Exhibition:

Marlene Bart: Ordnungswut 8 February - 16 March 2024

Installation image Ordnungswut: Marlene Bart (Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)

All utopias are depressing because they leave no room for chance, for difference, for “otherness”. All is ordered, and order prevails. Each utopia is always based on a great taxonomic intention: a place for each thing and each thing in its place. – Georges Perec: „Denken/Ordnen”

Text: Marlies Wirth

The human quest for order symbolizes both the vital need for clarity and the impossibility of achieving it completely. Organizing the beings and things according to their characteristics, similarities, time and significance gives the illusion of orientation in a world whose inherent diversity seems almost infinite.

In her solo exhibition entitled Ordnungswut, Berlin-based artist Marlene Bart presents a multimedia installation that explores the complex relationship between art and science. Based on the authority of hierarchical systems of order in natural history, her work questions the structures of knowledge culture, which are deeply rooted in European colonialism and the increasingly crumbling paradigms of the Anthropocene.

Marlies Wirth is the Curator of Digital Culture and Head of the Design Collection of The Museum of Applied Arts (the MAK) in Vienna

Join us for an artist talk featuring Marlene Bart, interviewed by curator Lisa Moravec. Date: March 16th, Time: 7 pm, Location: GALERIE Peter Gaugy, Goldschlagstraße 106, Vienna, Austria.

This discussion is being held in conjunction with Marlene Bart’s solo exhibition entitled “Ordnungswut”, a multimedia installation that explores the complex relationship between art and science and questions long-established hierarchical systems of order and structures of knowledge in the context of the increasingly crumbling paradigms of the Anthropocene.

Marlene Bart is based in Berlin, and her practice is situated at the intersection of natural history and visual art. This exhibition combines installation, glass and 3D printed sculpture, printmaking, and virtual reality work. She holds a Ph.D. from Bauhaus University Weimar.

 Lisa Moravec is a Vienna-based writer, curator, and art historian. She teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Her research focuses on performative elements within the visual arts, specifically on human, digital, and animal connections. Upcoming work includes a monograph: *Dressaged Animality: Human and Animal Actors in Contemporary Performance* (Routledge, 2024), and an exhibition on artist Rose English for the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg. She holds a Ph.D. from Royal Holloway, University London.

Ordungswut: Marlene Bart (Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
High School Nightmare (2021) glass cast at Berengo Studio 31 x 21 x 9 cm
Psychographics Reloaded, (2020) Cast glass at Berengo Studio, 22 x 18 x 16 cm
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
Silkscreen print of a shell like structure in black, pink, blue, and yellow on a white background.
Oken Ornament silkscreen on paper (ed. 1 of 5) 50 x 35 cm
Silkscreen print of a honeycombed and shell like structure in black, pink and blue on a white background.
Tentacular Thinking silkscreen on paper (monotype) 50 x 35 cm
Large bee silkscreen printed in black on pink reflective paper
2023 / June II silkscreen on reflective paper (monotype) 33 x 33 cm
Sea Creature silkscreen printed in black on pink reflective paper
2023 / June III silkscreen on reflective paper (monotype) 33 x 33 cm
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
Large bee silkscreen printed in black on a mottled blue paper
2023 / June I silkscreen on reflective paper (monotype) 33 x 33 cm
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
Screenshot of wormhole tunnel with circles, a large red area and blue veining.
Screenshot from Theatrum Radix VR work
Screenshot from Theatrum Radix VR work with floating fractal trees that resemble capillaries.
Screenshot from Theatrum Radix VR work
Screenshot from Theqtrum Radix VR work. This image is all in grayscale and has a table in the center of a honeycombed room, with two beetles rolling soap bubbles.
Screenshot from Theatrum Radix VR work
Screenshot from Theatrum Radix VR work with tangled latice of capillaries. All black and white.
Screenshot from Theatrum Radix VR work
Screenshot from Theatrum Radix VR work in grayscale with a glass brain on a shelf, as seen from a side angle and tendrils coming out of it:
Screenshot from Theatrum Radix VR work.
Screenshot from Theatrum Radix VR work with a frontal view of the whole theater. Image is in grayscale and depicts a semi circle with six ascending platforms and seven shelves on each level.
Screenshot from Theatrum Radix VR work
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)
(Photo Kunst Dokumentation, 2024)