Christina Hemauer+Roman Keller

Devotional Power Bruliere with votive candles and propeller (1.8 × 1.2 × 2 m), 2011

Devotional Power Bruliere with votive candles and propeller (1.8 × 1.2 × 2 m), 2011


Christina Hemauer+Roman Keller

Preis der Dr. Georg und Josi

Visitors are invited to light and place a candle on a bruliere in a sculpture which mimics the practice of votive offerings in the Roman Catholic Church. The opportunity is presented to make a simple emotionally-charged gesture in the gallery which might be invested with unprescribed personal or global significance. The warm air that ascends from the flames turns a propeller which is suspended above, a device with blades which resembles a modern wind turbine. Devotional Power ambiguously highlights a ritual of collective unspoken conviction while somewhat absurdly demonstrating the potential for exploiting surplus non-spiritual power.
Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna), originally published for the exhibition catalogue "United Alternative Energies” (2011) at Aarhus Art Building, Centre for Contemporary Art, Aarhus/Denmark.

Christina Hemauer
1973 Geboren in Zürich. Lebt und arbeitet in Zürich·1993-1998 Hochschule für Gestaltung
und Kunst, Zürich·1996 Studiensemester an der Kunstakademie Gent

Roman Keller
1969 Geboren in Liestal. Lebt und arbeitet in Zürich·1989-1995 Studium der Umweltnaturwissenschaften an der ETH Zürich·1996-1998 Studium der Fotografie, Zürich; International Center of Photography und School of Visual Arts, New York

2005 Nachtfalten, K3 Project Space, Zürich·2006 An diesem Ort wurde am 27.April 2006 der Postpetrolismus eingeläutet, Kunsthof Zürich·2007 A Curiosity, a Museum Piece and an Example of a Road not Taken, Kunsthalle Fri-Art, Fribourg·2008 Studio Frauenfeld - L'Energia siamo noi, Neuer Shed im Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld·2011 Spaghetti Junctions, Cubitt Gallery, ­London·2011 United Alternative Energies, Aarhus Art Building

2008 Swiss Art Awards, Messezentrum Basel (Kat.)·2009 Swiss Art Awards, Messezentrum Basel (Kat.)·2009 Endgame - Blue Gold, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center, Kairo ·2009 Stranded Positions, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel; Morsbroich, Leverkusen·2010 Portscapes, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam·2011 Think Art - Act Science, San Francisco Art Institute·2012 Track - A Contemporary City Conversation, S.M.A.K., Gent

2007 Werkbeitrag Kanton Zürich·2008 Förderbeitrag Kunst, UBS Kulturstiftung·2008 ­Eidgenössischer Preis für Kunst, Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern·2009 Eidgenössischer Preis für Kunst, Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern·2011 Werkbeitrag Kanton Zürich