14.03. – 09.05.2021

About the exhibition

In the kinetic installation ARTE FACTUM by Kaja Clara Joo, natural historical myths encounter a performative matter that wants to be perceived as an autonomous unit.


During the MQ ART BOX exhibition the sculpture, which was made entirely with latex, will be under constant exposure to the surrounding light. Due to its light- sensitive characteristics the material turns darker and more porous as time goes by. Eighthundred and fifty strands that have been poured into the surface are simultaneously drawing into the sand beneath. The installation moves in waves through programmed motors.


Based on the theories and stories by the Swedish natural scientist Carl von Linné the viewer is confronted with a staged scenario of an amorphous being: »Non crescent, non vivet, non sentinunt (it doesn’t grow, it doesn’t live, it doesn’t feel!)!« The visitor’s gaze turns into an apparatus: the pure act of observing already shapes the properties of a transforming entity.


Kaja Clara Joo was born in 1991 in Vienna. Studies of Photography with Gabriele Rothemann and TransArts-Transdisciplinary Arts at the University of applied arts Vienna.


Technical Engineering
Christoph Freidhöfer (Kunst- und Räderwerk)


Photos (c) Kaja Clara Joo


Lobkowitzplatz 3 / Spiegelgasse 25, 1010 Wien