RAHMAN HAK-HAGIR - INTERVIEW by STEFAN WOLNER for the OS -MAGAZINE (2013)
Rahman Hak-Hagir (born May 15, 1972) is an Austrian-born Vienna-based half-afghan conceptual and performance artist who began his career in 1990. Active for two decades in varied fields of art, his work is recently focussing on the conflicting priorities between individual and social environment.
"Performance artist Rahman Hak-Hagir donated The Detroit Dollar to MONA. The piece as well as documentary photographs and corresponding Manifesto are currently on display as part of the DOCUMENTA show at MONA's Armada space. Check out this short video which serves as a wonderful introduction to Rahman Hak-Hagir's artistic practice. Thanks Jarod George Bardon for the subtitles."
- Jessica Hopkins
Curator at Museum of New Art and Director of Art Room, Detroit (USA)
Production & Supervising: Stefan Wolner
English subtitles: Jarod George Bardon
(p) The Other Society, 2013, (c) Rahman Hak-Hagir, 2013
In the Summer of 2013 Suns approached me with the idea of developing a music video for their track 'Bells' and upon listening to the track -which I loved- I immediately had thoughts of an astronaut travelling alone through space. With this initial image in mind I began experimenting with various visual effects using After Effects.
I used two AE plugins: Plexus 2.0 and Trapcode Form, I started to develop my ideas which involved generating the thin line aesthetic and dots that I was after. The majority of the 3D models used in the video are based on real objects from Space; the Hubble Space Telescope, Progress and Voyager 1. The planets and moons in the video are generated using NASA imagery, and helped to create a formal aspect to an otherwise abstract piece. Once I'd settled on the visual look for the piece, I began to think about how the structure will be developed in relation to the journey of the astronaut and the emotion of the track.
Lo que antes habia sido un trabajo común, ahora es una ocupación especializada, un arte que lucha contra los avances tecnológicos. Rotuladores, dirigido por Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, explora con estilo, atravez de anécdotas esta forma de arte no reconocida. Hace un recuento alrededor del pais de los artistas, incluyendo a Ira Coyne, Bob Dewjurst, Keith Knecht, Norma Jeane Maloney y Stephen Powers. Estos vanguardias con su originalidad nunca antes visto, están creando un renacimiento creativo, que tiene como propósito ejemplificar la historia del éxito en la clase obrera Americana.Rotuladores celebra a todos aquellos que mantienen la tradición intacta, con un enfoque de apreciación por el balance entre el arte y el comercio.