Siren (The Dissection of Selection in Person Perception), still image

Video, looped. Iris Maria Nitzl, soprano, singing fragments of the scientific publication "The Dissection of Selection in Person Perception" as an aria of G.F. Haendel (Alcina. Tornami a vagegghiar) www.irismarianitzl.com

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Siren (The Dissection of Selection in Person Perception), still image

Siren (The Dissection of Selection in Person Perception), 2018. Exhibition view, Neue Galerie Graz

In the video work "Siren (The Dissection of Selection in Person Perception)" the text in Georg Friedrich Händel's aria "Tornami a vagheggiar", sung by the soprano Iris Maria Nitzl, is exchanged for text fragments of the same entitled publication "The Dissection of Selection in Person Perception". In this study, undertaken by neuro scientists, a group of test persons is used to measure how they judge a person in two different ways by being biased through processes of categorization and prejudice. The study concludes that if multiple ways of categorization are available, one particular will be selected. It is thus the viewer that performs a ‘cut’ that leads to a shift in the perception of a person. Here, text fragments of the publication itself are chosen to exchange the text of the aria representing the moment of the excerpt and the shift, and ultimately the deconstruction of the scientific publication. The title Sirene alludes to the myth of Ulysses and its interpretation of Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer in "Dialectic of Enlightenment" (1944): Ulysses, who lets himself be captivated in order not to succumb to the singing of the sirens, represents the enlightened consciousness (publication) which has alienated itself from its own origins, but feels reminded on it by the song of the sirens (aria). However, according to Horkheimer and Adorno, the singing poses the danger of self-loss - human identity appears as an artificial construct threatened with dissolution by the sirens.

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Siren (The Dissection of Selection in Person Perception), 2018. Exhibition view, Neue Galerie Graz