Iron thief, roofer, exhibitionist and sacrificing
CANVAS, OIL PAINT, WOOD, 4 HEADPHONES, 4 MP3 PLAYER
150X180X90 CM, 2019,
AUDIO: THE ROOFER 3:31 MIN, THE IRON THIEF 3:01 MIN
THE EXHIBITIONIST 1:56 MIN, THE SACRIFICING 3:52 MIN
The artwork originated from a LAN party that took place in a mountain hut in Upper Austria, where the multiplayer computer role-playing game "Age of Conan-Hyborian Adventures" was played among friends. During the game, video and audio recordings were made, which were later edited to create the pieces titled "Iron thief, roofer, exhibitionist and sacrificing". Selected segments from these pieces were then recorded by external observers and incorporated into a radio play. The resulting artwork, created collectively through reflection and retelling of shared memories, includes two paintings and humorously explores the theme of memory transmission. The expedition, conceived as a research trip to uncover unknown angles and expand knowledge, is transposed to the world of the computer game and reflected in the radio play.
The characters become virtual inhabitants of the declining civilization of Hyboria, a setting described in short stories by Robert E. Howard, which allegedly existed 10,000 years before Christ. Exiled after committing a crime, the convicts find themselves in a savage wilderness, where they must develop their characters, explore new areas, and conquer them through brutal means.
The piece "Iron Thief, Roofer, Exhibitionist, and Sacrificing" was also created for an exhibition as an open stage theater.