Art News

Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch Presents an Intervention at Vienna’s Secession

VIENNA.- When does a concrete act, endlessly repeated, acquire an inconceivable dimension, one that escapes our grasp and ultimately becomes abstract? How often must the same route be traveled before the traveler is inscribed into it and, conversely, the route inscribes itself into the traveler, so that place, route, and body become one? What part does the scale of a space play in the possibility of disappearing in that space? For Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, the subject’s relation to the world as an existential experience is a central concern. In often empty, seemingly infinite spaces, they use radical acts to put established norms and conventional notions of being-in-the-world to the test. The duo’s video works, photographs, and works on paper, as well as their temporary performative interventions, possess an element of loneliness, as well as speaking of monotony and dissolution. ATLAS is the title of an intervention in which they define and expand the concept of the