2014 || sonja bäumel
„Dunbar’s Number“ is an association that was founded in 2011 and exists of the studios Sonja Bäumel, mischer’traxler, KØJE (Konstantin Schmölzer & Judith Radlegger) and Martin Robitsch. Goal and drive of Dunbar’s Number is to strengthen interdisciplinary communication, to underline and promote inter-relations between the humanities and sciences, and to bring them together with their alter egos.
For the exhibition “SAGENHAFT“ Dunbar’s Number invited four Asian studios in order to develop together 16 new projects based on respectively one Austrian and one Asian saga. The saga, which conveys identity, is the anchor point for the interdisciplinary and intercultural presentation that builds a bridge between Europe and Asia. Read more here>>
The Little Waterman*
The Little Waterman has been living in the waters of the “Wienfluss” since a very long time, attracting attention by constantly waving at the people nearby. When someone comes close enough, he will take the chance, grabbing and taking control of the person. As long as the Waterman is present, the river will not dry out. Furthermore he is known for not harming animals.
Years ago, a man who could not swim, ventured himself near the dangerous place where the Waterman lives, wearing several inflated ox bladders tied to his body and feeling confident that he would not sink. People saw him sink down and it is said that the Waterman was responsible, cleverly detaching one of the bladders.
*Austrian legend/shortened version
A tool to fool...
Material: animal bladders
Focusing on how to avoid the Waterman´s attacks, the project seeks to utilize inflated animal bladders that, apart from enabling floating on water, could be used as a transformation tool to fool the Little Waterman. The Waterman seems to be mainly concerned with humans and the way they look, but what if, through a masquerade, the man on land could transform into a mystical water creature?
The exhibtion "Sagenhaft" was kindly supported by