A show-kaes night
Fri, November 25 2022, 17:00 — 20:00 ///
former Wirtshaus zur Schießhalle, Waldeggstraße 116, Linz ///
In the show-kaes El Queso, qujOchÖ and friends research the true nature of the “Cacio e Pepe”, through an artistic exploration of the pale-yellow-to-intensely-coloured-mirabellic substance.
A series of Käs-studies, double-blind experiments and radical research processes on the essence of the Käsessenz will be the main course of the evening.
qujOchÖ, Avril Corroon, Stefan Brandmayr, Alice Strete, Ivo Cerwenka, Julia Nüßlein, Davide Bevilacqua, Eva Maria Dreisiebner
For millions of years, man thought the moon was made of cheese. In 1969, we went there and discovered it was made of rock. We haven’t been back since.
The facets of cheese are as diverse as its variety; they combine culture with science, economics with chemistry, craftsmanship with politics. In a good cheese, every hole, no matter how small, is filled with stories and History. From soft to hard, young to old, mild to spicy – there is a cheese for every occasion.
Cheese is a mysterious matter that solves any polarization. In its creation process, the denaturation of a colloidal fat-water emulsion — better known as milk – frees up the radical tension between its two unmixable components. An alchemic processes finds a new delicate balance. The result is a solid substance that carry its magic properties way beyond its production technique, moulding over various areas of human activity, from art to philosophy.
Already in the time of classical philosophy, Epicurus found out that a single piece of cheese has the property of filling a person more than a whole meal. The obvious question is: which cheese was it? Perhaps the Camembert known for distorting the space-time continuum, the same that initiated Dalì’s “Persistence of Memory”…? Aristoteles had a more fundamental intuition on the aetheric substance of the lunar body, probably only failing to recognising its root withing the lactose matters.
As cheese seems to be fundamentally molten in the essence of everything, only another metaphisically rich substance can keep the pace and serve the quest of the Queso. Recalling the words of the theorist Dino Formaggio – “Art is everything that humans call Art” – it seems that, once again, only Art can save human from complete meltdown.
Stefan Brandmayr selects and put together, he disassembles and organizes, he forms and performs. His approach is always process-oriented. His artistic starting point is never a concept but haptic work combined with research. Brandmayr often deals with pictures of masculinity and connects an analysis of gender roles with basic parameters of contemporary art production. (Gudrin Ratzinger)
Alice Strete (1991) is a Romanian media artist/researcher based in Rotterdam. She is a member of Varia and a board member of BioBulkBende food co-operative.
Avril Corroon is an Irish visual artist based in London. She works with moving image, performance, and sculpture to examine precarious living, inequity and how architecture manifests governance. She has made cheese from toxic black mould in housing, has turned a gallery into a car dealership and covertly filmed labour conditions in her hospitality job. Currently she is working on ‘Got Damp’ a research and development project with TACO Gallery in Thamesmead, exploring qualities of damp housing as both harmful and lively material.
Julia Nüßlein is an artist, researcher and organiser who works on the intersection of art, science and society. Currently finishing her MA Interface Culture in Linz (AT), she is also a producer for Amsterdam-based media art festivals Sonic Acts and FIBER Festival.
During her BA degree in New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University (NL), she started to research the possibilities of art to bring forward social change. Building upon that research, she now examines speculative design objects as catalysers of new climate imaginaries. This is also the focus of her master project and thesis.
Davide is a media artist and curator interested in network infrastructures and technological activism, as well as experimental presentation formats for artistic work and research. His current research deals with the environmental and social impact of internet technologies and platforms, looking critically at digital greenwashing and seeking escape routes from platform capitalism.
Eva Maria Dreisiebner
Eva Maria, MA, born 1987, studied Timebased Media at University of Art and Design, Linz. She works as animation designer and media artist and engages in cultural events. She is a member of the art collective qujOchÖ, was involved in the development phase of the first edition of Linz International Short Film Festival and hosted two local Kinokabarets (“Kinophilia”). She has lived in Berlin and Porto gaining experience in Animation Design and Multimedia Art, then worked as a freelancer and as assistant director. She loves to experiment in varying disciplines of art. Eva Maria Dreisiebner lives and works in Linz, Austria.
qujOchÖ operates at the interfaces of art, science and society.
qujOchÖ is diverse, heterogeneous, untaggable and completely undisciplined.
qujOchÖ works with all and nothing, shows, builds, installs, intervenes, discusses, connects, rants and raves.
qujOchÖ makes everything out of conviction and love.
qujOchÖ (* 2001 in Linz, Austria)