Chicago-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger creates audiovisual installations and performances. Between 1992 and 2003 he worked collaboratively as a member of the artist duo Granular-Synthesis.
Hentschläger’s works have characteristically been visceral and immersive, as in “ZEE” and “FEED,” with extreme perceptual effects composed from light, sound and fog. These works physiologically transport the viewer quite literally into another world. His “CLUSTER” series builds on the uncanny by portraying 3D representations of humanoid creatures that can only exist in dynamic flux, swirling and flowing like the wind and apparently unhinged from the screen that they are projected on. His most recent, emerging body of work, including “MEASURE,” traces the perception of “nature” in the 21st century.
His works have been presented internationally at the Venice Biennale, The Venice Theater Biennale, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, PS1 New York, Creative Time New York, Musée d’Art Contemporain Montreal, Museum für angewandte Kunst Vienna, ZKM Karlsruhe, National Museum of China in Beijing, National Museum for Contemporary Art in Seoul, ICC Tokyo, Arte Alameda Mexico City, Sharja Art Foundation, and the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania.
In 2010 he won the Quartz Media Art Award in Paris. In 2012 he was commissioned, as part of the Cultural Program of the 2012 London Olympics / London Festival, to create “CORE,” a large-scale symphonic installation. Recently he has concentrated on creating two large-scale installations: “ORT,” an outdoor projection in Le Havre on Oscar Niemeyer’s “Le Volcan”; for 2017, and “SOL,” an immersive audiovisual installation which will premiere at Berghain for CTM 2017.