Artist in residence in september: Adi Matei


Adi Matei from Romania is the new Artist-in-Residence at the quartier 21/ MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.

The artist’s statement about his concepts for the current residency: “My recent works are focused on the concept of the blind frame in the metaphysical, the black and white fields of the moving pictures. I have worked with ideology related ideas in order to imagine and shape a love dance between the brutal past and the fragile future. The concept of fragility emphasizes all my researches. Objects or video, drawings or installations, they all gravitate on fragility and power related details. The conceptual layers are very important in my practice as they stand together within the mixture of politics and poetics. This can be noticed in the way of perceiving the reality trough short video stories. Recently I found that I want the concept of web interactivity to guide my artistic view. In my approach, the feeling of freedom and color is slowly making its way inside the remains of the post-ideological nightmare. During my stay in Vienna, I want to link the idea of fragility with the concept of network sensitiveness. To focus on the interactivity as a touchable nervous system and less on the promises of the past. I also want to change the way in which I develop a project, to rely more on the ephemeral ideas inside a conceptual layer than on the rigid outline that I usually follow.”

Adi Matei was born in 1980 in Galati/Romania and graduated from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca. His work receives international recognition including exhibitions all over Europe.

Follow the link and find out more about his perspective on or on his personal website.

This Artist-in-Residence programme at quartier 21/MuseumsQuartier in Vienna is part of ERSTE Foundation and tranzit’s endeavour to support contemporary art, as it provides young artists from Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovak Republic with a guest studio at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.