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  • 19.Apr - 25.May 2018
    solo exhibition at Victor Hunt Gallery

    our solo exhibition: mischer'traxler studio in three chapters at Victor Hunt Gallery in Brussels

    Victor Hunt Designartdealer website

  • 2018
    aquisition: the idea of a tree

    we are very happy that the Museum of applied arts (MAK)Vienna acquired our 'the idea of a tree' machine and bench for their permanent collection.

    MAK Vienna

  • 30.May - 09.June 2018
    LeveL at Futurium Berlin

    our installation 'LeveL' - the fragile balance of utopia - can be seen at the Futurium Berlin

    FUTURIUM Berlin

  • 28.March - 05.Oct. 2018
    new project for "to GO"- exhibition

    we developed the matzah baking kit for the exhibition "to go - new designs for Jewish Ritual Objects" at the Israel museum, Jerusalem.

    the Israel museum - exhibition information

  • 05. June 2018
    talk

    Gallery Talk at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Thomas will be in dialogue with curator Sharon Weiser-Ferguson and designer Sebastian Bergne. Tuesday, 05 Jun, 18:00

    the Israel museum - talk information

LeveL – the fragile balance of Utopia

the fragility of perfect systems translated
into a kinetic light installation

Comissioned by Austria Design Net and curated by Thomas Geisler, the project was developed as the Austrian contribution for the first London Design Biennale in 2016 with the topic ‛Utopia by Design’. Utopian scenarios are ideal networks, full of interdependency, where personal freedom counterweight social dependency, where property equals responsibility – where each force holds its positions to balance the whole system in concinnity. In that sense utopias are very sensitive and labile for any changes from within or from the outside. This fragility is what the installation tries to capture.
If left by itself, the structure finds its perfect equilibrium and each end of the rods is light up to the brightest level so that the piece illuminates the room. Once somebody comes close, touches the piece, or even with a breeze of air, the installation starts tilting. Depending on the tilt of the rods, the light lowers so that it is just dimmed. With the constant imbalance of the structure, there is a continuous change of light intensity, showing that many factors have an influence on ideal systems.

main image above:  by Simon Scherrer

detail of the installation
image credit: Simon Scherrer

visitor carefully moving through the installation - image credit: Simon Scherrer

LeveL is an interactive piece that invites the audience to walk through the structure, see the continuous changing atmosphere and think about the fragility of utopia.

the interactive installation reacts to every gentle touch and movement in a room

detail of a light shade, made from Japanese screen paper

video documentation of the LeveL installation in London
image credit: Simon Scherrer

image of the installation and the light-shade development in the MAK Vienna
during the Vienna Biennial in 2017

showing the influence of a person to the whole installation

So far the LeveL installation has been shown:

2016 at the London Design Biennial, Somersethouse, London, GB
2016 – 2017 at the ‘LeveL and Volumes’ exhibition, Form’s Goods Shed, Perth, AU
2017 during Vienna Biennial, MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, AT
2018 at the Designmuseum Gent, BE

documentation of the making-of process

the installation was fully built in the studio space in Vienna

  • material

    carbon fibre rods, copper, stainless steel, steel, POM, cable, Japanese screen paper, electrical components, custom made circuit board

  • dimensions

    approx. 680 x 380 x 350 cm

  • project assistance

    Maria Bauhofer, Elisa Polner

  • electro technical development

    Simon Laburda (DKIA)