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Interplay, Enmeshment and Matter

In my practice, I investigate the shifting relationships between our reality and the digital world, exploring how we forge our identities within societal constructs and rupturing our perception of reality to expose unexpected beauty and new perspectives. I am deeply passionate about examining the concept of individual liberty and how it is subsumed into society-imposed mental patterns and daily habits, particularly since these themes affect me personally as a female artist. In my work, I focus on female identity and self identity, intimacy, the human body and self imagery, and creation and destruction-opening up dialogues to access new and unfamiliar territories. I love to explore and play with visual, sonic, and cinematographic codes, manipulate time to stretch out or compress visual and auditory experiences, and use duplication, sampling, and layering of multiple visual and aural component-creating pieces that disrupt societal normalization through the physical senses. 

2020
Mauren Brodbeck


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“Mauren Brodbeck Carnet n° 9“, The Auer Photo Foundation, 2015
"Mauren Brodbeck, Oeuvres Photographiques/Photographic Works, 2004–2014", Drago Publishings, 2014

This is a photographic series that is in progress and that is accompanied by video and audio work that I image creating an installation.

Kunstwerk(e)

Interplay, Enmeshment and Matter (series) (2020)
Mauren Brodbeck
Foto
My work took an unexpected turn when our lives were abruptly transformed with confinement orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I have always been concerned about our natural landscapes and nature, and the spaces that humans occupy and how these spaces are transformed and destroyed in that process. But as humans reduced their activities, we saw for the first time in modern history how greatly our daily activities impact our environment.

The result was that I was suddenly confronted with choices about what I can and cannot control. In my practice, I am interested in the materiality of imagery, and the non-linguistic forms of gesture and intuition, which emerge in moments where we cannot control our outcomes, our futures, or our lives.

See pdf for more information about the series, process and how it relates to covid-19.
Photography, video and audio
Photography
Unknown, will depend on the frame
Various dimensions
Interplay, Enmeshment and Matter (series) (2020)
Mauren Brodbeck
Foto
I had two takeaways from the experience. First, that humans dominate and take over landscapes, assuming that it is a right when we do not have the right. Second, that nature has an immense power to reemerge and continue growing.
The result was that I was suddenly confronted with choices about what I can and cannot control. In my practice, I am interested in the materiality of imagery, and the non-linguistic forms of gesture and intuition, which emerge in moments where we cannot control our outcomes, our futures, or our lives. In those moments, who is in control? I chose to let go of control.

In my work, this decision affected the process with which I investigate the interplay between man and nature, and also how I approach my work, which became scattered and interrupted during the stay-at-home orders. Having to let go of control also meant letting go of control over the outcome of my imagery, inviting chance into the process.

More in the pdf.
Photography
Photography
Unknown, will depend on the frame
Variable

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