Film screening and talk by Otto Krause and Milan Loviška, 1 November 2018
Join us on 1st November at 7PM for a free film screening and public talk as the final presentation by Blitz residents Otto Krause and Milan Loviška, followed by drinks.
During their residency the duo will take their current work, Furrious, underwater. In Furrious, Milan and Otto employ the artistic processes of furrification and plushification. In reference to the practice of fursuiting in anthropomorphic faux fur and plush costumes, undertaken by members of a subculture called the Furry Fandom, they constitute their own disarming aesthetic plushyverse of everything childish. Endowing spatial and material entities with features that evoke certain squeezability and a large dose of innocence they play with the boundaries of human and creature in a notably artificial and abstract way. Amidst the current political climate that tends to trivialise serious matters with simplified and alternative political messages, they also point to the reduction of psychological defence mechanisms and the increase of susceptibility when exposed to cuteness. Their hybrid plushophilia is as much a subversive act of creative involution as it is a reminder of the seductive power of cute imagery in the ever-frightening political propaganda.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Otto Krause and Milan Loviška explore the potential of performative formats and new technologies to stimulate uncanny relationships between audience and performer, and question established modes of perception. The results are physically intensive, atmospheric works, combining aspects of popular culture and science, such as superhero comics, psychology, pornography, biology, electronic media, religion, film studies and philosophy. One of their main concerns is to create varying levels of urgency for audiences to observe, act and participate in their performances, which range from large-scale theatre works to more intimate gallery settings.
Otto holds a master’s degree in scenography from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2009 he has been creating his own stage and costume designs for opera, theatre, dance, performance and film, while collaborating with other artists. He is a lecturer in the scenography department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Milan studied contemporary dance at Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague and the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. In 2010 he received his master’s degree in psychology from Charles University in Prague. Alongside his own work he regularly collaborates with artists in the visual arts, music, theatre, dance and performance.
The Blitz Residency Programme is supported by the Valletta 2018 – European Capital of Culture. Blitz is supported by Arts Council Malta through a Cultural Partnership Agreement. The residency of Otto Krause and Milan Loviška is also supported by the Arts and Culture Division, Federal Chancellery of Austria.