Linus Riepler 1984, Österrike
In his artistic practice, Linus Riepler works on methods to engage the viewer. His subjects are the perception of space and how a narration can influence a spatial setting. He creates worlds that the viewer can enter. Sometimes they become room filling installations, other times they appear as dioramas inside small display boxes. Part of his methodology is experimentation with different ways of storytelling, but in every case the story stays fragmented.
A touch of entertainment is inherent in his works, making them a kind of walk-in show. Riepler’s sculptures and installations are interactive, but mostly analogue. They use pulley systems, ropes, winches and other simple mechanics, plus some basic electric components connected to them. More recent work incorporates sound, light and video. Some projects translate new technologies into his analogue language by referencing themes such as Star Trek’s holodeck or virtual reality.
Many works have their origin in personal memories. This can be a memory of a certain place, an object or a situation. Each work begins with the reconstruction of a mentioned place or event. Soon real life memories get combined with completely imaginary inventions and grow into something fictional. Other works begin with a found object around which an invented story is spun.
In a new series of works, Linus Riepler reverses this method. Based on historical events or geographic curiosities he chooses places to visit. Thus, a given narrative determines the personal experience that is made.
25 places in one uses the artivive app to give viewers access to video material. To use the app download the artivive app through Google Play or Apple App Store. Activate the app and simply hold your smartphone in front of elements of the installation that are marked with the artivive icon.