Art in Public Space | Gasträume 2019 | Mélodie Mousset | HanaHana: Silence of the Hands

Mélodie Mousset | HanaHana: Silence of the Hands as part of Gasträume 2019
Opening 07.06.19
For details of the vernissage see here
07.06.19 – 01.09.19

Last Tango is pleased to partner up with Mélodie Mousset in the context of Gasträume 2019, a summer project in the public space of Zurich organized by KiöR.

Mélodie Mousset's award-winning Virtual Reality HanaHana will be brought into the real world with Augmented Reality technology. It will premiere at Paradeplatz in Zurich wherein anyone who downloads the app will be able to sprout and unfurl thousands of arms into endless, dizzying structures, be it onto trams, bank headquarters or even the temporarily installed 1977 Robert Indiana sculpture wittily featuring the word "Art"! The juxtaposition is a peculiar one. As notes New York Times writer Brett Sokol: "Mr. Indiana blamed the ubiquitous popularity of “LOVE” for destroying his career, recasting him from a standard-bearer of the 1960s avant-garde into an avatar of kitsch." Here the hands, a timeless and universal symbol for technical transformation, collaboration and empowerment, can potentially playfully inundate the typographically crisp sculpture.  
The epicenter of financial Zurich will see itself be "handed over" by a gestural plantation. By manipulating their phone screens participants can press, tap, pinch and stretch hands into shape. Immaterial in form HanaHana: Silence of the Hands also strikingly bears no trace of what is classically understood as the artist's mark or "hand." Rather, Mousset's creation is dematerialized into code allowing visitors to be the makers, interacting, and becoming part of the art.

Stay tuned and find out more via #melodiemousset #hanahanavr #silenceofthehands @kioer

Mélodie Mousset  (b. 1981 in Abu Dhabi, lives and works in Zurich) studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France ; Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, Switzerland ; Royal College of Arts, London, and completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, USA. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, amongst others at the Zabludowicz Collection, London; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Last Tango, Zurich; MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Arts), Los Angeles; Kunsthaus Aargau; MAC (Musée d’Art Contemporain) Lyon; HeK, Basel and SALTS, Basel. Her work has been collected by the following collections: Kunstmuseum Aargau, Kunstsammlung des Kantons Zurich, Kunstsammlung der Stadt Zürich, Roche and HeK Basel.

Renown for her Virtual Reality HanaHana 花華 experience Mélodie Mousset has received nominations and prizes such as “Best Interactivity” award at WVRF 2017 in Crans Montana, followed by “Best Artistic VR Experience” at the Beijing VR Festival, a Golden Halo award for “best artistic achievement” and a silver Halo award in the category “Future” at VR days , Amsterdam. Since its launch in 2017 over 1 million hands have been created by 200,000 players in more than 50 exhibitions and gaming/new media festivals all over the world. Her work will be featured in the upcoming show Masks, a group show at Aargauer Kunsthaus and Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris, both opening in Fall 2019.
American writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus most recently wrote an article about her practice in the 2019 January/February issue of Art Review: "I don’t think of Mousset as part of a lineage, unless it’s one of exceptionally original, anomalous artists who have the courage to pursue an idea as far as it will go. So, maybe Carolee Schneemann, Werner Herzog, Béla Tarr, Paul Thek, Bas Jan Ader, Jay DeFeo."

Last Tango and Mélodie Mousset would like to thank Kiör, Liberty Speciality Markets and Stiftung Erna u. Curt Burgauer for the support in the realization of the Gasträume project