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die fragmentierte Stadt - part 1

Staatenbildung und Heldenmythos



03. Nov. 2009          


> kinematic mysterium <


Erik Alalooga (Estonia)

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Installation performance by:
Erik Alalooga (Estonia)
and Mai Sööt (Estonia)

Erik Alaloogas approach is to establish a sculpture of enacted objects and social structure built up by the audience in their actions and decisions to visualize the trigger-situations set by Alalooga and Sööt.

The project visualizes the mechanisms and systems reglemented and controlled through cipertexts and creats a sculpture out of the act of decoding.

 >kinematic mysterium< is working with a transdisciplinary approach to sculpture as a imaginary object raised and realized by a number of people in co-operation with the artists concidering the action of creation as the only way of perception.

Thomas J. Jelinek
continuing with:
openLAB :: open end
Sound ambience:

networking: Simon Häfele (

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Erik Alalooga

is an artist and since 2006, an instructor of interdisciplinary art at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In Estonia he has a reputation for making kinetic sculpture characterized as macho, aggressive and dangerous ...

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LABfactory enacts the start of the project underground city 21 - from the very beginning with >kinematic mysterium<
The real start was different ... but what does real mean ...
as reality is a virtual construction of our minds.
A project not just taking up the topics of underground societies and social structures, but also practically establishing a platform
under the surface of current mainstream society.
The platform is actually a fractal were the artistic and discursive particular projects are mirroring the over-all-project as total by,
still independent and self-consistent, being a part of it.
Every physical space enacting and producing an artwork or other action in these terms becomes a (temporary) gate to UC21 - underground city 21.
The artists becoming citizens by acting in the frame of UC21.
The first honorary citizens of UC21 entering the world of silence with their ideas, skills and action, entering through the gate of LABfactory are:
Erik Alalooga and Mai Sööt (Tallinn / Estonia)

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this project is realized with the support of:

Estonian Cultural Endowment

Foreign Ministry of Estonian Republic

Centre for Contemporary Arts , Estonia

Municipal Department for Culture

of the City of Vienna

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>Kinematic Mysterium< is part of >underground city 21> programme which has been funded with support from the European Commission.

This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

>Kinematic Mysterium<


Since 2005 i have been working with simpliest form of interaction between object and subject – dilaogue.
During last year i have started to research more complicated form of communication, which can be called trialogue.
Trialogue is not situation where just three persons are having conversation, because in this kind of situation the schema
of communication is still dialogue, which consists of subject who is speaking and object (might include more than one person)
who is listening. In trialogue communication between object and subect in not possible without „help“ of third member (medium),
who is not participating in communication itself.
In July 2009 i continued with this topic and in big performance „Kinematic mysterium“.
It needed at least 8 persons to interact with the system at the same time to vitalize it.
But there is one more important moment - instructions. Usually in exhibitions we can see texts
in white A4 on the wall next to interactive artpieces which describe very precisely how spectator
must act to launch the object. For me it seemed too banal and therefore i added schemas and ciphertexts
which had to be resolved to get information HOW to interact with system.
In Vienna i would like to continue with my „human experiments“ in the same direction:
need of temporary cooperation between spectators to interact and launch kinematic system according to solvation of ciphertexts.

Erik Alalooga

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The LABopening is coordinated with the opening of the exhibition of:

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in the framwork of:

>Der Rote Teppich für junge Kunst I/II< :

organized by Manuel Gras and Karl Kilian

Bildungszentrum der SP Wien am Praterstern / Wien 2., Praterstraße 25 

Tue. 3. Nov. 2009, at 07pm before the LABopening

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Undeground city 21 is a European co-operation project with
L.A.E. Labin Art Express XXI (CRO), L.I.B.A.T. (F)
Prague College (CZ) and (A)
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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