Opening: Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 7 p.m.
BTV Stadtforum Innsbruck, free admission
For INN SITU the artist photographed at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Innsbruck, one of the worldwide premier research facilities in this field. At first glance perhaps an odd choice, after all, quantum physical states cannot be captured by photographic processes. But here again, as in previous INN SITU projects, the focus of observation is not on the object itself but on the process leading up to it.
Space as a tool
In his work, the artist-photographer and filmmaker Armin Linke examines the operating system of our culture: the societal rules and technological standards, power relationships and traditions, infrastructures or practical constraints … The imperceptible constitution of a society.
Armin Linke shows us the laboratory as a space for reflection, invention, experimentation, as a research tool. The resulting images dispel the myth of brilliant research with its monstrous equipment and fantastic illustrations of microcosmic universes. Almost imperceptibly, Linke’s photographs create an enlightened anti-aesthetics. Parallel to the undermining of conventional patterns of observation, the formal quality of Armin Linke’s photography and the immersive scenography of the exhibition start to assert themselves against our inner notions of science and its depiction. What do we see instead? Or better: How do we see instead?
The artist would particularly like to thank the following people and institutions for their collaboration and support in realizing this project:
Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) Innsbruck, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Alpine Quantum Technologies GmbH in Innsbruck
Parity Quantum Computing GmbH in Innsbruck
CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva
Fondazione MAST in Bologna
Artistic direction: Hans-Joachim Gögl
Exhibition management: Indira Uteuova, Verena Wieland
Video documentation: Thomas Osl, STUMMLAUT recording studio
Visitor Service: Angelika Schafferer, Indira Uteuova, Verena Wieland
Exhibition graphics: Studio Mut
Exhibition structure and technology: Jan Bohl, Robert Simmerle
Exhibition architecture: Martina Pozzan
Exhibition design: Martha Schwindling, Martina Pozzan, Alberto Stievanin
Printing, prints: goDigital, Elena Capra
Lamination: Mario Spranger
Video editing: Armin Linke, Martina Pozzan
Armin Linke is represented by the gallery Vistamare Milano / Pescara.