We don’t think enough about staircases
Staircases stand for ascent and descent, endings and beginnings. Bodies go up and down staircases. They are spaces of coming and going, of before and after. The floor of a staircase is folded, the space is bent. “We don’t think enough about staircases,” Georges Perec claimed in his book Species of Spaces. Andrea Maurer works on the spaces between, beside, below and above the stairs and walls of the stairwell at TQW. A spatial construction? Question mark? Question mark! The emergency escape route must remain unobstructed.
lives and works in Vienna. She examines, dissects and twists connections between language, reality and perception in mostly performative and/or installative formats. She realised many projects with the studio 5 collective between 2007 and 2013. Her piece Gesprächsgegenstände (2013) won the Media Art Award of the State of Salzburg.
She was awarded the H13 Performance Prize, sponsored by Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, in 2016 for SELBSTZERLEGUNG. Daily paper Der Standard described her as “highly adept in taking language, symbols and meanings apart. The topics addressed by her cleverly take the logic of everyday communication to the point of absurdity.”
Part of TQW Reopening