Triple Conjunction: Magic, Myths and Mutations

A triple conjunction is an astronomical event, where two planets or a planet and a star meet each other three times in a short period either in opposition or at the time of inferior conjunction, if an inferior planet is involved. The visible movement of the planet or the planets in the sky is therefore normally prograde at the first conjunction, retrograde at the second conjunction and again prograde at the third conjunction.” (Wikipedia)

How do artists reflect the year 2010? It is the beginning year of predictions of the end of the world, catastrophes and natural destructions. With anxiety, humor or indifference? Ecological, social and economical positions are influencing our daily reconsideration of ourselves, our environment and political changes. Artistic reflections in media art are often inspirations for an other view on our planet and our lives. Already our school mathematics have taught us that the terms indivisible and parallel are clear contradictions, as by definition not congruent. After the infinitesimal calculation we wonder that a projection of a point into infinity can become a plane. And after Einstein’s theories and the fundamental changes of the structural concepts our practical trust into the categories of elementary sciences is shaken and is daily shaken further. Gradually the sciences are transforming the conventional view on our universe into a complex system of interdependencies, which is not only beyond the general understanding and description, but is rattling the basics of the absolute proof of mathematics and physics. Random, chance, dynamic erratic developments, instability or quite generally the dissolve from order to chaos are the synonyms for this confusion, a kind of Heisenberg’s "relation of the unsharp" of causality. Today we have turned our world into a giant laboratory, more uncontrolled than controlled. Notions like illusion, imagination, appearance and being are loosing their distinctiveness. The objectivity of opinion and explanation depends on the axiom of the subjective point of view.

Heiko Daxl and Ingeborg Fülepp

Heiko Daxl and Ingeborg Fülepp

Heiko Daxl a German media artist and exhibition curator and his wife and partner Ingeborg Fülepp, a Croatian artist, university teacher, curator and film editorand, are renowned video and media artists who are at home in Berlin and Zagreb and who are recognized in both cities. Since 1990 they have worked together as an artistic couple under the name "mediainmotion" and "dafü®" within film, video art, visual music, digital art, graphics, photo, installation and Mixed Media. Both established in Zagreb starting from 1993 and still during the war in Croatia the exhibition series Media Scape with international media art at the Museum for Contemporary Art in Zagreb (until 1999) and since 2005 in the Galerija Rigo and Muzej Lapidarium in Novigrad (Cittánova) in the Croatian region of Istria. In the year 2006 this manifestation was extended in co-operation with Noam Braslavsky under the title Strictly Berlin in the Galerie der Künste (GdK) in Berlin.

Besides their own artistic oeuvre, their teaching activity and their cooperation at the studio for electroacoustic music of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin (1995–2002) they have worked in the context of concerts and theatre performances also with contemporary composers such as Georg Katzer, Wolfgang Rihm, Hans Joachim Hespos, Frano Parac, Gerhard Staebler, Mona Mur, Jorge Reyes, Steve Roach, Suso Saiz, Kunsu Shin, Amnon Wolman, Bert Wrede, Dror Feiler, Masami Akita (Merzbow), Zbigniew Karkowski, Elliott Sharp, Tobias P.M. Schneid, Valerio Pizzorno, Igor Kuljerić and Mario Verandi and the ensembles Ensemble Modern, Neue Vokalsolisten, Ensemble Belcanto, Zeitkratzer, Ensemble Varianti, Ensemble 13.

The numerous works they have created bear witness to their joy of experimenting, always moving on the borderline to the unknown. Employing new technologies, they investigate different, so far unknown optic and acoustic phenomena. The observer's senses, his hearing, his sight and his touch, are always consciously engaged, irritating his perception. Daxl and Fülepp show new ways in the artistic exploration of the technical possibilities of creating sounds and abstract images which force the observer to an integrated reception. They seek to make the recipient think about the reality which is imparted to him in an artificial and technical way.

They have had work commissioned by Budge-Palais (Hamburg), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Donaueschingen Festival for Contemporary classical music), Bayerische Staatsoper München, Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg, Photokina Köln, Toshiba Tokyo, Magyar Televízió Budapest, Südwestrundfunk Stuttgart, Music Biennale Zagreb, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz Berlin) Berlin State Museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Goethe-Institut, INFERMENTAL, Budapest.