Michael Schuster in der Landhaushof Passage, May 2015
“The mirror that shows what you’re lacking” is one of the largest interface art works I have seen so far.
Austrian new media artist Michael Schuster and his studio have created a new interactive device, which passer-bys and people from and around Graz can interact with.
My first encounter with the art work, located in a passage from Herrengasse towards the Sterirische Landhaushof about a month ago, made me pose the question towards the art work, What does the art work lack, was my counter-question to the question posed on the art work, that translates the German phrase into: “There are as well mirrors, that show what you are lacking.” The exact German phrase is: “Es gibt auch Spiegel, in denen man erkennen kann was einem fehlt.”
Upon my first encounter with the installation in the Landhaushof Passage it lacked depths and colour-proofing, as the writing did not spread towards the entire screen. The next day the guard lacked “health” as he turned up at work sick and had to go home. The art work was fine-tuned soon later as the technicians arrived and adjusted the depths to 5 pixle evenly spread as to appear three-dimensional. At that point in time, a few people engaged with the work into a discussion, after a week or two I felt the need of better adjusting of my spectacles and also my sunglasses needed optical lenses.
I started a co-operation with Optik Fauland, who is my optrician since almost 30 years. We chose Zeiss glasses for my Chanel Sunglasses with plastic glass for security purposes. This smaller scale project was bringing me down to earth after working for two or three weeks on adjusting the work.
My answer to the question posed by Michael Schuster’s art work was: “Time to think in order to develope visionary works.” which also relates to the sculpture in the Landhaushof according to greek mythology a half-god, half-human Faun, who according to the art work’s title is visionary and gazes directly into the direction into the centre of Schuster’s work. Be it accidentally or by precise calculation the result is perfection.
“Faun with Vision”, 2010 by Martin Karlik
Visible in the mirrored image of Michael Schuster’s artwork
“Mirror”, Landhaushof, Copyright: May 2015
“The Mirror shows what you’re lacking”, 2015 by Michael Schuster
Artist: Michael Schuster
Measurements: 5,5 x 2,5 meter
Location: Landhaushof, Passage
Documentation: Daniela Haberz, M.A.; May 2015