The installation Beauty of Mess and Less shows a mix of natural and manufactured materials accompanied by a video showing how the two artists interact with these materials to find unfamiliar forms and new meanings. Some things are taken from the trash, some are factory-fresh. The work deals with the entanglements of human bodies and objects and with the vitality of matter.
Today, in the Anthropocene, there seems to be nothing left untouched by humans. Dwindling species, thawing permafrost, landscapes of toxic trash: human impact appears all-encompassing. But the reverse is also true, nothing we get in touch with leaves us unchanged. It is this mutual interaction Jasmin Hoffer and Oleg Soulimenko scrutinise in Beauty of Mess and Less.
Beauty of Mess and Less is supported by the Cultural Department of the Styrian Government and KultRent.
Jasmin Hoffer and Oleg Soulimenko have been working together for a couple of years, creating performances in which they examine potential relationships between the human body and other forms of matter. Jasmin Hoffer is a dancer, choreographer and performance artist, who teaches contemporary dance. Oleg Soulimenko is a performance artist and choreographer. They both live and work in Vienna, and their performances have been presented at a variety of venues all over the world. Most recently, they showed their projects Beauty of Mess, Trash and Unknown desirers (2021), Loss (2017) and Swimming Pool (2018) at brut, Vienna.