,8 x 9,2"

(5)
Don’t care
Vienna/Austria
Leica Deluxe 2
5,1 x 9,2"

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it’s all yours!


© Wolfgang Herbst
Spring 2018
Vienna/Austria

Conceptual Art / Digital Image
Chroma Lux metal print, 32 x 47"

This work is a very simple visualisation of an information overload and is inspired by the famous photograph “Pale Blue Dot”, taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe.

First of all, there is a promise: it’s all yours! On impulse most people are tempted to equate quantity and quality. In our case this is a big mistake because nowadays the most needed knowledge is very likely hidden by a bulk of useless contributions. If intended or not doesn’t matter, because the result is the same: confusion (Paul Watzlawick is a good reference to learn more about confusion by disinformation; have a look at How real is real? Confusion, disinformation, communication for example).

On the other hand the stated promise (it’s all yours!) appeals on your claim of ownership. You’re asked to find 10 tiny cyan blue points within the cloud of black dots. In addition you can read some really stupid legal text, which is just one more sarcastic repetition of the same principle: a lot of useless information is used to deter you from discover the hard truth. You’re just messed around and in the meantime, the planet you’re living on, got wasted for money.

The first image shows the artwork itself, the second image the solution of the assigned task. Due to common transfer rates on the internet, the images are in screen resolution (72 dpi) and therefore probably to small to reproduce the correct output of the original. For that very reason large digits pointing out the position of the pale blue dots.

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digidope: stoned free


© Wolfgang Herbst
Spring 2018
Vienna/Austria

Object / Installation / Digital Film / Sound

The movie claims to be a drug and plays around with the idiosyncrasies of public relations. A number of staccato like, meaningless phrases are hammered relentlessly into the brain of the keen consumer until he or she is obsessed by only one thought: “stoned free yeah”.

In the lower third of the screen — alluding to the disclaimers of medical advertisements — some sort of instruction leaflet is displayed. On the surface it informs us how to use the movie and warns you in advance of harmful secondary effects but there is also a subtext which is meant to be a subtle critique on the drug policy put forth by the Austrian government and a potshot at the ”true“ power structure of the nation (Kronen Zeitung). Provoking and mostly untrue statements fitting very well into the bulk of fake news that are dominating todays media landscape in an ever increasing way.

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Can’t get rid of it


© Wolfgang Herbst
Summer 2017
Vienna/Austria

Computer Animation 
in cooperation with studio 2000.

A moving helix changing color over time in some kind of SIXTIES-design. I’m born in the sixties, so this decade is the most influencing period in my live. I will never get rid of it and I’m very happy to have such memories.

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I Needed A Save Place


© Wolfgang Herbst
Summer 2017
Vienna/Austria

Object / Installation
Gallery SUR, Vienna/Austria, 2017

The idea for this work came up, when Donald Trump (the current president of the United States) annunciated, that he wanted to build a fence between the US and Mexico. Here in Europe we have a very similar discussion as a result of a refugee crisis. The pretended goal — of course! — is always an increase of security. But who’s the real beneficial occupant?

Didn’t we hear in the past, that freedom is a reason to fight wars? The economy has to operate in global dimensions without limits, but average people have to live in well defined boundaries? Doesn’t become our security a cage more and more? Aren’t we observed nearly completely? Who is frightening us and what are the reasons? These are some questions I’d like to raise.

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growth and acceleration


© Wolfgang Herbst
Spring 2017
Vienna/Austria

Experimental Short Film
in cooperation with studio 2000.

The perfect shape of the cycle has two important qualities: its strong dependence of a centre and the infinity of its outline. Therefore it isn’t any wonder that this shape is widely used in religious and philosophical contexts. And of course a lot of architectural and mathematical problems couldn’t be solved without the magic that happens when a divine circle is drawn on a spread of paper. Pythagoras knew that as well as Leonardo and even the economy got an idea of circles when Kondratjew came up with his theory.

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A Heart Is All You Need


© Wolfgang Herbst
Spring 2017
Vienna/Austria

Digital Image
3320 x 2603 px, PNG for WEB, 24 bit, sRGB, 2,9 MB

The photographic collage became part of a Twitter based artistic intervention by Céline Manz/studio 47 (NL). On occasion of the first 100 days of Donald Trumps’presidency she twittered critical artworks to POTUS, the official Twitter-account of Donald Trump.

The lights shown on the photos are erratically arranged by random. They are diverse by form and color and they are blurred like the big picture we basically get of all foreign and unknown things. The artwork can give us an idea of the dynamics and unpredictability of developments all over the world. The centre is formed by some red hearts, as a symbol for good will, which is the precondition to give tendencies a positive direction. The title is a reference to the famous Beatles song “All You Need Is Love”. 

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Ceci n‘est pas un cul


© Wolfgang Herbst
Autumn 2007
Wilhelmsburg/Austria

Conceptual Art / Media Art

The goal of the work is to get in contact with people all over the world by asking them for a translation of it’s title. It is furthermore a reference to the famous artist René Magritte (one of my favorite painters) and his genius artwork: "Ceci n'est pas une pomme" (This is not an apple)

Learn more about René Magritte at artsy.net


OPEN CALL:

If you like my modestly contribution, send me a translation in your language, please! Your translation will be postet here on this site.

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