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Alicja Kwade

‘LinienLand’ (2019)

Produced in collaboration with Acute Art, this immersive work consists of a gridded architecture approximately 36 feet in height, in which massive spheres rotate like planets in orbit. Alicia Kwade considers the structure as a possible multiverse in which each quadrant represents a parallel world within a mathematical, human-made linear system.

Kwade’s AR sculpture presents the first immaterial development of the artist’s ongoing project LinienLand. This iteration moves the project towards a new perceptual experience of art in an increasingly information-based world.

While the digital work is formally related to Kwade’s real-life sculptural installations such as LinienLand (2018) and ParaPivot (2019), the sense of wonderment engendered by the IRL works is displaced onto the illusionism afforded by AR technology and introduces motion as an additional element of the work. Viewed through an app, the work appears to be a substantial structure, but is in fact pure information rendered through complex sets of digital data.


Alicja Kwade (born 1979) lives and works in Berlin.

Kwade’s work investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society and reflects on the perception of time in our everyday life. Her diverse practice is based around concepts of space, time, science and philosophy, takes shape in sculptural objects, video and photography. In 2017 she participated in the 57th Venice Biennale “Viva Arte Viva” curated by Christine Macel and in the Aros Triennale “The Garden – End of Times; Beginning of Times, #3 The Future” in Aarhus.

Select solo exhibitions include: Alicja Kwade: Between Glances, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2019), ParaPivot, The Roof Garden Commission, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2019), Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2018), ReReason, YUZ Museum, Shanghai, China (2017), Medium Median, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK and de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands (both 2016).

Group shows include: Shape Shifters, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2018), 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2017), Me, Schirn Kunstalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2016) and, Mudam, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (2015).


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