Pin

Solo Exhibition, 2014 at mumok Museum Stiftung Ludwig Vienna

In Jenni Tischer’s exhibition Pin at mumok the vocabulary of minimalist sculpture comes up against the history and practice of textile work. Reminiscent of unrolled scrolls, situation-adaptable and colored “fabric pedestals” cut across the room. Interlocking walls and floor, they display a number of sculptures: open cubes that feature “Viennese netting” like Thonet chairs, and objects whose materiality or form allude to weaving frames and pin cushions. Unlike conventional exhibition setups, Tischer’s arrangement leaves the question open as to what is part of the display and what is an art work. Instead, display elements such as pedestals or frames form an integral part of the narrative. Pin addresses fundamental questions: What is a medium, and what kind of information can it convey? How are work processes inscribed in materials and surfaces? And why do textiles, as field of discourse and practice, have a momentum in the digital age? In-between “pins” (needles) and PINs (personal identification numbers), Tischer’s exhibition stakes out a realm where questions of the memory of materials and the encoding of identities are equally considered.


Accompanied by a catalog with texts by Manuela Ammer, Barbara Kapusta, Ines Kleesattel and Karola Kraus, Sternberg Press 2014.

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Hard coded, 2014
metal, wood, yarn
180 x 180 x25 cm
Hard coded, 2014
metal, wood, yarn
180 x 180 x25 cm
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Precision Socket, 2014,
metall, wood, yarn. 180 x 180 x 25 cm
Big Data I, Big Data II, 2014
wood, cloth yarn, metal pin
each: 140 x 24 x 24 cm
Pin Grid Array (small), 2014,
wood, cloth, pins,
47.25 in. × 15.75 in. × 7.5 in.
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Photos: Lisl Rastl