About mischer’traxler studio: LeveL and Volumes
Fresh from presenting major international commissions in London, acclaimed Austrian design duo mischer’traxler bring their spectacular work to Australia for the first time in an exclusive exhibition at FORM’s The Goods Shed.
As a part of their first Australian residency, mischer’traxler studio: LeveL and volumes will introduce their internationally awarded designs to Western Australian audiences, showcasing a major interactive lighting installation that premiered earlier in 2016 at the inaugural London Design Biennial. Their work combines responsive technology and craft in order to draw their audience into conversations about ethics, nature, and ecology.
Mischer’traxler are particularly known for their large-scale installations, commissioned for major cultural sites and events, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Design Miami.
The centerpiece of their exhibition at The Goods Shed will be LeveL: the fragile balance of Utopia, created in response to the London Design Biennial’s theme of ‘Utopia by Design’. Inspired by balancing and scale systems, as well as the iconic mobile works of Alexander Calder, LeveL incorporates responsive, kinetic technology that will react to the viewer’s presence to heighten their awareness of ‘the fragility of perfect systems’.
The exhibition will also provide a more general introduction to mischer’traxler’s broader practice via a series of ‘volumes’, selected works from their previous projects divided into three categories, (mis)using what is there, connecting rather than inventing, and re-connect to reality.
Following the exhibition, the artists will undertake a FORM residency in Western Australia’s Great Southern to begin developing a new work in response to the region’s dramatic landscape, while also delivering a five-day masterclass for a select group of Australian creatives. Artworks developed from their residency will premiere at The Goods Shed in 2017.
About the artists
Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981) are mischer‘traxler studio. Balancing between handcraft and technology, they design objects, furniture, production processes, and kinetic or interactive installations, focusing on experiments and conceptual thinking within a given context.
After graduating from the IM-masters department at the Design Academy Eindhoven and several years of collaboration, Katharina and Thomas founded mischer’traxler studio in Vienna in 2009. Their works have been displayed in numerous museums and at international festivals and fairs. Projects by mischer’traxler are to be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute Chicago, the Vitra Design Museum, and the MAK Vienna. Their projects have won several awards, while as a studio, mischer’traxler was also honoured with the ‘W-hotels designer of the future award’ by Design Miami/Basel and W-hotels in 2011, and recently with the ‘Young talent award’ by the Be-open foundation