We have to move the island : Gallery Raum mit Licht, Vienna
10 March - 17 April 2020
Into the woods,
Ernst Koslitsch and "We have to move the island" at Raum mit Licht Gallery
Ernst Koslitsch and his new solo-show at raum mit licht gallery vienna with the titel from Lost: We have to move the island. I asked Ernst Koslitsch a few questions about the upcoming exhibition:
We Have to Move the Island – explain where the title comes from?
It is based on the TV series Lost (which unfortunately had the worst ending ever! What a downer!). Star Trek and science fiction in general, have been important influences in my life. In the Lost episode called Cabin Fever, one of the main characters, Locke, tells his companions, Ben and Hurley, that to save the island they have to move the island.That is how I feel right now. I spent the last nine years on an island. Workspace, school, exhibitions, eating, shopping and connecting, all done with in a space the size of an island.
In my studio on Aumannplatz in Vienna's 18th district I am visited by all kinds of people. I have met lawyers who believe in aliens, Trekkie astrophysicists, all kinds of people who have had encounters with ghosts, men in suits talking to me about all kinds of conspiracy theories, to crypto specialists trying to change the world of finance. I have old ladies telling me stories of their hardship during and after the Second World War. I am the first to hear who has passed, moved on, failed or succeeded and who has been born. Engrossed and also entrapped, constantly drawn in daily by life. A bubble that functions on its own, safe, clean, but gradually losing its inspirational touch, making escape the only possible means to grow more. JJ. Abrams is not just the man who created not only sci-fi TV series such as Lost, Star Trek and Star Wars movies, he is a visionary, a brilliant mind that can see the world in its complexity and from this create another complete world in all its intricacy. Not only in Lost and Star Trek but in his book called The Ship of Theseus, a story within a story. The book has been described as being "part work of art, literary experiment, and love letter to the physical expression of books".
Similar to my worlds, constructing mythology and Yellow Universe, which are fictional expandable worlds, mixtures of the familiar and the mysterious, full of enigmas and factual deviations.