Gaby Felten

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Disciplines: Installatiekunstenaar, Performancekunstenaar, Videokunstenaar

Omschrijving werk

Gaby Felten (1981) is a performance, video, and installation artist. She has resided in 9 countries on 3 different continents during her lifetime. Her artistic practice has greatly been influenced by these episodes of temporary residence. Labor, identity formation and alienation are subjects which she deals with often. Felten uses her multiple roles as an artist, a provider of labor, and her status as an EU citizen to scrutinize a specific aspect of globalization: that of 21st century Western cultural predominance. She uses visual colloquialisms and humor to dislodge positions of privilege and marginality.

Werk

Hybrid Map nr. 1
Titel Hybrid Map nr. 1
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving This is the first work I made that involved merging two maps from different places together into a hybrid imaginary place. The map in the background in a map of the Republic of Congo, the capital of which is Brazzaville. This country has historical colonial ties to France. For this reason I decided to cut out almost every city block from a map of Paris, leaving only recognizable touristic attractions. At first glance, the hybrid map looks just like a regular map, but on closer inspection there are things that don’t quite match up. For instance, a slice of western Paris sits on top of the Atlantic Ocean, while the Seine intermittently crosses paths the Congo river throughout.
Techniek Sculpture
Formaat
Hybrid Map nr. 2
Titel Hybrid Map nr. 2
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving This piece reflects on the hybrid identity of places that are bound by a colonial past. In this work, I use maps of Madrid and Peru and combine them into one, creating a new geographical configuration and a nearly indiscernible new identity. The use of a golden survival blanket over what should be be the geographical location on the map of the colonial town center in Lima refers to one of the pillars of the colonial economy: the exploitation of the gold mines of Peru for European benefit.
Techniek Sculpture
Formaat
Hybrid Map nr. 3
Titel Hybrid Map nr. 3
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving This sculpture was made for a group show curated by Maja Ćirić. Ćirić and I were at the BAR Project residency together and during our stay we thought a lot about how we could be relevant to the art community in Barcelona with our practices. I decided to use my position as a temporary resident of Barcelona to show my idealistic relationship to a city with a rich and complex past: A map of Barcelona hangs between a broken piece of marble street sign and a golden helium balloon.
Techniek Sculpture
Formaat
Reconfigured Status
Titel Reconfigured Status
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving This is a two­-part work that combines a silent video and Spanish­language beggar's sign, which was found torn up in the Barcelona metro system. ​On the streets of Barcelona, there are scores of people asking for money and work with cardboard signs. This sign was found in a metro station. It had been torn into 4 pieces. The sign is misspelled and reveals a woman’s very precarious position in society. I cut out her handwriting and lined her words with a golden space blanket, as used by paramedics in emergency situations. ​The sign reads: ​“I have no job because I've had a lung operation I have 3 children and no husband I am alone. Help me with anything thank you.” ​The sign's fragments have been put back together, and the golden letters are made from an emergency blanket that shine through the cut out original handwriting. The accompanying video shows a figure clad in a chroma key suit. The figure imitates the actions of illegal street vendors in the city of Barcelona. They have an ingenious system in which a bed sheet used to display the wares can quickly be snatched up into a satchel in order to avoid the police. In the video the figure is peddling her own wares, including the beggar’s sign, in a plaza filled with children.
Techniek Video installation and sculpture
Formaat
Reconfigured Status
Titel Reconfigured Status
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving Video still.
Techniek Video installation and sculpture
Formaat
One Sign Two Places
Titel One Sign Two Places
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving This is also a two-part work. In this piece I take ownership of a broken marble plaque, which features the names of two places in the city of Barcelona on either side of the plaque. I became interested in depicting the story of how this piece of municipal utilitarian marble became an artwork, and recorded a video in which the sign is taken away from its original location by a figure in a chroma key suit, which accompanied the sculpture in an exhibition.
Techniek Video installation and sculpture
Formaat
Work that Stands in the Way of Work
Titel Work that Stands in the Way of Work
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Work That Stands In The Way Of Work is an installation that uses the anonymous labor of 4 professional artists, a video projection illuminating a configuration of objects and a recorded narration to accompany the video. In this work I comment about the amount of labor and laborers needed to produce a work of art, which in many cases is credited to a single author. I engaged an artist to build the structure for me free of cost. I engaged another artist to transport and store the installation between exhibitions for the price of 3 Time Bank hour notes. I asked yet another artist to lend me a large mirror for 2 exhibitions (one at GEMAK, one at KABK), and finally, I asked one more artist to weld a three-dimensional, self-supporting object out of steel for me. All this labor was necessary so that I could produce a physical manifestation of a whimsical image. In the name of frivolous aesthetics I employed 4 artists, paid them nothing and did not credit them (by name) during the 2 exhibitions of this work. The projected video consists of an image of the artist welding the steel object, alternating with an image of dreamy sparklers (child-safe fireworks) burning on an immaterial black background.
Techniek Installation, Video
Formaat
Work that Stands in the Way of Work
Titel Work that Stands in the Way of Work
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Video still.
Techniek Installation, video.
Formaat
Self-Congratulatory Toast
Titel Self-Congratulatory Toast
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving trousers were stuffed with colorful confetti, and weighted down by 2 bricks that I selected from the street. Tied to one of the trouser belt loops was a yellow helium balloon with a circumference of 1.50 meters, which was partially sponsored by a shop, so that I did not have to finance my own work out of pocket. My performance on November 14th 2013 consisted of inviting everyone to raise their glass in a toast to me, urging others to welcome me into the art world, using what I imagined to be the standpoint of a naive and hopeful art academy undergraduate in the current political climate. I asked a friend to “do the honors” after my toast, and lift the bricks from the trousers. The helium balloon shot up to the ceiling, yanking the trousers along with it, and spraying colorful confetti all over the crowd and floor. This is the text of the toast: Colleagues! Friends! Peers! Please join me! I would like to make a toast! Thanks are in order, to you for attending, to the artists, who give us their work to contemplate, and to NEST for creating this occasion. I would also like to thank my personal sponsor, de ballonnenwinkel.nl, for providing me with the financial means to make my artwork. Obviously, I would like to congratulate my peers, for being a part of this exhibition, but most of all, I would like to congratulate myself. I think my presence at this exhibit will help me find my personal brand of authenticity as an artist. I believe I’ll have a long career of critical self-reflection, failures that ultimately lead to triumph, and finally, to the financial independence I deserve just for being myself. If you have glass, please raise it! Edd, could you do the honors? (Edd lifts brick from the trousers) May I forever be able to hold up my own trousers! Cheers and Thank you!
Techniek Performance
Formaat
The Department of Surplus Person Affairs
Titel The Department of Surplus Person Affairs
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving The Department of Surplus Person Affairs is a project I started in 2011 to address the weak correlation between the expectations of basic-to-advanced educated youngsters and the reality of job market offers. As the title of the work suggests, the inefficient correlation between educational marketing towards youngsters and the reality of available jobs on the market results generations of discarded minds, whose limited options include practicing unskilled professions in order to obtain a small salary without any further developments. Using a survey of 20 questions and presenting myself as a Surplus Person, I interviewed people under the age of 40 who were struggling to match personal development with earning money, people who were unemployed in spite of being educated and able, and people involved in the Arts. My findings conclude that it is precisely the initiative of getting money that prevents people from developing in an altruistic and social manner, though the latent tendency to do so is present. and encourage them to take on the identity of a Surplus Person. I travelled to Madrid, where the youth unemployment rate is very high, and set up an office in which I could conduct a 30 minute long survey-conversation with visitors. The use of a survey helped the visitor and myself reach a deep level of engagement very quickly, in which existential worries and doubts were addressed. Once the status of Surplus Person was established, one could begin to think of oneself not as useless, but as an untapped resource, but not necessarily in a Capitalist way. The survey can be found on the Text section this site as a PDF titled The Department of Surplus Person Affairs.
Techniek Performance
Formaat

Omschrijving werk

Gaby Felten (1981) is a performance, video, and installation artist. She has resided in 9 countries on 3 different continents during her lifetime. Her artistic practice has greatly been influenced by these episodes of temporary residence. Labor, identity formation and alienation are subjects which she deals with often. Felten uses her multiple roles as an artist, a provider of labor, and her status as an EU citizen to scrutinize a specific aspect of globalization: that of 21st century Western cultural predominance. She uses visual colloquialisms and humor to dislodge positions of privilege and marginality.

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.gabyfelten.com

Opleidingsgegevens

Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten ArtScience 2010-2014 N

Andere opleiding

Instituut / docent & plaats (studie)richting periode van / tot
California College of the Arts Illustration 2000-2005

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2015 EAP Lab Reflect GROEP
2015 Espai 2, àngels barcelona Group exhibit: Within One's Grasp - curated by Maja Ciric GROEP
2015 àngels barcelona Solo exhibition: Not in an Emanicipated Way SOLO
2014 Gemak Preview of graduation exhibition "The Royal Institute for Hydra Studies" GROEP
2014 IDFX Intereference Prefrontal GROEP
2014 KABK Graduation Festival KABK2014 GROEP
2013 Nutshuis Nutshuis "Test Extra" series, "Tele-li(f/v)e" GROEP
2013 Nest One Nest Stand: Me Myself and I GROEP
2012 Matadero, Madrid. Satellite program GROEP
2012 Stroom Expanded Performance finissage GROEP

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2016 KABK As black as blue can be Interviewed Philip Akkerman and Navid Nuur for graduating students of fine arts KABK.
2015 Platform for Thought In Motion The Reading Room The Reading Room is a reading group in which texts written by artists are discussed by a group of readers.
2014 EAP Lab Food & Proof Food & Proof is a platform for art professionals and students can come together to discuss works in progress amongst peers. The initiative is lead by Sissel Marie Tonn, Jonathan Reus and myself.

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2015 Artist in Residence with BAR Project Barcelona (http://barproject.net/), Sept-Nov 2015

Opdrachten

jaartal opdrachtgever plaats / land typering opdracht uitgevoerd
2015 Le Merle Montreal / Canada Text based on artistic experience for publication J

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2014 Stroom, Den Haag Pro Invest subsidie

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
Lid van Helicopter kunstenaarsgroep 2016 2016
Lid van Vereniging Noordwal 2016 2016
Bestuurslid Stichting ArtScience 2013 2014