SWEET NOTHINGS – On Stage
Installation with evanescent and moving objects by Johanna Smiatek
05 / 05 / 17 until 01 / 07 / 17
Artist Johanna Smiatek presents in her exhibition SWEET NOTHINGS – On Stage the quest for happiness and shows promises which are made by mass media, advertising and online shops. Happiness, not as a sensory condition, but as a nondurable good.
The main piece of the exhibition is the modified “Love-Machine” – an installation, which the artist showed in 2016 and that allows each visitor to enjoy a moment of happiness.
In the space of Zagreus the artist modify the “Love Machine” and brings the visitors into the center of the installation. The work will be accompanied by the sound installation “Sweet Nothings”. During the runtime of the exhibition special aphrodisiac menus will offer and will support to find a little dose of happiness. To the opening will offer aphrodisiac appetizers.
*1967 Hannover (Germany), lives and works in Berlin (Germany)
Johanna Smiatek is a critical observer of the mechanisms of our society and the media. She looks behind the scenes and impeachs some sights of the society. She develops her own language of communication to disclose systems. Her artistic work is often in the borderland between two phenomena, the natural and the artificial, the reality and the virtuality, modern technology and human affectivity.
The big key issues are self-projection, narcissism, fashion, glamour and other affectations.
Her artistic media are objects (often moving), interactive installations and drawings, which will find the way to arrangements in space.
The artist participates in international curated shows and exhibited in different museums like the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Georg Kolbe Museum, ROHKUNSTBAU, Kunstmuseen Heilbronn, etc.