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Tina Frank (at)
Tina Frank is an Austrian designer and visual artist working in the field of digital publications, data and music visualisations. She is professor at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, where she is heading the department Visual Communication at the Institute of Media. Since many years, Tina Frank has been performing live with a wide range of musicians including the Soundwalk Collective, Chicks on Speed, Pita Rehberg and Florian Hecker. Her video works are found in international collections of videoart and are presented in the experimental section of film festivals.
Mia Zabelka (AT) – E-violin, electronic devices, alien objects
Tina Frank (AT) – video synthesizer, camera
Tina Frank and Mia Zabelka share a fascination and engagement with de- and reconstructing sound and image in an ongoing process of concrete abstraction. Refraction is the first public performance of these two artists who wander along boundaries between analogue and digital modes of expression, creating elemental audiovisual worlds comprising minimalist elements and global overviews of sight and sound that come together in an explosive, fragile event in the performance space. Opacity and transparency, light and dark, dissonance and melody collide in a reconsideration of opposition, constantly challenging supposed notions of perceptive norms. Refraction refers both to the audiovisual materiality of Frank, Zabelka’s work and to processes of socio-political disintegration, reflecting the fragile and fragmented times we inhabit and simultaneously proffering an audiovisual flicker of hope. Frank and, Zabelka’s collaboration portrays possibility and transformation, overcoming thresholds in the intermedial generation of new spaces of creative reflection.
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