Hans Schabus

Bonner Kunstverein

As a child, I was fascinated by the idea of experiencing the interior of my own body, my imagination fired by children’s books about tiny people who wander through the human anatomy and view the individual organs from within. When I saw Hans Schabus’s video Der Passagier (The Passenger), 2000, three years ago, I suddenly remembered these childhood imaginings. Through a camera attached to a toy train moving along a track that mercilessly travels not only through empty spaces but also through the walls, I saw the interior of the wall that had been broken open. Like a worm inside a body, this train ate through the perimeter of the artist’s studio.

Schabus’s new film installation Transport, 2003, possesses its own tale of the penetration and research into untrodden, unseen spaces. First, Schabus dug a hole more than sixteen feet deep in his studio in order to connect to Vienna’s sewage system

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