Ariadne Randall is an American artist, composer, and writer based in Vienna. Her work practices worldbuilding through transmedia narrative. Through strategies of material depth and formal juxtaposition, she creates spaces for imagination in sound, language, and image. She holds degrees in classical composition and contemporary art from UCLA and Bard MFA. She has performed widely, from Lincoln Center to countless basements; been a part of work featured in the BBC, CNN, and Artforum; participated in the SPRING, ImageTanz, and Musiktheatertage festivals; and will premiere her first performance work, Reverse Cowgirl β, at Brut, Vienna, through the Huggy Bears Mentorship Program.
The child of a traveling apocalyptic evangelist and a Gospel singer who roamed America’s Bible Belt, her practice is rooted in a fusion of influences derived from Zen kōans, low theory, postwar American experimentalism, Medieval aural and visual forms, contemporary digital culture, and poetry. She previously lived in New York City, where she organized underground venues, zines, and radio. Her scores for theater and film have been shown in New York, Hollywood, London, Canada, and South Korea. Her writing has been published in Prelude Magazine and elsewhere. She is an Austrian National Residency Fellow for Music (BMKÖS), was a research assistant in ancient music at UCLA, and spent ten years in Rinzai Zen training.
Ariadne Randall’s Meltiverse: Teil 1, solo exhibition by Ariadne Randall 9 November to 17 November 2023
In a special exhibition to be held in conjunction with Vienna Art Week, American artist, composer, and writer Ariadne Randall will present the inaugural part of her project titled, “Meltiverse.”
In a world made strange by human action, subjects struggle to cohere. Seas rise, art feeds AI. All that is solid melts into banks. We’re suspended in a hurricane with our dining table and Chablis 10,000 meters in the air, telling stories of the ground.
Proposing that our poly-crisis is at heart a crisis of imagination, Ariadne Randall’s Meltiverse project de- and re-constructs the given using image, text, and sound. “Meltiverse: Teil 1” contains the first part of this research: video installations, drawings, wearables, 3D renders, excerpts from a novel, and modified instruments.
The works draw on her lived trans* experience, Jack Halberstam’s low theory, and the ever-presence of the archive. While men with goggle toys sell us our world but worse, the artist asks what stories of difference we might tell instead. What might a monster know that we could learn? What was your original face before your parents were born?