The eerie life of fam. FRESIC.

Performative installation with found objects , odor and sound  

possible with the support of:  Irrlicht Elet and Mezzanin Wien

enter each room for details (sound on):

Site-specific work done in the frame of the group exhibition „In-between worlds” in a vacant villa in the 14th district of Vienna, repurposed as artist studios (now undergoing remodeling into luxurious apartments). The interaction with the house started from the premises of it being a living organism. The work manifested itself in different rooms, through the appearance of ‘traces’ from lives of the imaginary characters Ms. Fresic and her partner. The awareness of two inhabitants act as an anchor points for the viewer and bring in questions about the domestic sphere. There was minimal interference with the given space, and only specific areas were manipulated  into a ‘window’ of the past /future. The separate levels become conceptually consciousness stages of the house as living organism. 

As one walked through the rooms, the name FRESIC revealed itself to be appropriated from “Fischer”, one of the last inhabitants. Frau Fischer feeds her cats at regular hours each day, every day. She left the house, but returns ghostly to feed the cats, which have not left. Yet, in the eerie life of fam. FRESIC, Frau F. is not the same. She is imaginary, she is a projection, she is a double. She has lived there, no doubt, for traces have been left enough.

The kitchen: an uncanny combination of a nature morte painting with the smell of a freshly baked cake. The beauty room: a broken reality of nature and saints. The bathroom, with the bathtub as a topos for death and its recurring cinematic pop-cultural refrain. The basement, a moist room entangled in dark. 

Images when not otherwise specifyed: ©Alexandra Tatar

Site-specific work done in the frame of the group exhibition „In-between worlds” in a vacant villa in the 14th district of Vienna, repurposed as artist studios (now undergoing remodeling into luxurious apartments). The interaction with the house started from the premises of it being a living organism. The work manifested itself in different rooms, through the appearance of ‘traces’ from lives of the imaginary characters Ms. Fresic and her partner. The awareness of two inhabitants act as an anchor points for the viewer and bring in questions about the domestic sphere. There was minimal interference with the given space, and only specific areas were manipulated  into a ‘window’ of the past /future. The separate levels become conceptually consciousness stages of the house as living organism. 

As one walked through the rooms, the name FRESIC revealed itself to be appropriated from “Fischer”, one of the last inhabitants. Frau Fischer feeds her cats at regular hours each day, every day. She left the house, but returns ghostly to feed the cats, which have not left. Yet, in the eerie life of fam. FRESIC, Frau F. is not the same. She is imaginary, she is a projection, she is a double. She has lived there, no doubt, for traces have been left enough.

The kitchen: an uncanny combination of a nature morte painting with the smell of a freshly baked cake. The beauty room: a broken reality of nature and saints. The bathroom, with the bathtub as a topos for death and its recurring cinematic pop-cultural refrain. The basement, a moist room entangled in dark. 

Images when not otherwise specifyed: ©Alexandra Tatar