Elisabeth Weissensteiner - Fragments and Dances

We understand life as movement in time, and we understand dance as movement in a pattern. So if we move in our life from one place to another we are performing a short dance. If we move often our dance becomes more varied. The earth is a continuously moving ball, sometimes even moving erratically, how can we assume that we ever stand still on stable ground?

Art Exhibition previously on at Anna Pappas Gallery in Prahran precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 21 July 2011 to Wednesday 24 August 2011
Launch Wednesday 20 July 2011, 6pm - 8pm

Dark Blue Dancer (detail), 2011 image

Published by anonymous on Tuesday 12 July 2011.
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However, stable ground means reliability. Our cognitive apparatus relies on this assumption. Could this be a hoax by our cognitive system, a trick played on us by our own physiology? Maybe this is the ironic side of our lives volatility. Under these conditions, staying upright over time while moving from one place to another, becomes a dynamic balancing act, a dance in its own right, in a metaphorical sense and even in a literal sense.

Therefore, is life not a dance, a never ending continuous dance through time and space?


Dancing implies the movement from place to place, in an organized and rhythmic way. Often many dancers are involved in one dance. Often one dancer performs many dances alone. Dancers sometimes linger in one place, sometimes they just rush through. They perceive a multitude of perspectives of their environments. What do you see when you spin, when you jump, when you are touching someone?
What we perceive in our life-dances are fragments. The places we inhabit, the people we meet, the things we are surrounded by, become the fragmented vistas of us dancers. Dances gain liveliness through the parts of the body. Their change in appearance and movement embellishes the dances. For the dancer, dances are intricate patchworks of a multitude of vistas and a multitude of individually felt movements.
Ultimately all the fragments and dances add up to what we remember, and what we consider our reality.

About Elisabeth Weissensteiner

Melbourne-based artist Elisabeth Weissensteiner has exhibited widely in Europe and in the US. She received public commissions in Melbourne, Bremen and Vienna and she is member of the Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna. Her recent solo exhibitions include Wolkenkuckucksheim (“Cloud Cuckoo Land”), installed at Cognitive Systems, University of Bremen, Germany and Verknüpfungen, exhibited in Germany and Austria. This is Weissensteiner’s third solo show at Anna Pappas Gallery where she is represented exclusively.

Artist Talk
Saturday 23 July, 2.30pm

13 July info@annapappasgallery.com