Stephan Huber’s material is American military maps, which he has reassembled in a collage-like way. On closer observation, however, one also sees other pictorial patterns, such as illustrations from children’s books, documentary photos or diagrams from medical lexicons. Huber’s maps are covered with a multitude of texts, mostly poetic descriptions, often also political, philosophical or literary terms. Selected people from history appear in form of “life-lines”, with their dates of birth and death on the glass surfaces of the above-ground subway station, which also serve as protection against bird strikes.
With this artwork the artist presents his personal view of the objectivity of cartography: the “Vienna Maps” contain a multitude of information that repeatedly offer interested observers something new to discover. As a result, a complex, living picture in public space emerges, which alongside all its aesthetic qualities involves observers in a discourse about “their” city.
Aspern Nord, 1220 Wien, Österreich
*1952 in Lindenberg im Allgäu (DE), lives and works in Munich (DE) and Ostallgäu (DE).
This project was selected as a winner's project in the course of an artistic competition. For more information please follow this link:
Since October 5, 2013
2 maps, each 1000 x 600 cm
photographic paper behind glass
“lifelines” on two station windows, various sizes, stove-enamel on glass