Friday, September 28, 2012

Illustrations for DATUM magazine

October 2012 issue
www.datum.at
(c) Karo Szmit

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sunrise/ sunset + Hetken tie on kevyt (cover)


Installation; video projection (DVD, 1 min loop), sound (DVD, 3:33 min), headphones
Karo Szmit 2012

I developed these works during an 2 month artist residency in Tampere, Finland, themed „The city as a source of creativity“.

The video loop Sunrise/ sunset is composed of a sequence of pictures which simulate a sunrise and a sunset. The pictures are recordings of the design on public busses in Tampere. I noticed slight differences in the depiction of a sea view – changing positions of the sun, clouds and birds – depending on different bus types.

For the accompanying sound installation Hetken tie on kevyt (cover) (”For a moment the road is light”) I recorded myself singing an a-capella version of a Finnish pop song which was on heavy airplay during my stay in Tampere. I met the challenge to interpret the slow and solemn song as well as I could, since I am fascinated by the Finnish language, while not able to speak it. My aim was also to join the bulk of private and professional cover versions on Youtube.

Produced for the exhibition
"Kylmää kyytiä/ Turbulent times"
Andrea Good (CH) & Karo Szmit (A)
22.03.-15.04.2012
Emil gallery, Tampere, Finland





watch on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQUyIPSEXxs

As if they interacted


8 drawings, 15 x 20 cm, fineliner, marker, glitter on paper, framed

Produced for the exhibition
Kylmää kyytiä/ Turbulent times
Andrea Good (CH) & Karo Szmit (A)
22.03.-15.04.2012
Emil gallery, Tampere, Finland










 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Map (Tallinn-Projects)

Wall drawing, 5 monitors, digital photography, video, miniature models

produced for the group exhibition "Tallinz"
11.01. - 09.03.2012
Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz

The installation combines four of the completed works and material compilations I produced during my five month stay in Tallinn in 2009.



Always Everything

5 postcards

produced for the group exhibition

„Finding magic in everyday madness“
23.11.2011 - 12.01.2012
Kunstraum Goethestrasse xtd, Linz


Five personal special moments created by situations with accidental soundtracks, presented as hand-written micro-stories on postcards.

The work deals with collecting everyday observations as an art research practice.



"Teenage dirtbag" is playing while I (30+) am waiting for a job interview at a catering company, removing cat hair from my clothes.

"Rock me amadeus" is playing as I'm entering the Toronto airport, arriving from Vienna.

"Time to say goodbye" is playing in a discount supermarket 5 minutes before closing time.

Definitions of nothing

15 post-its

produced for the experimental art fair "METAmART - The market models", part of "METAmART. Kunst und Kapital"

16.11.2011 - 19.02.2012
Künstlerhaus, Vienna















Communication breakdown (project sketches)

9 post-its

produced for the experimental art fair "METAmART - The market models", part of "METAmART. Kunst und Kapital"

16.11.2011 - 19.02.2012
Künstlerhaus, Vienna

The initial point for this work is my interest in big general terms like „everything“, „nothing“, „whatever“. I try to find diagrammatic forms of representation which - seeming significant at the first sight – serve as a framework for different context and content due to their universality and reduction.






Thursday, December 22, 2011

bar chart

wall drawing, black paint
Karo Szmit 2011






Created for the exhibition "RES PUBLIC SPACE" at In der Kubatur des Kabinetts - der Kunstsalon im fluc, Vienna.

The work reacts on the location being both an art exhibition and social space. Bar visitors can sit along two adjoining walls. By turning these walls into an axis diagram, people appear as it's content.