brigitte kowanz brings light to the austrian pavilion at the venice art biennale
erwin wurm and brigitte kowanz are representing the austrian pavilion at the venice art biennale 2017. curated by christa steinle, the presentation highlights both artists’ use of installation to extend the notions of sculpture and space. while their contributions are very different from each other, they function together as a whole.
kowanz uses light as her ‘immaterial medium’ of sculpture, working with mirrors to multiply physical space into a series of virtual scenes. developing her own artistic vocabulary over the course of more than three decades, kowanz deploys light as language and as a code. therefore, the architecture of the austrian pavilion is turned into a data space, using light not to illuminate or colorize, but to disseminate and impart information.