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Micro Museum for Light Phenomena

Q21 Backstage: Sternenpassage, the micro museum for light phenomena, highlights various artists whose work broadly relates to photography and illumination.

Sternenpassage presents these works across four illuminated circular display cases on the walls, combining them with telescope images of outer space. The diagram on the ceiling dates back to the Baroque period and depicts a comet‘s elliptical path, held in place by a mysterious structure of particles. This micro museum is curated by Sabine Jelinek.

Interview with curator Sabine Jelinek

Who are you?

I am a visual artist working with photographic images.

Since when have you been at Q21?

Since 2018.

What are your fields of activity?

My own creative work is inspired by programmatic and curatorial projects and reflected by my teaching activities at the University of Art and Design Linz.

Light phenomena are art because…? must discover them in a sensitive manner, use your intelligence to capture them, and turn them from an ephemeral event into an object sui generis through creative transformation.

How do you reach your goals?

My experience as an artist facilitates my work as a curator. Together with the invited artists, I manage to find unexpected and innovative photographic solutions. Furthermore, contextualisation, in collaboration with selected theorists, is of great importance.

What challenges do you face?

Presenting the right balance of nationality and internationality.

What is the significance of art in public spaces?

The individual enjoys more freedom in exploring art. The outdoor micro museum allows new approaches, and everyone can find their individual stories in it while, in a sense, passing by.

A gaze at the stars…?

...will always show you something that no longer exists. The artworks at Sternenpassage are glowing, cosmic windows to different, created realities.

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