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Elke Krystufek

MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

Cinema is at the center of Elke Krystufek’s marvelous exhibition “Liquid Logic: The Height of Knowledge and the Speed of Thought.” Dividing the gallery space with white sheets of plastic that extend from floor to ceiling, she shields her new video, Dr. Love on Easter Island, 2006, from intrusion from the rest of the museum. After all, her theme is the life of the artist and the disappearance of this specific way of being under pressure from the institutions of art. The video shows Krystufek following in the footsteps of Bas Jan Ader, who was lost at sea in 1975 while attempting to cross the Atlantic in a small boat. She sets out for Easter Island, swimming the last few meters to shore and emerging from the sea like Ursula Andress in Dr. No. Krystufek calls herself She-Bas and stages Ader’s mysterious disappearance as a Robinson Crusoe–style adventure story. In dialogue with an invisible,

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