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Fanni Futterknecht is an Austrian artist who works with video and performance as a means of exploring notions of objectness, character archetypes and artificiality.
Fanni creates installations, performances and works with video as a means of engaging the imaginary as a space. She constructs mise en scènes (or sets) in which objects and installation unfold through spoken narration—they are acted out to create points of reference to an imaginary world. Through installation of materials and use of language she investigates, constructs and deconstructs notions of surface, shape, colour and composition. These performance installations are sculptures-in-process, which are articulated and captured through video.
In her live performances Fanni stages an abstract space where partly artificial protagonists enumerate their constructed environment by way of a lecture-performance. Inside this setting these characters playfully create and arrange new situations and composite interactions; objects made of fabric—with different textures, surfaces and sizes—serve as performative props to visualize concepts and alter or acknowledge the audience’s perceptions and spatial understanding. Forms are understood through one another, through the spoken text and through the interactions with the performers, a process which abstracts the relationship between the subject and object and implicates both the presence and the imagination of the audience. Through her work, Fanni plays with objectivity as an aesthetic experience, evoking situations, emotions and conflicts by means of association.
In more recent works, Fanni has departed from her use of a central ‘on screen’ protagonist so to focus on and explore materiality, form, spatialisation and performative transformation. During her Melbourne residency she will continue her research by creating arrangements of elements of varying sizes which are unpacked and engaged through narration.
Born in Vienna Fanni studied visual art and performance in Austria, France and the Netherlands. She is currently based in Vienna. In Autumn 2015 she will be an Artist in Residence at the International Residences at Récollets in Paris.
Fanni is the Austrian recipient of the RMIT iAIR - AIR KREMS residency exchange, which has been supported by the Lower Austrian Government.