Thomas Feuerstein

Thomas Feuerstein studied art history and philosophy at the University of Innsbruck from 1987 to 1995. In 1992 and 1993 he worked on research assignments on electronic space as well as on art and architecture. From 1997 onwards, he received teaching assignments and guest professorships at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the University of Music and Theatre Bern, the F+F School for Art and Media Design Zurich, the Intermedia course of study at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, the Mozarteum Salzburg and the University of Innsbruck. Feuerstein’s works and projects are created in different media. They include installations, environments, BioArt, objects, drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, radio plays and net art and encompass processes and transmutations, with specific materialities playing a central role. Materials are used both as carriers of meanings and narratives, and ultimately become actors of art. In the border area of nature, art and science, Feuerstein's works set in motion pataphysical cycles of the production of meaning and possibility, which dissolve distinctions between nature and culture, past and future. Essential aspects are the interplay of linguistic and visual elements, the detection of latent links between facts and fictions as well as the intertwining of art and science. Feuerstein therefore developed the artistic method of "Conceptual Narration”.

„BORGY & BES“ (Thomas Feuerstein, 2018, Neurales-Netzwerk-Installation mit OP-Lampen bei der Consciência Cibernética [?] Horizonte Quântico, im Itau Cultural, in Sao Paulo 2019)
Fotocredit: Thomas Feuerstein

For the omg ibk...

... Thomas Feuerstein, who has been exploring the boundaries between science, art, narration, architecture, design, net culture, and biology for years, reflects on individual stylistic devices that are immediately associated with certain artists and scientists of the last century. The artist already dealt with digital media and the many possibilities they offer in the 90s, when digital art did not enjoy a special reputation. To create his ground-breaking works of art, Feuerstein uses a wide variety of media, some of which are quite unconventional. The Innsbruck native used minced meat for his 2005 work "Arbeit am Fleisch" (“Working the flesh”), for example. In his works, Feuerstein manages to enrich art with science and thus generates added value on an intellectual level for the recipients. His works often take effect through the intricate combination of visual, linguistic, and material attributes, as well as through the uncovering of narrative intersections between fact and fiction. In the course of the first omg ibk exhibition, Thomas Feuerstein will create a designer QR code at the Innsbruck City Library.


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Fotocredit: Bertram Schrettl