Samson Ogiamien’s work is a meeting between Beninese bronze art, which has its roots in spiritual, ritual contexts, and Western modern sculptural traditions. Ogiamien was trained as a sculptor both in Benin City and at the Ortweinschule in Graz, and his hybrid works reveal the result of cultural cross-pollination. The execution of the sculptures Commemorative Head of a Queen and Commemorative Head of a King, for example, shows clear references to Benin’s traditional memorial busts. Now, however, it is no longer high birth that grants such an expensive, elaborate bronze casting, since Ogiamien dedicates it to friends in exile, who in this way return to their ritual context after their death. Ogiamien thus becomes a mediator and intermediary between cultures as well as between tradition, modernity and the present.
Ohne Titel (untitled), 2019
The photogram depicts a tensioned load securing net made of synthetic material on a scale of 1:1.
The posters and videos on this wall show various forms of social activism and protest in the field of environmental and social policy, civil, human and animal rights.
The Living Arch. A Study Model for a Novel Wellbeing Architecture for Honeybees, seit 2020
The experimental architectural study The Living Arch combines biology, technology and design in the quest for healthy and comfort-able spaces.
Architecture Broadcasting Network, seit 2020
KOEN Institute of Construction and Design Principles / Graz University of Technology
Video, graphics and photos: KOEN
As a social practice, architecture essentially points to a totality of spatial, technological, social and economic developments.
KooWo – Kooperatives Wohnen, (cooperative living), Eggersdorf bei Graz, seit 2019
wohnlabor, Verein Kooperatives Wohnen Volkersdorf, Die WoGen – Wohnprojekte-Genossenschaft
Cooperative, shared and self-determined – can it work?
Bikes & Rails, Vienna, from 2020
wohnlabor, Verein Bikes & Rails, habiTAT
To live in a self-determined way, in an equal, diverse house community, without having to move out again at some point because of rent increases – this is one goal of self-managed, solidarity-based housing projects.
The Sharing Economy, 2018
studio ASYNCHROME (Marleen Leitner, Michael Schitnig)
In Weltverschiebung, the desire for public space is juxtaposed with the growing economisation of what once seemed like endless outer space.