It consists of a single, interconnected installation that serves as the incubator for the element PSILAMIN and for the production of slime. Tubes transport green and colorless substances through the spaces of the Frankfurter Kunstverein. They incorporate laboratory vessels, apparatuses, and cooling systems into a narrative strand, while retaining their functional purpose in an experimental set-up throughout the duration of the exhibition. The exhibition space becomes a live laboratory, in which the artist himself has synthesized a new molecule, PSILAMIN, from algae and fungi and declared it to be a molecular sculpture. In his exhibition, Thomas Feuerstein (*1968 in Innsbruck, lives in Vienna) weaves knowledge taken from art, philosophy and literature, as well as biotechnology, economics, and politics into an artistic narrative, which discloses questions about basic existential parameters and the origin of life. PSYCHOPROSA is the first major institutional solo exhibition in Germany of the Austrian artist.
A comprehensive catalogue with numerous colour illustrations and texts in German and English by Beate Ermacora, Thomas Feuerstein, and Jürgen Tabor accompanies the exhibition. It includes a conversation between Graham Harman and Thomas Feuerstein; 240 pages; Snoeck Verlag, Cologne 2015.
The exhibition is a collaboration with the Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, and the Kunstverein Heilbronn, and was made possible through kind support from Hessische Kulturstiftung, the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, the Federal Chancellery of Austria in Vienna, the Province of the Tyrol, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin, Merck KGaA, ORF Kunstradio, Rehau AG + Co and allbuyone GmbH.
Together with the exhibition Trevor Paglen: The Octopus (June 20 – August 30, 2015) this exhibition is part of the summer program 2015 at Frankfurter Kunstverein that focuses on monographic artistic positions that raise socially relevant topics in the broader context of art and science, and takes another look at realities in today’s society and what they can be in the future. Both exhibitions will be discussed in a broader manner in the context of an extensive accompanying program of panel talks, expert presentations, excursions and guided tours.