Herwig Turk agent LC

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent LL

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent LR

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent MC

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent ML

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent MR

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent PC

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent PL

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent PR

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent VC

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent VL

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agent VR

Dimensions:
100 x 80 cm

Description:
Lambda print mounted on aluminium. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agents

Description:
Installation view, Peripheral Vision I (solo show), Museu das Comunicações, Lisboa / Portugal. Photo © Herwig Turk. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agents

Description:
Installation view, Peripheral Vision I (solo show), Museu das Comunicações, Lisboa / Portugal. Photo © Herwig Turk. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Herwig Turk agents

Description:
Installation view, Peripheral Vision I (solo show), Museu das Comunicações, Lisboa / Portugal. Photo © Herwig Turk. Image © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Description:
Exhibition video documentary. Video © Herwig Turk. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

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Herwig Turk & Paulo Pereira
Agents

In this body of work, eighteen photographs, Turk takes six pieces of laboratory equipment out of their context, removes them from their assigned position in the efficient organization of work in a lab, and shows them in isolation and devoid of function.

The detail from a laboratory worktop with shining white tiles and blackish-grey grouting, shown in artful lighting, opens up a visual space where, amongst other things, a microscope, a pipette and a cold-light source with a two-arm light guide become actors under the artist’s vision control and mise-en-scène. Three lambda prints of each piece of equipment, measuring 100 x 80 cm and flush mounted on aluminum panels, show one front view and two lateral views. The equipment shapes, strange to the layperson’s eye, exude strong visual power due to the way in which they are staged, and seem in a way reminiscent of sculptures. The instruments selected are the silent witnesses of a highly dynamic field of knowledge where the aids and appliances of today will be gone tomorrow, to be replaced by more efficient and powerful successors.

By concentrating on laboratory equipment which normally goes unnoticed in a scientific environment, the artist traces the interaction between the material culture of the laboratory and the production of scientific insights. In this context, the practice of observing, measuring and experimenting, organized both in terms of material and theory, as well as the relationship between experiential knowledge and the actors involved in experiencing are of special interest to Herwig Turk.

Text by Ingeborg Reichle (2008)

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Herwig Turk lives and works in Vienna. His projects probe the interconnectivity of the fields of art, technology and science. From 2010 to 2013, he has been artist in residence at the Instituto da Medicina Molecular (IMM), Lisbon. From 2003 to 2009, Turk worked together with Paulo Pereira, head of the Department of Ophthalmology at IBILI (Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences) at the...