Video Art Program[The 71st Program] Anna Vasof
July 28–November 3, 2020
1. Holy Wiper, 2016, 1min. 01sec.
2. Call 0 for Handshake, 2016, 36sec.
3. Intellectual Ping Pong, 2017, 36sec.
4. Hammering, 2017, 54sec.
5. Popcorn Free Throws , 2018, 1min. 32sec.
6. A Moment of Tension , 2016, 41sec.
7. Peeks from behind the Wall , 2018, 47sec.
8. Farfalla Chase, 2018, 32sec.
9. Honest Selfie, 2019, 19sec.
10. Help Machine, 2019, 1min.
11. Space Scale2019, 18sec.
12. Existential Turbulences, 2019, 48sec.
13. Self-employed Broom, 2016, 31sec.
All in color with sound
We are pleased to present selections from the Things and Wonders short-video series, which Anna Vasof has been working on since 2016. The video pieces feature familiar everyday items such as cleaning supplies, stationery goods, and cooking utensils, and Vasof causes them to deviate from their everyday uses in ways that elicit surprise and laughter. These mundane objects, stripped of their original properties and combined with other elements, not only present us with different and intriguing perspectives on our daily lives, but also hint at philosophical themes.
In Existential Turbulences, the famous line “To be, or not to be” from Shakespeare’s Hamlet is turned into two choices with check boxes printed on a sheet of paper, and a hand holding a pencil, blown by a fan, continuously vacillates between them. While the juxtaposition of bouncy, air-blown pencil movements and the deeply serious question is comical, it also conveys to the viewer the sense of a power transcending human will, as depicted in Hamlet.
Anna Vasof was born in Prague, Czech Republic in 1985, and lives in Vienna, Austria. She graduated from Architecture Department at the University of Thessaly (2010) in Greece and Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (2014). She is currently writing a Ph.D. thesis about an animation technique that she develops. Her solo exhibitions include Statement #06｜Anne Vasof-Useless Machine at Kunstraum Lakeside (Klagenfurt, Austria, 2019) and Behind The Glass at Red Carpet Showroom Metrostation Karlsplatz (Vienna, Austria, 2018). Her videos and short movies have been presented in several festivals.