Katya Sander

mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

Changes brought on by the gradual dismantling of Western Europe’s welfare states are giving new urgency to questions about the function of public space and its potential uses: How are surveillance and control structured? In what ways does the hierarchical organization of public space become apparent? How is “the public” produced, and what roles do its participants play? Such questions came to the fore in the three video installations by Danish artist Katya Sander shown together under the title “The Most Complicated Machines Are Made of Words.” What Is Capitalism?, 2003, shows the artist conducting a curious kind of man-in-the-street poll. She stands not in a crowded downtown pedestrian zone but rather in a bleak wasteland outside Copenhagen—elk can be seen crossing the field in the background. Nonetheless a few people walk by. In the mirrored exhibition space, which extends the projection

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