Mischa Kuball

public preposition | (DYS)(U)TOPIA

21.04.-31.05.2017 19:00-01:00

The Kunsthaus Graz can be read as a utopian building whose roots go back to the late 1960s, drawing on concepts such as living architecture and intelligent exhibition machine. The arteries of its organic, technical form became moving walkways that carry visitors; the façade, originally designed as transparent to reveal the inner workings of the exhibition machine, instead became a pulsating light façade and a third exhibition space for the public.


Dystopia - Utopia

It is this façade that now displays the latest work in a current series by Mischa Kuball. One of the leading light artists in the world today, for the month of Licht 2017 Kuball is showing public preposition / Utopia, a script that mutates from the term Utopia to Dystopia and back again. In an endless loop of repetitions on the façade, he questions shifting perspectives on both architectonic and social developments, here and everywhere.


public prepositions  

Since 2009, Mischa Kuball has been realising a series of installations in public space. Under the title of public preposition, it explores the potential of light on different levels. So far he has worked in Venice, Marfa (Texas), Toronto, Bern, Wolfsburg, Katowice and Christchurch. Public prepositions formulates questions about art in public space and social change within an urban context, while examining and ‘illuminating’ site-specificity and the fundamental notion of ‘public’ itself.



Mischa Kuball has been working in the public and institutional sphere since 1984. In his installations and photographs he uses light as a medium to explore architectural spaces as well as social and political discourses. He reflects on a whole variety of aspects from sociocultural structures to architectural interventions as well as emphasising or reinterpreting their monumental nature and context in architectural history. Public and private space merge into an indistinguishable whole in politically motivated participation projects, providing a platform for communication between the audience, the artist, the work itself and public space.


Since 2007 Mischa Kuball has been a Professor at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and associate professor for media art at Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM, Karlsruhe. Since 2015 he has been a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Duesseldorf. In 2016 he was honoured with the German Light Award.


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