Laura Skocek

Laura Skocek is an artist with a focus on sculpture, installation art, smart materials, and video & animation. She is based in Vienna, and will be in residence at Rimbun Dahan for the month of February. For more information on her work, visit her website.

Physiological rhythms and non-tangible states of consciousness are the basis for my sculptures. Digital scan works revolve around the transformation of movement – fleeting moments caught on camera that are expanded into an infinite rhythmic composition. I am also interested in the interplay of art and societal processes.

citizens, Video, duration: 1 min. 40 sec. resp. 20 seconds, 2015. In citizens temporal and spatial structures around arriving people and playing children dissolve. The scene is situated in a non-defined ‘city haven’. The look of the city can be guessed during a brief moment when the temporal axis is shifting and one catches a brief glimpse of one of the buildings. It is hinted at the ambiguity that these people have to deal with. Winner of the ’20 seconds for art’ competition issued by KÖR and Infoscreen, 2015. The work can be viewed here.

Forced Leisure, Interactive hammock, 100x400x100cm, techniques used: sewn conductive thread, Arduino + vvvv, 2015. By Cristoph Gruber & Laura Skocek. For more information and video of the work, please click here.

reconfigure(d) – object 1 + 2. The works reconfigure(d) – object 1 + 2 are the result of ongoing artistic research in the field of consciousness, subjective experience and states between sleep and wakefulness. During the phase of falling asleep, the hypnagogue phase, we slowly drift into the world of associatively combining images and word chains. The thalamus makes it possible for us to follow logical thoughts. According to new research this structure of the brain falls asleep before the Cortex, that is why thoughts coming up during this phase are not regulated.

  • Kinetic Object, 100x200x40cm, spring steel wire and knitted wire, hidden Nitinol-mechanism, Raschendorfer Shift Shield, Ultrasonic Sensor, Arduino-microcontroller, 2013.
  • Installation, 300x200x300cm, spring steel wire and knitted wire, hidden Nitinol-mechanism, circuit board, Arduino, 2013