A conversation beyond matter: Carolyn Kirschner
The photo depicts many geometric cylinders in red, blue and white colors. They are all lying on a pile.
Artist Talk
Fri, October 07, 2022 7 pm CEST
Language: English

British artist and researcher Carolyn Kirschner will present her project »Iconoclash Slow Squeeze« created during the Beyond Matter Residency program and answer related questions about, among others, the relationship between materiality, representation and physical stimulation in conversation with Dr. Cecilia Preiss, research associate at the ZKM | Hertz-Lab.

With »Iconoclash Slow Squeeze«, the artist explores so-called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Responses, or ASMR for short - tinglingly pleasant reactions that can be triggered by auditory and visual stimuli that most people perceive during relaxation, calming and well-being. Incorporating well-known modernist artworks, recontextualizing them and simultaneously transferring them into a different material form, Kirschner questions the connection between art, fetish, pleasure and experience.

Immediately following, the world premiere of her audiovisual work will take place at the ZKM's Cube.

The Beyond Matter Residency was a fellowship program that took place within the framework of the international practice-based research and development project Beyond Matter, funding artists and theorists researching virtual worlds and their technical and theoretical implications between 2020 and 2022.

Beyond Matter is funded by the European Commission and the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


Carolyn Kirschner (Artist)
Cecilia Preiss (Interview)
Felix Koberstein (Project Management)
Sebastian Schottke (Sound engineer)
Kieran Brunt (Soundscape)
ZKM Videostudio (Aufzeichnung)

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ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe

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