Kay Walkowiak 1980

Lives in Vienna (Austria). Works in Vienna (Austria).
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Zeller van Almsick

Kay Walkowiak was born in 1980 in Salzburg and now lives and works in Vienna. He studied Sculpture and Multimedia at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Photography and Video Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Expanded Expression at the Zokei University in Tokyo. Walkowiak’s work is a complex mixture of installation, sculpture, video art and photography and combines conceptual and post minimal strategies. In many of his works the artist explores the historically and socioculturally defined handling of form and questions its functional positing as a projection surface for timeless utopias. Kay Walkowiak shows with his works that visual culture always has a history, one that reveals itself above all in its contrast to the present day or in a different cultural environment. His works take as their theme formal languages found in the cultural picture archive - particularly from the sphere of a Western cultural history of abstraction - which he finds in or transfers to everyday situations or different cultural contexts. He thereby exposes divergent concepts of time and space and calls into question the cultural character of perception in itself. The artist deciphers abstract forms not so much as universally valid, timeless materializations of ideas but rather as projection surfaces of narratives of Western cultural history and the utopias associated with them. The utopias that Walkowiak examines in his works have been given an architectural form in, for example, the planned city of Chandigarh, in northern India, built in the 1950s to plans by the Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier. At the time of its construction, this type of urban concept - based on elementary geometric forms, characterized by steel and concrete and guided by the principle of functionality - was regarded as symbolic of India‘s striving for modernity. In its succession of black-and-white, unpeopled shots of Chandigarh, now showing signs of deterioration, the 2017 The City Lost acts as an archive of the city‘s architectural forms and formal compositions. This visual archive is overlaid with an audio track that borrows from the sound plane of science fiction films such as Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. But the audio plane only seemingly lifts Chandigarh‘s architectural formations into an uncertain future. Rather, the city is contrasted with culturally-shaped future visions familiar from the genre of the science fiction film. KAY WALKOWIAK Vienna in November 2018 The densification of spatial images is not only deliberately elevated to the level of the historic imaginary but also introduced into a montage of temporalities. With this, Walkowiak succeeds in evoking the memory of an idea of the future that has now itself become the past. In this way the artist explores utopian aspirations historically associated with Chandigarh and at the same time gives the city the character of a dystopia. A comparable dialectic between factual stocktaking and fictitious transformation that draws on the fund of the historic imaginary also characterizes the sculptures he has created in recent years, such as Future Fragments of Past Forms #3, and the 2016 video work Waterfall. Like The City Lost, they reveal the artist‘s fundamental search for the spirits of the past in the visual forms of the present. [...] Excerpt from Stephanie Damianitsch‘s text for the publication „Traces of Time“, Leopold Museum, 2017

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Walkowiak has participated in various international group exhibitions since 2004, most recently at the Kunsthalle Tübingen (2018). Solo exhibitions include the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, the Soulangh Art Space in Tainan, the Austrian Cultural Forum in New Delhi and the Node Gallery in Tokyo. He also featured at the Vienna Biennale 2017 and the Lahore and Bangkok Biennale this year.

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KAY WALKOWIAK *1980 in Salzburg (AT) Lives and works in Vienna (AT) Solo exhibitions (selection) 2018 Kay Walkowiak, Sotheby´s Artist Quarterly, Vienna (AT) Given: The Haunting Ghost, Bangkok Biennial (Cho Why), Bangkok (TH) Kay Walkowiak: Island, Forum Stadtpark, Graz (AT) Given: The Haunting Ghost, Galerie 5020, Salzburg (AT) 2017 Specific Objecthood, Zeller van Almsick, Vienna (AT) Wedge of Worship, Soiree Berkson, Vienna (AT) On Painting, ZONE1, curated by Marlies Wirth, Vienna Contemporary, Vienna (AT) Dislocated Traces (Screening), Austrian Cultural Forum, New Delhi (IN) Requiem of Lost Forms, K&K Telegrafenamt, Vienna (AT) 2016 Given: The Haunting Ghost, Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan (TW) The City Beautiful, Galerie im Turm, Berlin (DE) Divine Monochromes, Crone Wien, Vienna (AT) Forms In Time, MAK - Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (AT) Supreme Forms, Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna (AT) 2015 Habitat, Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna (AT) Abstraction Rhapsody (mit Anna-Sophie Berger), wellwellwell, Vienna (AT) 2014 A Different Order (mit Nandita Raman), FRANZ JOSEFS KAI 3, Vienna (AT) Making Sense Out of Abstraction, Galerie FELDBUSCHWIESNER, Berlin (DE) Kay Walkowiak, Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna (AT) Making Sense Out of Abstraction, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (AT) 2013 Smriti Austrian Cultural Forum, New Delhi (IN) Transtone (mit Nazim Yilmaz), Krokus Gallery, Bratislava (SK) 2012 The Mechanics of Form, Kunstpavillon, Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Inn The High Wire Act, Zeller van Almsick at K&K Telegrafenamt, Vienna (AT) Coral North, easy!upstream, Munich (DE) Performing Spaces, EVN Collection, Maria Enzersdorf (AT) Get Involved: Focus Direct Urbanism, FLUCA Austrian Cultural Pavilion, Open Arts Foundation, Plovdiv (BG) 2015 Now, At The Latest, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems (AT) Die Stadt die es nicht gibt, City Leaks, Cologne (DE) Special Project, Christine König Galerie, Vienna (AT) Minimal Vandalism (Screening), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (DE) Test Exposure, WRO Media Art Biennale, Wrocław (PL) 2014 Minimal Vandalism, Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria (CA) Dizzyland, Kino International, Berlin (DE) 33. Österreichischer Grafikwettbewerb, Haus der Kultur, Bolzano (IT) Die Eigenheit der Dinge, curated by Cornelis van Almsick, FRANZ JOSEFS KAI 3, Vienna (AT) 2013 Performance Fetish, SWG3 Gallery, Glasgow (GB) (Of Lines, Planes, Surfaces, or Objects)..., curated by Cornelis van Almsick, Parallel, Vienna (AT) TMAX Art Festival, Soho Galaxy, Beijing (CN) Open Studio, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing (CN) The Abortion of Tragedy, Show room 170, New York (US) Smriti, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi (IN) Jeune Création Européenne Biennal, Amarante, Museu Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, Amarante (PT) 2012 Sakura Bar, 21er Haus, Vienna (AT) Kann es Liebe sein? II, Circle Cité, (LU) Jeune Création Européenne Biennal, Zsolnay Negyed, Pécs (HU) Kann es Liebe sein? I, Grimmuseum, Berlin (DE) Kunstankäufe des Landes 2010-2012, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg (AT) Jeune Création Européenne Biennal, Kunsthaus Hamburg (DE) Jeune Création Européenne Biennal, Klaipeda (LT) 2011 Lark/Plunge, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin (DE) A vol d´artiste / Salzburg – Luxemburg, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg (AT) Jeune Création Européenne Biennal, Montrouge, Paris (FR) Alter Space, Kunstsalon im Fluc, Vienna (AT) Nur die Guten kommen in den Garten, Kontschthaus, Luxemburg (LU) A vol d´artiste / Luxembourg – Salzbourg, Espace Montery, Luxemburg (LU) Special Project, Christine König Galerie / Charim Galerie, VIENNAFAIR, Vienna (AT) Die nächste Generation III, das weisse haus /Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg (AT) death by candy, Lust Gallery, Vienna (AT) Partizipation, Preis der Diözese Graz Seckau, Minoriten Galerien, Graz (AT) 2010 sweet anticipation, Salzburger Kunstverein / Künstlerhaus, Salzburg (AT) please leave quietly, Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie, Vienna (AT) ARTmART, Künstlerhaus, Vienna (AT) Ex-Habited, MAGAZIN, Vienna (AT) Expanded Egypted, Kunstraum Praterstraße, Vienna (AT) Der alte Mann und das Meer, Erwin Wurm und Klasse, DOK, St. Pölten (AT) 2009 Welcome little Istanbul, Kunstraum next Andrä, Graz (AT) Taboo, Clairefountaine / Deloitte, Luxembourg (LI) The Essence 09, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna (AT) site - non-site, Kunstraum Praterstraße, Vienna (AT) 2008 open house, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo ( JP) Bitte ziehen Sie eine Nummer, Agitas, Vienna (AT) 2007 Unité, Kunstpavillon Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Innsbruck (AT) Klasse Erwin Wurm (Burn Baby, burn.), Kunstverein Ettlingen (DE) Festivals and screenings (selection) 2017 Kay Walkowiak. Dislocated Traces, Austrian Cultural Forum, New Delhi (IN) Focus Direct Urbanism, FLUCA, Austrian Cultural Pavilion, Open Arts Foundation, Plovdiv (BG) 2016 BNL Media Art Festival, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome (IT) Le Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (DE) 2015 Backup, 17. Kurzfilmfestival Weimar, Weimar (DE) WRO 2015 on Tour, Tatsuno Art Project Festival, Tatsuno ( JP) WRO 2015 on Tour, KCUA, Kyoto ( JP) Open Member´s Club, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (AT) 2014 Kay Walkowiak, The Banff Centre, Banff (CA) Kay Walkowiak, Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna (AT) Cinephemere, FIAC, Paris (FR) Le Rencontres Internationales, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris (FR) Cinema Next, Salzburg (AT) Diagonale, Graz (AT) OFF 22, Fiorano, Modena (IT) 31. Kasseler Dok Fest, Kassel (DE) Dizzyland, Kino International, Berlin (DE) Festival International du Livre d‘Art et du Film, Perpignan (FR) Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zürich (CH) Open Your Eyes, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck (DE) Nashville Film Festival, Nashville (US) Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago (US) Kay Walkowiak. Smriti, Austrian Cultural Forum, New Delhi (IN) Kay Walkowiak. Smriti, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi (IN) Art in public space 2013 TMAX Art Festival, Galaxy Soho, Beijing (CN) DIS PLAY PRATER STERN, Fluc, Vienna (AT) 2011 Kay Walkoiwiak. Freistil, FLUC, Vienna (AT) 2010 please leave quietly, IMBA, Vienna (AT) Cascade Crystalline (temporäre Installation), Stadt Wien, Vienna (AT) 2006 trial and error, Fluc, Vienna (AT) Public Collections Sammlung LBBW Belvedere 21, the Collection MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna EVN Collection Artothek, State of Austria City of Vienna Collection of the Federal State of Salzburg Collection of the Federal State of Tirol Awards / Scholarships (selection) 2018 Artist in Residency, Sardegna (IT) 2017 State Scholarship, Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture (AT) Artist in Residence, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi (IN) 2016 Artist in Residence Grant, Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan (TW) 2015 Artist in Residency, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi (IN) 2014 Scholarship of BMUKK, Residency in Banff (CA) 2013 Artist in Residence Grant, Beijing (CN) Studio Scholarship of the City of Salzburg, Residency in Varanasi (IN) 2012 START Scholarship, Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture (AT) Artist in Residence Grant, Kunstquartier am Arlberg, St. Christoph (AT) Postgraduate Scholarship Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (AT) 2011 Kulturfonds Salzburg Scholarship (AT) Heinrich and Anni Sussmann Scholarship (AT) 2010 Emanuel & Sofie Fohn Scholarship (AT) Theodor Körner Award (AT) Skulpturenachse Maissau Prize (AT) Wiener Wasserkunst Prize, Vienna (AT) 2008 Emanuel & Sofie Fohn Scholarship (AT) Otto Prutscher Award, Vienna (AT) International Scholarship Tokio Zokei University (JP) Kulturfonds Salzburg Scholarship (AT) 2006 Fred Adlmüller Scholarship, Vienna (AT)