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Once a month we invite a foreign guest who is doing something ... anything creative to share their experiences. The event's a gathering of like minded people discussing a variety of issues in a relaxed, immmersive environment. Stimulated by new information, new people and new experience.


ART IN THE TANK :  Fanni Futterknecht

This month we have invited the Austrian artist Fanni Futterknecht to take over the tank.  Fanni is a passionate and lively artist who is currently doing a residency program in the Austrian Cultural Forum, Tokyo. The artist has shown all over the world, from Vienna to New York and from Shanghai to Melbourne. She works in the form of performance, demonstrations, videos and installations to critically analyse sociological themes and convert them into poetic reinterpretations. FISH TANK will provide her with a platform to showcase her work in a free format, to float her ideas out into the public realm, and then see what happens. We ask you to join us in this underwater happening to explore the underlying thought process and emotions of the work, and to then talk a lot about it. Challenging art in an informal public setting, we hope that you can come along for the swim. The displayed work is below: 

Across the White, 2016

Still-shot from 'Across the White'

We will be showing a video performance directed by Fanni in 2015. The work was stimulated by a substantial stay in Shanghai, together with the artist’s interest in Chinese Opera. It has been described as an imagination in colour, form, movement and sound. After the screening we will have a casual talk event where you can ask the artist questions about the performance, and she can tell us a bit more about her ideas and creative processes.

Still-shot from 'Across the White'

In Across the White Fanni Futterknecht focuses on the colour white; referring to colour in painting but also in a metaphorical sense to point out references to the context of the white cube. White symbolizes the space of emptiness giving space to the imaginary and creating a possibility for the non-existing to start to exist.

The starting point of this research was a substantial stay in Shanghai and the artist’s interest with the art figures of the Chinese opera. Harmony between the human and nature has been a fundamental thought within Chinese culture and can also be found in the narrated motives of the performing arts. The white empty space in theatre as well as the unpainted white space in painting shall allow a continued narration of what is represented even in its absence.

The performance in the film continues a discourse around symbolic and abstract codes of narration and translates them into a unique language of shapes, colours and sound. The work investigates the relationship between image and narration. A classical story around rebellion, order, naivety and strength is being told.


Event Information

◎ Date: Wednesday 25th April / 2018. 19: 00-22: 00

◎ Fee: ¥ 500. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase

◎ Reservation: Not required


04/25(Wed) 19:00 〜 22:00



Fanni Futterknecht, Biography


Born in Vienna Fanni Futterknecht has been studying fine art, contextual painting and video at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She participated at CNDC in Angers in France researching live performance, space and the body.

Fanni Futterknecht's works adopt a position that spans media, ranging between video, performance and installation. In her works she reflects on sociological and social questions, converting them into poetic interpretations. In spatial and plastic realizations and translations, and by means of language, the artist works on – in the form of performance, demonstrations, videos and installations – the construction and deconstruction of scenarios. Performance-installations are understood as processual sculptures, transforming creatively during their staging.Part of this investigation is a concern with processes of media translation and a questioning of the media employed in each context: the translation of the performance into a video. The video as an exhibition. The installation as a performance.




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