Dein Sandwich ist meine Semmel -  with Lily Lake


2019, 12-14 contemporary, Vienna

Postions on plastic

And humandkind.

Hold, freeze and reconstruct.

Mixed media installations.


Many negative sides and consequences of plastic production are widely known. But what are the sociological and cultural-anthropological implications? The history of technology and its innovations has always been linked to the cultural history of humanity, too. Plastic can be vital, plastic can be wasteful. Plastics can be in and with art itself: computers, devices, erasers, acrylic paint, music instruments - and this raises a moral-ethical question: Who is allowed to do plastic - when and in what context?

Living on different continents but still in a similar, postindustrial, globalized and capitalistic world, Cornelia Dorfer (*1983) and Edward E. Kijowski as Lily Lake (*1986) explore plastic conditioned mainstream phenomena, their constructions and representations about the mass media and how they interact with people in the past, present, and future.

Here, the perspective is not critically evaluative but rather documentary: Collective and personal memories of cultural techniques, everyday rituals, trends, secularization processes, object fetishisms, constructions of stereotypes including defamation - or just simple dream sequences of a partially massively overwhelming media world are held frozen and are reconstructed or further transformed.

This exhibition brings together selected works like mixed media objects such as 3D printed objects combined with wire or acrylic glas, textile photographic works, or so-called "everyday assemblages" from various (found) materials like chocholate, with and as small photographs.


In addition, these approaches are extended by sound experimental, literary (Clemens Denk, Natalie Ofenböck) and olfactory (Bernhard Weber) contributions.


Opening speech: Ramón Reichert.

Text: Consuela Contessa

Pics: Denise Parizek, Cornelia Dorfer, David Dam

Many thanks to: 


{yet} -  with Teresa Fellinger and Evalie Wagner

 2015, Ubik Space, Vienna 

The works from the exhibition {yet} arise from different directions and circle in a playful way to various forms of confrontation with fixed ideas plus the dualism of random events and the pursuit of perfection. 


To let oneself in when approaching the limits of controllability is not only an essential feature of artistic creative processes - it is also an indispensable human life-coping strategy. The results show up in art and everyday life, in small or large scale, incessantly. Often just the discrepancies let things appear charming and interesting. They can surprise, confuse, amaze and throw new lights on the familiar.

Halcyon Days, 2013 

intermediate interventions,  Martin Luther Church, Linz 

with Teresa Fellinger, Herwig Kerschner and Evalie Wagner

The term Halcyon Days comes from Greek Mythology and refers to seven days in Dezember around the winter solstice, when the sea remains completely calm. According to the tale about Alkyone and Ceyx by Ovid, the kingfishers nest at this time on the water which remains silent until the eggs have hatched. Methaporically, Halcyon Days stands for a nice, shortly tranquil and (perceived as) perfect time in the midst of turmoil.


All projects sponsored by: 

zip.rar, since 2013

sound art collective 

with Teresa Fellinger, Joseph Knierzinger, Philipp Köster, Johannes Muik, Kathrin Stumreich,

Norbert Unfug and Kerstin Wiesinger

photo: Galerie Schleifmühlgasse 12 - 14
photo: Galerie Schleifmühlgasse 12 - 14

An experiment by eight amateurs and dilettantes creating a colourful droney collage through an individually

improvised concert on self-made instruments. These instruments are mobile "bricolages", made of old ps2-

computerkeyboards, microcontrollers and speakers.

Princess Palace, 2011

installation/art in public, Aspern, Vienna 

with Bernhard Weber

Part of the socio-cultural project "Seestadt Aspern" this mysterious shack was constructed of found materials. Concealed in rough terrain, it's hard to discover; it should serve as a kind of secret shrine. People who come there by chance can put artefacts or finds in it. 


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