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Anna-Sophie Berger, Cécile B. Evans

Anna Sophie Berger, Playproblems, 2017. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna/Rome

Anna Sophie Berger, Playproblems, 2017. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna/Rome

Evans and Berger magnify aspects of the real world—culture, objects, relations, and situations—re-contextualising them, in order to imagine other meanings. They consider how we inhabit contemporary space—by creating meaning through the stuff we use, the things we wear, the places we live—offering a quasi-anthropological take on contemporary material culture. Each considers how something is designed for people, versus the reality of how that design is lived.

Cécile B. Evans will present sculptures from Amos’ World, a fictional tv series chronicling a socially progressive housing estate and its architect—as an allegory for power structures in networked systems. The sculptures are made from set pieces used in the final episode, the fragmented remains of Amos' constructed world displayed as three-dimensional collages.

Anna-Sophie Berger will present work combining visual material from German toy manufacturer Playmobil and warning signs as found in public space. Playmobil’s miniature plastic versions of the real world, are intended to allow children to stage reality. Berger will display several images transposed from the illustrated manuals. Both sources share a simplified non-verbal form of symbolic language meant to universally describe a specific action. The emotional cognitive dissonance of the networked world is an ongoing consideration for Evans. The images, things, and interfaces we use, are both the tools and the subjects of our lives— Evans’ sculptures perform as equal protagonists alongside the living and digital characters of Amos’ World. Berger’s recent work takes images and objects as ready-mades, to re-consider their original meaning in her installations.