VICTORINE MÜLLER

维克托里娜米勒

source: infectingthecity

Victorine Müller, originally from Switzerland, is an internationally-acclaimed performance artist whose work has been staged at various major museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Museum Belvedere in Vienna, and at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. She has had numerous group and solo shows, and many international residencies. Currently, her preferred medium is performative sculpture.
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source: duckstaposition

To most people, balloons are simply associated with children, décor and celebratory events. Their role is usually meek − look cute and embellish. But to the internationally-acclaimed Swiss performance artist Victorine Müller, they hold a much greater meaning and usefulness. The inflatable aspect of balloons is an essential part of her work. For over fourteen years now, she has been combining the disciplines of painting and sculpture, with sound art and performance.

When I stumbled upon her work earlier this week, I was absolutely blown away by the seemingly weightless PVC structures (this is how Müller characterizes them) of transparent forms, which are usually animals. What really astounded me was that she places herself inside the air-filled animals, emitting a tangible aura− “breathing animistic energy into the beast she inhabits” (design boom).

Performative sculpture is Müller’s favourite medium, often dealing with notions of spiritual and emotional dynamism. It certainly provides audiences with an immersive experience. This is what she had to say about her work:

‘I’m interested in creating moments of sensitivity, moments when our defenses are down and we are open to new things. moments of powerful concentration. … I create zones, put forward pictures, show processes that touch the viewer, that invoke associations on various levels, transport people into a different state, so that things hidden may become visible, accessible, opening up possibilities – to demonstrate something that is not said and cannot be said, but that is’.
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source: movimentomoda

Victorine Müller é conhecida pelas suas enormes e impressionantes esculturas insufláveis em PVC de animais e outras formas orgânicas, mas a verdadeira magia do seu trabalho começa com a presença da própria artista suíça. Müller veste regularmente estas almas etéreas e diferentes, revelandas em performances algo espirituais onde o som e a imagem são combinados para cativar um público contemplativo. A artista permanece de forma pacífica dentro das criaturas transparentes e brilhantes, permitindo que os pessoas estabeleçam uma ligação muito íntima com ela e sua escultura cristalina.

“Estou interessada em criar momentos de sensibilidade, momentos em que as nossas defesas estão em baixo e estamos abertos a coisas novas. (…) Eu crio zonas, apresento imagens, mostro processos que tocam o espectador, que invocam associações a vários níveis e as transportam para um estado diferente, de modo que coisas ocultas se possam tornar visíveis, acessíveis, abrindo possibilidades – para demonstrar algo que não é dito e não pode ser dito, mas que é.”