Ohh, stay calm
kuy: how long it will take?
Willing, Wanting, Waiting!
“Fly me to the moon”, an ongoing series of exhibitions in 2017 by Sarah Pichlkostner (*1988, Schwarzau/Pongau, lives and works in Vienna and London), are the frame for her new setting at the viennacontemporary.
Her protagonists, the two characters KUY and KAY, created and developed by the artist with selfoptimizing
apps – are in conversation.
Ohh, stay calm
kuy: how long it will take? – two lines of these random played, interlaced monologues serve as a
KUY and KAY, independent and bound with one another, got stuck on their way to the moon, their transition is interrupted and the outcome/schedule defined by determinism. The provided setting leaves it unclear, if this waiting room is prepared for the viewer, for the objects, the characters or if it stands for a fictional thought! Their recitation of optimistic monologues about memories and the inherent boredom of waiting, installed in a human size glass sheet, resonates over the entry ensemble of minimalistic sculptures made out of aluminium, glass and silver nitrate. To lower the stress-level a natural recourse is used as another optimizer, linking to the profound connection between human and water, reflecting on
evolutionary history. Each sculpture balanced and grounded, is ready to take off, immobile awaiting to reach its goal. An expectation that comes with ennui and frustration, being beyond an existential question of the human consciousness.
Sarah Pichlkostner bases her works on everyday life and the fiction embedded in the agreement with existing desires, projections and existence. All under the viewpoint of optimization, she uses contemporary technology that infiltrates our life. When Sarah Pichlkostner confronts herself for a new artwork with personal situations, to make different subjects and the complexity of them describable. Not mimed but realized.