mimese

2020 (ongoing project)

Stop Trick Animation | Fotografie | Installation

Animationen - Video MP4

Videostills - C-Print auf Acryl Fineart in Galeriebox

Installation - diverse Materialien

Stop Trick Animation | photography | installation

c-print on acrylic glas fineart in gallerybox - Videostills

diverse materials - installation

20 x 30 cm

Ed. 12+II

 

Mimese,

die Mi|me|se

(gr. μίμησις mímēsis, Nachahmung) wird in der Biologie

eine Form der Tarnung bezeichnet, bei der ein Lebewesen

in Gestalt, Farbe und Haltung einen Teil seines Lebensraumes

annimmt und so für optisch ausgerichtete Feinde nicht mehr

von der Umwelt unterschieden werden kann. Die Mimese wird

auch als Tarn- oder Verbergtracht bezeichnet und unterscheidet

sich damit von der Mimikry, die eine Warntracht darstellt.*

*https://www.biologie-seite.de/Biologie/Mimese

Mimese #4, St.Pölten/Lower Austria, 2022 (autumn)

Mimese #3, Romatschachen Styria/Austria, 2022 (late spring)

Mimese #2, Island of Ithaca/Greece, 2021 (late summer)

Mimese #1, Tulln/Lower Austria, 2020 (autumn)

Mimese #1, Tulln 2020 (Stop motion Animation, mp4)

Metamorphosis of Life - MIMESE


"If we now notice that in this way it is possible for the plant to take a step backwards and reverse the order of growth, we are made all the more attentive to the regular way of
nature, and we become acquainted with the laws of transformation, according to which it produces one part through another, and presents the most varied forms through modifi-cation of a single organ. [...] This metamorphosis shows itself to us in three ways; regularly, irregularly, and randomly."  (J.W. von Goethe)


It is precisely this random metamorphosis described by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that is the starting point for my work Mimesis.
Parts of different plants are arranged next to or behind each other and set in motion for the animated film "Mimese" (Mimesis).

By randomly applying the video filter "Caleidosco-pe", all parts are mirrored and brought into a new order. Through this digital intervention, the plants multiply and take on a completely new appearance.
A digital new arrangement is generated coincidentally from an analogue image situation and breathes new life into it through manual movements and interventions.
Entirely new creatures are created, somewhere between metamorphosis, mutation and mimesis. Scientific fields such as flora and fauna overlap and must therefore be redefined.

 

I would like to extend this work, which I started in Lower Austria in 2020, continued during a residency in Greece in 2021, in Styria and in St.Pölten in 2022, with more and more com-plementary research and working methods. I have already noticed that the plant parts, stones, branches, etc. from the various regions and collected during various seasons used for the animations achieve very different visual results and thus reflect the vegetation and typical colouring of a landscape. This creates completely different newnew  spspeciesecies, so-called crcre(n)ae(n)aturtureses, in each experiment. Depending on the season and location, I also investigate in more detail what influence the nature of the collecting area has on the plants or the cre(n)atures - is it a forest, a meadow or an (artificially) planted garden. The next stop will be the Island of Fleinvaer in Norway. For the first time, the field of research may be extended to include lichens and mosses.


The animation videos have already been shown in Austria, Germany and South Korea (as part of the "Videocity" project  https://www.videocity.org/seoul )