Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Art Award 2022

Unruly Desires for Cataclysmic Affects, Johanna Bruckner, installation view, SULUV, 2022, Image: Aleksandar Danguzov

by Johanna Bruckner
das weisse haus, September 23 – November, 2022
curatorial support: Katja Stecher

Unruly Desires for Cataclysmic Affects
by Johanna Bruckner
SULUV, November 21 – December 02, 2022
curatorial support: Rebecca S. Schmidt

The Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Art Award 2022

In 2022, the prize was presented in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum Belgrade and carried out by its partner SULUV, a gallery based in Novi Sad, the European Capital of Culture 2022.

In addition to a solo exhibition at das weisse haus and at SULUV, the award carries with it a one-month residency in Novi Sad, as a source of inspiration and to expand one’s own network.

Dedicated to artists who have been included in the program of Kunstverein das weisse haus, the prize was presented again in a two-stage competition.

Finalists 2022
Guadalupe Aldrete, Luiza Furtado, Anna Frida Jonsdottir, Larissa Kopp and Florian Aschka, Marko Markovic, Marlies Poeschl, Catherine Sarah Young

Recipient: Johanna Bruckner

Born in 1984 in Vienna, Johanna Bruckner teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts. She has studied Fine Arts, Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology in Vienna, Berlin, New York, Stockholm and Hamburg. The artist is interested in the conditions of labor that have been emerging in response to the technologies of communicative capitalism. Her work has been shown internationally, such as Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Mediterranea Biennial 19, 57th Venice Biennale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, transmediale 2020, ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Her work was awarded by numerous grants, most recently, she received the re:humanism prize for Art & Artificial Intelligence, and in 2020 she received the recognition award for Fine Arts of Lower Austria.

Participation in the program of das weisse haus
connections undplugged, bodies rewired, group exhibition 2021/22

Jury Statement
Johanna Bruckner‘s body of work convinced the jury in its complex aesthetic and thematic diversity. The artist often works with topics of queer post pornography, net porn data, transitions, irritation of pre-defined views, and uses the combination of video, sound, performance and installation for creating worlds of abstract corporeality with illogical intimacies and desires under the contemporary surveillance of data. The jury believes that her timely, multilayered approach and her unsettling, thought provoking messages will resonate both in Vienna and in Novi Sad, inspiring the audience to reflect on the human body, intimacies and emotional worlds produced by the ongoing transformation of technology with the imagination for new temporalities and political agencies.

The submitted concept, of experiencing her digital works in both exhibition spaces together with „non normative“ sculptural organs proposes her idea of the „Other Europe” as a metabolic system, through which hegemonic orders are challenged and space is created for the affective and the sensible. A multi-layered dissolution and presentation is to be expected, which will not only create pleasant connotations in the minds of the spectators and which must lead to ethical questions.

Jury Members
Jelena Glišić (Project manager for Fine Art, ACF Belgrade), Ruth Goubran (Head of Community Affairs & Sponsoring Erste Bank), Alexandra Grausam (Director das weisse haus / studio das weisse haus), Eva Oberhofer (Director Galerie Thoman Vienna), Andrea Palašti (Artist and lecturer at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad, Arts council member of SULUV)