phantasma

Ursula Hentschläger & Zelko Wiener

Phantasma

Phantasma

Abstract:
PHANTASMA is the third part of a trilogy developed specially for the World Wide Web. The work is a poetic interpretation of human states. Death, pain, power, ecstasy and sensuality are shown as the feelings that dominate us. In four modules which can be entered individually a dense picture of transitions emerges with the help of media-based means. Past and present merge. In addition to direct reference to the past in antiquity (Katastasis), a relation with our present day age is created (Oros). In parallel, information about this loaded field can be queried (Peripou). The fourth module (Taxidi) is also presented in its basic structure, for the time being showing pictures from present-day Greece.

Biography:
Zelko Wiener & Ursula Hentschläger – Prix Ars Electronica 2000 Honorary Mention in the net category for zeitgenossen.com Marianna von Willemer – Prize 2000 Honorary Mention for the webproject “distant heat”.

Zelko Wiener (MA) is a media artist born in 1953 in Banja Koviljaca, SFRJ; he lives and works in Vienna and studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 1982 he has been developing media art projects in the fields of Telecommunication (Biennale di Venezia, 1, 1986), Opto-acoustic Composition (Ars Electronica, A, 1990) and Digital lmaging (MAK – Austrian Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna, 1995). The work (A)WAY is installed at the Vienna lnternational Airport (1998-2000). lt combines elements of art in space projects with virtual environments.

Ursula Hentschläger (PhD, MA) was born in 1963 in Linz, A; she lives and works in Vienna, and studied communication science at the Vienna University and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 1990 has been developing interdisciplinary works in the fields of media theory, literature and arts. Publications include: The Artist as Communicator. Series of Online-Interviews. Vienna: Passagen, 1993. Martscherie oder das Leben in der Versuchung. Selence Fiction-Novel. Vienna: Triton, 1995. Paramour. Art in Context with New Technologies (in cooperation with Katharina Gsõlipointner). Vienna: Triton 1999.