Pop-up Exhibition by Michaela Putz

On February 25th, from 7:00 p.m., do not miss the Pop-up Exhibition "Gloom of Mnemosyne" by Austrian artist Michaela Putz, along with a book dummy presentation, developed during our new XYZ Books Residency program.


This residency has the collaboration and sponsorship of the Austrian Embassy in Portugal. Thanks to Bundeskanzleramt for the support of the project.

Gloom Of Mnemosyne

In a digitalized age, the endless stream of images stored in the cloud fills the gaps of what might be forgotten. In her past projects, Michaela Putz was dealing with these implications of technology and virtual image storage and remembrance. The artist's own image archive from different phases of her life, stored on computer and smartphone, serves as the raw material for this. In a kind of digital retrospect, these are photographed and documented directly from the screen, whereby fingerprints and remains of dust on them are also recorded, as well as the mouse pointer and digital artifacts that are created by zooming into the images. Sometimes, they are digitally retouched and smudged, other times, they have been taken several times with the camera of the smartphone, making them pixelated, slightly dissolving the original image. By this, the works aim to visually sound out the gaps between human and digital memory, bringing the digital images consisting of raw data closer to the ephemerality and imprecision of human memory. Doing a publication with these images not only draws a connection between them but also to think about the way we deal with analog and digital image material. Even though digital images seem to be only data, they are constantly being touched: We are wiping and swiping, zooming and tapping on them through the screen. The book tries to take into account these different qualities and connecting the digital and analog processes of looking at images from our past. 

Michaela Putz

Born 1984, lives and works in Vienna. Michaela Putz studied Art & Science at the University of Applied Art, after studying Communication and Political Science at the University of Vienna. In her work, she deals with the interaction of digital images and the surfaces of screens with the means of photography, painting and digital post-processing. Her works have been shown in various group and solo exhibitions within Austria and abroad, such as Bildraum01 (Vienna, Austria), Parallel Vienna, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo (Montevidéo, Uruguay), TAF The Art Foundation (Athens Photo Festival 2019), Galerie Rudolf Leeb (Vienna), Kunstraum Nestroyhof (Vienna), Museum for Modern Art (St. Pölten, Austria), Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria). Michaela Putz got awarded with the annual award for Fine Art of Burgenland and received the START-grant for photography of the Austrian Chancellery in 2019.




Michaela Putz during her XYZ Books Residency at Ilha