AWOL – Absent Without Leave


Opening: 18.07.2019, 7pm
Curated by: Günther Holler-Schuster und Roman Grabner
Price: Admission free
Venue: studio

Total Refusal – Digital Disarmament Movement is an art collective founded in Graz in 2018, consisting mainly of Leonhard Müllner, Robin Klengel and Michael Stumpf.

About the exhibition

The aesthetics and structures of video games—their relation to the real physical world—are quoted and manipulated by them in a subversive way. They translate the codes of games into real life—motions, behaviours, aesthetics.

In this world, the levels of reality have long been mixed. Avatars and real people coexist more or less well with each other according to certain rules of the game. These rules, however, are constantly and fundamentally disturbed by Total Refusal. The potential of this collective lies in the anarchic joke. It creates an amazingly impressive visuality that emerges from the visual noise of today’s digital flood of images. The artists pick up the existing mechanics of the games and misuse them: Imagine it’s a war and all the tanks are just going around in circles ...


About the studio

From 1992 to 2010, the studio of the Neue Galerie Graz served as a platform for young Austrian artists at the outset of their career. In 2017 this key instrument for the promotion and presentation of recent art in the Joanneum Quarter was re-introduced. Three studio exhibitions will be shown in 2019 and can be visited free of charge.

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