CLAUDIA NEBEL

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In 2007, the European Forum Alpbach adressed the general topic of “Emergence“. This project attempts an artistic approach to this complex and, at the same time, broad topic against the backdrop of the specific Alpbach situation. In a way, emergences are the norm in Alpbach, for new things emerge from the Forum on a regular basis.


The art project describes humans, as social beings, as both the precondition for and the medium of emergences; therefore, it apparently approaches the topic not from the perspective of the natural sciences, but chooses a social science perspective. However, a physical dimension of the concept can be detected behind the quasi-emergent surface of human relations and social contexts. The relationship between the two levels is one of tension, which the series of works of art intends to illustrate and document. In a way, the question raised is that of the qualities of complexity. Ist he complex interaction between human individuals different from that between atoms and molecules? If  human society is a more complex structure than a chemical compound in a certain aggregate state, it must be possible to show, to depict this.

Thea im is to identify and symbolise rational thinking, the individual and interactive- perhaps even collective- dimensions of human consciousness in their distinctiveness. For this reason, the project focuses on a group of human individuals. The group is depicted repeatedly, seemingly without any changes. In fact, however, composition and hierarchies vary across the images. Individuals rise from the anonymity of the group, as it were, and determine the latter by their individual characteristics- they become known. Each image portrays a different, concrete embodiment of the group, the notional consequence being different emergences. The individuals spotlighted in each image of the group give the group a different intellectual an social spin. News aspects emerge, but they are always different new aspacts. Seemingly small changes of the situation at the outset trigger considerably varied scenarios of renewal.

Emergence- in the vibes between people.

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